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13 Pairs of Mary Janes, the Kid-Famous Shoe That's Shockingly Great for Adults, Too

This party-ready style will take you everywhere this winter.
Photo: Imaxtree

Photo: Imaxtree

If thinking of Mary Janes brings up images of a classic, go-to shoe for parents to put their children in when they're headed somewhere fancy and probably not kid-friendly — because they're as adorable as a shoe can realistically be, and extremely easy to take on and off — then that would be fair, because they basically are. But, as it turns out, the style works just as well for adults, and for more or less the same reasons.

Thanks to indie favorites like Suzanne Rae and routinely reliable sources like Madewell, the Mary Jane has has been having quite the moment as of late. Reworked in colorful satin, smooth velvet and all-over sequins, they make for some serious party-outfit contenders during the holiday season, and generally great statement shoes year-round. They're a win/win, especially when you consider that the popular block-heel iterations are an ideal alternative to a higher heels. 

And while you can go the stiletto route à la 2011 Blair Waldorf (because there are actually a lot of those around right now, too), isn't it a gift to be comfortable and trendy at the same time? The answer is "Yes," so we've pulled together over a dozen updated Mary Jane styles for all of your holiday outings and beyond.

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