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Clunky ’90s Mary Janes Make a Comeback: Back to Schoolgirl

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Though it’s been the ’70s show in fashion lately, definite shades of ’90s cool have infiltrated – and no trend from that decade appeals to my sartorial sensibilities more than the chunky Mary Jane. Courtney Love’s baby doll look may not be hot right now, but these shoes most certainly are. Today’s version is sleeker than its predecessor, suggesting a higher sense of sophistication (grunge, this is not). Are you ready to make more room in your closet for the schoolgirl style?

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Sophia Webster Dolly Metallic Leather Mary Jane Platform Pumps: What these lack in typical Sophia Webster color, they make up for in metallic shine! On NET-A-PORTER for $595.

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Nicholas Kirkwood Carnaby Patent-Leather Mary Jane Pumps: With oversized buttons and ombré perspex heels, this nude pump that is anything but boring. On NET-A-PORTER for $995.

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Prada Mary Jane High Heel Sandal: Get a taste of the trend without committing to an eccentric style. At Neiman Marcus for $790.

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Gianvito Rossi 100MM Mary Jane Patent Leather Pumps: The best part of this look? It gives you an excuse to take time away from your stilettos. On Luisa via Roma for $735.

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Red Valentino 130MM Patent Leather Mary Jane Pumps: With their rubber heels and extra traction, these play off the idea of a boot (and they’ll keep you upright in winter’s sludgy weather!). On Luisa via Roma for $550.

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