Among the many trends that dominated the world of fashion these past few years, the academia aesthetic is arguably the sub-genre that has generated the most buzz. It’s not hard to see why, either—who can say no to timeless classics like earth-toned sweaters and pleated skirts? Even mary janes, the trend’s ever-popular staple shoe, are worn by countless celebrities and fashion lovers who don’t necessarily follow the style. The pair is just so versatile that it’s practically a must-have piece in any fashionista’s closet!
If you haven’t invested in your own mary janes yet, we’ve collated a list of the most splurge-worthy ones to purchase from luxury brands. Add to cart ahead!
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1. Miu Miu Leather Mary Jane Shoes with Buckle
Inspired by ‘70s school uniforms, this retro shoe is an elevated take on the classic mary jane style. You can also never go wrong with matte black leather!
Leather Mary Jane Shoes with Buckle, €830 (approx. P50,345.90), MIU MIU, miumiu.com
2. Prada Brushed-Leather Mary Jane T-strap Shoes
Similar to Miu Miu, Prada’s mary janes were also crafted with vintage school uniforms in mind. This alternative, however, comes with a buckled T-strap for that chic touch.
Brushed-Leather Mary Jane T-strap Shoes, $1,200 (approx. P68,126.40), PRADA, prada.com
3. Sandy Liang Mary Jane Pointe in Ballet Satin
Ease yourself into the balletcore trend with the Mary Jane Pointe in Ballet Satin. Sweet and dainty, this pastel pair will instantly doll up all your basic OOTDs.
Mary Jane Pointe in Ballet Satin, P28,500, SANDY LIANG, sandyliang.info
4. Ganni Mary Jane Ballerinas
Not ready to break the bank? These black Mary Jane Ballerinas by Ganni don’t skimp on quality despite retailing for less than P20,000.
Mary Jane Ballerinas, €295 (approx. P17,895.87), GANNI, ganni.com
5. Chanel Mary Janes
On the contrary, you can also treat yourself to an opulent piece by Chanel. Crafted with plush velvet & patent calfskin, the fashion house’s cult-favorite Mary Janes are the picture of timeless luxury.
Mary Janes in Light Pink & Black, £1,050.00 (approx. P73,807.11), CHANEL, chanel.com
6. The Row Ava Leather Mary Jane Ballet Flats
In true The Row fashion, the Ava Leather Mary Janes are stunning in their simplicity. They're the perfect addition to any minimalist’s wardrobe!
Ava Leather Mary Jane Ballet Flats, P72,058, THE ROW, net-a-porter.com
7. Chloé Rubie Ballet Flats
Fun fact: The rounded shape of Chloé’s Rubie Ballet Flat actually draws inspiration from Renaissance Venetian slippers! Teamed with the shoe’s white tonal stitches, this signature silhouette is sophisticated and classy.
Rubie Ballet Flats, $725 (approx. P41,154.63), CHLOÉ, chloe.com
8. Carel Peche
Incorporate a pop of color into your look with fun shoes, like these red leather slingbacks by Carel. This strappy shoe goes especially well with jeans and skirts!
Peche in Burgundy Patent Leather, P29,000, CAREL, carel.fr
9. Dolce & Gabbana Polished Calfskin Mary Janes
Dolce & Gabbana’s Polished Calfskin Mary Janes are for preppy dressers who want to add a bit of height. Consider it the prim sister of your favorite white sneakers.
Polished Calfskin Mary Janes, $945 (approx. P53,649.54), DOLCE & GABBANA, us.dolcegabbana.com
10. Celine Les Ballerines Double Strap Mary Jane
This sleek pair from Celine can inject a subtle touch of femininity into your weekly lineup. Its pinkish nude colorway is also guaranteed to match anything in your closet!
Les Ballerines Double Strap Mary Jane in Lambskin Beige Rose, P49,500, CELINE, celine.com