"Do you know what these are?" the inimitible Carrie Bradshaw demands, eyes beseeching. "Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes! I thought these were an urban shoe myth!"
You may never get the chance to raid Vogue's accessories closet like she did (God knows we're jealous), but her excitement is just as palpable in 2020. Mary Janes have returned, and they're even better than they were back in your long-ago childhood. Bea Soriano-Dee's sexy-cute white Miu Miu versions are particularly of-the-moment.
Named after the eponymous character in Richard Felton Outcault's 1902 comic strip Buster Brown, Mary Janes were originally designed for children in the early 20th century, eventually evolving into standard flapper wear come the swingin' Prohibition era—straps across the instep ensured secure night-to-day dancing sans a shoe accidentally flying off.
We've seen the demure poodle skirt pairings of '50s and the '90s' grunge-flavored, Doc Martens-fueled take. So how is 2020 wearing the trend? The answer: Sky-high, ultra-glam, and preferably styled with sheer black stockings a la the vixens over at Saint Laurent. Don't leave the attitude at home.