Interesting article about the origin of Mary Jane shoes

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interesting article I would say the more than half of my shoes are Mary Janes.

The strap helps keep them on and most of them have the thick or clunky heels . which are great for support especially if you are a little heavy

I don't have any flats most have about a 2 1/2 inch heel

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I like the round toe on them... so innocent a shoe shape - I like the contrast to my pointy toed pumps.

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I'm not sure what the article is on about when it talks about portraits of kings wearing them. Even the one in the link looks more like a loaner than a Mary Jane.

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For some reason I'm not very fond of Mary Jane shoes. I have no Idea why but I think I associate it too much with children. In the Netherlands, a lot of women of the "back to nature" movement wore Mary Janes in rudimentary styles. They were called Duckies and I allways believed it was after Daisy Duck but some research showed me I was wrong. It made my distaste for those shapeless, colorless and fashionless shoes of the green women not diminish.

Even with the less bulky models the strap seems to break the flowing line of the leg. Even ankle straps, in a lesser way, have the same effect on me. But it is just my opinion. If you like it, wear it.
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oldsalt1 wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 10:35 am
interesting article I would say the more than half of my shoes are Mary Janes.

The strap helps keep them on and most of them have the thick or clunky heels . which are great for support especially if you are a little heavy

I don't have any flats most have about a 2 1/2 inch heel
Where do you find yours at? I searched a little and could not find a good source with my size.

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@beachlion, I had a pair of those.
Purchased by mail order from Zwartjes Schoenhandel (spelling?)
in Amsterdam in 1974. Size 45. They cost about $15.00 U.S.
They were dark brown, plain non-shiny leather, plain stitching.
I saw some people wearing them where I was living at the time
(Berkeley, California) so I asked about them. You are correct,
the name of that style was something like "Duckies" or "Duckees."
Definitely a "Mary Jane" although that name is unfortunate.
Like skirts, there is nothing in them that makes them inherently
feminine. I have had other "Mary Janes" over the years, but
now I have two pairs of Duckfeet Himmerlands, from Denmark,
and I'm thinking about getting their Lolland which is a T-bar shoe.

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beachlion wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 8:37 pm
For some reason I'm not very fond of Mary Jane shoes. I have no Idea why but I think I associate it too much with children.
I quite like the look, but I don't feel comfortable wearing them because I associate them with children. In the same way, pleated plaid skirt that are above the knee make me feel like I'm dressing up as a schoolgirl.

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So that's another fashion item that the women have stolen from us!
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Where do you find yours at? I searched a little and could not find a good source with my size.
I get most of mine on amazon

I especially like the Brinley co I wear men's 9 and the ladies 10 is a very comfortable fit usually under $25
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I have 5 pair - 3 by RYKA (white maroon grey) - 1 by Bellini (blue) - and on black leather with plaid interior by Lower East Side (an eBay purchase)
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Sinned wrote:
Tue May 05, 2020 8:41 am
So that's another fashion item that the women have stolen from us!
Yes!

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Well, that blows my theory about the origin of the name all to pieces.

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Well, that blows my theory about the origin of the name all to pieces.

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Sinned wrote:
Tue May 05, 2020 8:41 am
So that's another fashion item that the women have stolen from us!
Well... I wouldn't say women "stole it", women, as is normally the case generally don't get all hung up sharing in our styles.

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