Amal Clooney Wore the Shoe Trend Every Fashion Person Is Obsessed With RN

There's nothing plain about Mary Janes. This storied shoe style—traditionally a flat black shoe with a single strap across the center of the foot—has been popular in America since the 1900s. After a century and a half of being styled with everything from flapper dresses to dungarees, this classic shoe is still captivating fashion obsessives everywhere, including the always elegant Amal Clooney

Spotted on New York City's Upper East Side over the weekend, Clooney stepped out of her hotel wearing an older but no-less-lovely pair of patent-leather double-strap Mary Jane pumps by Prada. Paired with sheer black tights, a contrasting white turtleneck minidress, a white-speckled black coat, and Dior's Bar bag, the civil rights lawyer's outfit was at once timeless and totally 2023. And while the dressy daytime look works perfectly with her chunky-heeled shoes, we could just as easily see Clooney pairing the pumps with a structured suit or her favorite pair of jeans. 

Given the versatility of Mary Janes, we were excited to see what today's interpretations of the iconic shoe look like. Ahead, we've found 10 pairs of high-heel Mary Janes with a variety of straps, heels, and finishes. We have a feeling you'll wear them for ages. 


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Drew Elovitz
Director of Content Strategy

Drew Elovitz is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has spent the last decade living and working in New York City. She earned a master's degree in media and popular culture from New York University, then began her career on the internet as the Twitter voice of Barbie. She worked previously at Who What Wear as the director of content strategy and also spent several years leading the social media teams at Teen Vogue and Entertainment Weekly. You'll find her byline on the site around topics such as celebrity fashion, must-have basics, beauty favorites (particularly nail polish), and wellness tips and tricks. Her personal style tends to favor the classics: She loves crisp white button-downs, sneakers, and skinny jeans—and no look is complete without a great pair of oversize sunglasses and a trusty leather jacket. After she finishes reading the entire internet every day, she can be found dining out at her favorite restaurants, trying new beauty treatments, or indulging her historical-fiction habit.