The Charming Shoe Trend Carrie Bradshaw, Blair Waldorf, and My Mom All Love

The Charming Shoe Trend Carrie Bradshaw, Blair Waldorf, & My Mom All Love


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As our friends in the UK declared last month, the retro Mary Jane is set to be 2020’s star shoe silhouette. The charming style has been around forever but has ventured in and out of the footwear spotlight in recent years. But as designers from Carolina Herrera to Marc Jacobs showcased in the S/S 20 collections, Mary Janes are making a comeback in eclectic colors and forward shapes this year.

TBH, if Carrie Bradshaw wasn't fictional and was around today, we bet she’d covet the fresh Mary Janes hitting the scene. After all, she did gravitate towards the Manolo Blahnik Campari Mary Janes (which she described as an "urban shoe myth") during season four of Sex and the City. On that fictional television note, another style icon, Blair Waldorf, also often wore the sophisticated shoe trend throughout Gossip Girl. Well, the fashion girls of today—my stylish mom included, who loves MJs for their classic nature—will undoubtedly stock up on the new-wave MJs as well as a simple way to bring forward polish to an ensemble.

To break down the trend a bit further, we rounded up a few images of Bradshaw and Waldorf wearing the shoe style to showcase the trend from the early and mid-2000s, along with how the 2020 MJs look on the runway and on the street. Oh, we also shopped out a range of cool silhouettes in case you want to scoop up a pair of this must-try shoe trend before everyone else does.

Carrie Bradshaw With Mary Jane Heels



Voilà. Here's a snap from the famous scene when Carrie Bradshaw rushed to the Mary-Jane Manolos in the Vogue closet that were an "urban shoe myth."

Blair Waldorf Style in Gossip Girl


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Leighton Meester's Gossip Girl character, Blair Waldorf, was known for her preppy, elegant style. As a result, she often complimented her sophisticated ensembles with Mary-Jane heels like this pair here.

Now, check out Mary Janes on the S/S 20 runways:
Carolina Herrera shoes spring 2020 runway


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Carolina Herrera showcased a smattering of vibrant heeled Mary Janes for spring.

Jason Wu shoes spring 2020 runway


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These glossy stunners at Jason Wu would elevate just about any ensemble.

Marc Jacobs shoes spring 2020 runway


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These shearling Mary Janes from the Marc Jacobs show were playful and modern.

agnes b shoes spring 2020 runway


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Agnès B. proved that stylish Mary Janes could come in the form of a flat silhouette as well.

How fashion girls are wearing Mary Janes:
How to wear Mary Janes in 2020


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Style Tip: A pair of Mary Janes adds a sophisticated finishing touch to a formal skirt-and-blazer ensemble.

The best Mary Jane shoes to buy in 2020


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Style Tip: Show off Mary Janes in a vibrant hue by wearing cropped jeans or bermuda shorts.

The best flat Mary Jane shoes


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Style Tip: Stay comfortable in flat Mary Janes for that 9-to-5 life with trousers and a patterned jacket.

The best heeled Mary Jane shoes


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Style Tip: Block-heel Mary Janes work flawlessly with just about anything—including a pretty dress look for a night out.

Shop more Mary Janes:

Now's your chance to own the coveted Carrie Bradshaw shoes.

These are a win with the diagonal straps, square toe, and eye-catching pattern.

The suede detail makes these look even more expensive than they are.

These stylish flats could become your new go-to.

Low-heeled Mary Janes in a leopard print? Spot on.

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