I Exclusively Wear Sneakers, But This Pretty Shoe Trend Just Converted Me


(Image credit: @emilisindlev, pictured: Miu Miu heeled ballet flats. )

I have a confession: I hate high heels. 

Unlike the opening montage in The Devil Wears Prada, I can't imagine willingly putting on a pair of sky-high stilettos to head into the office. As a new New Yorker, I do a ton of walking—mostly in my beat-up Adidas Stan Smiths that I've practically worn down to nubs in an ode to Phoebe Philo (who would famously wear them during runway shows during her Céline tenure). 

Since adopting a morning commute that involves trekking almost a mile to work, having good, comfortable footwear is my mantra. While the Who What Wear team doesn't look twice at my beat-up trainers (we're a no-judgment zone!), sometimes, I want to spice up my footwear and feel a bit fancier when heading into the office. My latest obsession? Mary Janes with socks or leg warmers for an indie look. 

As a child of the internet age, Tumblr is my style North Star, and there's nothing more 2014 grunge than a chunky pair of Mary Janes paired with some frilly, pretty socks. Now that twee and indie sleaze styles are having a major resurgence, it's no surprise that the Mary Jane and chunky, slouchy sock combination is at the top of my mind.

Below, scroll through the Mary Jane and hosiery combinations that have been living in my head rent-free. As a personal rule of thumb, if it's good enough for Miss Bella Hadid, it's good enough for me. 


Mary Janes and Leg Warmers
(Image credit: @bellahadid, pictured: Sandy Liang mary jane pointe shoe.)


Mary Janes and Socks
(Image credit: @LEFEVREDIARY)

Next, some more Mary Jane outfit ideas to incorporate into your closet.

Assistant Shopping Editor
Ana Escalante is an award-winning journalist and Gen Z editor whose work ranges from dissecting size inclusivity at fashion week to discussing how American Girl Doll meme accounts are the the answer to society's collective spiral. She's covered it all: Queen Elizabeth II's corgis, Roe v. Wade frontline protests, and the emergence of jorts (or jean shorts for the uninitated). At Who What Wear, Ana is responsible for delivering smart, insightful, personality-driven shopping guides and trend features for a digital-first generation.

Before joining Who What Wear, Ana was Glamour magazine's editorial assistant, where she focused on daily news and special packages, including leading the brand's 2022 Met Gala coverage. For more than half a decade, she has covered style, beauty, and digital culture for publications such as Paper magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Japan, and Allure, among others. Ana has been called a rising star in media by publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. (Her mother, meanwhile, calls her "the coolest person" she knows.)