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Nov. 2021 Update: These are some of our latest favorite Mary Jane heels for work — also don’t forget about this classic style from Manolo Blahnik!
Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
Pumps are all well and good, but if you’re like me — particularly while it’s still tights weather — they can be a little hard to walk in. This is why my closet has always contained a lot of Mary Jane heels, as well as other heels with straps.
It can be a bit tricky to find some that don’t a) visually cut your leg at the worst possible point, and b) make you look like a little girl — so I thought I’d round up a few.
Readers, how often do you wear heels with straps? Any favorite brands, or great steals recently?
UPDATE: Our Latest Favorite Mary Jane Heels for Work
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|I like this wedge-like heel from Franco Sarto. We featured it in the red a few months ago, but the black is too classic not to include. I particularly like the lowish heel (2.5″). It was $85, but is now marked to $47.97 at Endless. (If you like the brand but want more of a heel, check out these Odell pumps at Nordstrom, almost entirely sold out in the black but still very available in the light beige.) Franco Sarto Women’s Eureka Open-Toe Pump|
|I always like the brand Isola (the more fashionable sister to the brands Born and Sofft). These very high heels are the kind of thing I’d wear with an A-line skirt. The black snake/black patent version (pictured) was $185, but is now marked to $57 at 6pm.com. Isola – Cadria (Black Snake/Black Patent) – Footwear|
|Rockport.com (which just started its Warehouse Sale) has this cute “angular” Mary Jane in black, brown, and gray. I like that this one has “adiPRENE” technology from adidas included in the shoe. It was $120, but is marked to $59 (plus free shipping); 6pm and Amazon both have limited sizes as low as $37. Lianna Angular MJ|
|These Kate Spade heels are lovely and classic — and marked down! They were $315, but are now marked to $220.99 at Zappos Couture. Kate Spade New York – Kea (Black Patent) – Footwear|
|I’ve been eyeing these “design your own” shoes from Milk and Honey. I particularly like that you can choose a skinny strap, a thicker strap, or a double strap, and you can make the strap any color you want, including a “nude for you” like a beige, pink or brown. Prices start at $250.|
|I like these Manolo Blahnik “Mladari” pumps with a very low mary jane strap. They’re $685 at Nordstrom. Manolo Blahnik ‘Mladari’ Mary Jane Pump|
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