Mary Janes have always reminded me of little girls on their way to Sunday school. The shoes, known for the strap across the instep of the foot, entered the teenage style realm when Dr Martens, at the height of their popularity in the '90s, made a Mary-Jane-combat-boot hybrid. Then, in 1998, the ladies' footwear got the ultimate endorsement when Carrie Bradshaw proclaimed the Manolo Blahnik Mary Jane to be "an urban shoe myth."
We've always loved strappy shoes; they are sexy without being tawdry. But, unlike your strappy stilettos, Mary Janes can be worn with tights. Choose a pair of thin tights to avoid any unsightly bulging and pair them with that miniskirt that was too short for bare legs this summer. Whether you choose a round-toe style or pointy platforms, there's a ton of options out there. Our only word of caution: Avoid pairing the shoes with knee-socks lest you be mistaken for a schoolgirl. Check out our favorite celebrities wearing the sexy shoes, as well as a few shoppable options.