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Mary Jane Shoes For Men

Updated on October 14, 2009

Is there any prettier shoe than the Mary Jane? That shiny patent leather gleaming on one's feet with conservative charm makes for an unmistakable shoe sensation. Mary Janes are both comfortable and cute, and the perfect shoe for men who like to wear women's shoes.

Why? Many reasons really, Mary Janes have become an icon for a pure kind of femininity, but there's so much more to them than the winsome images of yesteryear. Mary Janes have evolved with the years, becoming a shoe for all ages. In some cases the low heel has evolved into a stiletto high heel that elevates the innocent shoe into a saucy statement.

For many men who like to wear women's shoes, the act of slipping into women's shoes is about capturing an essence of the feminine. For this reason high heels are often favored as they are well established icons of female footwear.

The Mary Jane has a similar place in the psyche of Western Society, and slipping into a pair of Mary Janes can have a psychological effect that reaches far beyond the mere leather and stitching that holds the shoes together. Mary Jane shoes really are more than the sum of their parts.

Don't believe me? The Duchess, Fergie even wrote a song about Mary Jane shoes which featured the lyrics:

“When I wear - my Mary Jane's shoes

I can escape - from a blues

The whole world seems a little bit brighter, brighter

My heavy steps get a little bit louder, louder”

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Pop music has a reputation for being generally shallow, but I think Fergie has actually tapped into something here. Whether you're a woman or a man, I think there is something freeing about wearing a pair of Mary Jane shoes.

If you doubted their importance in the world of fashion, consider this: Oscar de la Renta makes Mary Janes, so does Dr Marten. Two major companies both tapping into the power of what was once a shoe reserved for children. Those little shoes have definitely grown up over the decades however, perhaps as a direct result of the demand of those who wore them when young and weren't ready to sacrifice those precious Mary Jane shoes to the memories of childhood.

So if you're looking for a special woman's shoe. A shoe that means something, a shoe that will touch your heart, not just your feet, try a pair of Mary Jane shoes


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      Tom Szabo 12 months ago

      I spend my days doing stock market numbers; it makes me relaxed to wear my mary jane heels doing it. My coworkers are all supportive of it.

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      Wendygrrl 8 years ago

      Wow... lovely shoes...

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      pauls_boat 8 years ago

      i love mary jane shoes i just wish i could still fit the ones i have but my feet have widened due to wearing sandles all the time for several years if i could find a pair for a decent price i would go back to wearing them but only with a low heel around 2"

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      Kim 8 years ago

      Here, Doc Martens MJ the one I wear out.

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      I love KangaROOS 8 years ago

      im a lover of 1-2in heels on mary janes,tho im lookin for a pear of 4in wedges, but im size 10 and lot the ones i like are size 6-7,so.... its not fair is it.

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      Duke 8 years ago

      I'm a man who wears mary janes shoes in public. I have serval pair and prefer to wear them over my tennis shoes.

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      Histiletto 8 years ago

      Although the Mary Jane shoes are being thought of as girl's shoes, this has not always been the case. I have seen photos taken back in the late 1800's and early 1900's of males wearing them. Somebody got the idea that the gender gap should include a defining break between what males and females wore. Hence, males effeminacy became a social scourge to be eradicated, ridiculed, and denied its rightful existence as part of the human condition.

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      Brian 8 years ago

      I have worn the Skechers Bikers "Sightsee" Mary Jane for a couple of years now. Very comfortable and not overly feminine.

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      Rob 8 years ago

      You can always go for the Nike Air Rift which is kind of like a sneaker mary jane. They are super comfortable. I have three pairs. They used to come in mens sizes and I think still do in Europe but not in the US, but they do go up to a size 12 womens. Check out the Nike website.

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      Kim 8 years ago

      My name is Kim and I´m a man. I have worn mary jane shoes some years now and I find them perfect. Something between loafers and sandals. Sorry there are only a few for men, but I also can wear womens bigger size. Doc Martens and Borns fits good and are not too feminine. Go for it you too!

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      phil 9 years ago

      I also adore the more little girlie maryjanes with a 2 inch heel. I love to wear them in public regardless of my attire

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      John 9 years ago

      I personally like strappy sandals, with a 4+/- inch heel. Unfortunately, on my size 10, mans feet, they don't seem to achieve that sexy, curvy, petite, feminine look I appreciate so much on a woman.

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      Gunnau 9 years ago from Central Coast NSW Australia

      i've seen some beautiful Mary Janes of late and i look at those beautiful shoe and sheer pantyhose on the lovely ladies wearing them and i look at the ugly work shoes i have on and just sigh.

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      LatexLeah 9 years ago

      Those are cute. Straps around the ankle are cool too.