An Ode to the Simple, Disposable Cotton Mary Jane Flat

All reason tells me I shouldn’t like cotton Mary Jane flats. They’re cheap, they don’t last long, they get very dirty very fast—they’re the opposite of weather-proof. They have no support, no traction, and frankly they don’t make my feet look very sexy. They stretch out pretty fast, and I can’t count how many times I’ve slipped while wearing them.

And yet, I love my Mary Janes. I love them so much.

I don’t just mean low-cut shoes with a strap, either. I mean their simple iteration, the ones you can get in Chinatown. Like these:

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I’ll wear them to work, to a house party, to a bar. I own a lot of nice, well-made and comfortable flats and heels, yet when I’m on my way out, I’ll frequently reach for the Mary Janes anyway. I’m a big believer in spending a lot of on nicer clothes. I think pricier clothes often last longer, and I tend to get the most wear out of them. But I’m an active, busy working woman. I walk a lot in dirty NYC, through rain and shine. I’ve had a lot of beloved shoes runied by the city’s grime.

That’s why I love Mary Janes. They aren’t too cute. They’re low maintenance, they’re cheap, they’re practically disposable. When a pair becomes unwearable, I’m not sad or regretful that I spent so much money on them. I simply go to Urban Outfitters and buy a new pair.

They may not be as enticing as f*ck me pumps; they’re kind of like moo moos for your feet. But they’re pretty darn comfortable, and as a fashion writer, I fully endorse them.

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