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The Mary Jane has been tipped to be huge for next season. It’s versatile enough to work with autumn’s Sixties scene and classic enough to provide your new winter wardrobe with an on-trend twist.

Miu Miu celebrates the return of this classic shoe with its own quirky tribute: the peep toe platform Mary Jane. But with their steep price tag, you are, however, going to have to be pretty sure that ‘quirky’ is what you want in an investment like this. And so it boils down to an argument between classic and quirky.


If you like to rock the quirky look then these Miu Miu Mary Janes will be right up your street. In patent nude, these peep toe platforms work a flared block heel, abstract bow detail and a thin strap across the instep. They’ve also got next season’s buckle trend on side with their petite gold-toned fastening. If you love to work a look that steers away from the usual fashion crowd, £420 might not sound as much anymore (and, I’ll bet that block heel will be a little easier to walk in than a stiletto).

But with such a high accompanying price tag, my only concern is that these Mary Jane’s won’t work for those of us who yearn for the more versatile take on the Mary Jane. If it were me, I think I’d rather pay tribute to the Mary Jane this season with something a little more stylistically classic – perhaps something from Louboutin, with a pointed toe. Basically, anything along the lines of the ‘urban shoe myth’ that Carrie Bradshaw established as real in Sex and the City – now those shoes are the ones I’d pay £420 for.

Miu Miu Peep-Toe Platform Mary Janes, £420, available from

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