The Best Pairs for Summer 2023

Not quite a loafer, not quite a sandal, the Mary Jane is an enigma of a shoe that might just be about to have its big moment.

Yes, you probably remember Mary Jane from your early years as it’s the perfect back to school shoe, but that doesn’t mean they should be left there. The T-shaped-fastener shoe has been backed by the likes of Sandy Liang for her SS23 collection, Taylor Swift’s surprisingly strong recent outfits, and Cecilie Bahnsen even turned ASICS’s GT-2160 into a Mary Jane-shaped sneaker.

As more famous faces continue to add Mary Janes to footwear rotation, labels are now listening to this demand for more diverse footwear choices for men and they’re popping up in stores everywhere. More than ideal for summer, yet perfect for the transitional season ahead, the Mary Jane revival is here and fittingly we’ve rounded up our favorite pairs to spare you the guesswork.

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Acne Studios

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When it comes to crafting high-quality essentials, Acne Studios is up there with the best of brands. This all-black pair is crafted from supple calf leather and is detailed with contrast stitching and a round toe box.

Maison Margiela

Thanks to Maison Margiela’s recent focus on the split toe, almost no shoe round-up is complete without a pair of Tabis. This Mary Jane version is sure to get the right kind of attention wherever you’re at.

Simone Rocha

For those aiming to live out their ballet fantasies with a twist, Simone Rocha has got you covered with this futuristic pair with rubberized overlays.

Dr. Martens

Complete with its classic yellow stitching, these bulky Mary Janes are Dr. Martens take on the classic footwear model.


Brushed leather looks great on pretty much anything but when you add the Prada logo into the mix, you’ve got a pair of top tier Mary Janes.


Cecilie Bahnsen and ASICS might have just created the best (and only) Mary Jane sneaker of the year.


Similar to the Tabi above, Nike’s Air Rift has a split toe along with the classic Mary Jane strap. Unlike the Tabis, Nike’s sportswear expertise provides this pair with performance-oriented detailing.

Miu Miu

There’s a reason why these were crowned one of the hottest shoes of last year by Lyst. Miu Miu’s attention to detail is on full display with these supple leather ballet flats.

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