Mary Jane shoes are among the most popular styles of shoes for girls and women.
They are an American invention. Actually, it's more accurate to say that the label "Mary Jane" is an American one applied to a style of shoe that had already been around for quite some time. This style of shoe has a low heel, closed rounded toe, a strap, and a buckle. The name Mary Jane comes from the name of a character invented by Brown Shoe Company in the early 20th century to accompany their boys brand, Buster Brown. The original Mary Jane was Buster Brown's friend, and the type of shoes she wore came to be known as Mary Janes.