Contributor: Mary Jane Fashion

Shoes are an indispensable part of our everyday lives, taking us through work, play, birth, death and everything in between. There are those of us who are certified obsessed with shoes and there are those of us who only see them as a means of getting from ‘A’ to ‘B’. Whichever camp you fall into, you have to admit that we really couldn’t be without them. Over the years, some truly exciting styles of shoe have featured in our lives, becoming pop culture sensations and urban legends. Some shoes come to define our childhoods, are objects of nostalgia and sentimentality. Like all other accessories and fashion in general, shoes tell us stories about the people we are and the times in which we live. We’ve created an homage to some of the classic and best-loved shoes and shoe styles that we all love and relate to.

Alexander McQueen’s Armadillo boots
There are few designers who have you can describe as truly innovative, and Alexander McQueen is one of them. Before his untimely death in 2010, he demonstrated his originality and his creative prowess with great abandon, garnering fans and admirers the world over. One of his most iconic boots, and arguably one of the most iconic shoes of all time, came in his last collection, Plato’s Atlantis. The boot was used to reflect his show’s overall narrative of humanity retuning to a fish-like state after the melting of the polar ice caps. It succinctly combines elegance with grotesque form, curving dramatically round to look simultaneously like both a sea-monster’s claw and a ballerina’s foot en pointe.

Cinderella’s glass slipper
As children, we watched the Disney animated classic and gazed in wonder at Cinderella’s magical pair of glass slippers. In 2015, Disney made a live-action version of the film, with Lily James in the titular role wearing a pair of shoes fashioned from Swarovski crystals. These shoes are a magpie’s dream: sparkly and shiny, they are the ultimate in fantasy footwear. In real life, they would be completely impractical to wear to a ball and run around in, posing a great risk of damaging and cutting helpless feet, especially for those of us who are heavy-footed. Still, with such a delicate and pretty pair of shoes, we can only be allowed to dream…

Jelly shoes
Sparkly jelly shoes are perfect for kids growing up, especially as they are an apt and effective way of recreating the pair of glass slippers belonging to Cinderella: without the glass but with all the sparkle. Jelly shoes were particularly popular in the nineties, and are now a style of shoe that is fun to reminisce about. They embody a carefree time of make-believe and magic that we can re-visit and laugh about. The classic JuJu style did make a minor comeback a few years ago, but if we’re being honest with ourselves, they are probably best left in the past. If you would like to invest in sophisticated, grown-up jelly shoes, Melissa for Vivienne Westwood offers a quirky range of popping heels and flats that are decorated with some of the latter’s signature designs.

Converse All Stars
At some point, we all graduated to Converse All Stars, the classic sports boot designed by Chuck Taylor. Although originally used as a basketball boot, the style become an international phenomenon for teenagers and ragamuffins the world over. Some have found their Converses notoriously painful on their first outing but soon become their comfiest pair of shoes. Part of their appeal is the fact that they come in a multitude of colours and styles, meaning that you and all your friends could be wearing the same brand but never the same shoe. Work a classic Converse boot by pairing with skinny jeans and a T-shirt, like these from Mary Jane Fashion wholesaleclothing suppliers.

Dorothy’s ruby slippers
One of the most famous pair of shoes in existence, Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the film The Wizard of Oz are an inspiration. A delightfully sparkly pair, it’s hard to believe that the shoes were originally supposed to be silver and pointed, as described in Frank. L. Baum’s novel; however, the production team wanted to make full use of the film’s Technicolor, and so went for a hue much more vibrant and bursting with colour. These shoes have enchanted viewers ever since the film was first released in 1939, spawning a thousand copies and sending generations of shoe-lovers into a frenzy.
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