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When they think of mary janes, most people imagine the round-toed, patent leather flat with a strap favored by schoolgirls of yore. However, today’s versions of this venerable style are hardly child’s play. The mary jane of autumn might be superslim and streamlined with a pointed toe in sensuous brown velvet (Jimmy Choo). Or, at the other extreme, it could come with a super high, chunky heel, crisscrossing straps embellished by a clear buckle and a chain of glittering red stones dangling across its pink back and down the side (Simone Rocha).

Whatever style suits you best, these shoes will definitely put you on footwear’s honor roll come fall.

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