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October 27, 2012 8:18 PM Subscribe
Leggy Girl Needs Mary Jane Hookup in London... no, not that kind.
posted by rokusan to clothing, beauty, & fashion (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So I've got my girl hooked on Mary Janes over the last year or two, which is something she hadn't been been culturally into, being more of a pumps-and-power-suits person.
We're in London for a couple weeks for some shopping and in order to generally avoid Eid. A big item on our agenda is finding her a couple of pairs of comfy and durable MJs that can work in a low-key office and everyday fashion.
The best two pairs she's got to date are some fancy Mui Muis and a pair of Pradas we picked up at NM last year, and while both look great and certainly pass the snobby sniff test in the office sewing circles back home, neither has worn very well: they scuff easily and polish up poorly, and both are starting to show some signs of separation around the heel. If these were men's shoes, I'd be pretty disappointed in how they've aged, but I don't know if it's unrealistic of me to expect more than a couple of seasons of life from woman's shoes, especially when they're subject to nasty weather.
We walk a lot, trying to be healthy and all, and so she'd prefer something comfortable and durable, a pair that won't crumple from Soho slush or Satwa sand, but also something that remains 'pretty' and appropriately girlish. No punk-rock boots, in other words.
Practical but girly ladies of MeFi, what labels or lines should be we considering for the best experience? Bonus points to anyone who can direct us to the best central London shops or cobblers or whatever they're called here. :)