There's a women's shoe design option that I loathe: The Mary Jane. I WANT to get behind it, because some of the best shoes ever designed throughout the 20's to the 70's, well, it's the Mary Janes. HOWEVER, this is what Mary Jane has for us these days: clunky, chunky, SUPREMELY unflattering, and astonishingly juvenile. I find myself in mock concern (or perhaps I have that confused with genuine disdain) for adult women who wear big clompy MJ's because there's an overall sense I have that women who wear them are hanging onto childhood/youth a leeeeetle more tightly than is necessary. If the MJ's are accompanied by kooky rainbow striped socks and a denim skirt and an unmatching striped scarf that ties it all together (which is what most women here would consider appropriate attire for art openings, going out for dinner or going to the opera, because YOUR RODE YOUR BIKE THERE or some shit all Portlandy-like like that).
To illustrate, here are some good 60's ones:
But instead, we get this thrown at us: