Time To Resurrect The...? Chinese Slippers

I just (re-)found the perfect summer shoe.

Jul 28, 2011 at 9:02am | Leave a comment

Since every trend I talk about resurrecting from my childhood has some sort of international flair -- see the Indian Print Shirt and the Guatemalan Belt -- next up is the Chinese Slipper. I haven't worn these puppies since middle school, when I wore them every. single. day. They were de rigeur in '90s Connecticut, and Jane says she wore them all the time in '90s New York.

So I sent excellent intern Stephanie downtown to Manhattan's Pearl River Mart, where she diligently combed through the options on one of the hottest days of summer.

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I had misgivings about a me-and-Mary-Jane reunion. The look is a little cutesy for a chick who is no longer in her teens, and they cover a lot of foot. Frankly, I'm just not sure they're flattering.

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Cotton Mary Janes, $5.95, PearlRiver.com

But then I thought if I just went with a black-and-white-and-stripes motif, and drank a ginger soda, I would look straight-up summery and could maybe pull it off.

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And you know what? I'm feeling it. Bonus: I don't think I've ever done anything so kind to my feet. The covering offers protection and the cotton makes me feel like I'm walking on clouds. That is never, ever a bad thing.

If you're feeling them again -- or for the first time -- keep reading.

First, the ones that Stephanie preferred because she was barely alive in the '90s:

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Espadrille Canvas Mary Janes, $14.50, PearlRiver.com

And some other variations that I'm digging:

Red Silk Mary Janes, $21.00-$30.00, Amazon.com

Almond Flax Mary Janes, $27.00, NatashasCafe.com

Basically every damn color, $34.99, Amazon.com

I could go on and on about the clothing staples from my youth. But what look would YOU like to see resurrected from yours?