Naturalizer Sassy Mary Jane Review

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Mary Jane shoes date back to the early ‘1900s and were once a popular choice of footwear for little girls. But today, they’ve gained footing as a go-to for ladies and often feature a distinctive wide shaped heel. You can always tell this style of footwear because it has one or two straps across the instep which sets it apart from some of the other styles. No matter what kind of occasion you’re headed to, Naturalizer’s Sassy Mary Jane just might be the shoe for you! It’s fashionable, comfortable, and all-around enjoyable to wear.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Chunky Heel
  • Single Instep Strap
  • Cushioned Footbed
  • Contrasting Details
  • Button Closure
Cons
  • Break-In Period
Style

Style

Since the early part of the 20th century, Mary Jane's have been a popular choice of footwear, particularly for children until more recently in the early ‘90s when they became widespread with punk and goth subcultures and eventually gained notoriety among some of the most stylish designers. They’re recognizable by their single or double straps across the instep and usually have a chunky shaped heel that gives them a fairytale-like appearance. This pair offers a single instep strap and a cute button closure along with stitched accents that help to make it a unique looking option. Its dainty and feminine vibe is ideal for ladies who like to look girly and is perfect for nearly any occasion.
Colors

Colors

These heels come in a variety of cute colorways which include Camelot Suede, Black Suede, and Red Suede. The Camelot is a gorgeous sandy-tan color that looks incredible with whites, blacks, and other neutral tones. The red shade isn't your average ruby red instead, it's more of an off-red with slight orange undertones that make it look subtly beautiful. The black is a deep black that looks good with practically any other color of clothing or accessory making it a super easy option to style with all of your go-to outfits. It's nice to have a variety of colors to choose from because you can pick the one that best speaks to your personal sense of style which means you don't have to go with something just because it's the only thing available. The stitched detailing is contrasted to the overall color which gives it a standout appearance and the button is just slightly lighter than the rest of the pair.
Heel

Heel

A Mary Jane wouldn't be complete without a chunky and funky looking heel! Sassy offers just that, a 2 ½ inch heel that's wider than your traditional spike so it's easier to walk on. Thin points can change the way you naturally stride causing aches, pains, and fatigue in your lower limbs but with this one's wider shape you'll find that you don't have any of these issues and they’re so much easier to walk in. Another aspect to take into consideration is the noise factor and this one delivers a nice quiet ride without the usual clicking sound associated with this kind of footwear.
Insole

Insole

These pumps of a cushioned insole that makes them all the more comfortable for walking. It's important that the delicate underside of your foot is well cushioned to help absorb the shock of impact with every step you take. It also lessens fatigue in the arch area and other common conditions that can cause pain and general discomfort. Most high heels are made with little forethought to how comfortable they will be but this option delivers a nice quality of padding material that helps to better support and protect the sole of your foot. Any woman who's ever worn high heels for a long period of time knows how achy they can make your feet. This is because the arch is the part of the foot that literally supports the entire weight of your body when you step down. If you think about it, that's an awful lot of strain on such a tiny and fragile area of the foot. This is why properly supporting it is a necessity if you want to prevent aches and pains.
Upper

Upper

Sassy’s solid tone upper unit is perfect for pairing with practically any style of clothing. The three choices of colorways make it super easy to match them with all colors of clothing and accessories which is a must-have for fashionable ladies with too little time on their hands. If you enjoy luxe looking fabrics then this one’s suede topside will have you drooling once you catch a glimpse of it. This fabric makes these Mary Jane’s appropriate for practically any occasion or setting so you can wear these while you're at the mall and then after sunset while you’re cruising the most happening hotspots.

Brand

Brand

Naturalizer’s first priority is to make shoes that fit well with the way women live their lives. Their looks are simple yet alluring and offer a sense of purity that is hard to match. For nearly 100 years this line has stayed true to their origins and deliver continuously comfortable designs that are as stylish as they are functional. One of their signature attributes is the contoured footbed that hugs every curve of your foot for a one of a kind fit that’s always enjoyable to wear.
Comfort

Comfort

When it comes to heels it can be tough finding a pair that’s actually comfortable to wear. Naturalizer is a brand that’s all about improving our experiences with footwear so it’s only natural that this one would be an enjoyable choice of footwear It has a lightly padded footbed that offers better underfoot protection and support which is a must if you’re planning on walking anywhere Its rounded toe gives you more room than a straight or pointed toe would which is better for ladies with wider feet. Don’t be fooled into thinking they might be too wide for you though because most ladies found it fit fairly well. Its synthetic sole offers better grip so you won’t have to walk on eggshells worrying about accidental slips or falls which lets you walk more naturally and is far more comfortable. The chunky heel shape is another comfort-enhancer because thin spikes are next to impossible to maneuver on which means you’ll have to change the way that you stride in order to walk without falling over.
Footbed

Footbed

These pumps of a cushioned insole that makes them all the more comfortable for walking. It's important that the delicate underside of your foot is well cushioned to help absorb the shock of impact with every step you take. It also lessens fatigue in the arch area and other common conditions that can cause pain and general discomfort. Most high heels are made with little forethought to how comfortable they will be but this option delivers a nice quality of padding material that helps to better support and protect the sole of your foot.

Durability

Durability

One complaint among wearers is that this heel tends to wear out faster then you would hope. With one woman saying that after just six months the stitching starting coming undone and another claiming that the seams didn’t last for more than a couple of months, it leaves you wondering if they’re really worth it. Even if they do only last for a few months, they’re certainly a worthwhile investment considering the stylish appearance and ultra comfy ride that they deliver. Sassy will fast become your go-to favorite thanks to its bold design and flawless wearability.
Break-In Period

Break-In Period

Another issue some women encountered was Sassy’s break-in period. With more than a couple of ladies complaining about the first few times they wore them that they're a bit on the uncomfortable side, it’s safe to say that you shouldn’t wander too far the first few times you wear them. Once the initial break-in period passes they’re considered to be quite comfortable overall and conformed to the wearer's foot for a customized kind of feel that really makes them a good choice for all kinds of occasions.

Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, Naturalizer’s Sassy Mary Jane is a solid choice for ladies who enjoy pushing the boundaries of being fashionably acceptable. This chic design has an edgy yet feminine appearance that will take you back to your childhood days and makes you feel like a princess all over again.

Naturalizer is a brand that’s all about perfectly combining style and comfort so it’s only natural that Sassy would be an enjoyable choice of footwear. It offers a padded footbed that helps to better protect the delicate underside of the foot and support the sensitive arch area. Its solid-toned upper is nice and stylish and easily blends with most clothing and apparel.

One of the downsides to this shoe is that it has a break-in period which some ladies found to be a little offputting, but if you power through the first few tries then you’ll find it is quite an easy wearing choice.