Best Mary Jane School Shoes for Kids – Supportive, Durable, and Affordable!

Does your child need to wear a pair of Mary Jane shoes for school and you are unsure about which style will work best for her feet? Are you looking for a pair of Mary Jane Shoes that are supportive, durable, and affordable? The best Mary Jane school shoes for kids are supportive, lightweight, flexible, durable and comfortable.

Some schools have a stricter uniform policy when it comes to which types of Mary Jane shoes children can wear in terms of color and style. The Mary Jane school shoes I recommend are made out of leather and they are available in black, brown, and navy.

My Experience Fitting Children in Back to School Shoes

I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now that focuses on helping children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems but provides regular shoe fittings as well. As a shoe fitter, I handle approximately 100 shoe fittings/try-ons per week and have become very familiar with the best Mary Jane school shoes for kids.


The Mary Jane shoes I recommend are functional shoes meaning that your child will be able to comfortably run around and play with them.

The outsoles of the shoes are supportive but they are very flexible at the same time, which allows your child to run around and play comfortably. The Mary Jane Shoes come with velcro straps on top that are nicely adjustable allowing for a personalized fit. 

What Makes the Mary Jane Shoes I Recommend Ideal for School?

The Mary Jane school shoes I recommend provide these 3 important features:

1️⃣ Supportive Outsoles: To support your child’s feet when walking or running around at school:


2️⃣ Firm Heel Counters: To support and protect your child’s heels and ankles. The heel counter is the back part of the shoe and you should always press on it and make sure it feels firm and sturdy. Take a look at the image below to visualize where the heel counter of the shoe is located:


3️⃣ Padded Heels: This feature helps increase comfort and prevents blisters and other foot issues around the heels.


Your child’s Mary Jane shoes should come with a substantial and supportive outsole with a firm heel counter to keep your child’s feet supported and comfortable. However, the most important factor is that the Mary Jane shoes must fit the shape of your child’s feet correctly.

For example, do you know whether your child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet? Do you know whether your child has a high instep or not? These are all factors that determine what type of shoes your child can wear.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

If you are unsure of your child’s exact foot length and shape I suggest that you follow the instructions in the article below:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best Mary Jane school shoes for kids. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

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The Mary Jane Shoes below can fit children with narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet, so make sure that you choose your child’s foot width accordingly. Take a look at the description below the image of the shoe to check what specific foot shape that particular style can accommodate.

These styles are all made out of 100% leather with a padded collar and memory-foam insoles that provide enhanced comfort.

These styles are also all made out of 100% leather and come with memory foam footbeds for all-day comfort and support.

These styles have leather uppers and adjustable hook-and-loop straps. The shoes come with a rubber outsole and for long-lasting durability. 

What Shoe Size Should I Order?

Take a look at the description below each shoe to find out what shoe size you should order to allow for the correct amount of growing room.

Are There Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

If you are looking for a different back to school shoe don’t hesitate to contact me and I will provide you with different shoe recommendations:

In the meantime you can take find the best gym school shoes in the article below:

Best Gym Shoes for School – Supportive, Durable, and Affordable!

Let me know in the comment section below if you have found a specific Mary Jane shoe that has worked well for your child’s feet. I am sure other families will benefit from your experiences!