Aussie brand divides with revival of cult item: 'Year 12 flashbacks'

Some fans loved the new footwear design while others were not so sure.

A popular Aussie shoe brand has divided fans after releasing a new design inspired by the 90s.

With 90s-style mum jeans, cropped cardigans and sheer dresses having a resurgence, Tony Bianco is jumping on the trend with its new black casual shoe.

Retailing at $229.95, the shoe brand has unveiled new black Mary Janes with a square toe and 6.5-centimetre block heel.

After sharing a video advertising the shoes on Instagram, which shows models donning the footwear with white crew socks, some shoppers were unsure what to make of the design, with many saying they looked like school shoes.

Models show off Tony Biano Loure Mary Janes in an Instagram ad.
Fans were divided over Tony Bianco's new Mary Janes. Source: Instagram

"Reminding me of my school days – Catholic school," one commented on Instagram.

"Year 12 flashbacks," another said.

"It's a no from me," a third simply stated.

"I didn't even wanna wear these in school let alone in my spare time," a savage comment read.


Others however loved the new design, with many who loved the 90s vibe wanting to get their hands on a pair.

"I am here for this trend making a comeback!" one wrote on the post.

"We love a Mary Jane!" a fan added.

"OMG why am I so obsessed," another shared.

"Love that Mary Janes are making a comeback," somebody else commented.

Tony Bianco says on its website the Loure Black Hi Shine 6.5cm Casual Shoes are "timeless".

"Classic with its timeless detail, featuring a modern twist, Loure is the versatile style you need," the product description says.

"Showcasing an on trend squared toe shape, and across foot strap with a silver buckle and sturdy block heel, Loure can easily be dressed up or down to suit your every need."

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