11 Mules of the MomentThe days of wearing skyscraper length heels are taking a back seat. Spring brings us fresh florals, whimsical fabrics, and shoes you won’t want to take off: mules. The slide-in shoes will help you transition leisurely into long spring days with comfort and grace.
From retro to embellished, here are just a few pairs of mules to add to your closet:
Regal and Retro
Princetown Leather Mid-Heel Mule at Gucci, $695
There’s no hiding the fact that mules weren’t born out of 2017. One thing your high school history book left out is that mule designs date back to the 16th century. In the modern era, Marilyn Monroe brought the show back with a strong revival during the 1950s. Since the ’50s flashback, mules have emerged in fashion designs every decade since. Give a nod to the shoe’s history with Gucci’s ’60s-inspired blush mule heel. The Princeton slipper’s light pink hues and elongated toe give us déjà vu to years of mod wardrobes. Whether you wear them to the office or on a shopping day, you will exude sophistication—and maybe even some leftover magic from Monroe herself.
The Fiesta Mule
Ellis Embroidered Mule at Tory Burch, $395
We love a sophisticated shoe, but Miami is known for its convivial fetes and vibrant attitude. In a city hung up the colors, histories and music of Latin and Central American cultures, these Tory Burch mules have found a home in the 305. A literal party on your feet, the Ellis Embroidered Mule is made in Brazil of flower-stitched leather, punctuated with colorful pom-poms and tassels. Its high block heel tapers to a fine point, leaving a unique silhouette that will stand out in a sea of shoes.
Dalis-C Mule at Steve Madden, $99.95
Our love for Michael Kors’ springtime mule is as clear as day. Step into the season in style sporting the effortlessly cool DALIS-C sandal, featuring a lovely lucite heel, capitalizing on the transparent trend. From your favorite maxi skirt to a delightful sundress, we foresee a remarkable amount of outfit options in this shoe’s future.
The Cozy Classic
Geri Leather Slide at Michael Kors, $130
Who said simple had to be boring? While mules can be lavish and loud, a comfortable and understated flat is the timeless staple you truly need. Rendered in luxe leather, Michael Kors’ Geri Leather Slides are a chic take on a simple silhouette. The versatile loafer-inspired mule will make a great final touch with classic denim or workday trousers.
The Elegant Stiletto
Dress Up Mule at Louis Vuitton, $880
Mules may be an impeccable pick for laidback style, but don’t underestimate this shoe’s charm. Despite popular belief, some mules are glamorous enough to wear to even the most lavish events on your calendar. Louis Vuitton’s Dress Up Mule is 4.4 inches of glorious elegance. The exaggerated bow makes us think of gala season, art exhibits, and Miami’s rising social scene.
The Rise of the ’70s
Chiton Mules at Bally, $575
Cork-heeled mules were a staple of the ’70s, but we gladly welcome them to the decade with open arms. The sweet, stacked chunky heel offers support to take you anywhere with stability and speed. The nude suede molds to an irresistible shape, leaving room for a precious peep-toe. Wear these neutral Bally gems for a walk down Collins Avenue or on a Sunday brunch date with your family.
The Heavy Metal Mule
Chain Strap Loafer Mule at Givenchy, $695
Did you ever think a mule could carry such attitude? Givenchy’s fashion house is never short on serving ornate edge. The mule’s supple calfskin leather is elevated with an oversized curb chain, adding a tough, modern attitude. Wear these daring loafers with a simple jumper, or sleek slacks to add a wild sense of irrevocable flair.
Jeffrey Campbell Ravis Embellished Loafer Mule at Nordstrom, $149.95
Lounge around in effortless style with Jeffrey Campbell’s swanky velvet mule. A picturesque creation from every angle, the loafer is adorned with silvery domed studs, and shimmering faux-pearl. We especially love the layered kiltie fringe and luxurious fabric choice. Spring never looked so stunning.
Creative and Colorful
Minetta Colorblock Sandal at Coach, $245
Turn every head in the room when you walk in with these retro Coach mules. The thick heel and modern style call for a dramatic entrance. Colorblocked strips of pink and burgundy suede, accentuated with playful cutouts, make this heel a showstopper. We are swooning over the dainty ankle tie, a feminine touch to this shoe’s bold existence.
Raye Kaye Ankle Tie Mules at Bloomingdale’s, $180
Dance around Miami’s night scene with poise in these ballet-inspired Raye mules. Complemented with a 1.75-inch block heel, the crimson stunners will give you the courage and comfort to cut a rug in any room. Pair these with your favorite denim or midi skirt to show off the lovely lace-up feature.
The Creative Clog
Clogs at RED Valentino, $695
While we love a great pair of mules, we have to give an honorable mention to RED Valentino’s intricate spring clogs. Made in Italy, these designer clogs feature premium leather soles and a 4.3-inch wooden platform. The motif is reminiscent of springtime’s sweet songbirds, aiding the clogs to take flight as one of the hottest shoes to wear this season. The gold hardware and supportive strap make this clog a must-have shoe for the free-spirited trendsetter.