Like so many trends from the Y2K era, mule shoes have officially made a mighty comeback for spring and summer 2022. If you’re unfamiliar with this classic silhouette, the mule features a backless heel section for easy wearing, and can come with or without a heel or open toe.
“The mule got its name from the Latin term mulleus calceus, meaning mullet shoe. It was used to refer to both backless shoes and slippers as early as the Middle Ages,” explains personal stylist Kimberly Mayhew, founder of House of Colour. Similar to the mullet haircut (which is also trending right now), it features the more formal stuff in the front and a naked party in the back.
The thing about mules is that they feel effortless and casual, but still have an air of “put together.” They’re also super versatile and can be worn with jeans, slacks, dresses, jumpsuits, and skirts. Basically, there’s a comfy, casual-chic mule for every mood and moment.
Fashion expert Victoria Barbara recommends the following pairings:
- Classic Casual: Flat or chunky heel mule with straight-leg cropped pants and a blouse, crop top, or trench.
- Trendy Chic: A flat or heeled mule with a pair of skinny or cigarette jeans and a fitted top or blouse.
- Dressed Up: A heeled mule featuring a fun color, texture, or design element paired with a midi dress.
- Vacation Mode: An earthy-neutral flat mule with a flowing maxi dress.
Ready to shop for some trendy mule shoes? You’ll be wearing these picks all season long.
We love a major embellishment moment, and that’s exactly what you get in this bestselling 3” block heeled mule from Alterre. Don’t let the height fool you, though. This chic marbled mule was designed for comfort, too, and features a cushioned foam midsole for fuss-free style. The sophisticated yet edgy look makes it perfect for both a night on the town or or day in the office.
This earthy woven mule adds a sense of effortless style to all sorts of outfits— including dresses, skirts, pants, and jeans—not to mention all-day comfort. It features a negative space at the midfoot, closed toe, and a barely-there heel for more dimension. We’re partial to marigold, but it also comes in soft gold, black, and brown.
You’ll be turning all sorts of heads wearing a pair of these snazzy mules. Available in Cactus (green), Tropic (orange) and blush (dusty pink), these 3.5” block heel mules feature a cute peek-a-boo toe and rich texture via faux pony hair. We’re digging the western vibes meets city girl flair of these statement-making kicks.
Crafted from buttery soft leather, these sophisticated mules feature a trendy square-toe, sculptural rounded 2.5” heel, and folded upper design. They’re a fun way to add some chic style to your office wardrobe, but can also make a statement in skinny jeans.
Let’s give it up for Vionic, who has seamlessly combined the athleisure aesthetic with an air of sophistication. It features a chunky block heel, cozy knit upper, and an open toe, making it a breathable, comfortable, and super versatile pick. In addition to the soft blue hue (azure), it comes in pink, black, gray, navy, and shiraz.
We’re obsessed with these airy-light mules from Sundance, which feature an intricately woven leather upper that’s giving us “elevated doily.” Pair them with your go-to summer dress or a pair of boyfriend jeans for a sophisticated, casual look.
This eclectic mule emulates the spirit of the West—almost as if a pair of cowboy boots got morphed into a chic pair of mules. Best of all, they’re super versatile. You can dress ‘em down with your favorite pair of jeans (bolero necklace optional but recommended) or elevated with a dreamy boho dress that moves with the wind.
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