When everyone else across the country is breaking out their layers and fall boots, I’m still clinging to endless summer in Los Angeles. And while we still have the warm weather, I can’t stop thinking about my favorite summer shoe – the mule. But my relationship with mules has been a rocky one since 2015.
For the longest time I resisted the trend that seemed to be transported straight from a 1994 episode of Friends, and I believed they should stay in the past, just like the Rachel haircut. But it turns out mules were more than a passing fad, and made a huge comeback on par with high-waisted denim and the choker.
Over the past year, mules grew on me due to the improved design many brands are coming out with. These backless shoes can be very versatile and are my new wardrobe staple, some coming open toe, some with a slight heel and other mules keeping their standard clog appearance. But now, with Jeffrey Campbell, Gucci, and even Steve Madden coming out with fashion-forward mules, I have officially become obsessed.
How To Style Mules
One of my favorite aspects of mules is the fact that they are easy to put on so you don’t have to mess with flats and can diversify your shoe game throughout the week. They look great with shorts, jeans, dresses and skirts. Mules have become a comfortable, easy way to elevate your look without throwing on a heel – but some of my favorite mules do have a little bit of a heel to them.
The best part about mules is that they come in a variety of different price points and in so many different styles that no matter your taste, price range, or preference, there is the perfect mule out there waiting to be added to your collection. I, for one, cannot stop buying them, and after you finish this post, you won’t be able to resist either.
My Three Favorite Mules In My Closet
1) Shellys London - Fatara Mule - 119.95
These white shining pearls really seal the deal on this mule. With a slight block heel and a pointed toe, these have become my go-to shoe for any occasion.
2) Forever 21 - Bubble Stud Flat Mules - $24.90
You're never too old for a classic staple from Forever 21. These bubble stud mules are a great addition to any outfit looking for it's statement piece.
Three Mules That Won’t Break The Bank
1) Jeffrey Campbell - Jodeci Sweetheart Mule Pump - $124.95
Nothing dresses up an outfit like a heel, and this is the perfect one to elevate any outfit. Personally, I'd wear it with ripped boyfriend jeans and a white tee and call it a day.
2) Jeffrey Campbell - Fatara Mule - $109.95
Shine on! This metallic gold mule goes perfectly with a pair of jeans, and has the added benefit of a pointed toe that offers the illusion of a longer leg.
3) Zara - Flat Pointed Mules - $49.95
The difference is in the details. This find at Zara can take any look from drab to fab thanks to the pointed toe and beautiful beaded rings.
Three Mules I’d Buy If I Had An Unlimited Bank Account
1) Francesco Russo - Lace Up Mule - $990
This lace-up show stopper is every girl's dream. The stiletto heel ending in a pointed toe mule is the solution to all of your problems.
2) Gucci - Princetown Loafer Mule - $695
Leave it to Gucci to completely revitalize the classic loafer. This continues to be one of the most popular mules, with its signature goldtone chain making the shoe instantly recognizable and the perfect slip-on for any day of the week.
3) Phillip Lim - Louie Mule - $550
This hybrid velvet mule complete with studs and a multitude of details makes it the ultimate statement piece to add to your collection.