Mule, a French word, is a style of shoe that is backless and often closed-toed. Mules can be any heel height – from flat to high. I have seen the most recent styles in bright colors and different materials than the classic black mule popular in the 90’s. I love that this style is coming back into fashion and would be perfect for any Spring outing. My style tip for how to wear mules: to show them off, pair them with of-the-moment culottes, cropped trousers, midi skirts, or skinny denim.
- Rachel Comey: Simone Woven Wedge Mule
- Maryam Nassir Zadeh: Andrea Mule
- Marais USA: Classic Mule
- Jeffrey Campbell: Spengler
- Balenciaga: Leather Wrap-Heel Mule Pump
The clog is a mysterious piece of fashion history. According to Wikipedia, the exact origins of the clog are unknown, but some of the oldest surviving wooden footwear in Europe dates all the way back to the 13th century. By World War II, the wooden shoe became obsolete. Then in the 1990s, a new shoe company in southeastern Pennsylvania was begun, because the husband-and-wife founders realized how popular clogs could be. Called Dansko, they set out to make them mainstream once again – providing comfortable footwear for kids, teachers, doctors, nurses and chefs alike.
Some great things about clogs: they’re comfortable; they do this neat thing to your ankles, which makes them look more like pigeon limbs than human limbs; a lot of them are from The Netherlands, thus rendering them worldlier than you. And they also allow for you to strike that fashion-revered, imperfect balance of perfectly in/formal — much the way sneakers do. I have been gradually adding them into my wardrobe and get so many compliments when I’m dressing them both up and down. Here are some comfortable, yet very fashionable options:
- Nina Z: Nina
- Dansko: DENI
- No. 6 Store: New School Clog
- Rachel Comey: Dover
- Tabitha Simmons: Sadie
- Swedish Hasbeens: Fredrica