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8 Reasons why Mules are the Must Shoe for Your Wardrobe this Season

The Mule makes a grand re-entry and is a must have shoe for every wardrobe. Image via All For Fashion Design.

The Mule makes a grand re-entry and is a must have shoe for every wardrobe. Image via All For Fashion Design.

My love affair with this simple slip on shoe may have begun decades and decades ago when I was a young child. It was the late 1970s and early 1980s - the era of the bell bottom, peace love and happiness which flowed into the early days of disco and jumpsuits. I'm referring to, of course, the clog - my beloved leather topped and wooden soled clogs. I had two pairs in my during my early, formative years. The first pair I owned were my  made by MIA. They were brown leather with a braided bit that ran across the top from side to side. I had a pair in Navy suede as well. These were the coolest shoes I had ever owned up to that point in my life. And by wearing them, I too had somehow crossed the threshold of cool. They gave my short frame a couple of extra inches which I loved. (I couldn't have been more than 10 when I got my first pair.)

I have two very vivid memories of these simple slide-ons. My first memory is quite a painful one, and still makes me flinch. Every time my foot would accidentally slip back and out of the shoe the soft tender part of my instep would land on the incredibly hard and sharp edge of the wooden heel which sent shooting pains up and down my entire body and often had me seeing stars... (The same things happened when I wore my beloved Dr. Scholl's sandals in the summertime.)

My other memory is that of my mother yelling at me as I clomp-clomp-clomped across our apartment. We had a gorgeous and quite large apartment in an old prewar building with mostly exposed wood floors - save for the bedrooms. Those particularly loud shoes worn by a kid who walked like an elephant even in soft pink ballet slippers. Wooden clogs worn by heavy-footed 10 year old girls were not a pleasant combination! And so therefore, upon entry, my shoes had to immediately come off. Like all fashion fads the clog eventually slipped into a quiet oblivion only to replaced by something else. 

Were you a child, teen or young adult in the 1970s? Were clogs your most favorite shoe? Image via In the Gloss

Were you a child, teen or young adult in the 1970s? Were clogs your most favorite shoe? Image via In the Gloss

Are these 1970's Gucci clogs totally rad? Image via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Are these 1970's Gucci clogs totally rad? Image via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The mule made a graceful comeback in the 1990s with a much sleeker and more elegant design. They could be found in flat, kitten heel or higher and generally had a pointy toe. These were my favorites, and I have and wear many still, today as they are classics and will never fade from style.

Today, the mule is making a comeback once again but the styles are much more varied. I love this style of shoe for so many reasons.

  1. The modern mule is incredibly flexible and can be worn with anything from skirts and shorts to jeans to black tie dresses.
  2. They transition perfectly from night to day and from season to season.
  3. They look as lovely with dresses worn in summer as they do with jackets and pants in the cooler months.
  4. You can slip into them with ease and they fit just about any foot.
  5. This backless shoe will save your feet from many a blister.
  6. They're quite flattering to all legs and feet.
  7. They're very easy to pack and therefore make a great travel shoe (though do stick to the flat versions for long periods of walking.)
  8. One can never own too many pairs of mules!
Peeptoe glam makes this sophisticated mule appropriate for the workplace and the cocktail apres! Image via Freshnet.

Peeptoe glam makes this sophisticated mule appropriate for the workplace and the cocktail apres! Image via Freshnet.

Edgy snakeskin mules for the forward thinking gal. Image via The Alternative Bride. Original Source unknown.

Edgy snakeskin mules for the forward thinking gal. Image via The Alternative Bride. Original Source unknown.

Stylish flat mules complement a casual weekend wardrobe. Image via Emerson Frye.

Stylish flat mules complement a casual weekend wardrobe. Image via Emerson Frye.

Mules also make a mod comeback. Image via Emma Gutteridge 

Mules also make a mod comeback. Image via Emma Gutteridge 

A flat mule is a sensible walking shoe - whether walking to work our touring a big city. Image via Emerson Fry.

A flat mule is a sensible walking shoe - whether walking to work our touring a big city. Image via Emerson Fry.

These little black mules are simplicity and elegance rolled into one - Perfect with jeans on a cool spring day. Image via Sadierae + Co. (Original source unknown)

These little black mules are simplicity and elegance rolled into one - Perfect with jeans on a cool spring day. Image via Sadierae + Co. (Original source unknown)

We adore these tassel flat mules from JCrew. Image via JCrew.

We adore these tassel flat mules from JCrew. Image via JCrew.

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy looked stylish in mules in the 1990s. This timeless look remains fresh today. Image source unknown. 

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy looked stylish in mules in the 1990s. This timeless look remains fresh today. Image source unknown. 

Elle Magazine and Kerry Russel both dig Mules. (Image via Elle)

Elle Magazine and Kerry Russel both dig Mules. (Image via Elle)

Elegant kitten heel mules offer a casual elegance. Image via Cosmopolitan. 

Elegant kitten heel mules offer a casual elegance. Image via Cosmopolitan. 

Mules are popular across the Pond according to Fashion Me Now

Mules are popular across the Pond according to Fashion Me Now

Open toed mules, image via Elin Kling

Open toed mules, image via Elin Kling

Elegant mules. Image via Pop Sugar UK

Elegant mules. Image via Pop Sugar UK

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