Remember when clogs and mules were strictly worn by your grandmother, and they screamed homely to you? Well, consider that outlook officially over, as cute mules are super in style right now, taking street style by storm. And if you're part of the lucky few that have been rocking this trend since the jump, I applaud you — You were way ahead of the curve.
If you told me in high school that I would own (and covet) a pair of clogged mules, I would have laughed in your face. This was in the height of my Abercrombie & Fitch/tube top/pleated skirt/platform flip flop stage. I mean, I thought a double popped collar was ~tres chic~ and wore pink sweatpants daily. I had much to learn.
As I grow older and really look at the pieces I've saved up for and totally love, most of it has been inspired by my mother and grandmother's amazing sense of style. Menswear-inspired pieces, long maxi dresses, and high-waisted trousers are all in the mix, and clogs have become my new best friend. But even more than clogs — mules.
In the '90s and early 2000s, skinny straps were all the rage, especially when it came to sleeves and strappy shoes. So, the thought of a thick, '70s-inspired strap totally threw me off. But as we know, fashion is cyclical, and this little baby has come back in style, and better than ever.
This spring and summer season, the mule will be your new best friend. Not only are they super stylish, but they're also ultra comfy.
1. The Suede
FRS Pink Suede Mules, $92, frontrowshop.com
Obsessed with how cute these are with mom jeans.
2. The Ultra Platform
Sam Edelman Marley Leather Platform Clogs, $130, net-a-porter.com
See how perfect these are for spring and summer?
3. The Closed Toe
Free People Walk This Way Clog, $168, freepeople.com
This adds some serious height, without feeling uncomfortable.
4. The Criss Cross
Vince Camuto Jevan Mule, $118.95, shop.nordstrom.com
Maybe I'm just obsessed with suede, but these are the mule heels of my dreams.
5. The Snakeskin
Via Spiga Wynola Mule, $185, shop.nordstrom.com
The epitome of chic.
6. The Statement
Kendall + Kylie Essie Peaked Leather Mule Pump, $150, niemanmarcus.com
This one's definitely club ready.
7. The Classic Black
Kenneth Cole Charlo Perforated Open-Toe Bootie, $180, kennethcole.com
The heel height on this is perfect for a night out.
8. The Double Strap
Sol Sana Dice Mule, $149.95, solesociety.com
And with a square toe, it's just that little detail that gives this mule that extra edge.
9. All White Everything
ASOS Theme Mule Platform Sandals, $68, us.asos.com
I'm loving the major height these give.
10. The Metallic
Julie Dee Mules, $96, yoox.com
If you're into a totally flat shoe, this one's for you.
11. The Textured Feel
Matisse Clover Leather Mules, $128, nastygal.com
If you want a departure from the classic black, a texture definitely helps.
12. The Fringe
Charlotte Stone Morely Fringe Mules, $310, anthropologie.com
Why can't your feet join in on the fringe fun?
13. The Fun Stripe
Sol Sana Fella Mule, $150, zappos.com
Love a good baseball stripe.
Remember: Mules aren't just for your grandmama no more. This might be one of my favorite trends thus far, if just for the comfy factor.
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