Living up to its name, the mule is stubbornly staying put this season. A headline act on the SS19 runways of big-hitting names like Prada and Balenciaga, now fashion insider labels from Wandler to Loq have fallen for its slip-on-and-go ease. But the mule’s charm extends far beyond its low-maintenance appeal: firstly, point-toe versions are the perfect transitional shoe from ankle boots when temperatures start to rise. Plus, its exaggerated shape has a leg-lengthening effect, making it the ideal accompaniment to mini hemlines, too. Wandler’s pastel-yellow and cream Bente mules will offset bright shades or add a refreshing hit of color to denim or neutrals. Meanwhile, Jimmy Choo’s ‘Rav’ version will tick off the mock-croc trend – pair them with cropped, wide-leg tailored pants and a silk blouse in the season’s beloved beige for fashion kudos.
For days that demand a more elevated dress code, or to pep up a casual outfit, opt for Giuseppe Zanotti’s open-toed style. In bold leopard print with low kitten heels, they strike the right balance between sensual and sensible. Also consider architectural mules from brands such as Rosetta Getty, Rejina Pyo and Cult Gaia, whose designs are balanced on everything from elegant curves to sculptural spheres; wear them with a utilitarian jumpsuit for a chic daytime look or a black silk slip dress for easy ’90s cool. It’s the ultimate minimum effort, maximum impact shoe.