The spring and summer streets were ruled by one shoe, and one shoe only — the mule. Block heeled versions of a simple slip-on, this sandal seemed to take the place of the wedge for just about everyone. It was an easy to wear, 90’s-inspired silhouette that gave us all a welcome boost. But now that we’re setting our sights on the coming autumn months, we’re looking for the next It-shoe to fill the void. The funny thing? It’s here and it goes by the same name. For fall, the mule drops to the floor, making flats a staple once again.
Backless but with covered toes, these cooler-weather mules come in comfortable leathers and other textiles replete with warm linings and other fun fall touches. This season, nix the loafer and ballet flat in favor of these fun pairs.
The Gucci Sub
No self-identifying budget fashionista could justify the nearly $1K price tag for Gucci slip-ons. Nothing, no matter how iconic, is that splurge-worthy. Get the next best thing for way less zeros with an embroidered, faux fur and faux leather substitute that looks just as good.
Talk about twinkle toes! Sparkle on in the muted neutrals of fall with metallic kicks in real leather. These shining stars meld the feminine and masculine for one mule that does it all.
Put a Bow On It
If loafer styling isn’t usually your bag, we get the similar hesitation to mules. But these beautiful bows should change things. Sweet and chic, slip into suede mules in a dusty rose or classic black for a flirty little spin on fall’s new favorite.
For those appreciating a more subtle luxury, croc-embossed leather fits the bill. Accented with a barely there, stacked heel and a little gleaming gold, these soles keep it smart and sophisticated for September and beyond.
Much like silk print pajamas and a matching slipper, this sleep-inspired shoe quirks up the simplest of outfits with some muted floral action. Elegant navy and mauve tones dance across this patterned pick for some seriously happy feet.
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