Popularized by Marilyn Monroe, mules can be an inroad to capturing the refined elegance and daring style of one of the 20th century's most enduring icons. With a wide range of styles and heel sizes, these iconic open-back, closed-toe footwear staples are extremely versatile and present an exciting alternative to more traditional high-heeled shoes. Match a of pair mules with with a glamorous golden-age outfit, or anything with the inimitable aura of the silver-screen and the luxury it connotes.
Mules: The Must-Have Shoe For Minimalists Everywhere
As far as shoes go, the mule is as simple as it gets. It’s the slimmest, most sleek of them all, making it the go-to for any woman who has mastered the minimalist style. She tends to stay away from any color that isn’t black or white, and her closet consists of nothing but streamlined silhouettes and clean lines–just like her mules.
But mules aren’t as plain as they appear. Get the basics on the shoe’s styles below:
The Wedged Mule
A mule with a wedge is the easiest one to walk in since it has a chunk of shoe to stabilize the foot. It can also be the most shortening of the bunch because it squares off the end of the legs with its shape. Wedged mules look the best when worn with slim-fit trousers that will elongate your lower half.
The Skinny-Heeled Mule
Sophistication at its finest, a mule with a skinny heel is as chic as can be. Your feet aren’t strapped and secured in, so the key is to find a pair in a height comfortable enough to go the distance in. Consider these mules an understated version of the stiletto, and dress them up accordingly.
The Mixed-Media Mule
For footwear that comes across as casual, a mule with a wooden or cork heel is a step down from its thin-heeled sister. Keeping your balance is effortless in these thanks to the thicker support, so you’ll be able to walk the line with ease.
The Cutout Mule
Wedged, skinny or wooden, it isn’t the heel type that takes precedence in these mules. The difference is in the details. For an audacious spin on the otherwise meek mule, try a shoe with a cutout design.
Similar to the way the minimalist owns several different types of black tank tops, she has a variation of mules, too. Slip into the style that will suit you most, or just stock up on all four. There’s nothing wrong with having options.