Have you noticed the shoe of the moment? Wherever you look on the high street right now, you’ll see mules, or backless loafers as they seems to be being marketed this season. Gucci started it (see below) with its completely OTT but rather fabulous brocade, fur lined take on the classic horsebit loafer (NB these are sheepskin), and although the fashion world has gone mad for them, when it comes to the high street versions, approach with caution.

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Princetown shearling lined jacquard loafers, ยฃ565, matchesfashion.com

If you pick the wrong pair of mules, you might regret it! Styles in dark colours made from stiff leather that just look like a traditional loafer with the back lopped off can look heavy and unflattering, and anything with a weighty sole that will hit your heels with a thud with every footstep could end up being a real pain (literally). While I love Gucciโ€™s fancy embroidery, if youโ€™re paying less than fifty quid the workmanship is going to look obviously cheaper, so either keep to a simple design or splash out on a slightly more expensive pair.

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The mules Iโ€™m drawn to most are the slim-line slipper styles with a whimsical touch, like these beauties from Kurt Geiger, which also come in cream and go in store later this month for ยฃ130. Look for a slightly almond toe rather than anything squared off; the look Iโ€™m going for is off duty Sixties rock star writing an album in the south of France, so a long slim line on the foot is going to work well with my imaginary kaftan! As for my actual outfit, Iโ€™m pairing with cropped jeans (I know Iโ€™m like a stuck record, but if it ainโ€™t brokeโ€ฆ) or striped Mick Jagger-style trousers, and loose shirts and T-shirts.

Oh, and I forgot the best bit about mules – theyโ€™re the easiest shoes to put on in the world! Here is my pick of the best on the high street right now.

The Floral Mules

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River Island floral embroidered loafers, ยฃ30, riverisland.com

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Office floral mules, ยฃ48, office.co.uk

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Free People brocade loafers, ยฃ108, freepeople.com

The Minimal Mules

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ASOS ‘Madrid’ leather mules, ยฃ45, asos.com

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Hudson ‘Amelie’ suede silver mules, ยฃ110, hudsonshoes.com

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Zara yellow mules, ยฃ39.99, zara.com

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Vagabond ‘Katlin’ white mules, ยฃ60, vagabond.com

The Animal Print Mules

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Penelope Chilvers pony slippers, ยฃ99, penelopechilvers.com

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Mango zebra print loafers, ยฃ59.99, shop.mango.com

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Next animal print mules (also seen top), ยฃ50, next.co.uk

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