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.
Princetown shearling lined jacquard loafers, £565, 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 Gucci’s fancy embroidery, if you’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.
The mules I’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 £130. Look for a slightly almond toe rather than anything squared off; the look I’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, I’m pairing with cropped jeans (I know I’m like a stuck record, but if it ain’t broke…) or striped Mick Jagger-style trousers, and loose shirts and T-shirts.
Oh, and I forgot the best bit about mules – they’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
River Island floral embroidered loafers, £30, riverisland.com
Office floral mules, £48, office.co.uk
Free People brocade loafers, £108, freepeople.com
The Minimal Mules
ASOS ‘Madrid’ leather mules, £45, asos.com
Hudson ‘Amelie’ suede silver mules, £110, hudsonshoes.com
Zara yellow mules, £39.99, zara.com
Vagabond ‘Katlin’ white mules, £60, vagabond.com
The Animal Print Mules
Penelope Chilvers pony slippers, £99, penelopechilvers.com
Mango zebra print loafers, £59.99, shop.mango.com
Next animal print mules (also seen top), £50, next.co.uk