Fall back with mules

Modesty is making a comeback – shirt dresses are out, cardigans are in.  For me, I keep a strong selection of shoes in my office and wear sandals or slides to and from work. That is until now. One sure tell sign that Fall is here, freezing cold toes! So with temps in the 50s here in Boston, slides are officially out too, mules are in.


So, I recently rearranged my shoe rack by priority and close-toed shoes are now my front runners, including these mules by Topshop available at Nordstrom. The first time I wore them to work another attorney told me, “I like your slippers.” I viewed this as opportunity to not only correct him, but properly advise him on mules; while comfort is king with me, I’d never actually wear slippers to the office.


Mules are a French term, used to depict a shoe that is backless and usually closed-toe. Apparently, mules are often confused with clogs, a similar style. Here’s what I gather, clogs originated in Scandinavia and the Netherlands and were a popular shoe for the working class. Although I may have worn clogs back in the late ’90s, I am no longer an advocate of the clog style. Both mules and clogs are closed-toe shoes, if it has a heel it’s likely a mule, platform, its likely a clog. Mules originated in France and were considered a dress shoe for aristocrats, that is until prostitutes began wearing them. Rumor has it in the early 1950s Marilyn Monroe restored the reputation of mules. Praise be to Marilyn!


Back in March, Elle hypothesized mules would be the shoe of 2017. To be honest, even though I acted offended when my co-worker thought I was wearing slippers, he called it on the head. A comfy slip-on style shoe that is structured like a flat or loafer, I definitely don’t hate it.


Mules can be styled for any occasion depending on the type. From flats to stilettos, wedges, chunky heels, platforms, leather, suede, pointy-toe, close-toe, mules come in all shapes and sizes. They easily spruce up any work look although some may mistake them for slippers.  Right now, my black knotted mules have been on constant rotation as the ideal Summer to Fall transition shoe.



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