August 7, 2014

Magnificent Mules

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Meet your new go to going out shoe! 

Mules are joining the ranks of crop tops, cut offs, overalls, and high tops as a 90’s trend turned 2014 triumph. 

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Céline, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Opening Ceremony, Tibi, Mara Hoffman and Alexander Wang all sent models down the runway wearing these fabulously fierce footwear in Spring & Fall 2014. 

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The backless clog/pump hybrid is back and bigger than ever, with a few choice changes distinguishing this Season’s Mule- Mule 2.0 if you will- from Carrie Fever era kicks.

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The classic shape remains: open toe, open back, solid heel. What differs is the very modern details designers are adding to the new and improved mule, most notably elevated platforms, breezy cut out, and stylish straps around the ankle to add texture and stability. But don’t just trust me; trust the fashion elite. 

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Elle.com recently rhapsodies “This season the mule, once a signature shoe for the over-60 set, has received a youthful makeover. Whether a floral adorned flat, a chunky heel, or a sleek stiletto, the new mule is something you’ll want to slip into.”

“They’re not your ’90s mules,” Amanda Weiner, Harper’s Bazaar senior accessories editor, explained to the NY post. “These are flattering — that’s the difference. These feel new again… Céline’s mule featured a really architectural heel. Chloe had a beautiful gold wedge mule. Altuzarra had a pointed toe that looked really sleek.”

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There’s a reason Manolo Blahnik once said that mules are his favorite shoe. The legendary footwear aficionado is partial to the backless shape because mules make women walk a certain chic way, with shorter steps and more even balance than your typical stiletto. Plus, mules are infamous for their musical quality. This shoe produces two sounds: the classic ‘click clack’ of the heel on the floor, and the ‘tip tap ‘ of shoe sole meeting and rejoining the foot. 

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Even I have to admit that the modern mule’s still strong shape can be intimidating, which makes pulling off the look occasionally perilous, and every woman should use caution before slapping on such a strong shape. If you have muscular legs or a petite frame, mules can add bulk and visually cut off your feet.

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Since the rounded toe of a traditional mule can appear masculine, balance the effect with a feminine and figure hugging dress or skirt and delicate accessories.

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