In the 1980s television comedy Married with Children, the lead character Al Bundy was a shoe store salesman. However it was his wife Peggy Bundy who became famous for her footwear.
The style of shoes that Peggy wore in Married with Children were single strap, open-toed, high heel mules. The rest of Peg’s fashion wardrobe consisted mainly of tight capri-length leggings with a large belt, often accompanied by an off-the-shoulder top.
But whatever else Peg wore, her high heeled mules were always a mandatory accessory. A mule is simply a slip-on, backless high heel such as the black ones pictured above (available via Milanoo for $54.99).
One particular kind of mule sometimes worn by Peg Bundy was the Marabou mule. A Marabou mule is simply a mule with a fluffy fur or feather adornment over the front strap such as these pink ones available from Milanoo for $54.99.
Peggy Bundy wore Marabou mules in the Married with Children episode “The Great Escape” in which the Bundys were forced to sleep overnight in Al’s shoe store. In the episode (first broadcast 21 February 1988) the family settle in at the store for the night, while their daughter Kelly plots to escape and go to a rock concert. The Great Escape episode was part of the second season of Married with Children and is out on DVD via Amazon.
Peggy Bundy’s outfits were designed to look as cheap and tacky as possible at all times and usually succeeded. IMDb attributes the Peggy Bundy look to having been conceived by the actress Katey Sagal, who played the character:
Katey Sagal came up with the idea for her character Peggy Bundy to dress in 1960s-inspired clothing. Sagal’s reason for the look was because she wanted to parody the 1960s housewife. For her audition, Sagal had brought her own red bouffant wig, and when she won the role, producers approved the image into the show.
In an interview for Loaded (Magazine) Sagal referred to the importance of the high heel mules to help her get in character:
It doesn’t come together until I get dressed. The wig… and the shoes, the shoes are really important.
Peggy’s humorously tight clothing and high stiletto mules gave her a unique, small stepping walk, which Sagal also attributed to the shoes:
[W]hen we went to wardrobe, about how we wanted them look – them all to look, and I thought that she should wear shoes like that… anyone who wears ‘those kind of shoes’ will walk that way.