Mules are back on trend in a big way this season with designers catering both for the modern stiletto mule, and more 70s inspired block heels too. Indeed they’re so popular at the moment that sites like net-a-porter are selling out of designer mules faster than they can get stock in.
UPDATE, March 2018: Both these mules from 2014 are no longer available for sale (ie they have sold out, as we predicted they would way back then!). If this changes, we will update this page with links.
We’ve just two to share with you today, starting with the Lucky mule in black suede by Kirsten Cavallari. This 4.5 inch stiletto mule retailed with free shipping from heels for $124.99. Some sizes have already sold out.
Our second and final mule find is Jeffrey Campbell’s Curie in wine pony hair. With a 4.5 inch stacked heel, these mules retailed from Nasty Gal for $113. That’s 30% off.
Cult shoe designer Jeffrey Campbell is known for his fierce styles and super high heels. These studded Cheetah shadow platform ankle boots take that reputation to a whole new level. The epitome of fierce urban cool, the suede silver stud booties sit atop at towering 14.5cm heel and 6.5cm platform. Decked all over with silver spikes and an animal print pattern, the only question is, do you dare? £60.00 (reduced from £140.00) at Office.co.uk.
We all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we think we might have discovered the recipe to make a truly ugly pair of high heels. To get started you will need some tan leather and some clear plastic lucite material of the kind usually seen on cheap, stripper heels. Assemble them incongruously, slap on a crazy prize tag and you’re done.
We’ve found two examples of this recipe being used to good effect and in both cases, the offender is the Jeffrey Campbell brand. For their troubles we’re awarding the Jeffrey Campbell design team first and second prize for producing the ugliest high heels of 2012. Quite some achievement.
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Which is worse is a close run thing, but we think the 6 inch Zaudrey pump (above) scoops the prize. The silly name of this shoe is probably the best thing about it. Meanwhile its distinctly amateur looking platform could be mistaken for something a child made in woodwork class and is as crass and unharmonious as a string of bum notes on a piano. Add the tacky-looking jagged edges and the sweat-inducing lucite inner and it is difficult to go past this platform as the worst high heel shoe of 2012. And, although it may look cheap it isn’t; if the Jeffrey Campbell Zaudrey floats your boat you can pick it up from Nordstrom for $244.95.
Second prize goes to these Jeffrey Campbell lucite platform boots. Aren’t they just hideous? They look like gumboots for ladies of the night, and not even dainty ones at that. The awful, clumsy stripe down the centre of the front of the heel will at least hopefully detract from the sweaty feet that can be seen from all angles in these shoes. They say “Looks killer paired with absolutely anything!” We say “only with the lights off.” If these 5 inch lucite boots take your fancy, they’re available from Nasty Gal for $198. And, believe it or not, they’ve nearly sold out.
Could a flashback to the 1980s provide the latest shoe trend? Can velcro on shoes be cool again? Jeffrey Campbell seems to think so, with these two tone leather and suede pointy-toed heels with a velcro closure ankle strap.
And the brand isn’t alone. It seems velcro on shoes isn’t just for small children and old ladies, as high heel manufacturers also move in on the attraction of hook-and-loop fasteners on shoes. Function has become fashion once again.
ACNE has joined Jeffrey Campbell by also using a leather, suede and velcro combination: its creation are these 5.5 inch Ace ankle boots which fasten with both laces and, of course, a velcro strap.
It would seem velcro footwear has come a long way since 1968 when Puma became the first major shoe company to use velcro fasteners on a sneaker.
The Jeffrey Campbell brand has put its own unique twist on the high heel sneaker trend with the heel-less, multi-colored Ascension shoe, exclusive to Karmaloop. This color-blocked beauty retails for $215 and is a lace-up sneaker with a velcro strap, and a 7 inch heel height with 3 inch platform.
The Ascension reminds us a little of the “Dvea” patent leather sandal by Versace, which we featured being worn by Nicki Minaj way back in January 2011. The rapper certainly would rock these crazy, color-blocked heels, and we know she is no stranger to Jeffrey Campbell shoes. Earlier this year Nicki wore the Jeffrey Campbell Napoles high heel wedge sneaker in the video clip for her hit song Right by my Side.
See Nicki Minaj wearing her high heel sneakers in the video below (at about 1 minute 20 second mark):
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