Fashion may be cyclical but we’ve waiting a looooong time for the high heeled mule to make a comeback. In fact if you leave aside Peggy Bundy’s fixation with these clacky creations, it’s been about fifty years since the mule last ruled. Long beloved in the bedroom, the one-strap wonder is now officially street-wear again.
As we’ve reported earlier, mules are very much on-trend right now. At the top end, leading shoe designers and brands such as Manolo Blahnik, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, Alexander Wang, Stuart Weitzman, Prada, Fendi and Gucci all have mules in their recent collections.
A number of price-tag friendly labels are also climbing aboard the train. Australia’s Tony Bianco label has contributed with Oakley, a sexy 10.5cm (4.2 inch) stiletto peep-toe mule.
UPDATE – March 2016: Oakley was available in summer of 2015 in white, black and green leather for $149.99 per pair but is no longer stocked. If this shoe is restocked we will link to it here.
A friend of mine suggested that these new black and white boots could suit female Imperial Biker Scouts – assuming such things existed – from the Star Wars films. What’s that – Star Wars? Bored already? Yup, me too.
Anyhow these Averty ankle boots aren’t boring at all, at least not in this white Chicago and black kid suede combo. The white will need looking after – good luck if you dirty those puppies I say – but it does really does work. The black contrasts nicely with the multiple white straps, really helping them stand out as the feature of this boot.
The boot also comes in a black on black combination, but it’s hard to see why anyone would choose that. The feature straps are just lost in a sea of darkness and the relief provided by the two tone version that helps it “pop” is non existent.
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Whether you prefer the white or the black version, the Averty ankle boots are new to Australian retailer Tony Bianco for AU$199.95 (the site also provides EU and UK sizes for overseas shoppers). The boot has a pointed toe and inside zip and the heel height is 11.5cm (just over 4.5 inches).
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