If you love your sandals, swear by your boots and couldn’t live without pumps, it could be time to add a new shoe style to your repertoire- the surprisingly versatile mule. In touchably soft suede and the chicest shade of beautiful light grey we have seen in a long while, these light grey stiletto mules by River Island promise to instantly update any of the closet classics, including last season’s must have looks with just the click of a heel. The open toe design slips on, features an open toe and a 12.5 cm stiletto heel. £50.00 from Riverisland.com
The Mule is having a moment. With the fashion pack vying to put their best foot forwards as fashion month sweeps around the globe from New York, to London, Paris and Milan, the Mule has been a surprise hit off the catwalk with fashion mavens seen putting their best foot forward in the retro-cool design in their droves.
Practical, sassy and with a bundle of attitude, the mule is a quirky, low-maintenance style. It embodies the casual “Oh I just threw this on” look so in vogue to ramp up sartorial credentials effortlessly.
These black leather high heel mules from Zara are set to be the shoe of the season. With a 4,17” heel they mix daytime appropriate with afterwork suitability. £59.99 from Zara.com.
There is something incredibly decadent about the mule. The shape itself is a little bit different from the norm, its open back coupled with high heel somehow beguiling glamorous. The mule is, to our minds, retro sex kitten personified; a throwback to a golden age with a whole lot of modern sass chucked in for good measure.
Doing the mule and doing it well is something Jenni Kayne has perfected. The LA-based designer is hands down, one of the champions of the shoe, with three different designs adding the ‘high heel’ element to what is otherwise an entirely flat collection (literally).
This sea foam green mule, with a 4.5′ heel, is perfect for summer or adding a hit of happy sunny seashore memories in cold, dark winter. Priced at $127 in the sale from JenniKayne.com
This gorgeous guava pair is reduced to $254 in the Shopbop sale
Black never goes out of fashion. This suede design sports a patchwork trim. $150 from JenniKayne.com
If you’re anything like me, you’ll just *hate* to have your feet tickled. And I know I’m not alone: most of my girlfriends feel the same way. But knowing all that hasn’t stopped pop-artist Rob Pruitt referencing this egregious pastime in his collaboration with Jimmy Choo in a capsule collection for Spring / Summer 2013.
Pruitt’s “Tickle mules” do make me laugh though, and not because I’m squirming with ticklishness. These playful shoes bring a smile to my face because, above all, they are fun. The shoe is completely over-the-top and, in keeping with this, it references all aspects of the boudoir – there’s the oversized feather from which “Tickle” gets its name, and even angel and devil printed panda motifs on the insole for the girl who can’t decide whether to be naughty or nice. The 4.5 inch heel is a glitter zebra-print (what else!) and the soles are colored a slightly naughty pink.
The shoe is a mule of course – the time-honoured bedroom footwear for generations – but its striking, self-mickey-taking personality will certainly see it moving beyond the bedroom to hit the streets and red carpets this coming season. I can see the Tickle as a feature in itself, worn with a little black dress to draw attention to its multitude of features. Another option would be to wear Tickle as part of a multi-colored ensemble: I’m thinking fluoro hotpants, a bright feather boa and zebra-striped eyeglasses.
The Jimmy Choo x Rob Pruitt capsule collection was launched at a cocktail party in NYC Thursday. Here’s the artist himself with the Tickle mule (picture: @JimmyChooLtd).
Highheelsdaily.com will be featuring more of the collection in the next few days. In the meantime, the Jimmy Choo and Rob Pruitt Tickle patent leather mules are available now from Net-a-Porter for £458.33, and come with angel and devil panda stickers.
The iconic high heel mules worn by actress Katharine Hepburn in the film, Summertime, have been refined and recreated as ankle-strap sandals by celebrated designer Giuseppe Zanotti. In the 1955 film, Hepburn plays Jane Hudson, a somewhat ordinary middle-aged secretary from Ohio who travels to Venice on her lifelong dream vacation. The character falls in love with the Italian owner of an antiques store and the film shows her taking herself on a shopping expedition and for salon treatments (including a pedicure!) before their date one evening.
While out shopping, Jane spies a pair of red mules in the window of a shop. Shortly afterwards the character is seen wearing the mules on her date with the Italian man and later, when the two consumate their relationship, one of the mules is shown outside the bedroom door – leaving the details of what is happening inside up to the imagination of viewers!
As well as creating a modernised version of the classic mule, Zanotti has also reproduced an exact replica for the shoe for the exhibition, Trame di Moda – women and style at the Venice Film Festival. The exhibition is now open at the Palazzo Mocenigo in Venice. The designer recently explained the reproduction process in an interview with shoescribe.com:
I reproduced the shoes exactly as they were in the film and I captured the emotion of the actress when she sees them in the store window. The protagonist is an actress but she’s also a woman and women love shoes. It was easy to see that she loved them.
As for the process of turning the mule into an ankle-strap stiletto for the modern woman, Zanotti said:
I also created a replica for the modern day woman who loves a higher heel. I added rhinestones, putting more emphasis on the product. I made the heel higher and added an ankle strap.
These new, special edition sandals are available for pre-order now at the monolabel boutique in Venice. From October 2012 they will also be available for purchase online at giuseppezanottidesign.com and at shoescribe.com.