To mule or not to mule? Why strap it in when you can easily slide your shoe on and off?
You can attain the Cinderella fit with a mule that keeps things simple without complex straps - no fuss. It looks lovely paired with everything from shorts and capris to almost all office attire. This shoes differentiates the gals that don’t need to be strapped in in order to walk in heels without stumbling.
My first showcase is a fun silver and black contrast. This is a standard mule with a thicker and thinner strap, which holds your foot in while really letting your feet breathe. This is the classic mule minus the chunky heel, which seems to be a trend I avoided all season. I have this shoe in black and white and it goes well with everything from my wrap dresses and maxis, to my shorts, and even to my cuffed denim. I especially love this mule with shorts because it will not overpower the look or give it an overly provocative look like some heels can when paired with shorts.
→ Buy the Stuart Weitzman Two-Band My Slide Sandals, $212.50 (was $425.00), at bloomingdales.com; this item ships for free.
Are you ready to transition into fall with my favorite brand’s idea of a mule? This sexy red suede is sultry. This Giuseppe Zanotti mule has many little straps covering the top of this shoe. Pair this shoe with a simple black mini cocktail dress and let it complete your outfit without having to spend so much time looking for a perfect shoe. This shoe is one of those you throw on and make any outfit look more appealing while alleviating all pressure on your end.
→ Buy the Giuseppe Zanotti Suede Mule, $299.95 (was $725.00), at dsw.com; this item ships for free.
If you want a mule that you can get away with wearing year after year then Phillip Lim is the answer. But, please remember to spray this black suede shoe before you wear it. This suede stunner is a sensible and sexy style that you can pair with everything while giving off an alluring look and enjoying the comfortable feeling you desire. The mesh inset really helps accentuate its design and gives it the sultry look it exudes.
→ Buy the 3.1 Phillip Lim Aria Suede Mule Sandal, $327.00 (was $595.00), at neimanmarcus.com; shipping and returns are free.
is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Kim is currently based in sunny San Diego, California, where she's a Realtor with Apprize Realty, Inc., specializing in coastal homes and luxury acquisitions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.