January 4th, 2014
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Will You Wear Mules?



Mules are back, and in a big way. Like Carine Roitfeld, I vividly remember the annoying whap-whap-whap sound they made as someone walked down the halls of Vogue. But according to an article by Meenal Mistry in the WSJ on the resurgence of the backless slip-on, even Carine has come around and now likes them. I like them too, especially with the higher heel. And Meenal gives good advice on how to wear them today– paired with a longer skirt or cropped slim pants is best.

Vanessa Traina in Altuzarra mules © the WSJ

Vanessa Traina in Altuzarra mules © the WSJ



What's New


Caged satin minaudière


Wool-crepe strapless top


Vokayo high-rise straight-leg jeans


Garcon suede loafers


Laser-engraved logo belt


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt

  • Oh yes – love them! Would love to hear (and see) more on longer skirts. Vanessa Traina’s whole look is stunning.

    AliJanuary 4th, 2014  10:17 PM

  • these “mules” are totally doable; they’re more like “backless shoes”. more fancy clog (barely any whap, whap whap) than dr scholl’s (clackety, whap, whap went those manolo pointy, princess kitten heels, ugh, remember?). i say, yes to this incarnation.

    agnesJanuary 4th, 2014  11:13 PM

  • Absolutely!

    PaulaJanuary 5th, 2014  12:13 AM

  • Absolutely, I still have some vintage from the last time around that I will resurrect.

    MonicaJanuary 5th, 2014  10:50 AM

  • We are loving mules this Resort Season! There is something so effortless and chic about a classic mule

    StyledrvrJanuary 5th, 2014  10:54 AM

  • Oh, I so wish I could wear them, especially the ones with the higher vamp, but I can’t. My heel always (!) slides to the left or right off the shoe and then I cramp up trying to keep them on. I shall adore from afar.

    SueMJanuary 5th, 2014  11:12 AM

  • Yes!

    BarbaraJanuary 5th, 2014  11:18 AM

  • I like them open toed; otherwise, I think they look a little clunky and make feet look larger. The open toe seems more feminine.

    KellyJanuary 5th, 2014  12:56 PM

  • Looks chic on others but not my look.

    karenJanuary 5th, 2014  2:16 PM

  • Oh yes, especially with cropped slim trousers….I would put up with the whap, whap, whap for the understated elegant factor any day!

    YitkaJanuary 5th, 2014  3:36 PM

  • I guess I am the lone dissenter. I really dislike mules…especially trying to keep them on going downstairs!

    Sue BJanuary 5th, 2014  4:22 PM

  • I like them on others, but I also find them hard to wear. Weather permitting, I love to wear dresses or skirts and I think they look nice with mules. Maybe I will have to “teach” myself how to keep them on my feet!

    MelissaJanuary 5th, 2014  6:34 PM

  • I like these new ones, because they look fresh and look like a shoe not a flip flop with a heel. I guess the thing that gets me with mules is they seem to get over done as a look. A few years ago my sister’s son was getting married and she was wearing a cocktail length dress and was looking at shoes. She asked me what I thought of a pair of mules and I told her I really think the look wasn’t elegant enough for the mother of the groom. She ended up with a conventional heel, which I thought did greater justice to the lovely dress she was wearing. I guess I just can’t get beyond those ’80’s “Grease” style mules with capri pants – not a classy look to me. The closed toe mules shown here are different though, and I can see them paired with an elegant outfit. Vanessa Traina’s cream outfit is the essence of elegance to me. One of my favorite looks.

    AprilJanuary 5th, 2014  7:01 PM

  • I won’t be jumping on that bandwagon. Very hard to be elegant when your shoes are making that slapping noise!

    RTGJanuary 6th, 2014  10:20 AM

  • I think April nailed it… I LOVED Grease, but not those slutty mules with the spandex pants! And not those modern-guise ones either. So sorry Phoebe Philo et al, but I’m out…

    DisneyrollergirlJanuary 6th, 2014  4:04 PM

  • without question! love mules – comfortable and sexy!

    Lisa EastmanJanuary 6th, 2014  10:34 PM


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