In case you haven’t already noticed, the backs seem to be disappearing off shoes. What started in a relatively sneaky way with designers sending models down catwalks and styling them in photos with the back strap of their shoes tucked under their heels, has ended with said backs being removed altogether.
While no doubt completely impractical, the mule is here to stay regardless. In fact, if 2016 was the year of the OTK boot – that’s ‘over the knee’ for those who didn’t care to partake in this somewhat tricky trend – 2017 is the year of the mule.
The good news is that while clearly not the best choice for the cooler months, mules are certainly effortless shoes – you only have to slip them on, and off you go. Thankfully, given it’s only March you still have a few months to test this trend before hibernating your mules until spring.
Here are five of our favourite ways to embrace 2017’s ‘it’ shoe:
Sportsgirl, Kimberley Slide Loafer, $69.95
Glassons, Slide on Mule, $59.99
Seed Heritage, Clare Mule Espadrille, $89.95
Rubi Shoes, Claire Trim Loafer Mule, $39.95
Topshop, Novel Square Toe Mules, $90
As someone who never thought this trend would win me over, don’t be surprised if you suddenly look down one day and find a pair of mules on your feet. Be warned they’re likely to become a year-round staple in your shoe collection. I have found myself dodging puddles in mine refusing to let the London rain win. And, if you want to wear them well into winter, the good news is they’ve been spotted paired with socks or fishnets at most of the fashion weeks!