The Must Have Shoe That Isn't Already In Your Closet

Immediately after high school, I worked at Sam & Libby. If you are familiar with the Sam Edelman brand, then you know Sam & Libby. It was the predecessor, named after Sam (obviously) and his wife, Libby. (Here's a quick read, if you are interested in learning more.) Anyway, Sam & Libby were famous for their ballet flats, but what they offered me was a wide variety of shoe styles at an affordable price. Naturally, this price was made even better with my 30% employee discount. Within months I had hit thirty pairs of shoes in my closet. It was my inaugural thirty. I'll never forget it. 

Where am I going with this? Sam & Libby also introduced me to the mule. A mule is a backless shoe. That's it. Sure, it is often closed toe. But, it can also have an open toe. It's been years since we've really seen the style featured in magazines. I've been in the clog zone for the last few years, which is as close as we've come. Clogs have a wooden sole, but don't really have any other restrictions. If you are thinking of the traditional clog- an open backed shoe with a wooden sole, technically you are thinking of a mule and a clog. Fun fact.

So, I'm starting to see mules coming back and they are more fun than ever. If you don't have a pair, the time is now. Here are an array of my favorites. Enjoy!

21 Mules! Which One's For You?

1.

French Connection Pandra Leather Mule. Available in two colors. Bluefly. Was: $150 Now: $89.

French Connection Pandra Leather Mule. Available in two colors. Bluefly. Was: $150 Now: $89.

2. 

PERU Limited Edition Low Mules. Multiple colors available. Topshop. $150. 

PERU Limited Edition Low Mules. Multiple colors available. Topshop. $150. 

3.

RAYE Bea Mule. Available in two colors. Revolve. Was: $180 Now: $126.

RAYE Bea Mule. Available in two colors. Revolve. Was: $180 Now: $126.

4.

HL Triple Buckle Slide. Available in two colors. Anthropologie. $178.

HL Triple Buckle Slide. Available in two colors. Anthropologie. $178.

5.

French Connection Uriah Suede Mule. Bluefly. Was: $140 Now: $89.

French Connection Uriah Suede Mule. Bluefly. Was: $140 Now: $89.

6.

Calvin Klein Ninfa Mule. Nordstrom. $118.

Calvin Klein Ninfa Mule. Nordstrom. $118.

7.

Coclico Keller Wedge. Available in two colors. Coclico. $435.

Coclico Keller Wedge. Available in two colors. Coclico. $435.

8.

Jeffrey Campbell Armadillo Mules. Available in multiple colors. Anthropologie. $188.

Jeffrey Campbell Armadillo Mules. Available in multiple colors. Anthropologie. $188.

9.

GLOBAL Point Mules. Available in multiple colors, textures listed separately. Topshop. $100.

GLOBAL Point Mules. Available in multiple colors, textures listed separately. Topshop. $100.

10.

DVF Langley Fringed Mule. DVF. $378.

DVF Langley Fringed Mule. DVF. $378.

11.

Coclico Aneme Black Slide. re-souL in Ballard. Was: $368 Now: $189.

Coclico Aneme Black Slide. re-souL in Ballard. Was: $368 Now: $189.

12.

NINO Leopard Print Mules. Topshop. $100.

NINO Leopard Print Mules. Topshop. $100.

13.

Pour la Victoire Capri Pointy Toe Mule. Nordstrom. $324. 

Pour la Victoire Capri Pointy Toe Mule. Nordstrom. $324. 

14.

Rachel Comey Dover Clogs. Available in two colors. Anthropologie. $426.

Rachel Comey Dover Clogs. Available in two colors. Anthropologie. $426.

15.

PERSIA Limited Edition High Shearling Mules. Available in multiple colors. Topshop. $160.

PERSIA Limited Edition High Shearling Mules. Available in multiple colors. Topshop. $160.

16.

NATIVE Cross Strap Mules. (Navy!). Topshop. $125.

NATIVE Cross Strap Mules. (Navy!). Topshop. $125.

17.

Fendi Velvet Waves Mule. Nordstrom. $950.

Fendi Velvet Waves Mule. Nordstrom. $950.

18.

DVF Cosenza Snake Leather Mule. DVF. Was: $348 Now: $174.

DVF Cosenza Snake Leather Mule. DVF. Was: $348 Now: $174.

19.

Kork-ease Camel Haircalf Tutsi. Available in multiple colors. Kork-ease. $145.

Kork-ease Camel Haircalf Tutsi. Available in multiple colors. Kork-ease. $145.

20.

RULER Flared Heel Peep Toe Mules. Available in multiple colors. Topshop. $110.

RULER Flared Heel Peep Toe Mules. Available in multiple colors. Topshop. $110.

21.

Matiko Oliviine Slides. Available in two colors. Anthropologie. $128.

Matiko Oliviine Slides. Available in two colors. Anthropologie. $128.

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