Unless you’ve been living in a total fashion-free zone you’ve probably seen the word mule and have figured out that it’s a type of backless, slip-on shoe. Where you may, however, be slightly confused is how all of these very different styles of shoes – open-toe, closed-toe, flat, block-heel, kitten heel, 4″ stiletto – can all be mules.
So what exactly is a mule? A mule, by definition, is a slip-on shoe that doesn’t have any sort of back strap that holds your foot in. It can be flat or have a block-heel or stiletto heel but they MUST be closed-toe. YUP closed-toe, mind blown right? If it has an open-toe – it’s a “slide”, simple as that. This means that a slide is any sort of backless, open-toe shoe and can range from athletic to dressy. That’s right – a slide isn’t just a flat!
However, since designers and shoe stores alike seem to use the word mule to describe both mules AND slides, I really don’t think it matters what you call them – just get a pair!
Here are some of my favourite mules of the season, all available at Coquitlam Centre.
Etalisien Snakeskin Heeled Mules
These almond toe, slim block-heel mules combine two of this season's hottest trends - mules and snakeskin.
Available at Aldo $100*
Expression Thea Rose Dress Mule
If you're looking for a classic pair of mules that will go with everything from denim or dresses - these are them.
Available at Hudson's Bay $69*
Monk & Lou Isla Mule
Pair these leather mules with denim or a midi skirt. They're so comfortable you'll live in them this Spring.
Available at Plenty $149*
Kitten Heel Mules
I'm not going to lie, I'm not a huge fan of kitten heels but I MIGHT just make an exception for these ones. I love the metallic heel and soft pink colour.
Available at Le Chateau $79.95*
This is one of those shoes that could be called a slide but because of it's open-back and closed-toe, I'm going to call this a mule. Pair these with your favourite pair of straight-cut jeans.
Available at Call it Spring $49.99*
*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for deta