Theres no single trend from the past few seasons that has as much staying power as the mule. Think about it: Off-the shoulder tops came and went, ruffles had their moment in the sun and creepers — which see a runway revival every few years — didnt last long this time around.
Sure, there are trends that transcend seasons, but none in recent memory are as perennial as the mule. It started with Guccis classic slip-ons back in 2015, and now we can thank brands like Maryam Nassir Zadeh, Mari Guidicelli, Rafa and LOQ for bringing them into 2018 — and the backless styles are as popular as ever.
The first indicator that its going to be huge this year? The mule has its own drop-down menu option as a stand-alone subcategory at no fewer than a dozen stores Ive browsed lately.
The spring shoe silhouette is at once stylish and timeless, and its so pervasive that its even spawned mini-trends within, like block heels, square toes and patent leather. If youre still not sure how to style mules for spring, just take a cue from the gram: You can wear a heeled pair with jeans to instantly dress up your look (see what we mean here, here, here, and here), or pair your favorite style with a midi-length dress or skirt for a modern look (like these ladies did).
And if youre truly a risk-taker? Go monochrome like Dylana, Alyssa, and Shelly.
Now that youre prepared, you can shop 31 best mules for the warm weather ahead in the below.
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