Last Updated on 24th February 2014

Mules Yay or NayFrom sexed-up slit detail versions at Altuzarra, to bejewelled heels at Tibi; the once brushed-off-as-ugly mule is back with a shoe ousting vengeance for spring/summer ‘14.

Considering runway heavyweights have given their nod of approval; expect to be slipping into a pair at some point this summer. And, to take the edge off the task of securing the perfect pair, we’ve only gone and done the leg work (pun intended).

Sneaking their way into our new season wardrobe are the Dunia mules by Spanish shoe designer, Pura López (£170). Featuring a super-high, spindly heel and crafted in super-soft suede; these black beauties boast look-at-me perforated detail and promise to pretty much work with everything in your wardrobe.

But, a trend being what some may call a ‘passing fad’ comes with pros and cons, so, below is a little pre-purchase inspo to help get you in (or out) of these sky-high stunners. You’re welcome 


Classic colour: You can’t beat the transitional appeal of a black heel. Ever.

Day-to-night shoe: Pair with smart tailoring for day, before slipping over a pencil skirt and silk cami for night. Shoe stash under work desk, be gone!

Great price: At £170, the Dunia mules promise not to leave you financially crippled, but fashionably oh-so-in-the-know. Win-win! 


Trend-centric: Did someone say ‘passing fad?’ Well, given it was one of the biggest shoe trends to roll off the runway – having done the rounds on the fashion month street style circuit, too – don’t expect the hype to die down anytime soon.

Suede: As much as we love a sexy shoe in buttery soft suede, the prospect of puddle-hopping (we’re talking about Blighty, after all) in our beloved suedes leaves us feeling soggy-footed and, well, just plain unhappy.

Somewhat impractical: We totally get the practical benefits of a wedge heel concealed within a sneaker, and, boy, do pool slides make us want to adopt flats forever. But, traipsing around on high heels all day, toes exposed (cue: regular pedicures), calls for falling out with your chiropodist. After all, running for the number 42 in delicate heels was never really intended.

Pura López Dunia mules, £170, available at Zalando.

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