I get it, guys. Really. I do. The 1990s have become the current decade du jour in fashion. And, with that, comes all things “Full House/The Baby-sitter’s Club/”The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”-inspired. Now, don’t get me wrong: this ’90s revival isn’t all bad, of course. After all, I’m a proud ’90s baby. So, plaid? Check. Baggy jeans and sportswear? Sign me up (again). But mules? This is where I draw the line, folks.
There just isn’t anything appealing to me about having the back-half of my foot hanging out there, with my heel being asked to sit nicely and look pretty (“What a pretty heel!” – said no one, ever) while the rest of my foot labors to make this oddly-shaped shoe work. And, of course, that isn’t to say that mules are incapable of being well-styled. In fact, I’m of the opinion that just about any item of clothing can be made to look better—if not fantastic—through styling. For my aesthetic, though, this femme-meets-traveler-who-carries-a-fanny pack silhouette just doesn’t work. The awkwardness in proportion reminds me a lot of sling-backs, which also repulse me. But, alas, that is a Musing for another day.
I’m all for a statement shoe, but the mule trend? Count me out.
Here are a few shoes that are right up my alley, though: