Gliding about, you can almost feel the decadent past in a pair of Mules. Originating way back in Roman times, but not widely popularised until the seventeenth century, they are named 'Mule' after the Latin 'Mulleus', the name given to the distinctive red kid shoes worn only by the three highest Roman magistrates. Mule now refers to any backless, slip-on shoe, and is still distinctively recognisable.
Mules have evolved through time, all around the world. They have gained heels, and lost them, been favoured by men, then not, and at one point been confined to the bedroom only, when society deemed the revealing of one's naked heel too scandalous to cope with.
As a backless shoe, there is no worry of them rubbing at the heel, and today they offer a relaxed, laid-back appeal, still with that hint of decadence so relished by the fashion set.
Neuls MulesPhoebe is the latest sensation of the Tracey Neuls SS23 collection.
Pure sculpture - we would happily gaze at these on the shelves as works of art, but they're just too damn comfortable to leave it there.
The hand-turned, harmoniously shaped wooden heel is the perfect height of 30mm for comfort and elegance. One piece of leather is cleverly folded and hand-stitched on the upper, adding embellishment, and nestling the foot for support. Fully natural, all components are biodegradable at the end of their lifetime.
Our premium Italian calf leather is the softest there is, utilised on the outer and inner linings and veg-tan dyed for this super colour-block effect.
Mule Washed Neon and Peony
Inspired by the Babouche, (a slipper that originated in Morocco), Neuls' Mules offer a similar laid-back vibe. Light as a feather, and with flexible rubber soles, neon colours present a contemporary fashion twist.
A mule with curved almond toe, made from cow hide, these furry beauties are decadent yet practical, not a mix you find very often!
Rubber soled, you can wear them anywhere; they even withstand the weather, as the natural oil in the hair means you can brush off any dirt once they have dried. Hot Pink and Orange come with furry lining for added home comfort - they are just SO DAMN COSY!
An alternative are these Cuddy Handsome in printed leather, that come sans fur.
Another gloriously hand-turned wooden heel, Whipple are glamorous, yet discreetly hide a velcro fastening, so the width can be adapted to your foot. The low red painted heel is practical yet beautiful, the grain of the wood showing through.
For a more detailed history of the Mule, check out the Fashion History Timeline they have some serious treats!