This is my most abiding memory of the last time I wore mules: I am a woman in a hurry — and I need straps. These and other creations have inspired the high street to release all sorts of backless footwear this spring. Because they have the look and consistency of a cheese rind that has been left uncovered in the fridge? Why not bare your heels as well? Because they have the look and consistency of a cheese rind that has been left uncovered in the fridge Well, clearly Emma Watson has different kinds of feet from me.
Possibly, she travels with a full-time podiatrist. Short of glueing them to your feet, how do you keep mules on? I cannot do that weird claw-walk thing, where every step is punctuated by a toe-curl. Fugly as they might be, bare heels are needed for adhesion. Surprisingly for those not put off completely , a high-heeled mule is easier to keep on than a flat one, though it's the flat ones that will be less painful to wear in the heat.
Alternatively, just stick to Birkenstocks. A rainbow collection of suede mules, they were beautiful. Cinderella-glass-slipper levels of beautiful. Suddenly, mules — a shoe style I had not thought about since my days of wearing those plastic princess accessory packs from Tesco — were firmly in the picture and I wanted a pair. I am not about to pretend that mules are easy. As their name suggests, they are clompy and awkward.
Shiny leather ones have a knack of sliding off your feet and suede…? Well, suede is suede and we live in a country where it rains. Of course, the biggest issue with mules is that they show both your heels and toes, which is an awful lot of exposed foot. I have hideous feet — they are bashed and marked, my toes are knobbly and my heels are cracked. The pair that have me smitten are by Office. Advantage point number one for mules: So, what about comfort? Well, I wore mine out for an entire evening with not too many complaints.
There could be legs in the theory that mules with a small heel are easier to keep on than flats, on account of the angle of your foot. And as for the cracked heels? These mules might not be the most practical — they certainly aren't your everyday shoes — but by God are they pretty.
And, sometimes, that's enough.