When Angie first identified the mule footwear trend two seasons ago it was 90s flashback love at first sight for me. So I ordered the Zara pair with the shiny square block heel (shown in picture #6). When they arrived, they felt hard to walk in and the higher heel was impractical for my lifestyle. They went back, I don't think I even took a picture or gave you guys a chance to shoot them down.

Fast-forward to the present and Angie again included mules as a 2016 Spring footwear trend. (Her 2-part footwear trend report is Here and Here.) This year (and 2015 also) there was/is an emphasis on the lower heel variety. While I love a 1.5" mid heel, I have a fear of flats. I'm not tall so feel much more confident with a small boost in the heel. Still, I thought I'd push some style boundaries (and body image hang ups) and give the flat mule a try.

I loved the white Pierre Hardy and the black 3.1 Philip Lims Angie included in the Spring 2016 footwear report. But, not wanting to spend $500+ on a potentially stumpifying flat, I decided to try these lower priced options via Amazon. I'm pretty sure they are all three from 2015 but I think they look current.


1-2. Calvin Klein Garnett mule. Adequate quality. Adequate comfort. Flattering lower vamp.
3. Nine West Trey Suede ballet flat. Adequate quality but I have to exclude these. They hurt the top of my foot when I stride.
4-5. Via Spiga Lauryn mule. Very good quality. Has a rubber covered leather sole, leather lining, and fit is very good.
6. For your reference (and amusement?) my first stab at mules. The Zaras from 2014.

So it's between the Calvin Kleins and the Via Spigas. What do you think? Do these work? Or should I hold out for something else? See Finds -- I do like the Jenni Kaynes. The Guccis probably aren't my style. Thanks!

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