The Must-Have Shoe of the Season And How to Wear It

They might be low to the ground but they are the height of style this season. The shoe of the moment is a flat with an open back and closed toe, known as a slipper or mule.

This trend has been gathering momentum for some time now. It started in the fall of 2015 with Gucci’s ‘Princetown’ slipper lined in kangaroo fur. The shoe was such a hit, the luxury label has been reissuing the style each season since, giving it cult status and igniting the trend for slipper mules.

It’s not difficult to see why this particular style of shoes are popular. There is the obvious flat factor – your feet will be rejoicing for a low heeled shoe that actually looks chic and comfortable. The slip on and off ease is great for travelling – particularly going through airport security and accommodating any swelling your feet might experience during a flight.

This hit footwear also seem to come in a wide range of materials, which means you can essentially find a pair for almost any occasion. Try the black patent leather or the brogues or any with leather tassels with tailored trousers for the office. Brocades and glittering embellishment could work for evening or special events like summer weddings (a typical lengthy function where your feet begs for flat shoes.)

If you wear them with skirts or dresses, they look best with longer hemlines – below the knee or midi length. If you wear them with pants or denim, make sure the length is cropped above the ankle or give your jeans a generous cuff to show them off.

And the final piece of advice: while the closed toe helps you get away with a less-than-fresh or in-between pedicure, don’t forget your heels are exposed. As the weather heats up, keep those dry and cracked skin on your heels at bay by using a pumice stone in the shower and moisturizing your feet.

Scroll through our slide show below for a variety of slippers – from luxury labels to affordable brands – available at retail right now. 

Fabric slide loafers, $49.90, Zara and zara.com

Embossed leather slide, $178, MICHAEL Michael Kors, michaelkors.ca

The Tatelyn Loafer, $359, Club Monaco and clubmonaco.ca

 

Fringed leather mules, Prada, $890, Holt Renfrew.

Silk velvet and lamb fur handmade mules, $491, Gia Couture, luisaviaroma.com

Satin and diamante slipper, $80, Aldo and aldoshoes.com

Black patent leather loafers, $600, Dorateymur, ssense.com

Suede mules with frill, $49.90, Zara and zara.com

Metallic leather loafer, $90, Aldo and aldoshoes.com

Maritime Tassle slides, $225, toryburch.com

Leather mule, $130, ninewest.com

Fabric slides, $158, The Wishbone Collection, Browns Shoes and brownsshoes.com

Fabric mules, $298, Browns Couture, Browns Shoes.

Mules, $69.97. The [email protected], Sears Canada.