Move over dad trainers, there’s a new ‘ugly shoe’ trend, and it’s actually perfect for riding out the heatwave in style. As with the aforementioned trend, it’s slowly but surely taken over my Instagram feed.
It’s been spotted on the likes of Pernille Teisbaek, Pandora Sykes, Ropes of Holland and Leandra Medine, and been paired with a Reformation or Realisation type slip dress.
I am referring to the mum mule – aptly named by the Marie Claire Australia team. It is the perfect extension to last season’s Marmite trend: the kitten heel (this M&S shoe got SO much love and hate on our feed).
But where the kitten was more of a tiny-heeled slipper, the mum mule is open, and offers preferable minimal support in way of straps. Perhaps a thing criss-cross across the toes, or a wide yet un-adorned strap. It may also come in metallic rainbow colours like the ones your mum used to wear, yet they mostly come in earth tones.
Of course, there is a heel, but it’s still very small, no more than 3 inches, and the slimmer the better. See below for some examples:
Look to Jacquemus, Neous or The Row for the higher end options, and Mango and Zara for an affordable take on the trend. Either way, shop the style below and embrace all the mum vibes.