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Your online guide to working mules for 2012

They may not have the impact of wedges or the glamour of killer heels but  mules are the underdog of the fashion world, becoming increasingly au fait as a left-of-field choice for making a sartorial statement. Mules are having a moment; for 2012, fashion designers have fallen in love with the classic shape and feminine style of the shoe, reworking the retro feel for a contemporary take with embellishments and popping prints. The UK’s amazing high street has quickly followed suit, with cheap mules straight from the catwalks of the world’s fashion capitals.

Mules are a favourite in 2012 with fashion designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, Miu Miu and Missoni who have emblazoned their designs with statement florals and zig-zag prints. Heels are kept high and toes are closed.

Browse our online style guide before cruising over to our shopping pages where our filters and comparison tables give you a helping hand in buying the latest styles and cheap designer names.

What is a mule?

The term ‘mule’ derives from the latin mulleus which was a type of ceremonial shoe. These days, the term refers to a contemporary style of women’s shoe, made popular by Marilyn Monroe in the ‘50s, which is backless and often closed-toe, with a heel that can be flat or high. They come in a variety of styles, from round to pointed toe, and heel style, from kitten to block heels, high or low.

Working mules for 2012

Mules are a popular option thanks to their versatility and wearability; they’re easy to slip on and easy to slip off. Take your look from granny chic to glam and bring your look straight into the new season by teaming statement  womens mules shoes with clothes such as coloured denim, dirndl  skirts and pleated A-line skirts. A wedge style mule worn with wide-legged denim will evoke a seventies, retro-throwback feel. Pair a short hem with a high heeled mule – flats or kitten heel styles just won’t cut it

Dressing your women’s mules to suit your body shape

Mule shoes are the perfect style for you if you have slim legs or narrow ankles. Dainty heels and pretty styles are brilliant for thinner legs but avoid chunky heels or clog-style mules.

If you’re heavier set you can make this style work for you too. Shop for mules and shoes with a chunky or wedge heel and avoid thinner heels as this will make your ankles look thicker. Avoid any straps around the ankle and opt for nude colours to lengthen the legs.

When shopping for  mules for sale online remember that the chunkier the heel the more casual the shoe. Your clothing should reflect this.

Mules size guide

UK US Europe
3 5.5 36
4 6.5 37
5 7.5 38
6 8.5 39
7 9.5 40