Let’s Talk Fashion: What are Mule Shoes?

Let’s Talk Fashion: What are Mule Shoes?

by Gretzel Lantican


Mulleus calceus is the Ancient Roman name of the french word “mules”. The eighteenth century shoe was recognized as sensual for its backless designshowing a woman’s ankle and back of the feet.

In the same century, mules were also known as luxurious, for only the elites and socialites like Madame de Pompadour and Marie Antoinette wore them. They usually had mules on underneath their grand ball gowns.

The popular indoor heels were even illustrated on paintings like Jean-Honore Fragonard’s iconic 1767 masterpiece, The Swing.

(Photo source: Wordpress) A young woman kicking off a pink silk mule while gazing at a male admirer

On top of that, it’s usually included in ‘50s Hollywood pinups of Marilyn Monroe. Her mules are always partnered with high-waisted trousers and shift dresses.

(Photo source: Google) Monroe in one of her pinup poses

Today, mules are worn in different styles by women everywhere. They can pick between block, flat, espadrilles, or kitten heel versions, and can wear them for dinner, for work, or even at the beach.
Llois - Amery in White for working girls

Llois - Annie in Beige, an ideal casual or beach pair

If sandals season isn’t for you, maybe you need a pair of mules. It’s a classic closed-toe shoe that shows your ankles and heels.

Before you strut a pair in the city, know that mules have a beautiful fashion history. Their versatile retro vibe works stunningly for almost any occasion and any wardrobe.