Stephanie's Spring-Ready Mules

Never, ever did I think I'd be into mules. Turned off by their frou-frou trappings, I was very much of the Carine Roitfeld school of thought in terms of just...no. But this season -- and continuing into spring -- designers did such cool, modern takes on the style that they're suddenly hard to resist.
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Never, ever did I think I'd be into mules. Turned off by their frou-frou trappings, I was very much of the Carine Roitfeld school of thought in terms of just...no. But this season -- and continuing into spring -- designers did such cool, modern takes on the style that they're suddenly hard to resist.
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“I hate mules,” Carine Roitfeld once told the The New York Times back in 2011. And all I could think was, "Hear, hear!"

I actually have a long-standing loathing for the style as well -- they've always seemed too ladylike, complete with saccharine-laced trappings of jewels, maribou and teeny kitten heels.

For the past couple of years, fashion magazines and websites have declared an unlikely return of the mule, but only recently is it really reaching a fever pitch. That's because, suddenly and finally, designers have started to do cool ones. Fall's crop is decidedly more modern, streamlined, and frankly just more downtown. Just look at Alexander Wang's visions in pony hair, or Phillip Lims's sculptural take in black and gunmetal leather. (Not to mention anything of Altuzarra's standout spring study in minimalism, which we predict will be the shoe come March.)

And while these are all great options -- which you can and should buy in the sales NOW -- my personal favorites are these by Kathryn Amberleigh. Why? A few reasons: 1. I love the pebbled texture -- very tough. 2. While not a huge fan of a cone heel, here it balances out any possible prissiness. 3. I want my Sandy from Grease moment, dammit! (A moment that is decidedly open-toe.)

I can't wait to take them for a spin when the weather gets warmer. Now it's off to buy a black bodysuit and spandex leggings!

Kathryn Amberleigh mules, $275, available at Kathryn Amberleigh.

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