Once upon a time in a far away land called high school, I went through an ultra-femme phase that saw me obsessed with ruffles, florals and a giant pink bow that I loved to wear in my waist-length hair. Perhaps the most significant marker of this stage was my penchant for wearing six-inch heels all day, which was Not A Thing at my high school. At some point in college, I reacted against that former self by swinging violently in the other direction. I cut all my hair off, avoided "pretty colors," lived in clunky work boots and purged all the flowy dresses and frilly skirts from my collection.
These days, my style is trying to find its way into a happy medium between my two former selves. I've been wearing a lot of dresses with sneakers lately, and I like to pair eye-catching earrings with my pulled-from-the-men's-section jackets. In my quest for wardrobe balance, these handmade-in-Argentina mules from Zou Xou feel like they'd be a nice addition to my current wardrobe. The heel recalls my towering high school days, but the chunky silhouette and demure color feels a little more ugly-chic than pretty princess. I don't think I've worn heels to work (other than for fashion week) a single time, but I'd be happy to change that for these beauties.
Sabot mule, $255, available at Zou Xou
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