There's a fashion movement happening on Instagram and I want in on it: #muleboyz, a growing group of mule enthusiasts, led by Highsnobiety's Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas — two fashion gurus who repeatedly encourage (and wear) backless shoes, be they your traditional pair of mules, clogs or even Crocs. If they slip on with ease and add a little shuffle to your step, then congrats, you've joined the #mulement.
Now that I'm slowly starting to put my sandals and slides into storage for the fall and winter, it seems like perfect timing for me to stock up on mules. I have my eye on this Birkenstock Boston style, but instead of the classic, traditionally crunchy colorway of brown or beige, I'm opting for a black-on-black version made from EVA (short for "ethylene vinyl acetate"). That means that not only are these mules a versatile footwear choice, but they're also extremely lightweight and conveniently waterproof.
While the weather is still warm, I'll wear these mules barefoot; they're breathable but provide a little more coverage than your average sandal. And as it gets cooler outside, I'll sport them with socks on. I'm sure the #muleboyz would approve.
Birkenstock Boston Essentials EVA, $59.95, available here.
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