Trend Watch: You Need to Start Wearing Mules Right Now

Here’s nine pairs of the slide-on shoes for those ready to jump on this summer’s trend bandwagon.

If you’ve had your eyes on the ground in terms of shoe trends this spring, you’ll have started to spot a lot of bare heels. The slide-on, usually thick-heeled mules have made a resurgence this season, and we city dwellers are happy to welcome them back. After all, who doesn’t love a shoe that won’t get stuck in all of DC’s brick sidewalks and takes two seconds to swap with the flip-flops you wore on your walk to the train?

The trend definitively arrived in town when local blogger Meg Biram started raving about this nude pair from Vince. But when we say mules, make no mistake–erase any ideas of these or these and definitely these–and turn to Taylor Swift at the Elle Style Awards, where she wore a chic black pair, or Jennifer Lawrence who wisely wore a navy wedge version to the airport.

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Ready to jump on the trend bandwagon? Here’s nine pairs of all shades and sizes to add to your summer wardrobe.

1. Tory Burch Color-Cube Mules

All the comfort of a wedge, with pops of fun color to boot, $395 at Tory Burch.

2. BCBG Dynasty Paisley-Embossed Mules

Perfect for a summer wedding, and easy to kick off when you hit the dance floor, $49 at Saks Off Fifth.

3. Via Spiga Dahlia Snake Pointed Toe Mules

Office appropriate, and the snake-skin pattern that makes them perfect for work or play, $225 at Bloomingdale’s.

4. Kate Spade Imma Sandals

These denim and leather mules are chunky, casual perfection, $328 at Kate Spade.

5. Lanvin Pointy Toe Mule

A crisp white leather and gold heel makes for a dressy take on the trend, $950 at Nordstrom.

6. Seychelles Lyra Slip on Heels

This easy color block pair will match just about every outfit, $105 at South Moon Under.

7. Jessica Simpson Romy Leather Platform Mules

A splash of color and a skinny heel make these mules ideal for a summer rooftop party, $89 at Nordstrom.

8. Raven Peeptoe Mules

If you thought python was gone, think again, $85 at Topshop.

9. Tory Burch Strappy Slide Platform Mules

A low gold heel keeps this casual sandal looking classy, $325 at The Shoe Hive.

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.