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Spring 2012 shoe news: The return of the mule?

October 5, 2011 |  2:28 pm

VuittonI'm wondering if spring will mark the return of the backless mule, which has been an endangered species over these last few years of domination by the extreme platform.

I noticed mules in photos of the spring 2012 Louis Vuitton show in Paris on Wednesday and in the Miu Miu show. (Vuitton's, left, were more ladylike with metallic accents, Miu Miu's more quirky in velvet or satin with floral appliques.)

Perennial trendsetters Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were wearing mules, with skinny pants scrunched down over them, at the presentation of their Row collection during New York Fashion Week last month. The shoes appeared to be satin with baroque-looking crystal buckles, by Manolo Blahnik perhaps?

I was inspired to dig out an old pair of denim Manolo mules with beaded turqouise buckles I bought years ago. I've also got my eye on a pair in royal blue satin with crystal buckles for the holidays. I'd welcome the change from hooker heels to something more elegant, how about you?

-- Booth Moore 


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Photo: A model walks the runway in mules during the Louis Vuitton show last week in Paris. Credit: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images