(Ethical) Mules for Spring? Groundbreaking.
While I have tried not to pine too much for the return of full ankle function since the sprain – because it only makes me sad – with spring on the horizon, I wanted to revisit this post from a few years ago. As it turns out, (ethical) mules and slip-on styles are more popular than ever!
A comfortable mule requires at least these two things:
- a snug fit all the way around to reduce slippage
- good traction in the insole, also to reduce slippage
Without appropriate grip, your foot will slide right out of the mule, which is not only uncomfortable, but could theoretically cause an injury if you end up stepping down unevenly. (I’m just looking out for you, lol)
So why even wear a mule?
With the right fit, they’re the easiest thing to slip on in the morning. They feel and look sophisticated, appropriate for most occasions. And they’re a great transitional shoe in the spring and fall because they cover your toes without suffocating your entire foot.
My Top Picks for Ethical, Sustainable Mules
1 | Mariella Mule
Nisolo, $135 (on sale)
2 | Paloma Mule
Nisolo, $120 (on sale)
3 | Marlene Mule
ABLE (runs small – size up), $118
4 | Caio Woven Mules
St. Agni, $260
5 | Modern Loafer Mule
Everlane, $109 (on sale, limited sizing)
6 | Carlie Vegan Mules
Lacouturie, $65.37 (on sale)
7 | Raffia Mules
Straw Basket Morocco, $69.00
8 | *New* Day Loafer Mule
Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.