Maria Tripolitaki Vesper Beauty & Fashion editor

Surely you’ve seen them, you’ve probably worn them, it’s unacceptable not to be familiar them. We’re talking about the famous fashion trend of this season, the mules or known as the Barbie’s pumps. If you had any Barbie dolls as a child, then you definitely remember they didn’t wear any other shoe but mules.

Famous Fashion Houses have chose this design for  their summer collections and their choice is justified. The mules became the new trend all around major fashion cities and spreaded from there. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Jimmy Choo, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior could not but embrace it.

CHANEL-Mules printed goatskin black & blue

LOUIS VUITTON-World tour mule


VALENTINO-Rockstud sandals

JIMMY CHOO-Light Navy Satin Mules with Crystal Piece

DOLCE & GABBANA-Printed Brocade Slippers with Bejeweled Buckle

DIOR-Mule in black velvet adorned with floral embroidery


The word “mule” comes from French and means “horse-donkey hybrid“. How it ended up being used as the a name for this type of shoe is an often question asked. Probably because of the sound they make wearing that resembles the sound the horse’s feet. Of course the term can be also derives from the Ancient Roman phrase “mulleus calceus“, which is a pair of red or purple shoes worn by the three highest judges.

Certainly the mules met glorious times much later, around the 18th century. They became one of the most fashionable indoor shoes and Marie Antoinette’s favourite choice. By the early 20’s, they were associated with the prostitutes and that of course caused the disapproval of the fashion icons of that times. The mules came back in fashion many times in the years after.The 50’s sexy idol and famous actress Marilyn Monroe, helped a lot at their comeback. They were also the favourite shoes for Audrey Hepburn and many other famous actors and models of that time. In the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s they appear by the form of open Scandinavian clogs.

This season you will find them in all kind of types, from flat to heels, with embroidery, decorated, closed or open. The truth is that they match almost with everything; it’s a favourite choice from day to night outfits, but also they’ll give you comfort in walking because they don’t have a great height.