|Wearing Julia Bo mules last fall|
Well, I was wrong.
At the time, I felt like a lot of the options on the market were too flimsy to actually be wearable. But there's been a fair amount of style development since then and now I can say with confidence that mules do have a place in the context of my lifestyle, mainly because they're so easy to slip on in the mornings.
Fortress of Inca just declared 2018 The Year of the Mule, and I think I buy it. I'm wary that, for some, they'll be a trend that doesn't last long enough to warrant the high price point of ethical shoes. But as I near age 30, I'm increasingly unconcerned with being "in style" and would rather jump on the things I consider classics while they're widely available. So if you can see yourself making mules a classic, here are my recommendations for high quality, ethically sourced ones. Contains affiliate links.
1. Fortress of Inca Adra in Steel Gray, $240Made fairly with leather from preexisting meat industry
2. Fortress of Inca Michelle in Caramel, $250Made fairly with leather from preexisting meat industry
3. Nisolo Sofia Slip-On in Brandy, $188Made fairly with leather from preexisting meat industry
4. ABLE Miriam Mule in Olive $118 (on sale)Made fairly with leather from preexisting meat industry
5. Julia Bo Morgan Mules, $95Handmade in a regulated European factory
6. Mohinders Leather City Slippers, $129.95 (on sale)Made fairly with minimally processed full grain leather and handwoven finishings