I’m a sneaker guy, through and through. Nothing can change that. But the last two years have really brought to light the fact that I’m indeed not as much of a sneaker fan as I originally thought. It’s because I’ve evolved into a sort of pull-in-and-out-the-door-and-back-as-fast-back type of person that I didn’t know I was capable of. to become. I learned to appreciate mules.
What are mules?
Slippers? What are these? While mules – a type of shoe literally meaning “mule shoe” due to its closed front and open back – have been around for centuries, dating back to the ancient Romans who wore them strictly inside their bedrooms (as slippers), their popularity has slipped in and out (pun intended, I’m here all week) for decades. Especially for men like me who can sometimes get a little sheepish when it comes to showing off our bare heel.
And they are… in fashion?
But the past two years have been a non-stop mule shoe party with brands ranging from sportswear to the outdoors to luxury – even streetwear too, since we heard Checks Downtown will soon be making a mule too – doing his best to get your foot slipped into a pair like Cinderella. Even the Crocs are having a huge time, with some really great collabs over the past few years showing that they’re more than just a dumb rubber moc. And now that people are traveling more, whether by car or plane, there’s no way you wouldn’t consider finding a decent pair or two for shifting on the i-80 or hanging out in the food court at Gate C before boarding that flight to anywhere. -but-here-town.
The best mules for men
So all things considered, we wanted to make your decision easier when considering which convertible shoes to choose by considering the obvious factors like comfort and versatility, but also making sure the style, construction, and price also be present. Ready to step out of winter and slide into spring? Vroom vroom.
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When it comes to mules, there can only be one that rules the roost. It’s no surprise that the Birkenstock Boston is indeed the Foghorn Leghorn of mule shoes – especially the soft-soled version with suede uppers, giving you just enough comfort and style to go along with its great versatility. With all the variations that have become available over the years, there’s no reason you can’t have a wealth of upper and outsole options. However, there’s nothing wrong with sticking with Taupe and wearing them with literally anything that looks like Jonah Hill.
If you’re looking for an indoor/outdoor shoe that looks and feels like a puffy sleeping bag for your feet, you need search no more, thanks to the North Face. With a water-repellent ripstop upper with 550 goose down and a durable rubber outsole, they’re built for frigid morning walks or jaunts to your favorite coffee shop.
These are the quintessential shoe version of a mullet; formal in the front, bizarre in the back. Blackstock & Weber have been in the limelight lately, dominating the niche mid-range loafer segment, and the introduction of their Ellis mule to their loyal supporters has been much appreciated. Although the price is a little higher than many would probably consider paying for a moccasin – let alone one without a heel – you get a very high quality construction comparable to its Italian counterparts at double or triple the price. And I can’t speak highly enough of the comfort, which is out of that word. Take it from me; if you’re looking for a slightly more chic pair, this is it.
Eco Rodeo Drive Slip-On Clogs
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Crocs. In fact, I’m about 75% of Americans who own at least one pair based on my eyeball measurements. So for someone looking for the slightly upgraded model, the Ales Gray Rodeo Slip-On should be your choice. Made in Italy by vegans, these ultra-light loafers are made from 51% recycled foam and are said to be one of, if not the most comfortable mules on the market. Hard to beat these specs at this price.
Re Ember Moc Fleece
Yes, I know these are technically closed loafers, but they have the convertible heel! You know the saying… “if the top falls off, it’s not just a moc.” OK, I just made it up, but these indoor/outdoor moc-turn mules are sustainably made from recycled materials, including a warm fleece top and microfiber lining inside.
It’s not everyday you see a trail-ready mule that, when worn with the right pants, could pass 100% for a winter-ready boot. So while I mentally visualize myself wearing the Diemme Maggliore mule, I imagine myself standing on a stage in front of thousands of people like Hugh Jackman in Prestige, slowly lifting my pant leg to reveal that the premium suede upper and Vibram rubber sole that they thought were just boots are actually Italian-made backless sports mules with leather interiors. sheep’s skin. A twist that no one saw coming.
The California Mule
These Fear of God California mules are the penultimate polarized slip-on shoe. At $195, you’re definitely paying more than you would for a pair of Bostons without all the visible bells and whistles. However, these are minimally crafted in Italy from patented XL Ultralight foam technology exclusively for Fear of God use. And the styling on these definitely leans towards a more luxurious and streetwear audience, but the construction is designed for comfort and durability – so you’re not sacrificing anything.
Mule Sherpa SF
How do you make a slip-on shoe even more slippery? (Be patient.) Well, Vans decided to take the lip off the back of their classic slip-on style and add sherpa to join the mule bandwagon. This reinvented model is sure to make numbers because people love an upcycled classic, especially at this price.
Sneaker mules haven’t had the best track record over the years, although the Nike Clogposite Soloslide was grossly underrated. Adidas sought to change that with its collaborative mule with Berlin fashion magazine-turned-apparel brand, 032c. Based on previous collaborations, these sporty slip-ons feature a neoprene upper and chunky rubber sole, with signature adidas foam cushioning for comfort and support. So if you’re looking to spread your wings and go a little crazy, these are great pre- and post-game briefs to wear straight to the pub or your favorite luxury fashion establishment.
Tomato Hoof V1
Boy, are these clogs unique. All vegans. Made in Italy. Hand woven and naturally dyed upper in India. Cork-latex mix for the insole. Hemp and natural rubber outsole. A clog from a brand that truly blends past and present, Story MFG is known for its eco-friendly and sustainability-focused designs, so the meticulousness of these mules to advance form, function and fashion is useful.
Even though they come from a rather simple website, perhaps created before the introduction of the Internet, the original Chillbies from Hathenbruck Co. are anything but questionable. With an incredibly unique story, these rubber galosh/chelsea loafers began in 2019 as a side project being produced in the “Information” area of the HATHENBRUCK warehouse in Salt Lake City, where they hold inventory. Now these have a cult underground following of outdoor enthusiasts turned fashionable, because who doesn’t love a durable, waterproof slip-on with a chunky sole? Join the “if you know, you know” crowd before everyone else.
Need a strapless alternative to the Boston? I suggest you look into Simple’s Original clog, which sports a suede upper and a thicker yet lightweight rubber outsole reminiscent of something you might see from Vibram. The welt leather construction means they’ll definitely outlast a welt fabric cohort, and the pigskin leather insole will quickly mold to your feet for maximum comfort – that will last too. My only hesitation is that they express that these should feel like “home” as soon as you wear them, but since my “home” is chaotic and in constant motion, I’d rather imagine someone’s home. ‘other ?
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