The Emoji Mule Is Trending IRL

Mules be everywhere.
Illustration: Joshua Covarrubias

The mule emoji has it rough. It’s often overlooked as it sits next to the striking, bright red stiletto, which frequents exciting text messages like, “Just went shopping!!!” or “Let’s go out, betches!!!” But IRL, the nude mule is actually super hot right now. The thick ’90s peep-toe heel in a solid, neutral tone is making a serious comeback as the go-to warm-weather shoe, and we’ve got buttloads of proof. First up, a pair of nude mules from Topshop ($110) that look like an exact replica of the original emoji. (It’s kinda freaky.) The coolest part? That heel is actually metallic gold! Urban Outfitters ($100) also carries a stacked wooden heel version, which is perfect for everyday use.

Mo’ mules, mo’ problems.
Illustration: Joshua Covarrubias

SSENSE ($238) carries a slingback version of the original if you’re worried about them sliding off and/or are clumsy (like us). If beige ain’t your thing, Zara ($100) also has a black and gold pai, and for those that want amp up their mule game a few notches, we suggest Barneys ($409) studded Fendi sandals. (Who knew mules could be so badass?) Bonus: We also found a pair of Club Monaco ($289) slip-ons in stark white, but we gotta know: Would you ever try the mule trend IRL? Let us know in the comments below!

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