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How to wear mules, the latest shoe trend

1. Black peep-toe mules.
1. Black peep-toe mules.PHOTO: CHARLES AND KEITH
2. Orange leather mules with gold heels.
2. Orange leather mules with gold heels.PHOTO: ZARA
3. Yellow suede mules with low heel.
3. Yellow suede mules with low heel.ST PHOTO: MANGO
4. Kola muleloafer in bordeaux.
4. Kola muleloafer in bordeaux.PHOTO: TOPSHOP

Why you should wear them

Dressier than flat sandals but not as formal as a heeled pump, the mule is the cool girl's way of acing the smart-casual dress code.

Cult bag label Mansur Gavriel debuted its shoe line for spring with a colourful and minimalist range of suede mules in shades such as bubblegum pink and yellow, while other luxury fashion labels such as Celine, Gucci and Proenza Schouler had more elaborate designs with embroidery and embellishments.

For everyday style inspiration, look to Australian photographer Zanita Whittington and Brit model Alexa Chung, who have paired their mules with patterned jumpsuits and A-line skirts.

How to wear them

• As the style exposes much of the ankle, that means there is less support around the area.

For more grip when you walk, choose mules with wide straps that cover most of your feet.

• Match the style of the mules to your outfit.

Mules with dainty and slim stiletto heels go best with feminine dresses or sleek trousers, while mules with block heels balance out edgier and baggier outfits such as jumpsuits and boyfriend jeans.

• Avoid wearing mini skirts or shorts with mules.

Mules help to visually elongate the leg from the front and back, thanks to the lack of ankle straps, but too much exposed skin can look tacky.

When in doubt, stick to cropped trousers or midi skirts.

Here are some picks:

1. Black peep-toe mules, $63.90 (original price $79.90), Charles and Keith

The peep-toe and stiletto heel makes this style more suited to the office or for fancy occasions. Wear with cropped trousers.

2. Orange leather mules with gold heels, $129, Zara

The chunky heel is perfect for grounding loose-cut jumpsuits or boyfriend jeans.

3. Yellow suede mules with low heel, $85.90, Mango

This yellow pair will go well with a white T-shirt and high-waisted denim pencil skirt combination.

4. Kola mule loafer in bordeaux, $136, Topshop

An interesting loafer-style mule with two-inch heels that is perfect for everyday wear.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2016, with the headline 'How to make mules work for you'. Print Edition | Subscribe