Despite a resemblance to the animal’s hoofs, the name for mule shoes is derived from mulleus calceus, or the shoes used by the three highest Roman magistrates. They were based on overshoes called pattens, which were worn over normal shoes to elevate the feet off of the mud and dung in the streets during the Middle Ages in Europe. Women's mules come in a diverse range of designs, ranging from high to flat heeled, blunt, pointed, closed, and open-toe women's shoes.Leather
Leather mules typically come in the form of sandals. Open-toed and high or flat heeled, they may be made of black or brown leather. Some have 10-centimetre high heels, leather straps for the upper, and an open toe design that is gracefully comfortable. Others feature a minimalist design with pointed toes, matte black leather uppers, the signature open back of the style, and stiletto heels, which make them great for a dinner party. If casual is more your thing, there are flat mules with leather two-strap designs on a soft, comfortable, yet highly durable suede footbed and rubber sole to make your strides light and smooth.Suede
Suede has a warmth to it that no other material can match. When used in mules, the resulting footwear looks glamorous but comfortable and inviting at the same time. Suede can come in so many colours. For a night out, choose a pair of black suede 12-centimetre heeled mules with shining steel studs all over the open-toe upper. It’s a great pair to complement a party dress, and the soft material keeps you comfortable as you dance the night away. For smart casual outfits, classic blue suede mules with flat heels and narrow square toes exude comfort and style.Sandals
The mule design is so broad that it encompasses sandals that have an open heel design. Buy a pair of comfortable, thick-soled ones, which are a cross between a thong and sandals for days out at a shopping centre or the beach. Contrast a bright floral summer dress with a pair of all-white, flat, leather mule sandals with deep treads but thick soles for enhanced comfort.