I've Heard of Dad Trainers, But Now Influencers Are All About the Mum Mules

Scrolling 0.5 seconds into the abyss of Instagram, it’s clear to see that the "ugly" shoe trend in the form of the "dad" trainer is sticking around. But what if we were to reveal the new family member in town? The "mum" mule is reigning supreme in the style stakes amongst the influencers, and the more elegant dressers amongst us (read: those who loathe athleisure) are really quite thrilled to ring in a new shoe trend.

The max two-inch heels and slightly retro finishes (think metallics, coloured leathers, square toes) add to the wholly enjoyable feeling of prancing around in our mum's '80s shoes when we were but wee bairns, but when Fendi and Rupert Sanderson are on board, they’re getting a very modern seal of approval. Need further proof? Mango’s Committed toe-sandals recently sold out, got restocked and sold out again within hours of landing on site—the power of the "mum" mule is clear to see.

What makes these pairs different to the usual mule clan? It’s all about the slim low-down cross strap making them slightly trickier to stay on your feet, but once they’re on you’ll struggle to (want to) remove them all summer—trust us. What's nice is that they're a go-with-everything kind of purchase: we've seen influencers wearing them with mom jeans as easily as they do with a party dress. Keep scrolling to see girls wearing these new mid-heel mules, and shop some of our favourites below.