Few things in life get me more excited than finding a great go-to shoe. Amiright? I found the perfect transition shoe for early spring…yay!
I’d been looking for a good neutral, stacked-heel boot for a while and in my search mules started popping up everywhere. I found an amazing pair that 1. stay on, 2. look cute, 3. go with everything, AND 4. solve a few wardrobe problems I was having. Score!
These Steve Madden Miillo Mules have already made an appearance over on my Instagram account (@elletrain) and in #myeverydayedit post so you may have seen them there. I couldn’t be more in love with them and I thought I’d share how I styled them and just how versatile they are.
See how they come up a bit more on your foot than some other slip-ons? This really helps keep them on well. The heel height is just right and the footbed is comfy. They come in black, too, but I am loving this taupe color because it goes with SO much. These mules are such a nice departure from the ankle boots I’ve been wearing all fall and winter, but they’re still warm enough for the coolness right now. My ankles love having a little freedom and showing a little ankle right now feels (and looks!) quite sexy.
I styled them here with a light striped sweater, a blazer and the Levi’s refitted 501’s I love. These shoes are great for boyfriend jeans. I struggle with knowing what shoes to wear with BF jeans, since I’m not really a pumps or strappy heel girl. These help give me a little lift in height and really compliment the looser fit of the jeans, but they’re still ‘my style.’
Yes…that’s a look I’m afraid I get from Sienna all too often right now. There’s a fair bit of whininess that goes on around here these days. I’m trying to use the positive parenting approach, but the struggle is real, you guys…staying positive with a toddler. She’s freaking hilarious though so it all balances out. The other day I was trying to get her to nap (also a struggle now) and she said “I have a idea! Let’s eat a GOOD snack and then we can go see Santa later!” Hahah. I mean. Negotiator extraordinaire. At 2 1/2. We’re in trouble.
Blazer – Mine is old, but I’d love to update to this Textured Blazer from Express. Love that it’s a heavy knit.
Sweater – Old American Apparel. But this Breton Striped Top from Boden is perfect.
Levi’s 501 CT Jean – Mid-rise and a bit cropped, perfect vintage feel, but updated. True to size for a looser fit, size down for more of a fitted boyfriend look. (Size 28, for reference.)
Steve Madden Miillo Mules – True to size, in my finding. You know them by now. They are good. Give mules a chance.
The Horse watch – This was my Christmas present and I adore it. Love. It’s oversized and a beautiful menswear vibe piece. I’m planning on ordering another band for it, too. They offer a few bands separately. Love. Did I mention I love it?
Styling Problems Solved
Any shoes that can solve style problems become the new favorite pair in my closet. Not only are they great with boyfriend jeans, but they are amazing with these black denim joggers I have. Joggers are a little tricky to style sometimes, too, so I’m loving that these shoes help balance out the casualness a bit. The open back lets more of my ankle show, which is more flattering with joggers. A full ankle boot would cover that area and make my legs look heavier. Win.
I’m still trying to embrace the all white outfit that I love in theory (and love all over Pinterest), but the right shoe has been the tricky part. These mules are great with it! They are light enough to work well with the white jean and not feel too heavy. Pair with a statement tee and blazer for a sporty, casual but put-together vibe this spring. Add a light taupe scarf for now, leave it at home in later months.
A Few Additional Options
Here is a collection of similar style mules, in a few other color options.
Let me know if you try some out! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this transitional, closet-changing shoe style.
Keep it real…