"The origins of the word mule lie in ancient Rome, where it was mulleus calceus, but contemporary appropriation refers to a backless and usually closed shoe. Women's mules are a refreshing alternative to boring sandals and pumps. The footwear has an unmistakable elegance and charm that makes it a favorite among women. Mules are generally okay with the work dress code as the toes are covered. Black mules come in a variety of silhouettes. With heels, flats, casual, dressy, suede, with hardware and in all possible heel lengths and toe shapes. Mules are best known for their greater comfort. Mules are more fashionable than clogs. Dainty mules are best ditched with stiletto heels for the summer holidays, as fall calls for styles that are easy to wear during the day - think chunky heels, slightly pointed toes or, if you're feeling a little more daring, a platform or Miley Cyrus creeper style (yes, creeper mules exist!)"