The only thing about New York City that feels like spring right now is the tiny buds showing up slowly but surely on park trees. The temperatures are still below 50, and layers and boots are still (sadly) necessary. But! My browser history is anything but chilly, and I’m pinning endless photos of spring and summer clothes and pining for the sun. Once the temperature hits above 70, the first spring trend I’m going to break out are the mules with unusual heels I’ve been seeing around.

From bright, patent-pink to austere white marble balls, the low heel substituted for an unexpected shape adds a nuanced bit of whimsy to an outfit. It’s not over-the-top, but it adds some discreet fun to an otherwise basic outfit. The unlikely-item-as-heel trend has been around for a minute now — present frequently on the runways, such as the very cute whale heel seen in Thom Browne’s Spring 2017 collection — but the new and lower heel makes it actually wearable.

The trend may have been kicked off with Vetements (of course) and their Bic lighter boot that had Bic lighters in the place of stiletto heels. Other designers followed suit, from Dorateymur’s Pink Elephant mules with black elephants as heels to The Row’s Adela mules that paid tribute to the vases of Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa. Yesterday, one of my favorite bizarro Instagram accounts @PlastikMagazine posted a photo from Nikolaj Beyer’s photo series of a melting Snicker bar in shoe form. Maybe it’s time to take this trend one step further and turn our shoe heels into mini candy shops.  (IDK it’s been cold too long, I’m feeling weird.)

In the meantime, I’ve rounded up my favorite strange heels to attract just a little attention this spring, from Gray Matter’s slingback sandals to Via Spiga’s Porter mule.


egg heel slingbacks - Black



Leather Buckle Point Toe Slingbacks



Purple Ribbon 40 Leather slingbacks - Pink & Purple



Sena Slingbacks Pink Gingham Women Boden



Pearl Pumps



Porter Peep Toe Mule, Size 6.5 M - Orange

225$ $206.17


Adela Velvet Mule Pump, Navy

1,190$ $595


elephant heel mules - Black



Black Chain Mule Heels

835$ $334

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