If a Mule and an Oxford Made a Shoe-Baby


It all started out with the mule.

I loved the idea of a backless shoe because let’s be honest here — who has time to do that annoying thing where you bend over precariously and wiggle your pointer finger into the back of the shoe and then slam your heel into said finger and then fall over from being in such a weird position? Not me.

And aesthetically speaking, I liked that mules simultaneously covered the foot but showed skin. There was just one major problem with the mule: if a giant bird was chasing me and I needed to run away, I wouldn’t be able to in a backless shoe.

Now, I don’t know if you know this, but in the equine world, a mule is the lovechild of a horse and a donkey. It’s a hybrid. You also might not know that mules can’t reproduce. But if they could, I imagine they would make a hyper-hybrid animal that more or less equates to the shoe style known as d’orsay (which sounds a lot like d’horse-ay).

Why wouldn’t they just breed more mules? Because science is complicated and I don’t have time to make you a Power Point.

These d’orsay oxfords,  by Freda Salvador example, give me the skin-bearing freedom of a mule without the requirements of a pedicure or Ped-Egg. As do these ones that probably look awesome with a white shift dress and are currently on $ale. It’s also important to note that the Freda designers live in San Francisco, the city of hybrids, which means these shoes are more or less the Prius cars of footwear.

(Off topic, but I also like this pair.  They’re not d’orsayed at all but are woven like a basket, black like my soul and seem perfect for transitional seasons. Not lenses.)

And if I’m in the mood for an ankle boot come fall, but still on my d’orsay-hybrid-hype? There’s an app for that. I mean shoe for that. Thanks San Francisco. You guys think of everything.

Part of a collaboration with Freda Salvador