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

  • Chelsea

    Love these! Sooo cute

  • Amelia

    Love love love!! I’m a 16 year old aspiring fashion designer, please take a look at my new blog!


  • Jen

    you can just send the each pair to me. Love them

  • Jo

    New name ALERT! Shall we deem these “mulefords” quick someone call fashion Wikipedia! LMFAO!

  • jas

    these are freaking awesome!

    reckless abandon

  • I cannot comment on their practicality until I try them on but I totally agree on the aesthetic matter. Oh, and the no-pedicure aspect: that’s such a time saver!that is, if you are sure you’re not going somewhere where you don’t have to take your shoes off.


  • lesfactoryfemmes

    hahaha great article :: love your blog and the way you write :: xx deea&laura


  • Tonia Rose

    The high-heeled ones are my favorite <3, I love how you can wear them to both formal or informal events.

  • #moxfords

  • GapToothedGirl

    Are they comfy?? I’m always uncomfortable with something under my heel!

    XOX, Gap.


  • TwoBetterThanOne

    I’m not a mules fan but gotta love this mix!


  • Very interesting shoe hybrid. I’d love to find a vegetarian-friendly version. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

  • mulelover

    ingenious concept(!), but something tells me these are a heel blister just waiting to happen.

    really hope i’m wrong!

  • Cyrena Monique

    First of all, I hate that finger in the back of the shoe moment, especially when I’ve just painted my nails in a hasty move to be perfectly manicured – only to have my shoes royally F that up! Love those Wit babies in every colour way! C x


  • Sofia Allyn

    AMELIA this was FUNNY

  • {insert heart eyes emoji here} Love these!! They just made it on my need to buy list! Great selection.


  • So thanks for making me need another pair of shoes. I’m seeing a lot of the JC everly boot design in this…what came first, the JC or the Freda Salvador? lol

  • Amy White

    That title made me laugh so much 🙂 It made me want to read this post. Those shoes look amazing.


  • mywhiteT

    Love these, Super cute with shorts or skirts. mywhiteT.com