The Mule: It's one of the most controversial trends since the return of the gaucho pant (a trend we're still not sure if we can get behind). Mule lovers and haters alike will always remember its prominence in the 90's-early-2000's pop culture lexicon, appearing on the feet of everyone from Carrie Bradshaw to Buffy. But it feels different this time. The singular thick, tight strap has been upgraded to a figure flattering pointed toe or a fun, strappy sandal, while the stiletto kitten heel has gained some much needed height. So when you hear the word "mule," we understand if you still cringe, but if you trade in those lucite clompers for sleek black leather, you might just become a convert.