Who knew wearing flats would be appropriate for just about any event or season – or that slippers could ever be acceptable outdoor and (god forbid) red carpet footwear.

To say the slipper mule trend is key this spring is a huge understatement. We saw them on a swag of runways from last Spring/Summer right through to Autumn/Winter 2016 in shows including Victoria Beckham, Gucci, Oscar De La Renta and Acne.

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There were a disparate range of materials too – everything from leather to lace, delicate textiles and beads. Bottom line is, this simple slip-on shoe is versatile, fun and comes in a huge range of style options.

A sleek and chic replacement to a simple loafer, ballet flat or sandals, the new slipper mule is smart enough to take you from office to night out.

A casual outfit of ripped denims, light knits and a blazer finished off with flat slip-ons is the ideal polished off-duty model look. Another take on a slipper-loafer dressing involves a tailored skirt and a white shirt for a smart, put-together outfit with more than a little edge. So hurry and start building up your slipper mule collection. Style aside, your feet and toes will thank you.

Here’s a gallery of my favourite slipper mules from the shows to inspire you

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Proenza Schouler

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