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Ways To Wear Mules And Mandals

Advice from designer Melisa Denizeri and rapper Antwon.

Illustration Kyle Platts
June 10, 2015


Melisa Denizeri, design partner at Maryam Nassir Zadeh: It’s nice to cover the front of your foot and expose your ankle and heel. It has an attractive look. Mules are very comfortable; you can walk in them. Just be careful going into parks, around grass and soil. Sidewalks are okay.


I wear mules with more slim pants. I like them with 501 Levi’s because it’s kind of casual but could also go a bit dressy. At night, change your day bag to a smaller evening bag and add a dressy, novel bomber jacket.

I also love them with a full, mid-calf length skirt. Definitely something that hits below the knee, and something that has a lot of volume. Mules add a lot of height, and exposing the lower calf and the ankle is an edgier look.

...And Mandals

Antwon, rapper: If you’re gonna go on some formal stuff, do not wear sandals. I played a show in sandals once and it felt very weird. Sandals are perfect for chilling at the house or taking a plane or traveling. I usually wear them with tapered sweatpants.

Sometimes the barefoot sandal look is kinda weird, especially if you’re not near the beach or water. When I wear sandals with shorts, I go for any kind of socks, but I like black ones that come up high. That’s a very Northern California look.


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