The spring/summer 2014 collections were hit with a tidal wave of ’90s nostalgia, from baseball caps to overalls. On the shoe front, mules made a major comeback, stepping from one runway to the next in re-imagined styles and flourishes.
At Celine (above, left), Phoebe Philo paired her creations with open-toed mules—a welcome (and summer-friendly!) departure from their traditionally closed-toe counterparts. The general cut of the slides are the same, but that’s where the similarities end. Slick lines, high-shine patent fabrics, and muted embellishments pushed the backless shoe into the 21st century.
On that note, we turned to our go-to shopping sites and came up with a slew of modern-day offerings, from snakeskin detailing to metallic washes to cool cut-outs. “Slide” (pun intended) into the open-back, open-toed trend with our nine runway-inspired picks!