Fashion & Beauty

No Buttons, Only Bows

Clockwise from top left: Gucci shearling mule, Eloqui Ava satin slide, Kate Spade satin pumps and Prada striped mule.

SHOES THAT are at once flirty and comfortable. Cutting-edge and as soothing as the slippers you wear around the house.

It doesn’t sound possible, but turns out . . . it is. And maybe it will break the cycle of suicide by stiletto we’ve been enduring for the past decade or so.

The first hint I had came from Prada. Not the $690 platform sneakers the fashion house hawks online but a pair of flats that look as if you just wrapped your feet in a length of sweet powder-pink fabric, knotting the material and ending up with a big fat bow across the front. It’s the kind of detail that will make you happy to stare down at your feet (your comfortable, standing-on-firm-ground feet) all day long.

Then there were the kitten heels in a jaunty blue-and-white stripe and a fluffy bow that had . . . nothing whatsoever to do with that color scheme!

And of course, once you’ve seen something for the first time, all of a sudden you see it everywhere, in heels of all heights and at all price points.

Shoe Heaven tied up in a big fat bow. Sometimes the bow is huge, almost surgical looking! Other times it’s quite demure. All in all, these shoes make for happy feet.

—Nancy McKeon

LittleBird Nancy is managing editor of MyLittleBird.

Talk about high-end: Gucci’s Princetown Genuine Shearling Leather Mule has an extravagant crystal-encrusted bow (not to mention the shearling trim tickling your instep). It’s $1,980 at

Near left: Prada’s Stripe Point Toe Mules, with kitten heel, are like a party for your feet. You can be wait-listed for the version shown, $790 at Or you can opt for the slingback version of the same pattern $890 at Above right: Prada’s Ballerina Slingback Flat is pink metallic leather with a big bow and dressmaker pleats (and a touch of black). Perfect with jeans. $940 at

Florals at your feet. Calista sandal is from Rebecca Minkoff, now $89.96, down from $149.95,  at


Near left: From A New Day, blush Knotted Satin Mules, $22.99 at Above right: Simply irresistible, the dv Desirae espadrille mules in a light-wash cotton denim uppers. Also available in a muted gold, they’re $24.99 at

Bows even go poolside: from Kate Spade New York, the Shellie Glitter Pool Side Sandal, in multi or midnight glitter, were $98, now $58.80 at

Near left: Ramp up the glamour factor on this shoe trend with SB-Siera mules from Blue by Betsey Johnson, with their oversize crystal bow (also in black satin). Limited sizes available at, $69.97. Above right: Kate Spade New York satin Sala pumps will light up the night in fuchsia, black, ivory and navy; the heel is glittery (the plain satin heel shown seems to be no longer available). $328 at

The latest news all over your feet, the Ilona high-heeled mules from Charlotte Olympia, very limited availability, $348 at

Nic+Zoe’s Poppy Bow Mule comes in black leather, and French Linen leather, but the nude satin version is the one that caught our eye. It’s $150 at


Near left: The Laney Pointy Toe Mule from Sam Edelman offers a lot of look, with its kitten heel and in five rich colors of suede. Now $65.96 at Above right: Also Sam Edelman, the Darian Knotted Silk Slide Sandals, in golden yellow or poppy pink slubbed silk, $110 at

E-Z elegance describes the Ava satin slides, $79.90 from


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One thought on “No Buttons, Only Bows

  1. Nancy says:

    Love them all!!

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