My upbringing hold me off to jump the mules bandwagon in the 90s
The first big mules trend was in the 60s. But it was very private, and I was still a little girl. However, that trend set or coined (?) my opinion regarding mules. Mules became a big trend the second time around in my lifetime in the 90s. Mules are a big trend right now.
When I see them they always make me smile. When I moved from West to East Germany in 1994 mules were hot too. Everyone in Leipzig, well actually not everyone, every fashionista except me was sporting them. One day my girlfriend asked in her pure Saxionian dialect why I would not yet have a pair of mules. “Cultural reasons” I replied. She looked puzzled at me and said “What?”
I explained to her as politely as I could that in West Germany, it was considered unprofessional to wear mules to work. There mules were considered to be sexy house shoes not to be worn outside. She laughed out loudly and said that in East Germany, it was totally ok to wear them at work. We then discussed how being separated for 40 years caused such a different culture and/or opinion about a type of shoes – not to mention other clothing items, habits and preferences.
Well after being exposed to lots of cultural diversity over the last 20 years, I have seen more and more examples of how fashion overcomes borders, and how culture has affected what kind of and how fashion is worn. But I still have to smile about my silly reason not to wear mules back then. I still wear my mules mostly inside the house except when I go for dance practice, dancing or eating out on a deck on the weekend (see outfit above). Then they are advantageous as I can slip faster in my dance shoes and get out on the dance floor. On the deck, they help to avoid that my legs swell while sitting for a long time. And a weekend is sort of private, isn’t it?
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Photos: G. Kramm
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