Meet Your New, Improved "Going Out" Shoe

You're well acquainted with the classic mule shape: open back, open toe, and stick-straight heel. But, add a few ankle straps, breathable cutouts, and elevated platforms and you've got yourself a new style to love. We're calling it the Mule 2.0 — the perfect shoe to jazz up any nighttime outfit (or even your 9-to-5 ensemble). Pair a quirky silhouette with your standby LBD to add instant interest to a fancier look, or partner a chunkier style with distressed denim and a white tee to kick it at your local dive bar. Whatever you choose, we rounded up eight perfect pairs ahead to dip your toes into, pronto.