On Trend: Mules

The mule trend has been big the last few spring seasons. We just got back from a trip to the New York showrooms and chunky-heeled mules or sandals aren’t going away any time soon. I love this look — I just have a hard time wearing them. Why? I have very narrow feet so for me, I just can’t keep them on. I try each time we unpack a new style of mules, thinking this time they will work. But alas, after about 30 minutes my feet cramp up because I am trying to grip the insole of the shoe so I don’t fly out of them. Sigh.

This time, things are different! For Fall 2017, the flat mule trend has taken over and this, this I can do! Hooray. Yes we have great basic black and tan options but there is so much more. We have embroidered denim, animal print, chunky suede heels with grommets. AGL added gold studs to its classic mule and I have a space waiting in my closet for them. Here are my top ten picks we have on shelves right now. But this is just the beginning, we still have more to come.


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I spent the first part of my career as a copy-writer who helped elected officials brag about their support for entrepreneurs. Then I decided to get off the printed page and do it myself. The Shoe Hive made a splash on the fashion scene in Washington, and was named the region’s best shoe store in its first year. Fourteen years later, I have tripled the store’s size and also opened a sister store, The Hive. At The Hive, we offer clothing lines that are sophisticated and approachable like Rag & Bone, Tibi, Raquel Allegra, Ulla Johnson and Veronica Beard. We have tried to fill our racks with clothing you will want to wear all the time, elevated basics that are worth the investment.

Heard the buzz? The Shoe Hive & The Hive are a pair of luxury boutiques in Old Town Alexandria. Featuring both big name designers like Rag & Bone and Stuart Weitzman and smaller brands like AGL and L'Agence, our unique selection and impeccable service are what set us apart.


The Shoe Hive                         The Hive
127 S. Fairfax Street               301 Cameron Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
              Alexandria, VA 22314

703.548.7105                          703.548.7110

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