Keen to popularise and improve upon an espadrille style known as alpagartas, which he’d spotted during time spent in Buenos Aires, Tobias Cox, with his partner, Ingrid, launched Mulo in 2012. Today, he’s based in a London mews house that is all Barcelona chairs and chic displays of his wares. The original espadrille style is here, and it is still Mulo’s most popular. For winter, there is a corduroy version, and some in flannel in collaboration with Hamilton and Hare, plus a model in tweed, too. The sweet spot in winter for Mulo – a brand firmly founded on a summer style – is the idea of hybrid footwear.
‘In the new state we’re living in with COVID, we felt it was time to give people more options for slippers,’ explains Cox. ‘These shoes, all made using a classic Oxford last, by the way, could be workingfrom- home footwear, but also double as what you wear to do your weekend errands, out and about.’ Cox’s winter espadrilles and backless slippers have rubber soles so they can brave the outdoors. Some, like a shearling-lined lounge slipper in suede, are all about comfort. Another, a slipper in black, quilted recycled nylon, has a sportier look and feel.
‘Essentially, we’re trying to give a more refined choice – something between a sneaker and a slipper,’ Cox reasons. Add to the espadrilles and slippers some new leather models, suede boots and black velvet slip-ons, then factor in a good colour range, and you have a great British-designed product. Inspired by Argentina.
From £145; muloshoes.com