Set your ankles free this summer with a pair of mules. There's lots to love about the mule – this seasons statement shoe – for one thing, they slip-on slip-off so there's no need to waste precious sunshine time fiddling with little straps and tricky buckles.

You know that moment when you're watching a band at a festival and you suddenly have the strong urge to remove your shoes and feel the grass between your toes? At this moment the mule is the one.

Another pro of the mule over the sandal is that they keep toes covered, ideal if your toenails aren't in a state for public display and you don't have time for a pedicure.

Here are three types of mule and how to style them. If you're often falling over it's advisable to opt for a flat or low-heeled pair for obvious reasons.

Loafer mules

Topshop Loafer MulesKola Mule Loafer, £59, Topshop


Leather loafer-style mules in black, brown or dark red are the epitome of laid-back sophistication. These Bordeaux coloured beauties from Topshop are a prime example.

Stylist Tip: Wear your flat leather loafer mules with cropped tailored trousers for a smart look or with rolled up jeans for a more relaxed vibe.

Chunky block heel mules

Block Heel MulesKick Back Block Heel Mule, £125, Russel & Bromley


Chunky block heels and earthy wooden soles give mules some serious attitude. Choose luxe suede or real leather uppers in black, tan or monochrome animal print.

Stylist Tip: For a wild-thing outfit wear chunky block heel mules with wide legged culottes and a fitted top or with leather look leggings and a white shirt.

Stiletto mules

Stiletto Mules

Essie mules by Kendall + Kylie, £105, Office


Mules make legs look longer anyway, mules plus a stiletto heel equal the legs of a giraffe. These Essie mules by Kendall + Kylie with unique pointed topline and slim stiletto heel are a statement mule for getting noticed in.

Stylist Tip: Wear stilletto mules with a bodycon pencil dress and tailored blazer for don't-mess-with-me style.