Every brand has their signature shoe. For Chanel, it’s cap-toed ballerinas. At Dior, on the other hand, dainty slingbacks run the show. For those after a pair of backless mules, you’ll be sent to one fashion house (and one only): Gucci. Ever since 2015, when the Italian label first released the Princetown, a pair of backless leather loafers punctuated by a horsebit motif, Gucci mules have been something of an institution in the fashion space. Every It-girl has a pair—and if they don’t, they’re eyeing them from their shopping cart.
Each season since the Princetown’s explosive debut, Alessandro Michele (the creative director of Gucci) has iterated upon the mule silhouette—opening the door for a flurry of styles with the same backless DNA. The variations for Spring 2021 are drumming up some serious frisson: Ken Scott floral prints, rubbery bubblegum pinks, and ’90s-worthy metallics, each one entirely different from the next. Some use the classic Princetown as the vessel; others go boldly in the opposite direction, daring to set an all-new trend. Whether you’re a risk-taker, or you like to stick with the classics, there’s something in store for you below.