jil-sander-mules (1)

Okay, bear with me: Mule-tiny. Mutiny + mule. A reach? Perhaps. But it's as funny a way to describe Jil Sander's new clog shoes as I can muster, given that they'll never quite fill the whole in my heart left by Jil Sander's exquisite Birkenstock collaboration from 2021.

After all, why would Jil Sander forsake Birkenstock for its own in-house clogs, revealed in the luxury label's new Pre-Fall 2023 campaign?

Well, actually, there's a particularly good reason.

In case you forgot, Jil Sander didn't actually collaborate with Birkenstock: it was Jil Sander+, the streamlined core collection that exists alongside mainline Jil Sander.

Jil Sander+ is apparently the preferred collaborative outlet of Luke and Lucie Meier, Jil Sander's creative directors, having overseen the brand's Arc'teryx collaboration, its second big team-up of 2021.

Both collaborations yielded unique gear far more indulgent than most of the fare informing each heritage partner's inline collection, bringing them deep into Jil Sander's world for a special one-off.

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Instagram post.

So, clearly, Jil Sander itself doesn't really do collaborations. Even a second Birkenstock partnership would be part of Jil Sander+ (make that happen, BTW).

On top of that, who knows how much creative liberties Jil Sander would opt to take with Birkenstock's inimitable designs and then there's the issue of production, revenue, retailers, all that jazz.

Now, don't get me wrong: I'm as a big a Birkenstock fan as they come. I've written about seasonal shoes, niche models, and even gone in-depth on collabs, 'cuz I care!

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Instagram post.

But Jil Sander's fancy leather clogs are an acceptable mule-tiny (sorry). Birkenstock or not, I'll never complain about bringing more easy, backless footwear into the world.

That being said, even if these come in men's sizes, it'll be hard to justify slipping into Jil Sander's shoes over the ol' Birkenstock standby.

We Recommend
  • crocs blunt toe clogs
    How to Make Crocs Clogs Better? Give Them Square Toes
    • Sneakers
  • german clothing brands
    22 German Clothing Brands Every Highsnobiety Reader Should Know
    • Style
  • Crocs made Clogs to wear off-grid Fall/Winter 2023.
    Crocs's Off-Grid Clogs Go Full HOKA (In a Good Way)
    • Sneakers
  • Dunst Shearling Coat
    Luisaviaroma's Round Up of Winter Coats
    • Style
    • sponsored
  • Collaborative items from SSENSE's 20th anniversary drops, entitled SSENSE XX
    EXCLUSIVE: A List of SSENSE's Crazy Cool 20th Anniversary Collabs
    • Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety
What To Read Next
  • Image on Highsnobiety
    MM6 Is Arguably More Margiela Than the Maison
    • Style
  • CDG Play's Spring/Summer 2024 collection of cardigans, sweaters, shirts, and K-Way jackets
    Can You Have Too Much CDG Play?
    • Style
  • Diesel's FW24 milan fashion week runway show
    Diesel's Y2K Vision Has Melted Away
    • Style
  • adidas YEEZY Slides, YEEZY Foam Runners & YEEZY BOOST 500 sneakers in adidas' March 2024 restock
    adidas YEEZY's March 2024 Drop: Everything to Know
    • Sneakers
  • hot wheels
    Generational Speed: the History of Hot Wheels and Its Racing Origins
    • Design
    • sponsored
  • Sha'Carri Richardson holding Jacquemus' black leather Nike Swoosh handbag
    Jacquemus' Latest Nike Collab Is Swoosh Genius
    • Style
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titel Media GmbH (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titel Media GmbH strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titel Media GmbH tests, remediates and maintains the Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.