Meet Prada's humbly-named "foam rubber mules," which are exactly what they sound like. Launched earlier this year around the time of Prada's Tropico pop-up, these new Prada mules are chunky, backless rubber slip-on shoes free of extraneous decoration aside from the aforementioned forefoot branding.
Realized in tonal black, blue, and red shades, Prada's new mules weigh in at an imposing $550 on Prada's website — don't expect to see these on the feet of any kitchen or hospital staff any time soon (though that blue pair would be a perfect match for some scrubs).
A couple colorways are already sold-out online but surely remain in-stock at various Prada retail outposts, if you're so inclined.
Prada's foray into injection-molded footwear epitomizes the squishy footwear movement that's at the forefront of so many luxury houses' minds: from Valentino to Givenchy and Balenciaga, soft rubber recovery-style shoes are all the rage.
Personally, I find rubber a liiiiittle too insulating for summer (no one likes a hot foot) but gladly acknowledge that they're ideal for lounging around. $550 house shoes? Don't mind if I do.
It's nice to see all the innovations in the realm of comfortable footwear either way, whether it's from Italian-made slides or luxury-branded loafing shoes.
Suffering for fashion is so 2000 and late — comfortable shoes forever.