From our contributor Zenita on Fashion.
The Bloomingdale’s website rarely makes a gaffe, but this was a fun one.
Mules and Slingbacks are two of the primary categories of women’s shoes.
Mules have an open back, and for years people have sometimes referred to them as “backless” shoes. If you have anything at all at the back of your foot it’s not a mule.
Slingbacks have a strap that goes around the back of your heel, so the back of your foot is secured by a “sling” in back.
After reading these two definitions, it should be clear that the two categories cannot co-exist in one pair of shoes. But in September, 2017 Bloomingdale’s offered to sell you one! The picture in the listing is very clearly a slingback.
I always try to track these things back to see if the mistake originated with the manufacturer. In this case we can’t check, because after New York Transit, Inc. bought Charles David of California in 2013 the Charles David website vanished from the web.
Sorry, Bloomingdale’s, but you’re on your own on this one. There is No Such Thing as a Slingback Mule!