Not to be clickbait-y, but You Will Not Believe Who Makes These Shoes.
Hush Puppies! Yeah, the comfort shoe brand known for ergonomic walking shoes happens to make the suede mule serving as the backbone to my spring outfits. Light wash denim and a white tee, a dusty pink dress, and a red-orange miniskirt have all been successfully supported by these shoes, which have elicited many "Oh, your shoes are so cute!" Followed by "They're Hush Puppies!" Followed by "No way."
I road tested the Mora Malia mule ($99) in Austin earlier this month — it's not yet peep toe weather here in New York City — and the suckers are super comfy. The heel comes in at three inches and is a sturdy block shape, so they're easy to walk in (I think I did 10 or so blocks in Austin and it was no issue). The footbed is cushioned, too, and the peep toe opens in such a way that there is no opportunity for blisters. Also, in case you missed it above, they're not even a hundred bucks.
The shoes are available in black, blue, and brown, as well as the taupe gradient I got. Because the color isn't far off from my skin tone, they elongate my legs without cutting them off like many other mule styles do (I wanted the significantly more expensive Maryam Nassir Zadeh 'Penelope' so badly, but they just do not look right on my foot! Devastating).
Last but not least, the branding on the shoes is super subtle, just a teeny rivet on the outside. Your new favorite shoes might be delightfully made by Hush Puppies, but it's ok if you don't want the whole world to know that.
Hush Puppies 'Mora Malia,' $99