Mastering modern life means mixing it up – blending business with leisure, treating travel as a second home and re-spinning old school sartorial rules into a more personal vision of style.
MULO shoes capture this with a collection of footwear staples for men; elevated essentials that understand smart no longer means buttoned-up and that in downtime it’s good to still feel dressed up.
Using the DNA of a traditional Oxford ‘last’ (the slim silhouette of a classic Oxford dress shoe underpins all our designs) we’ve reimagined four key styles – the Espadrille, the Loafer, the Sneaker and the Slipper – as a hard-working, go-anywhere slip-on with a streamlined core shape.
Designed in London and expertly handmade in our Portuguese workshops, each pair is crafted in 100 individual stages including sports industry engineering that adds maximum comfort to the premium fit.
MULO was co-founded in 2012 by Londoner Toby Cox and American Ingrid de Vries, born out of Cox’s desire to elevate the humble jute-and-canvas espadrille he loved to wear when sailing into a more durable, smart-casual shoe that could travel almost anywhere. Committed to creating an authentic marriage of simplicity and style in a package that would last far longer than the summer, Cox took a detour from his business career to take up the design mantle, studying footwear design and production at the prestigious Central Saint Martins’ college of Art; Design; de Vries, a luxury brand consultant with twelve years experience developing leading global labels, dove into the MULO story, philosophy and forging new creative connections.
Still just as passionate about making footwear’s ultimate elevated essential, the London-based duo has been building on the success of its quietly charismatic shoes ever since, steadily evolving a collection of equally understated new styles via fresh materials, prints and original artistic collaborations.
About Our Craftsmanship
Always elegantly efficient, provenance, craftsmanship and a major appreciation of the minutiae of beautiful design underpins MULO footwear.
Matching modern British styling with the finest European manufacturing, while our designs are created in London using a silhouette formed on a traditional Oxford last (the slim, satisfyingly formal silhouette of a classic Oxford dress shoe has been subtly recalibrated to underpin all our styles) every shoe is expertly made by a family-run company in the North of Porto, Portugal – a region famously rich in artisanal talent. Testament to their ingenuity, it’s a process with over one hundred individual stages.
Bespoke detailing is essential; a custom-designed Japanese linen braid woven to fit the exact proportions of our shoes has become the stylistic signature of our Espadrille, while we’ve also created a contour-matched rubber sole for our Sneaker. And our materials are as luxurious as they are hardworking – Italian suede, natural linens and sumptuous shearling form the backbone of our designs, while sports-industry engineering delivers critical invisible comfort.
Eco-ethical design is paramount, too; MULO believes in responsible sourcing, prioritising natural materials wherever possible and using local suppliers and producers to minimise our carbon footprint. All our warm weather linen styles are constructed from natural and recycled fabrics while in the UK we’re also about to launch our recycling programme – collecting and recycling old or unworn MULO shoes. See here for more details on how to get involved.
Walpole Luxury Brand of Tomorrow
In 2015 MULO was selected by Walpole, the British luxury trade body, as a ‘Brand of Tomorrow’. Walpole is a unique alliance of over 170 of Britain’s finest luxury brands, with companies such as Burberry, Jimmy Choo and Harrods among its membership. Former recipients include Orlebar Brown, Charlotte Olympia and The Business of Fashion.