Are Mules Work Appropriate?

Are mules work appropriate?

I really like the look of these shoes, but I just can’t reconcile wearing them to work.

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(Find themĀ here, here, and here, respectively).

They would look ridiculous with socks, so bare heel seems the only way to go. And while I occasionally have worn dressy sandals or slingbacks to work, I can’t recall ever having the backside of my foot completely exposed.

It seemed like a moot point since the weather is changing, but suddenly these winter-ish mules are everywhere:

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They come in several versions, too.

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What do you think? Yay or nay for work?