Image: Jenni Kayne

Image: Jenni Kayne

Spring, summer and a little into fall, mules and slides have been a huge trend over the past couple of years. This spring's versions feature everything from playful embroidery to funky textures and embellished styles. I personally love the classics.

And for the record, mules are a backless shoe with a closed toe (which I'll be showing you here), and slides are backless and have an open toe.

Now that we've got those technicalities out of the way, let's go shoe shopping!

Here are 17 mules I'm loving this spring. I've included most that are budget-friendly, but there are a few that are extra-pricey just for comparison's sake: