When the calendar turns to September, the barely-there summer sandals we have been wearing on repeat suddenly start to look out of season. It’s too soon to bring out the booties, which we will be wearing non-stop in the months ahead, so a fashionable solution is the mule. With its open back, the mule is a must-have transition shoe for fall and looks good even on hot days. Since there are no buckles or zippers, you can quickly slip them on and off. Who doesn’t love that when running out the door?
Mules never seem to go out of style, so no need to worry about them looking dated after a season or two. If you live in a cold climate, wear your mules now until the frigid weather arrives (and maybe longer if you are brave) and then bring them back out come spring. Mules look good with every outfit, and they are easy to dress up or down. As an added bonus, if you haven’t been able to get a pedicure, your toes are hidden in any closed-toed mule. So many styles to choose from that you may want to add more than one to your shoe collection!
This brand new Everlane mule made from a recycled knit fabric is a show-stopper. With a moderate 2 inch heel, this is a great choice when you want some added height. The stretch fabric is bunion-friendly too. Lots of five star reviews. Available in 6 colors, including pastels and neutrals.
Sam Edelman’s Linnie Mule is a close dupe for Gucci’s infamous slide. Easy to wear, easy to pair, this backless loafer can be jazzed up with a dress or played down with jeans and a hoodie. Available in 11 colors.
The Frances Loafer Mule from Madewell is a grab-and-go necessity and has been a best seller for several years. Just slip them on and you will look so pulled-together that no one will suspect you sprinted out the door. One inch heel for a bit of added height.
Artemis Design’s founder began to sell her first collection of Kilim shoes out of her South End apartment in Boston. Eight years later, her collection of “charming shoes for curious people” has grown along with her collaborations. This Kilim Slide features a sleek, feminine profile which is flattering with jeans and skirts. They are handmade from vintage, hand-sourced Turkish carpets, so each pair is unique.
Everlane’s Leather Mule Sandal is designed with a modern square toe and right-now silhouette so you will want to wear them with everything. With a two inch walkable heel, this is one sleek sandal. Also available in chocolate and white. 30% off right now.
The Viloet Mule from Target’s Universal Thread line is a great budget-friendly option. It comes in 5 colors and patterns, including two animal prints, but this neutral pair will match everything. Great for travel too.
The Cindy Wave Mule from Frye adds an artisanal twist on the modern slide with hand-stitched wave detailing for a truly eye-catching look. I can’t believe they are only $49 (originally $198) right now during Frye’s Warehouse Sale. Act fast if you want a pair at 75% off! Available in suede and leather options. Final sale. I own last year’s style, and for reference, I wear either an 8 or 8.5 in sandals and bought these in an 8.
Madewell reworked their best-selling loafer mule, turning them into softer, bendier skimmers. They still do the casual-meets-dressy thing in luxe leather. With Cloudlift Lite padding which feels like walking on a cloud. Also in black and tan. 35% off right now.
Everlane’s Day Loafer Mule feels like a slipper that you can wear anywhere. It is made from buttery-soft Italian leather and a cushioned insole. 40% off right now.
Every stylista needs a goes-with-everything wedge, and this 1 inch stacked mule from Clarks is a great choice. Also available in black. On sale right now.
Jenni Kayne has captured the laid-back, California luxe vibe like no other designer. This iconic mule will instantly elevate your wardrobe. Pair them with workwear to vintage jeans to your favorite evening look – there are endless ways to style this year-round staple. Available in leather and suede, but this pair will match everything. Worth the price tag.