21 Reasons the Mule Shoes Trend Isn’t Going Away Any Time Soon

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21 Reasons the Mule Shoes Trend Isn’t Going Away Any Time Soon
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Every season, there are a few standout trends that take a while to pick up, then surprise us with their staying power: A few years ago, it was off-the-shoulder tops; then came the rise and sustained popularity of wide-leg pants. This time around, it’s the ever-popular mule shoe.

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The backless shoe trend could have just been a blip on the sartorial radar, but they had other plans: Mules ascended to trend-status around this time last year, and given the near-dozens of iterations that have popped up to stay weather-appropriate (see: flat mules, chunky-heeled mules, double-strap mules, and even closed-toe mules for winter days when putting on booties for the fourth week in a row was just too much to ask), it seems they’re here to stay.

Ahead, shop our favorite timeless mule shoe styles—no matter your budget.

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best mule shoes-topshop dixy blue mule clog

Topshop Dixy Mule Clog, $48; at Topshop

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best mule shoes-Mari Giudicelli Leblon Mules

Mari Giudicelli Leblon Mules, $935; at The Dreslyn

Photo: The Dreslyn
best mule shoes-Rachel Comey Simone Woven Wedge Mules

Rachel Comey Simone Woven Wedge Mules, $498; at The Frankie Shop

Photo: The Frankie Shop
best mule shoes-Moderware Mule

Modernwave Mule, $144; at W Concept

Photo: W Concept
best mule shoes-Fendi Embellished Leather Mules

Fendi Embellished Leather Mules, $650; at Net-A-Porter

Photo: Net-A-Porter
best mule shoes-Schutz D'ana Mule

Schutz D’ana Mule, $190; at Schutz

Photo: Schutz
best mule shoes-Zara Leather Mules with Frill

Zara Leather Mules with Frill, $49.99; at Zara

Photo: Zara
best mule shoes-Oak + Fort Mustard Mule

Oak + Fort Mustard Mule, $68; at Oak + Fort

Photo: Oak + Fort
best mule shoes-Mango Leather-Wrap Sandals

Mango Leather-Wrap Sandals, $79.99; at Mango

Photo: Mango
best mule shoes-Recto Bicolor Square Toe Mule

Recto Bicolor Square Toe Mule, $431; at W Concept

Photo: W Concept
best mule shoes-bold it out

Bold It Out, $280; at Parme Marin

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best mule shoes-Aldo Yaessi Mule

Aldo Yaessi Mule, $80; at Aldo

Photo: Aldo
best mule shoes-LOQ

LOQ Ines Heels in Yute, $470; at Garmentory

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best mule shoes-Gray Matters Lara Mules

Gray Matters Lara Mules, $450; at Need Supply

Photo: Need Supply
best mule shoes-Pixie Market Brown Square Toe Mule

Pixie Market Brown Square Toe Mule, $189; at Pixie Market

Photo: Pixie Market
best mule shoes-Raffia Lucite Heel

Raffia Lucite Heel, $98; at Urban Outfitters

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best mule shoes-Crosswalk Metallic Opalo Mule

Crosswalk Metallic Opalo Mule, $167; at Urban Outfitters

Photo: Urban Outfitters
best mule shoes-Everlane the Day Mule

Everlane The Day Mule, $120; at Everlane

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best mule shoes-Mansur Gavriel Elegant Mules

Mansur Gavriel Elegant Mules, $475; at Net-A-Porter

Photo: Net-A-Porter
best mule shoes-Charlotte Olympia Verdant Mules

Charlotte Olympia Verdant Mules, $423; at Farfetch

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best mule shoes-Forever21 Faux Suede Mesh Mules

Forever21 Faux Suede Mesh Mules, $28; at Forever21

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best mule shoes-Zara Silver-Toned Mules

Zara Silver-Toned Mules, $49.99; at Zara

Photo: Zara
best mule shoes-LOU.EARL Avon Leather Sandals

LOU.EARL Avon Leather Sandals, $368; at LOU.EARL

Photo: LOU.EARL
best mule shoes-Vagabond Katlin Mule

Vagabond Katlin Mule, $99.95; at Asbury Skies

Photo: Asbury Skies
best mule shoes-suede pointed heeled shoes

Suede Pointed Heeled Shoes, $168; at Genuine People

Photo: Genuine People

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  • best mule shoes-topshop dixy blue mule clog
  • best mule shoes-Mari Giudicelli Leblon Mules
  • best mule shoes-Rachel Comey Simone Woven Wedge Mules
  • best mule shoes-Moderware Mule
  • best mule shoes-Fendi Embellished Leather Mules
  • best mule shoes-Schutz D'ana Mule
  • best mule shoes-Zara Leather Mules with Frill
  • best mule shoes-Oak + Fort Mustard Mule
  • best mule shoes-Mango Leather-Wrap Sandals
  • best mule shoes-Recto Bicolor Square Toe Mule
  • best mule shoes-bold it out
  • best mule shoes-Aldo Yaessi Mule
  • best mule shoes-LOQ
  • best mule shoes-Gray Matters Lara Mules
  • best mule shoes-Pixie Market Brown Square Toe Mule
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  • best mule shoes-Crosswalk Metallic Opalo Mule
  • best mule shoes-Everlane the Day Mule
  • best mule shoes-Mansur Gavriel Elegant Mules
  • best mule shoes-Charlotte Olympia Verdant Mules
  • best mule shoes-Forever21 Faux Suede Mesh Mules
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