18 Best Mule Shoes for Women 2023

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18 Best Mule Shoes for Women 2023

Mule shoes come in a lot of various forms, but the gist is that the style has no back or any fastening around your heel. Historically, mules started out as indoor slippers in the 18th century (makes sense), but they have since evolved into designs that are made to be worn outside your house, too. And they're a great idea! Why bend over to tie or buckle anything when you can just slide your feet right into your shoe and be ready to go in like, two seconds?!

Here, I rounded up 18 of the very best pairs I could find on the World Wide Web. We're talkin' top-rated finds to striking designs that'll make your fall 'fit really stand out. There are some classic styles from Birkenstocks and Tevas, edgy ones from Dr. Martens and Vagabond Shoemakers, sophisticated ones from Brother Vellies and Staud, and a whole lot more. No matter what kind of mules you're looking for, I got you covered.

The style is pretty perfect for that transitional fall weather, too. Your feet won't overheat in bulky boots or you can always pair them socks to combat any chill in the air. Keep shopping below for the best mule shoes for women to wear this season.

How about these beauties? These slip-ons are great for the holiday season, and the baby kitten heel means your arches won't be aching after wearing them all night. Now that's something anyone can really get behind!

Nisolo's mules are some of the most top-rated ones out there. The leather is soft (not stiff!) on your feet, and the foam cushioning helps with shock absorption so you can get your steps in without the worry of blisters or sore feet.

A '90s-inspired silhouette with a comfy block heel is a pair you can turn to time and time again. Absolutely obsessed with the square toe, too.

When you mix an elegant pump with some edge, you get these grommet-detailed shoes. They come in tons of shades, so you can pick the hue that speaks to you the most.

You can't have a roundup of mules without including these tried-and-true icons. Birks are super comfortable, give off that whole "granola" look, and even celebs like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are fully on board. The cork sole molds to your unique foot shape over time, so they'll feel heavenly once you slide them on.

Peeptoes are back in a major way, and nothing proves that more than these pretty slides with a striking wooden heel.

Whether you're an avid camper, want a pair of house shoes, or love the whole gorpcore aesthetic, these top-rated Teva slides are water repellent, made with a rubber sole for traction, and have a wool-like feel. If you're on the fence, just take a gander at all the rave reviews.

For an effortless sneaker look, slide into these Superga mules. Royals like Kate Middleton and celebrities like Emily Ratajkowski are fans of this brand, and the mule version of this classic sneaker is just so good.

Blame Lily Rose-Depp for blowing up these cottagecore-approved mules. The actress has been spotted on multiple occasions sporting these German-made shoes, and the squishy cork sole is designed for pure comfort. Just a note that they can run small and narrow; the brand recommends you go up 1.5 sizes.

Wear these bad boys as mules or as slingbacks if you want a more secure strap in place. Dansko is known for its extremely comfy shoes, and these are no exception. Many reviewers say they're great for those with wider feet, FYI.

For more airflow to your toes, check out these mules with a handy lil cutout. They're also handmade, so the quality is undeniable.

Okay, wow, how gorge is this olive color? The platform heel, rounded toe, and grippy sole will make these popular Matisse ones your go-to pair.

Staud's "Wally" boots were such a hit that the brand went ahead and created the "Wally" mule. From the shape to this spotted calf hair colorway, it's easy to see why they're such an It shoe.

Complete your athleisure look with these striking Sorel mules in contrasting black and white. They have a 4.5-star rating out of 5, and everyone loves to use these for traveling and errand-filled kinda days.

Prepare for allll the compliments when you show up anywhere in these printed mules. The buckled strap on the vamp also rotates into a slingback strap if you want your ankle to feel more secure.

Sizes are selling out quick! Snag these discounted denim mules if you really want to make a statement. They even have a visible seam on the heel and a cute peeptoe silhouette to show off your pedi.

Yee-haw! Get Western with it by wearing these embroidered mules in a pretty cream hue. Pro tip: If you're in between sizes, go up to the nearest whole size.

Opt for this modern pair with a reflective metal heel. Yes, they're a splurge, but if you want mules that are THE outfit, these are definitely it.

Cosmo’s team of fashion experts—which includes fashion director Cassie Anderson and fashion features director Rachel Torgerson, senior accessories editor Andrea Zendejas, and fashion editors Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien and Danielle Flum—have decades of experience in the industry. They spot relevant trends on the runway before they even hit your TikTok FYP or Insta Explore Page and conduct research across retailers of all kinds to bring you the best clothing and accessory picks for every season. Basically, we've curated a chic little corner of the internet for you like it’s our job (because it is, heh).

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I'm Cosmopolitan's Associate Fashion Editor and write about any and all trends, major celeb fashion moments, and why wide-leg jeans are basically the best. I originally moved to New York City to audition for RENT, only to find out that the play closed 10 years ago. 

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