Just about every designer out there has offered their take on one particularly easy-to-wear shoe, from the major fashion houses to high street brands. And if you're in need of a fresh pair, some of your favorite stores have the best affordable mules so you can get in on the style for under $100.
It's no secret that mules have been a trending shoe for several seasons now, and it's showing no signs of slowing down. Fashion girls everywhere have adopted the effortless style for its versatility and comfort, happily trading in their heels for something a little more practical — but no less chic.
The best part about the shoe is how wearable it is. Comfort aside, mules can be worn with pretty much everything, from denim and blazers to dresses or skirts. The style has such a way of providing structure and polish to a look, it can even make a pair of sweatpants look elevated.
And even though mules have been made in every shade and pattern under the sun (like Emma Roberts' unexpected style), there's something to be said for stocking up on a pair or two in solid, neutral shades. That way, you're sure to really get your wear out of your mules, because they'll go with literally everything in your closet.
Case in point, Zara's $39.99 Leather Mules in a black suede. The classic black shoe feels modern with its elongated pointed toe, and looks way more expensive than it is thanks to the leather wrapped round heel – no cheap-looking rubber or plastic in sight. Truth be told, this pair could be worn with whatever suits your mood, but try styling them with a silky dress or midi skirt paired with a cool puffer jacket.
And keep in mind that neutral doesn't equal boring – when considering the endless options, look for mules with an element of interest, like an unexpected silhouette or a luxe texture. These details will not only add a level of style to your ensembles, but they can also make a shoe seem much more high-end.
Add vintage flair to modern or minimalist attire with Massimo Dutti's Black Leather Slingback Court Shoes, currently down from $98.50 to $49.50. The leather bow detail and kitten heel provides an element of femininity, so style these with suiting separates or a boxy shift dress to give the look extra refinement.
Or go for a luxurious effect with a snakeskin embossed pair, like the $68 Embossed Pointed Mule from Oak + Fort. Considering the trend toward snakeskin of late, these mules offer a super-current take. But thanks to the chocolate brown or black color options, they're also ultra wearable and pretty timeless. Really lean into some texture play with these mules – pair with a fuzzy shearling jacket and cropped wool pants in tonal shades for a totally non-boring monochrome look.
No matter your personal style, the great thing about mules is that there's guaranteed a pair that makes sense with your wardrobe. Whether you've already got several styles or you're just jumping into the mule trend, shop some of the best under $100 options below.