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.

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.

best mule shoes-topshop dixy blue mule clog

Topshop Dixy Mule Clog, $48; at Topshop


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

Schutz D’ana Mule, $190; at Schutz


best mule shoes-Zara Leather Mules with Frill

Zara Leather Mules with Frill, $49.99; at Zara


best mule shoes-Oak + Fort Mustard Mule
best mule shoes-Mango Leather-Wrap Sandals

Mango Leather-Wrap Sandals, $79.99; at Mango


best mule shoes-Recto Bicolor Square Toe Mule

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

W Concept

best mule shoes-Aldo Yaessi Mule

Aldo Yaessi Mule, $80; at Aldo


best mule shoes-LOQ
best mule shoes-Gray Matters Lara Mules
best mule shoes-Pixie Market Brown Square Toe Mule
best mule shoes-Raffia Lucite Heel
best mule shoes-Crosswalk Metallic Opalo Mule
best mule shoes-Everlane the Day Mule

Everlane The Day Mule, $120; at Everlane


best mule shoes-Mansur Gavriel Elegant Mules
best mule shoes-Charlotte Olympia Verdant Mules

Charlotte Olympia Verdant Mules, $423; at Farfetch


best mule shoes-Forever21 Faux Suede Mesh Mules

Forever21 Faux Suede Mesh Mules, $28; at Forever21


best mule shoes-Zara Silver-Toned Mules

Zara Silver-Toned Mules, $49.99; at Zara


best mule shoes-Lou Earl Avon Leather Sandals

Lou Earl Avon Leather Sandals, $360; at Lou Earl

Lou Earl

best mule shoes-Vagabond Katlin Mule
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