The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter and the need to keep those toes cozy is only getting stronger. And what better way to keep them warm than the sandal-slipper hybrids known as mules. These backless silhouettes are the epitomes of comfort and informality, and they provide so much versatility for shoes so simple. Being stuck indoors has emphasised the desire to remain comfortable and casual at all times which explains the growing popularity of mules over the last year or so. However, the mule is anything but a one trick pony. There is a pair out there for every type of occasion moving into the colder months and this list is to highlight some of the very best winter mules available right now.
MONCLER MON MULE, £400 / US$525
We’re starting this list with the elegant design of Moncler’s suede Mon Mule. Featuring a thick rubber sole to cushion every step, silver buckle detailing to add the feeling of class synonymous with the Italian brand, and obviously the irresistible shearling interior.
BIRKENSTOCK BOSTON, £90 / US$135
Birkenstock mules can be traced way back to 1700’s so it’s fair to say they are a brand to trust when it comes to your next pair of shoes with no heel. With an offering of various colours and materials, and a recent history of collaboration with Stussy and Rick Owens, the Boston is a must-have mule for any collection.
SUICOKE ZAVO-VHL, £321 / US$338
A slightly darker, utilitarian take on the basic mule silhouette, the ZAVO-VHL features a round toe, practical velcro strap and sleek cowhide upper.
ADIDAS X 032C GSG MULE, £140 / US$165
More sneaker than sandal, this collaborative project between the two German brands references the sportswear of the 2000’s. It features a bulky Traxion outsole, neoprene upper and lace cord closure to keep that foot snug. Just as the Chalk colourway is beautifully light, the Black colourway is beautifully dark.
PRADA LOGO-PLAQUE QUILTED MULE, £690 / US$945
Constructed from the house’s signature nylon gabardine, these shoes draw on the sportswear and technical influences integral to Prada’s identity. From the quilted outer, fleeced inner, toggled vamp and glistening triangular plaque, this is a mule that radiates luxury.
MARNI SHEARLING MULE, £650 / US$884
An experiment in finish and form, Marni adds the perfect amount of drama to a round toe, slip-on design. Stylish, but not quite outrageous, the shaggy texture elevates the silhouette while also adding the sheer coziness of shearling plush.
THE NORTH FACE NSE II TENT MULE, £45 / US$55 (APPROX.)
Adventuring in the great outdoors can’t be stopped by winter weather so these The North Face mules are essential for any explorers needing to keep their feet warm around the campfire. Taking inspiration from the brand’s renowned puffer jackets, these slippers are generously insulated and comfortably cheap.
1017 ALYX 9SM LEATHER MONO MULE, £437 / US$602
This list would simply not be complete without Alyx’s Leather Mono Mules which bring something futuristic, architectural and sartorial to the conversation. With sleek lines and impeccably smooth finish, they are one of the best excuses to wear mules with a suit.