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Oh, what a winter we've had, full of would-be blizzards and bomb cyclones.
But thankfully, spring has arrived at long last, and it's time to show our ankles and our feet (or at least part of them). If you're not yet ready for sandal season, or simply prefer a more covered-up shoe option, mules may be right for you. They're closed-toe in the front and open in the back. You can pick between espadrilles, kitten heels, or flat and high-heeled versions. Wear them to work, dinner or even at the beach.
Your best bet is pairing them with cropped pants because it creates a sleek silhouette. But if you're more of a risk-taker, wear them with midi skirts or dresses. And of course, athletic styles can be easily worn with shorts.
We've found a variety of options for all your needs.
Classic, Block Heel Mules
Report Hutton Mules, $41, Zappos
These are also available on Amazon in black and gold.
These classic block heel mules are a true throwback to the retro style and work perfectly with everything from jeans to a little black dress.
The Fix Women's Belle Block Heel Mule, $51, Amazon
These cheery blue mules from Amazon's The Fix brand also come in white, red and tow patterned versions. The 2 inch heel is still low enough to be comfortable while looking modern.
Very Volatile Finesse Mule, $33, Nordstrom
These are also sold at Amazon for $50 in various colors.
The block heels give these shoes a modern touch.
Circus by Sam Edelman Stevie Heeled Sandal, $21, Amazon
This cross strap sandal is a fun take on the classic mule. Amazon has eight different versions of this style with colors ranging from black stripes to hot pink.
Everlane Day Heel Mule, $155, Everlane
With a standard, timeless design, you can wear these shoes ... wait for it ... every day.
Report Bridget Mules, $39, Zappos
These flat, black mules are a great way to ease into the style. These work perfectly with jeans, work slacks or even a dress and can be dressed up or down as to fit any occasion.
Steve Madden Trace Mule, $80, Nordstrom
These suede leopard-print mules are a must-have this season.
Splendid Espadrille Slide Sandal, $109, Nordstrom
These scream summer and the platform heel gives them extra oomph. To get a similar look for less, this pair from Zappos ($49) has a buckle and metallic finish for a little extra flair.
Pattie Slide Sandal, $25 (normally $50), Chinese Laundry
These are also available on Nordstrom Rack for $26.
These sultry sandals go perfectly with any beachy dress in your closet.
If platforms aren't your thing, try these classic flat espadrille slides.
Dolce Vita Brie Flat Mule, $120, Nordstrom
This style is sleek and has a perfect metallic hue for spring. And we love the squared-off toe.
Free People At Ease Loafer, $98, Zappos
We're suckers for this shoe's reptile-embossed leather style.
Pour la Victoire Mallory Sandal, $165, Nordstrom
Amazon sells these in several colors starting at $88.
Pair these with a summer dress or capri pants for a splash of color.
High Heel Mules
RF Room of Fashion Slip on Slides, $23, Amazon
These funky denim slides bring attitude to any outfit, at an affordable price.
Dr. Scholl's Viking Mule, $50 (normally $70), Amazon
These shoes are both chic and functional, and with the Dr. Scholl's brand you know you're going to get something that's comfortable as ever.
Easy Street Women's Shiloh Mule, $23, Amazon
Massimo Matteo Betty Mule, $85, Zappos
These are also available on Amazon for $85.
What makes these stand out? The 2-inch kitten heel, and the understated color that goes with anything — especially a pencil skirt.
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