Mule heels look extremely chic from morning 'til night and suit a wide array of outfits, so it's always worth owning a pair. Finding decent-fitting shoes can be a fine balance though — too big and they fall off, too snug and you'll get blisters. Luckily, features like a wide fit or buckled straps can make mules comfier, so you can wear them all day long with no issues!
As it takes a little know-how to find the perfect pair, we've put together this buying guide with lots of handy tips and selected our top 10 favourite mule heels on the UK market, including gorgeous footwear from the likes of Dune, Kurt Geiger London and Boden. From chunky mid-heeled sandals in daffodil yellow to chic off-white shoes with toe thongs, we've got something to suit every aesthetic. Well, if the shoe fits... you might as well buy it!
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Mule heels are a staple of most women's wardrobes and are especially popular during the warmer months, but finding a pair that fits perfectly can be tricky. This guide is here to make choosing mules a breeze — read on to learn our top shopping tips!
Choosing the style of mule that best suits your feet is the most important consideration when it comes to finding a pair that'll both look and feel fabulous. In this section, we'll touch upon the various design aspects that affect comfort and wearability, to help you put your best foot forward.
There are a few different types of straps that can be found on mule heels, all offering their own unique vibe (with varying levels of comfort). Crossover straps and ruching are two big looks this season, but they're not the most comfortable or supportive option. Those with narrow feet might find that mules with crossover straps fall off more easily, and ruched faux leather can get a little sticky in warm weather.
While mule heels with thin straps look chic and dainty, they can vary considerably in terms of comfort depending on the design. If support is particularly important or your feet are slim and require a tighter fit, go for multiple straps — especially those with adjustable buckles.
A wide, curved strap or a panel design that covers the front of the foot can be really comfortable choices, and shoes with this type of strap are easy to slip on and off. However a wide strap or a panel design needs to fit your feet properly, so those with broader feet should opt for mule heels in a wide fit to ensure comfort and avoid blisters.
Another factor to consider is whether to opt for mules with a toe thong attached to the strap, also known as a toe post. If you like your sandals to feel super secure, a pair with toe thongs might be just what you are looking for!
Toe thongs can be found on a range of mule heel styles, regardless of whether they have one strap, multiple straps or a panel design. They're usually associated with a more casual look and can give your sandals a chilled-out Balearic vibe, particularly on a shoe with a wide panel design that covers the front of the foot.
Deciding on the best toe shape for your mule heels is equal parts comfort and style, plus the shape of your feet plays a part. The most universally wearable is the rounded toe, as this naturally suits the shape of most people's feet and it's a subtle look suitable for everyday wear.
You may have noticed that square toes are really in right now so there are lots of mules in this shape available online, to reflect this trend. Square toes can feel a little strange at first if you're not used to wearing them, but they quickly become just as easy to wear as rounded ones, unless you happen to have a big toe that's much longer than the others — in which case square toes might not be the best option!
Mule heels with pointed toes can be the hardest to get right, but they can look stunning with a bodycon dress or a smart, tailored pair of trousers. Although those with wider feet may find pointed toes too uncomfortable and restrictive, they tend to fit nicely on narrow or petite feet.
This one may seem fairly obvious, but it's worth considering how high you want your heels before checking out with your new purchase — after all, heel height can affect comfort and wearability quite a lot! If you like your heels low, a height of 4.5cm or lower is ideal for a pair of mules that you can dash around in comfortably while still looking good.
For those who want a bit of a boost in the height department and are happy in heels, around 6-6.5cm gives you the long-legged look whilst keeping things reasonably practical. Alternatively, if you like to go all out, there are mule heels that are around 9cm or higher — just be careful when walking in them, as a backless shoe combined with very high heels can be a recipe for disaster unless you're already experienced!
There's almost an endless number of options when it comes to materials that shoes can be made from, but leather, faux leather, and other manmade materials are some of the most popular ones for mule heels.
If you want to really stand out, a textured textile like velvet is a more unusual upper option that can create a statement look to suit a smart or casual outfit. It won't work with everything but it'll certainly add a fashionable flair to your look!
Unlike the other factors to consider when shopping for a pair of mule heels, the colour you go for depends solely on which shade you love and the aesthetic you have in mind. Eye-catching metallics are showing up everywhere right now, as are bright, bold colours like yellow and fuschia.
Neutral shades like camel and ivory look beautiful for everyday wear and will complement pretty much anything in your wardrobe, plus they also suit formal occasions like weddings. Similarly, pastel shades create a subtle style statement that can work well with both smart and casual wear.
Ultimately, the colour you choose is based on your preferences and where/how you'll wear your mule heels. But if you really can't decide or can only afford one pair of shoes this season, you can never go wrong with black!
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Kurt Geiger London
Piera Leather Block Heel Mules
Sparkly Mule Sandals With Extra Cute Buckles
Wide Fit Summer Bow Mid Heeled Mules
Feminine Sophistication for Work or Play
E8 by Miista
Christy Toe Thong Heeled Mules
Fashion-Forward Footwear From a Cult London Label
Elsie Block Heel Mules
A Versatile Choice For Both Smart and Casual Outfits
Silver Jupe Leather Block Heel Mules
Metallic Sandals With a 90s Vibe
Healing Premium Leather Mules
Gorgeous Mules in a Spring Green Shade
Padded Heeled Mule Sandals
Minimalist, Timeless Style From Barcelona
E8 by Miista
Sharon Mid Heeled Mules
A Fun, Playful Pair for Those Who Like a Lower Heel
Open Toe Mule Heels
Chic Open Toe Mules in Camel
Wide Fit Elsa Cross Strap Heeled Mules
Fabulous Faux Leather Mules With Crossover Straps
There's something really special about these Piera leather block heel mules by Kurt Geiger London, with their rainbow-coloured metallic straps and sparkly diamante buckles. Made from leather and set on a low block heel, they look sensational both during the daytime and after dark.
These mule heels serve up decadent princess party glamour while giving a nod to key internet trends, and we're absolutely here for it. Relaxed yet flirty and fancy — these mules just had to be our number one pick!
For a feminine shoe that's ideal for a wedding, dressed-up party or to knock 'em dead at work, these flashy mid-heeled mules will make sure all eyes are on your feet — the vivid fuchsia shade is absolutely stunning!
The soft velvet upper, pointed toe and fabulous bow detail combine to make a slipper that looks much more expensive it is, and this pair is sure to make you feel like a million dollars. The wide fit and slip-on style also make them easy to wear, which is a surprising bonus for such a snazzy-looking shoe.
Designed in Miista's East London studio and handcrafted in Spain, these Christy toe thong heeled mules evoke Mediterranean summer style. They come in various colours, but we love this sandy ivory shade as it'll go with everything in your wardrobe!
Combined with a low heel and subtly squared-off front, these mules are easy to slip on and off for perfect laidback style. Made from faux leather as well as real leather, they're brilliant quality and are built to last.
Boden always brings the classic fits, and their Elsie block heel mules are no different! The cheery daffodil yellow shade makes them stand out from the crowd, and the dotty finish on the sole is a delightful detail that we reckon you'll appreciate.
Crafted from suede and leather, these mule heels have super soft straps and a padded sole, for comfort that lasts. They're pleasant to slip on and off, and might just become your go-to shoe for smart and casual summery outfits alike!
Spaceman silver is making a comeback this season, and Dune's metallic leather heel mules channel '90s cool for a superb holiday or brunch look that will have you feeling super chilled out. These shiny sandals can be paired with anything from floaty skirts and maxi dresses to crisp linen trousers.
Made from leather for comfort and longevity, these mule heels will be a valuable addition to your wardrobe for years to come. Whether paired with neutrals or bold colours, they're sure to dazzle.
Green is having a moment right now and these premium leather mules by ASOS DESIGN come in a totally dreamy shade. Featuring a shaped block heel, wide curved strap and a square open toe, these mules really make an impact.
Made from a matte leather upper, these shoes should give you long-lasting wear if they are taken care of with a suitable leather protector. With mule heels as lush as these, there's never been a better time to go green!
If you love mule heels but prioritise comfort over everything else, Mango's plush faux leather sandals could be just what you need. The padded strap is soft, snug and will keep your feet feeling not only content but firmly in place too!
Featuring a dainty block heel, square toe and curved strap, these minimalist mule heels make the perfect on-trend choice for any occasion as they're equally fabulous with jeans or workwear. They're not the most eyecatching pair, but you can't go wrong with black — it's timeless!
Ready for some fun? These mid-heeled mules by Miista have got bags of it while managing to be très chic too. Whether you're looking for the perfect pair to celebrate Pride or just want some dancing shoes that would also work on the beach, these playful mules can do it all!
It can be hard to get rainbow colours right, and these shoes won't suit every outfit, but the iridescent shimmer is classy rather than tacky. The teeny heel and square open toe create a dainty look that's thankfully not too hard to walk in either.
If you like your heels a little higher but still want to keep your look simple and chic, these open toe mules tick all of those boxes! While they're available in various different colours, this beautiful off-white camel shade is our favourite.
Generous sizing, soft leather and a wide fit make these mule heels comfortable to wear, plus the neutral shade can be easily dressed up or down to take you from day to evening. Our only gripe is that the price can vary a lot depending on the colour you choose and your shoe size, which is a little frustrating.
Mules with ruched straps are a big deal at the moment and this pair by Public Desire is a great example of the trend. Thanks to the wide fit, square toe and high block heels, even those with broader feet will be able to wear this glam look.
Made from faux leather, they're vegan too and come in at a really reasonable price. However the thick straps can get a bit sweaty in hot weather, and the design feels more appropriate for dressing up than wearing day to day. Still, a good pick for those who like to give a nod to the season's key trends while out on the town.
Whether your shoe collection is somewhat lacking or you just enjoy the thrill of online shopping, we have plenty more footwear ideas for you. Browse our related products to find stylish shoes that your feet will thank you for!
Marilyn Monroe famously said "give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world" and we happen to wholeheartedly agree. Hopefully, this article has helped to point you in the direction of the perfect pair of mule heels to have you feeling and looking your absolute best!
Author: Melanie McPhail
No. 1: Kurt Geiger London｜Piera Leather Block Heel Mules
No. 2: ASOS DESIGN｜Wide Fit Summer Bow Mid Heeled Mules
No. 3: E8 by Miista｜Christy Toe Thong Heeled Mules
No. 4: Boden｜Elsie Block Heel Mules
No. 5: Dune｜Silver Jupe Leather Block Heel Mules
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