Just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean you have to put away all your sandals and fill your wardrobe with nothing but closed loafers and warm boots. Instead, enjoy this time of transition with a pair of mules that will keep your feet neither too hot nor too cold, but rather. Throw in a little arch support—something mules don’t have, by the way—and that slip-on silhouette is both convenient and comfortable.
To help you slide into the trend (see what we did there?) with a little arch support, we turned to nationally renowned podiatrist and member of the Vionic Innovation Lab, Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, who recognizes a good pair of mules. when you see ’em. Her tips plus our picks, below.
The best arch support mules at a glance
How to find mules with arch support
When it comes to finding a pair of slippers (or clogs—any closed shoe with an open heel, really), Dr. Sutera says you want to find the perfect fit. “Too tight can cause pain or blisters, too loose and it can slip off your feet or you can trip and fall,” he explains. template.”
Speaking of toe box, Dr. Sutera recommends opting for mules that reflect the natural shape of the forefoot, with either a rounded or squared toe. (If you can’t resist pointy options, he considers going up half a size to avoid getting your toes crushed.) Also, he says you have to take into account how flat they are. “Not all flats are created equal, some shoes are too flat too,” she says. “Ideally, mules should have a slightly chunky heel, cushioned insoles, and [built-in] arch support.”
If they do have a raised heel, says Dr. Sutera to keep them modest if comfort is your primary concern. “Chunky heels are more stable and comfortable on the feet than heels,” she says. “And a stacked heel of less than two inches will help distribute body weight over a larger surface area compared to a thin heel.”
Last but not least, Sutera says to consider the overall feel of the shoes. You’ll want your slippers to be soft and flexible to prevent chafing or stiffness, which can cause unpleasant side effects like calluses, blisters, and ingrown toenails. Especially if you already have bunions or hammertoes, make sure the material on your mule is forgiving.
11 Arch Support Mules to Add to Your Fall Wardrobe ASAP
Madewell, The Corinne Lugsole Loafer Mule — $148.00
Available in: Women’s sizes 5-9 in half sizes.
We love these Madewell loafers for several reasons. For starters, they’re built with the brand’s signature MWL Cloudlift Lite footbed that’s designed to make even the flattest of flats that much more comfortable. Layer on the sturdy block heel and overall chunky ’90s vibe, and you’ve got a slide you’ll never want to take off. They’re available in two neutral colors (brown and black sustainably sourced leather) that go with anything, though the brown options are almost out of stock. Blacks are likely to do the same, so add them to your cart before they’re gone.
Vionic Shoes, Georgie Mule — $140.00
Available in: Women’s sizes 5-9.5 in half sizes.
If arch support is your number one priority, you really can’t go wrong with a Vionic shoe. They are recommended by podiatrists from doctors like Dr. Sutera for their orthotic insoles known for their uncompromising support and all-day comfort.
The Georgie mule sports a rounded clog-like toe in sleek leather that you can wear just about anywhere. It is sold in three colors (cream, olive green and black), all with a modern chain detail at the top. And, like all ergonomically designed Vionic shoes, they’re lined with iconic built-in orthotics that hug the brand’s arch. Suffice it to say that they are extremely comfortable.
Sam Edelman, Linnie Bit’s Mule — $140.00
Available in: Women’s sizes 5-11 in half sizes and two widths: regular and wide.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect business casual silhouette or one with a funky print, the Sam Edelman Linne Bit Mule has it. The popular mules (which are basically fake for the luxurious Gucci Princetown Loafer Mules ($850)) are sold in 15 colors and prints, including classic black and brown leather options, as well as unique print options, like cow, snakeskin, and leather. giraffe print. . From a sizing perspective, it’s recommended to wear half a size smaller for the best fit.
NY Circus, Elena Mule — $90.00
Available in: Women’s sizes 5-11 in half sizes.
If a wider toe suits your taste, but you crave a bit more modern style in the process, look no further than the Elena mules from Circus NY. Constructed with a cushioned footbed, you won’t have to worry about your feet or arches getting tired during the day. You won’t have to worry about being out of style, either: faux leather mules with ridged soles come in three neutral colors that look good from season to season, including a playful plaid option that calls our names.
Birdies, The Swan Mules — $140.00
Available in: Women’s sizes 5-12 in half sizes.
Would you like to be able to wear slippers outside the house without thinking twice? While wearing classic house shoes may seem a bit out of place for certain occasions, wearing a pair of these Birdies mules will make you look like the best-dressed person in the room, while making you feel like you’re still in slippers. That’s the beauty of all Birdies shoes: they’re designed with seven layers of cushioning that feel divine with every step. Swan mules, in particular, stand out for their ultra-sleek pointed-toe silhouette, which is sold in 16 variations ranging from colors, fabrics, and embellishments. And, unlike other pointed designs, they won’t crush your toes – blisters out!
Cole Haan, Piper Mule — $100.00
Available in: Women’s sizes 5-11, in half sizes.
Speaking of sleek, pointed mules, check out these eye-catching leopard print shoes from Cole Haan. Designed with a cut-out toe, these mules have an especially feminine look. And since they’re soft and flexible, you won’t have to worry about squeezing or rubbing when they’re on. We say go for something bold like leopard, but if that’s not your thing, there are 22 other color and pattern options to peruse.
Vintage Crown, Naliana Penny Mule — $50.00
Available in: Women’s sizes 5-12 in half sizes.
Say hello to your daily work mule. These simple round-toe leather mules are sold in four colors and feature all the classic style without the extra embellishments. In that way, they’re very versatile—just ask the hundreds of DSW buyers who have applauded the silhouette. They’re also very comfortable, thanks to a cushioned insole that reviewers also love.
Sanuk, we’ve got your back ST Surfrider — $65.00
Available inFits: Women’s sizes 5-11, Men’s sizes 5-14.
Sanuk’s slipper mules are definitely the greenest option on this list. The upper is impressive, made from an eco-friendly hemp-cotton blend that’s cool yet cozy, but it’s the soft insoles that make our feet swoon, which are more or less like mini mattresses for your feet. The high-rebound sockliner is shock-absorbing and, in fact, actually comes partially from algae. The best part? A portion of the proceeds goes towards cleaning up the world’s oceans with the Surfrider Foundation.
Dansko, Bel Black Oiled Pull Up Mules — $140.00
Available in: Women’s sizes 5.5-12 in half sizes.
Whether you’re looking for mules to wear to the office, farmer’s market, brunch, or anywhere in between, the Dansko Bel Black Oiled Pull Up mules, sold in three colors, can be dressed up or down thanks to their classic loafer style design. One unique thing to note is that in addition to being ergonomically designed for optimal comfort with every step, these mules are lined with Aegis Microbe Shield for odor control, so you don’t have to worry about side effects from sweat. , smelly soles this fall. Just like the brand’s famous clogs, these mules are authentic in terms of comfort and style.
Bernardo Clogs, Sochi — $228.00
Available in: Women’s sizes 6-11 in half sizes.
Sometimes an open heel just isn’t an option, especially if your feet are flat and you find yourself working hard to maintain mules. That’s why we love these retro slingback clogs, which swap the open back for a simple buckled strap, so your feet can relax.
The suede mules feature a 2.75-inch chunky wooden heel and 1.25-inch platform, so they’ll give you momentum but keep you balanced in the process. They can be easily (and comfortably) worn alone or over leggings, making them a particularly great transitional silhouette. Plus, as ’70s style makes a comeback here in 2022, these chain-detailed mules are especially on trend.
Adidas x Ivy Park Mule — $150.00
Available in: Women’s sizes 5-11.5 in half sizes.
Yes, there are even sneakers. These Ivy Park are particularly stylish, with their pointed toe, mesh-lined upper, and lace-up design. Let Bey create such an impressive athletic-ready mule. (That’s foot-friendly, too.)
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