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Somehow I held out on buying a new pair of mules all summer, instead alternating between the way, way past-their-prime pair I bought from Intentionally Blank the spring before last and the now-falling-apart Maryam Nassir Zedah slides I bought at a sample sale in June. But you know what? I still really like the shoe shape, and my vague desire for a new pair has blossomed into a full-fledged yearning, even now that fall is here.
And I don’t think I’m the only one. In our Facebook group for shopping advice, a few others have confessed that they want to buy mules right now, but feel guilty because September is usually the time to buy boots or weather-proof loafers and pumps — not shoes without backs.
But here’s the thing: If you go for a closed toe, especially one with an upper that hits closer to your ankle, you can easily wear them with tights or cute socks through November (and year-round if you live somewhere warm). Plus, you can find some great pairs on sale right now. Below are 10 of the cutest mules out there at the moment, including a handful that are discounted.