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Closed-Toe Mules You Can Wear All Fall

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Including a few pairs on sale.

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Intentionally Blank Dicey Mules, $190

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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.

Croc mules
Michael Michael Kors Natasha Slides, $82.50 (were $110)
Red loafer mules
Topshop Kolour Loafer Mules, $100
Silver mules
Joie Landry Mules, $275
brown kitten heel mules
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Andrea Mules, $385
Brown mules
Frye Joan Campus Mule, $278
black mules with wooden heel
Madewell Lana Mules, $148
patent mules
Rachel Comey Scarpa Mule, $247.50 (were $495)
beige suede mules
Dolce Vita Ledell Mules, $130
pink mules
Zara Monochrome Mule, $49.90
black mules
Intentionally Blank Perf Low, $188
faux croc mules
Urban Outfitters Mod Mules, $55.20 (were $69)
Jeffrey Campbell Deepika Mule, $92 (was $115)