Mules is a style name that is used almost exclusively when talking about women’s footwear. One of the first questions that comes to mind is what is the difference between mules and clogs? Simply put, a mule is generally a more formal version of a clog. In Europe where both styles originated, a clog was worn by the working class while a mule was worn by the aristocracy. In modern day, the terms are used interchangeably and when shopping, you probably want to browse both categories to find the shoe you are looking for. Having said that, a lot of brands make women’s mules and each focuses on a particular style or theme. Discussed in this article are the top brands that make Mules and the price ranges for each brand.
Spring Step – Online, Spring Step makes the most styles classified as mules. Some have a high heel while most have more of a casual look. Nearly all of their styles fall into a very narrow price range of $62 to $72 dollars a pair.
Charlie 1 Horse by Lucchese – This brand is entirely focused on western styled fashion footwear and their mules are no exception. When wearing long pants, it would be difficult for someone to tell that these shoes are not actually western boots. A great choice for those who want a fashion forward look and don’t mind paying $160 to $200 for a pair of women’s mules.
Curvetures – Unlike Women’s Charlie 1 Horse, Curvetures mules are definitely on the less formal side, being made with soft suede or more flexible leathers. Additionally, the heel is wider for greater stability and the price is consistently $90 to $105 a pair.
SoftWalk – SoftWalk Mules are surprisingly diverse, sporting suede leather in some style and more formal looks in other, you can also find both high heel mules as well as styles with a shallow heel. One feature not seen in the previously discussed brands are styles that have deep tread. This gives the mules a more rugged look that is harder to find in the mules category. Prices typically fall between $85 and $105 a pair.
J. Renee – Most Women’s Mules from J. Renee have a medium heel and are made from synthetic leather. Styles look like alligator, snake, or other exotic skins, though they are polymers (plastic). Consequently, you can have a stylish look, but pay between $40 and $80 a pair.
Naot – I would personally classify most of Naot’s mule styles as clogs because of the thicker sole as well as low and wide heel. The generally higher price of this brand, however, does propel the brand from clogs to mules as they are fashion forward. You can expect to pay between $110 and $160 a pair with most styles falling around $135 a pair.
While we’ve only discussed the top 6 mule brands, others you may want to research include Easy Spirit, Bella Vita, Finn Comfort, Naturalizer, David Tate, Walking Cradles, Skechers, Merrell, Dr. Scholl’s, Easy Street, Jack Rogers, Clarks, Think!, Propet, Fly Flot, and Aerosoles.
When deciding between brands, first decide whether you are just going for easy slip on comfort or for designer fashion. Also make sure you are not planning to do extensive walking. The lack of a back on mules not only makes walking difficult but forces you to change the way you walk which can lead to increased strain on unused muscles.