Unlikely Closet Staple is made in partnership with MATCHESFASHION. It's a series in which we explore some of the less likely but no less essential aspects of the modern wardrobe.

we'It’s possible, even likely that we’ll look back on 2020 and 2021 as formative years for the style of the next decade. We’ve seen a lot of movement, especially in the world of footwear. As sneakers become less attainable every day, we’re seeing other styles picking up pace. Few silhouettes have developed the rolling momentum that mules have, though. We’ve been slipping our kicks on all summer and we’re not about to change for fall.

It’s easy to say that the mulement was aided by the global pandemic, forcing us all to stay at home and become extremely lazy. That may be partly true, but actually, we’d argue that there’s nothing lazy about mules. These backless masterpieces are the hardest-working kicks in our rotation right now, simply because there’s no end to the versatility of a good pair of mules.

With the help of MATCHESFASHION, we’re spreading the mule gospel with 10 of the best mules that you can wear to basically any occasion.

Scroll down to shop the ten best mules to wear in fall.

Marni Shearling Mules

Shearling Mules

Shearling Mules

$727

Marni

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Marni has a skill for making season's-best mules. This pair of shearling beauties gives just the right amount of drama.

Birkenstock Boston Sandals

Boston Sandals

Boston Sandals

$99

Birkenstock

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Birkenstock has been setting the pace for mules since 1774, so you could do worse than trusting them to get you through the season with no heel.

KEEN UNEEK II Slides

UNEEK II Slides

UNEEK II Slides

$113

KEEN

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Damn, your geography teacher was dripped-out all along.

Balenciaga Cozy Leather Mules

Cozy Leather Mules

Cozy Leather Mules

$595

Balenciaga

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Balenciaga doesn't usually put its name to black & white leather pieces but this pair of understated slides is a welcome departure.

Birkenstock x Rick Owens Boston Sandals

Rick Owens Boston Sandals

Rick Owens Boston Sandals

$525

Birkenstock

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Birkenstock's glow-up is nothing short of inspiring. Alongside its general-release icons, it's treated us to a slew of wild collaborations over the years, too.

Prada Logo-Plaque Mules

Logo-Plaque Mules

Logo-Plaque Mules

$787

Prada

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Few labels are as coveted as the triangular Prada plaque. The exact plaque that details this pair of quilted mules. The exact pair of mules that will see us through the darkest days of fall and winter.

Balenciaga Track Mules

Track Mules

Track Mules

$895

Balenciaga

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For every pair of understated black leather mules by Balenciaga, there's a pair of Track Sneakers that's been chopped into a mule. The universe exists in perfect balance(iaga).

Givenchy GG-Plaque Mules

GG-Plaque Mules

GG-Plaque Mules

$850

Givenchy

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They're big, bold, and beautiful. Featuring a vamp cut from the highest-quality leather, this pair of Givenchy mules has Matthew Williams' name written all over them.

Gucci Elea Horsebit Backless Loafers

Elea Horsebit Backless Loafers

Elea Horsebit Backless Loafers

$690

Gucci

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Some labels just hit the jackpot with a design. Gucci's horsebit has become such an icon in fashion that it raises the level of this pair of Elea Loafers with its mere presence.

Paul Smith Mesa Slides

Mesa Slides

Mesa Slides

$395

Paul Smith

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In similar style to the Birkenstock Boston, Paul Smith's Mesa Slides features a single strap closure and closed-toe build. Paul Smith's signature stripes add a pop of color to the strap.

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