Is there anything more trendy than the heeled mule in the world of smart casual right now?

Spotted all over town from brunch to business, heeled mules are the silent ones to watch. They’re playful and yet sophisticated. They can be bright and colourful yet not inappropriate. They’re a step up from the sandal, but not quite on par with the classic stiletto just yet.

Heeled mules: are you even a true urbanite if you aren’t rocking these? Scroll on for our favourite picks of the minute.

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This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok


It’s hard not to love anything Cult Gaia unveils, and this item is no different. Incorporating some beautiful sculptural detail into these mules, we love the transparent PVC straps, which give the illusion of longer legs. The wooden carved heels are made of stacked spheres, and thereby make for a perfect fit for anyone who likes a bit of architecture in their heels.

Pair with: Cropped fringe jeans
Wear to: Fun weekday cocktails

Approx. RM1,706
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How elegant are these? We have to admit we’ve got a serious crush on these silk-trimmed suede mules by Gianvito Rossi. They really bring out a gentle femininity whilst still maintaining an air of sophistication. Featuring delicate bows and sharply pointed toes, they’re the ideal date night or elegant evening companion.

Pair with: An elegant cocktail dress
Wear to: Fine dining date with someone really special

Approx. RM2,624
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This colour is an exciting choice for those who like to get experimental when getting dressed. Presenting Bottega Veneta’s signature intrecciato weave in an innovative form, these raffia mules feature angular squared toes (very trendy right now), and come in a fabulous light purple shade.

Pair with: A mini dress – flaunt those legs!
Wear to: Rooftop drinks with the girls

Approx. RM4,888
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Who said you couldn’t wear jewellery even on your shoes? Manolo Blahnik brings the glamour with these Lurum pumps, featuring a sprig of crystal leaves on each shoe. Featuring a subtle yet lustrous grey satin hue, they’re the perfect balance between serious and sparklingly stylish.

Pair with: Cropped tuxedo pants and a crisp white shirt
Wear to: A meeting where the deal will be signed

Approx. RM5,351
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If you want all eyes to go to your feet, these ‘90s-inspired mules are your calling. Boasting a vibrant (and downright intense) fuchsia colour, these Amina Muaddi heels are made from soft calf hair, and feature the brand’s signature fluted heel. Whilst it’s a beauty to look at, it is known to very comfortable to wear, too. Win-win.

Pair with: Blues and whites if you want to play it safe, or a colourful co-ord if you want to have fun with it
Wear to: Free-flow French food brunch

Approx. RM2,931
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We couldn’t give you a shopping list on heeled mules and not include this infamous Bottega Veneta pair. Made using ‘Ice’ leather, we love the rounded almond toes on these heels, and the signature statement intrecciato straps to suit. The light blue colour here is surprisingly versatile, too, charmingly suited both to work and play. If mules are to become cult shoes, this pair will lead the pack.

Pair with: High waist long shorts
Wear to: A working lunch somewhere fabulous

Approx. RM7,619
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