Yep, Mules With Arch Support Do Exist—Here Are 12 To Slide Into When You Want Style and Comfort

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Somewhere between a loafer and a sandal lies the coveted mule. At their best, mules are a timeless style you can easily dress up or down. With a closed toe and an open heel, they’re not too warm and not too cold, providing a just-right feel on your feet. Some even have a cute high heel for dressier occasions. At their worst, however, mules typically fall short in the support department. Whether a flat or a heel, it can be tricky to find mules with arch support. Luckily, we’re always up for a challenge here at W+G.

To help you slide into the trend (see what we did there?) with a lil' arch support, we tapped nationally-renowned podiatrist and Vionic Innovation Lab Member, Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, who knows a good pair of mules when she sees 'em. Read on to explore her tips, plus our picks of the best mules with arch support, below.

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The Best Mules With Arch Support, at a Glance:

How To Find Mules With Arch Support

When it comes to finding a pair of foot-friendly mules (or clogs—anything closed-toe shoe with an open heel, really), Dr. Sutera says that you want to look for a Goldilocks fit. “Too tight can cause pain or blisters, too loose and they can slip off your feet or you can trip and fall,” she explains." Shoes should fit just right. Look for mules that feel snug and comfortable in the toe box and the insole.”

Speaking of toe boxes, Dr. Sutera says to opt for mules that mirror that natural shape of your forefoot with either a rounded or squared toe. (If you absolutely can’t resist pointed options, consider going up a half size to prevent your toes from getting squished). Additionally, she says to be mindful of just how flat they are. “Not all flats are created equally—some shoes are also too flat,” she says. “Ideally, mules should have a little chunky heel, cushioned insoles, and [built-in] arch support.”

If they do have an elevated heel, Dr. Sutera says to keep them modest if comfort is your main concern. “Chunky heels are more stable and foot-friendly over pumps,” she says. “And a stacked heel that's under two inches will help distribute body weight across a greater surface area versus a skinny heel.”

Last but not least, Sutera says to be mindful of the overall feel of the shoes. You'll want your mules to be soft and supple to avoid any rubbing or stiffness, as these can cause unpleasant side effects like corns, calluses, blisters, and ingrown toenails. Especially if you already have bunions or hammertoes, make sure your mule's material is forgiving.

Shop Our Picks of the Best Mules With Arch Support

black everlane puffa clog mules with arch support
Editor's pick: Everlane, The Puffa Clog — $165.00

The Everlane Puffa Clog is currently on regular rotation in our wardrobe—and we’re totally obsessed with the level of comfort it delivers. This clog is constructed from sustainably sourced materials and features a flatform sole with a chunky block heel for added support and stability. Additionally, the mule clog features a highly cushioned wedge and is designed to keep discomfort at bay for all-day wear.

Sizes available: Women’s 5-11

Colors: 2


  • Comfortable heel
  • Sustainably made
  • Highly versatile


  • On the pricier side
camel brown Vionic starling mules with arch support
Podiatrist's pick: Vionic, Starling Mule — $130.00

If arch support is your number one priority, you really can’t go wrong with a Vionic shoe. They’re podiatrist-recommended from doctors like Dr. Sutera for their orthopedic footbeds known for uncompromising support and all-day comfort.

The Starling mule has a gentle-pointed toe box in soft, chic leather you can wear just about anywhere. It’s sold in three colors, all of which feature a trendy chain detail on the upper. And, like all ergonomically-designed Vionic shoes, they’re lined with the brand’s iconic, built-in arch-hugging orthotics. Suffice to say, they’re extremely comfortable.

Sizes available: Women’s 5-11 (some half sizes available)

Colors: 3


  • Podiatrist recommended
  • Pointed toe still boasts plenty of room for toes
  • Ergonomically-shaped footbed


  • No wide sizes available
vionic willa flat mules with arch support
Best versatile: Vionic, Willa Flat Mule — $130.00

Another solid pick from Vionic is the Willa Flat Mule. Based on their fan-favorite Willa Flat ($130), these mules have a slightly more casual vibe than the Starlings above, but still feature Vionic’s signature comfort footbed with—you guessed it—great arch support. These mules also have a slightly less pointed toe than the mule above, so if you’re concerned about toe space, this may be a safer bet.

Sizes: Women’s 5-11 (some half sizes available)

Colors: 5


  • Vionic’s iconic comfort footbed
  • Can easily be dressed up or down


  • Only one width available
brown leather sam edelman linnie bit mules with arch support
Best dressy: Sam Edelman, Linnie Bit Mule — $140.00

Whether you’re looking for the perfect business casual silhouette or a funky printed one, the Sam Edelman Linnie Bit Mule delivers. The popular mules (which are basically dupes for the luxe Gucci Princetown Loafer Mules ($860) are sold in over 10 colors and prints, including classic black and brown leather options, as well as unique printed options, like cow, snakeskin, and giraffe print. The brand recommends going a half-size smaller for the best fit.

Sizes available: Women’s 5-11 (half and wide sizes available)

Colors: 10+


  • Lots of different colors and prints
  • Gucci dupes (at a fraction of the price)
  • Comfortable arch support


  • Not weather proof
birdies swan mules with arch support
Best for cushion: Birdies, The Swan Mules — $145.00

Wish you could wear slippers out of the house without a second thought? While wearing classic house shoes might seem a bit off for certain occasions, donning a pair of these mules by Birdies will leave you looking like the best dressed person in the room, while making you feel like you’re still in your slippers. That’s the beauty of all Birdies shoes: They’re designed with seven layers of cushioning that feels divine with every step.

The Swan mules, in particular, stand out for their ultra-stylish pointed-toe silhouette, which is sold in 16 variations ranging across colors, textiles, and embellishments. And, unlike other pointy designs, they don’t crush your toes—blisters, begone!

Sizes available: Women’s 5-12 (half sizes available)

Colors: 10+


  • Some styles feature a foot strap for extra support
  • Seven layers of cushion
  • Won’t crush your toes


  • Can be tricky to clean
Best pointed-toe: Cole Haan, Piper Mule — $98.00

Speaking of stylish, pointy mules, take a peek at these head-turning leopard ones by Cole Haan. Designed with a cut-away pointed toe, these mules are especially feminine in appearance. And since they’re soft and flexible, you won’t have to worry about uncomfortable cramming or rubbing together when they’re on. We say go for something bold like the leopard, but if that’s not your thing, there are plenty of other color and pattern options to peruse.

Sizes available: Women’s 5-11 (half sizes available)

Colors: 7


  • Various colors, textures, and prints available
  • Flexible design
  • Great statement shoe


  • Not weatherproof
  • No wide sizes available
crocs crush clog mules with arch support
Best breathable: Crocs, Crush Clog — $65.00

And now for something completely different! For one of the most comfortable mules you’ll ever try on, consider the Crocs Crush Clog. These ultra-lightweight clogs feature that iconic Crocs clog design with a little extra height. Its platform base provides additional comfort while helping relieve shock and keep soles supported. We love that they have a strap that can be worn around the heel for added support and stability or up at the top for a more mule-like style. And, although they might be a little too casual for some settings, these mules are definitely worth the investment for weekend errands, brunch, and more.

Sizes available: Women’s 6-12 (whole sizes only—the brand recommends sizing down)

Colors: 5


  • Comfortable platform heel that provides additional cushion
  • Super lightweight and breathable
  • Straps make them more versatile (and supportive)


  • Whole sizes only
a pair of sanuk you got my back mules with arch support
Best sustainable: Sanuk, You Got My Back ST Hemp — $60.00

Sanuk’s slipper-like mules are definitely the greenest option on this list. The upper is impressive, made from an eco-conscious hemp-and-cotton blend that’s breezy but cozy, but it’s the squishy insoles that have our feet swooning, which are pretty much like mini mattresses for your feet. The high-rebound footbed absorbs shock and, fun fact, are actually partially sourced from algae. The best part? A portion of proceeds go back to cleaning up the world’s oceans with the Surfrider foundation.

Sizes available: Women’s 5-11 (whole sizes only)

Colors: 3


  • Eco-friendly design
  • Rebound footbed absorbs shock
  • Portion of the proceeds is given back to the Surfrider Foundation


  • Limited color options
  • Whole sizes only
a black pair of dansko bel oiled pull up mules with arch support
Best for general support: Dansko, Bel Oiled Pull Up Mules — $140.00

Whether you’re looking for mules to wear to the office, the farmer’s market, brunch, or anywhere in between, the Dansko Bel Oiled Pull Up mules—which are sold in three colors—can be dressed up or down thanks to their classic loafer-esque design. One very unique thing to note is that, in addition to being ergonomically designed for optimal comfort with each and every step, these mules are lined with Aegis Microbe Shield for odor control, so you don’t have to worry about the side effects of sweaty, smelly soles. Just like the brand’s famous clogs, these mules are the real deal in terms of comfort and style.

Sizes available: Women’s 5.5-12 (sold as half-to whole sizes, so 7.5-8 is one size)

Colors: 3


  • Versatile style
  • Lined with Aegis Microbe Shield for odor control
  • Durable leather design


  • Heel height (1.5 inches) might be too tall for some preferences
a floral pair of UIN mules with arch support
Best patterned: UIN, Slip On Mules — $80.00

The UIN Slip On Mule is another one of the best mules with arch support. These comfortable slip-on shoes come in over 20 different colorful prints and patterns and are designed with a breathable and deodorizing design to keep your soles fresh. The slip-ons are also constructed with a non-slip EVA base, providing plenty of stability while strutting down the street.

Sizes available: Women’s 4.5-10.5 (half sizes available)

Colors: 20+ patterns


  • Assortment of colorful patterns
  • Non-slip EVA sole
  • Breathable design


  • Not many solid color options
Best low-profile: Dansko, Lexie Mules — $130.00

Love the support and comfort of Dansko clogs but want something a little more discreet? These Lexie Mules are a fantastic solution for everyday footwear. The slide-on loafers feature a minimalist design in black, black patent, saddle, taupe metallic, and taupe leather and feature a comfortable cushioned footbed. Additionally, the soles feature plenty of traction for added stability when walking (a must in slip-on mules).

Sizes available: Women’s 5.5-12 (sold as half-to whole sizes, so 7.5-8 is one size)

Colors: 4


  • Same support as Dansko clogs but with a loafer design
  • Long-lasting comfort
  • Lots of traction for stability


  • No wide sizes available
a black pair of naot lodos mules with arch support
Best leather: Naot, Lodos Mule — $190.00

Soft, lightweight nubuck leather makes these mules from Naot easy to break in. The Lodos have substantial arch support in their cork and latex footbed, which means they’re great for absorbing shock and keeping you feeling fresh on your feet. They also have a super durable outsole that will stand up to slippery surfaces better than most other mules out there.

Sizes available: Women’s 4-12 (whole sizes only)

Colors: 10


  • Durable outsole prevents slipping
  • Soft leather upper reduces break-in time
  • Removable cork and latex footbed


  • Whole sizes only

Things to Consider While Shopping for Mules With Arch Support

Heel Support

One of the reasons mules tend to get a bad rap is the open heel—some folks find them too wobbly or unstable, especially if they have a higher heel. If that's a concern for you, consider opting for one of the picks on our list with a little more heel support, or even a strap.


Are you hoping to find a mule that will transition between work and play? Several of the picks on our list can be easily dressed up or down, while others are way casual. Style is subjective, of course, but it's something to keep in mind!


Leather mules will likely a little more durable than those that use more unique materials (such as rattan or beads). If you're looking for a pair that will stand the test of time, consider the picks from Dansko, Vionic, or Sam Edelman above.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Mules Bad for Plantar Fasciitis?

“Plantar fasciitis is a common condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes,” says Dr. Yolanda Ragland, a board-certified podiatrist. “People with plantar fasciitis often experience sharp heel pain, particularly in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest.” With this in mind, it’s absolutely necessary that those with plantar fasciitis wear shoes that are comfortable and supportive—but, are mules the right choice? 

While some mules can provide arch support, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Bruce Pinker says they aren’t usually recommended for those who experience plantar fasciitis. “Mules are typically open in the heel area and don’t fit well to the foot,” he explains. “Often, there is some slippage which can lead to instability and this will not alleviate the discomfort experienced from plantar fasciitis.

Are Mules Good for Your Feet?

According to Dr. Ragland, mules traditionally lack the necessary structure and cushioning required for proper arch support. However, since the design, fit, cushion, and support tend to vary significantly from one brand to another, it is possible to find mules with good arch support (as proven with our list above!). 

Are Mules Comfortable for Walking?

While comfort is subjective, mules aren't the best pick for walking long distances because they lack support at the heel. They're a better pick for shorter outings or office days where you'll also spend time sitting or standing. If you're interested in an open-heel design but live a more active lifestyle, a comfortable clog might be a better fit for you.

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