How to Wear Mules in Winter

Mules are one of the most versatile and comfortable shoes you can own. They’re easy to slip on and off, they come in a variety of styles and colors, and they can elevate any outfit with their chic and timeless appeal. But, can you wear mules in the winter? And if so, how do you style them for the colder season?

Well, first off, this is just a quiet reminder that you have permission to wear whatever suits you, whenever you like! But, if you’re looking for practical advice, then yes, you’re ok wearing mules in the winter, as long as you follow some simple tips to keep your feet warm and dry.

Mules aren’t just for summer, they can be a great year-round footwear option that can adapt to different weather conditions and even special occasions. In this post, we will show you how to wear mules in winter with our tips and suggestions, and introduce you to some of our favorite winter-ready mules from beek.

Can You Wear Mules in the Winter?

Some people might suggest that mules are too airy for winter — referencing the open-back ankle — but it’s not true. Mules can be very practical and stylish for winter, as long as you choose the right type of mule and pair it with the right outfit. Here are some things to consider when wearing mules in winter:

  • Closed-toe mules will protect your toes from the cold and make your feet look more polished. Open-toe mules can be worn in winter too, but only if you layer them with socks or tights (which we’ll discuss later).
  • A chunky or lug sole will give you more traction and stability on slippery surfaces, and also add some height and edge to your look. Flat mules can be too thin and flimsy for winter, and may not provide enough support or warmth for your feet.
  • Leather and shearling are durable and warm materials that can withstand the winter elements and keep your feet cozy. Fabric mules can be too thin and delicate for winter, and may get wet or stained easily.
  • Keep in mind the weather for where you’re going. While mules may keep your feet warm, they won’t keep them dry in a downpour.

Embracing Winter Mule Fashion

Now let’s talk about how to style them for the season. Mules are very versatile, and can go with almost any outfit — from casual to formal, and jeans to dresses. The key is to balance the proportions and colors of your outfit, and to layer thoughtfully for warmth and comfort. For more winter footwear inspiration, check out our blog posts on whether you can wear open-toed shoes in winter, or how to style winter ankle booties and clogs!

Here are some of our favorite winter mule styles from beek, and how to wear them:

  • We love the Flufftail for winter. This is a cozy and cute mule that features a natural leather upper and a soft shearling lining. It has a short platform heel and a rubber outsole for extra grip and cushion. This one’s perfect for lounging at home or running errands in style. You can wear it with leggings and a sweater, or with a knit dress and a coat.
  • The Sanderling is a sleek and sophisticated mule that features a black leather upper and a leather lining. It has a taller block heel and a rubber outsole for a comfortable and elegant lift. This would be ideal for work or dinner dates. It would go well with black ankle pants and a trench coat, or with a midi skirt and a blouse.
  • The Mallard is a rugged and cool mule that features a pecan leather upper and a shearling lining. It has a chilean pine sole and a rubber outsole — great for small adventures or casual outings. You could wear it with jeans and a puffer jacket, or with a corduroy skirt and a sweater.
  • And last but not least, a fan favorite, the Vulture Shearling is a chic and cozy mule that features a soft stone leather upper and a shearling lining. It has a taller heel and a rubber outsole for a subtle and stylish boost. This mule is perfect for adding some warmth and character to your outfit, especially paired with a sweater dress and tights, or with a plaid shirt and a leather skirt.

Styling Tips for Winter Mules

To make your winter mule outfits the best they can be, here are some more styling tips and tricks to keep in mind:

  • Choose weather-appropriate materials. As we mentioned before, leather and shearling are durable and warm — great for winter mules. You can also look for mules with rubber or wooden soles, as they are more resistant to water and snow than leather or suede soles. But you should probably avoid mules with fabric, canvas, or straw materials, as they are more suitable for summer and may get damaged by the winter elements.
  • Layer for warmth. One of the main challenges of wearing mules in winter is keeping your feet warm, especially if you have a gap between your shoes and your pants or skirt. To solve this problem, you can layer your mules with socks or tights, depending on your outfit and preference. Socks can add some color and personality to your look, while tights can create a seamless and sleek silhouette. You can also experiment with different patterns, textures, and lengths of socks and tights, such as fishnets, wool, or knee-highs.
  • Mix and match colors. Another way to spice up your winter mule outfits is to play with different colors and contrasts. You can match your mules to your pants or skirt for a monochromatic look, or you can contrast them with a different color for a pop of interest. For example, you can wear black mules with black pants for a classic and chic look, or you can wear brown mules with blue jeans for a casual and cool look. You can also mix and match neutrals and brights, such as beige mules with a red coat, or navy mules with a yellow sweater.


Mules aren’t just for summer, they’re also a stylish and viable winter footwear option that can keep your feet warm and comfortable even in the colder months. By keeping in mind all of the above, you can make sure to wear your mules in winter with confidence and flair. And whether you choose cozy shearling mules, sleek leather mules, or rugged lug sole mules, you can find the perfect pair for your winter wardrobe at beek. Browse our winter and fall collection and our shearling collection. Happy winter; stay warm!!