06/30/2015 10:51 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Here's Why You Should Give Mules A Chance

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Mules are divisive in the world of footwear, joining clogs, Birkenstocks and kitten heels in the category of controversial styles we applaud.

Before you write off this oft-criticized footwear as ugly, we beg you to take a moment and reconsider. Though traditionally the mule is a shoe with an open back and a closed toe, today there are countless different iterations, like the strappy mule and the open-toe mule. What that means: There is a mule for everyone.

We've rounded up some stylish ladies on Instagram who are rocking mules and found a few pairs you can shop -- many of them on sale. Check out some on-trend options below and tell us you don't want a pair.

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Shop our picks:

Top (L-R): NLY Shoes Frayed Canvas Mule, $26; Proenza Schouler Leather Fringe Banded Mule, $547; Tibi Kirsi Leather Mules, $138
Middle (L-R): Vince Camuto Women's Annetta Mule, $139; No. 21 Suede Striped Knotted Mule, $625; Kate Spade New York Imma Chunky-Heel Mule Sandal, $328
Bottom (L-R): Black Leather Block Heel Mules, $39; Monsoon Zaria Block Heel Mule, $70; Tory Burch Mules & Clogs, $222

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