Summer 2015 was officially the summer of the 鈥渦gly鈥 sandal. Birkenstocks, Tevas and slide sandals were the fashion-girl styles of choice, turning what we once considered mom footwear and shower stall slip-ons into #OOTD-worthy steppers. This fall, three new 鈥渦gly鈥 styles are taking their place, and just like you learned to love your Birks (you鈥檙e wearing them right now with cozy socks, aren鈥檛 you?), we bet you鈥檒l curb your cringing at these perfect-for-fall shoes if you give 鈥檈m a chance. Below, we鈥檝e listed the reasons why these unpretty steppers will soon steal your heart.



Why They鈥檙e 鈥淯gly鈥: When their heels are on the higher, thinner side, mules can add an easy elegance to pretty much any outfit, not to mention help elongate your legs in the process (win-win). This fall鈥檚 version with a shorter, thicker heel is like a shoe makeunder, turning the once occasion-ready footwear into a more laid-back silhouette that might remind you a *little* too much of your grade school art teacher鈥檚 shoes of choice.

Why You鈥檒l Love Them: These truly are shoes fit for lazy girls: slip 鈥檈m on and you鈥檙e out the door just like that (when they鈥檙e of the close-toed variety, there鈥檚 no pedi required). What鈥檚 more, these low gliders go with just about everything from your most casual weekend attire to your fave office culottes to a date night-worthy dress. Plus, now that they鈥檙e lower to the ground, they鈥檙e a lot easier to walk in.

Try: A chunky 鈥90s-meets-western vibe like Madewell鈥檚 Eller Mule ($168) or Shellys Blue Suede Heeled Mule Sandals ($113) for a more modern option (read: cutouts) that also hits the 鈥70s revival trend (one word: suede).



Why They鈥檙e 鈥淯gly鈥: Sure, they kind of look like what would happen if a genie turned one of those blue shoe covers into a real life shoe. In reality, this slipper-like footwear is the definition of minimalist design, crafted with a flexible upper to accent the natural shape of your footsies 鈥 because of that, they鈥檙e 100% frill-free. To some, that means there鈥檚 nothing to swoon over, but to others (this editor included) the stripped-down design is just what your cropped flares called for.

Why You鈥檒l Love Them: Simply put, they鈥檙e a one-shoe wonder. Because they鈥檙e so neutral, they can go with anything from any season, so long as the outfit you鈥檙e rocking prescribes to a similar less-is-more vibe.

Try: Rachel Comey Calder Shoes ($345) for a more ladylike take on the trend that will go with your favorite fancy jumpsuit and dress up your raw-edged jeans. For a wear-everywhere version, snag the OGs, Martiniano Glove Shoe ($398), especially if you鈥檙e in constant need of a bold pop of color.



Why They鈥檙e 鈥淯gly鈥: When platforms take over airy shoes like sandals or classic pumps, that鈥檚 one thing 鈥 they add grunge or glam to an otherwise delicate shoe. But a hulking wedge heel hoisting up an ankle-covering boot (or higher) is just a lot of look.

Why You鈥檒l Love Them: Height without the heel ache? We鈥檒l take it. Plus, when those oversized fall layers need a bit of balance. For that, these chunky pairs are your solemates.

Try: Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Ubel Wood Wedge ($175) if you鈥檙e looking for a closed-toed clog alternative or if you鈥檙e looking for a slightly dressier version of combat boots, go for Forever 21 Faux Suede Wedge Booties ($28).

Are you keeping things ugly with your footwear this fall? Tell us about your fave fall shoes (whether your friends like 鈥檈m or not) in the comments below.