I am short. Like really short. I measure in at 5 feet tall on the dot. As such, one of the best pieces of style advice I've received came from my younger (and taller) sister: Invest in a great pair of nude or semi-nude pumps. Wearing a shoe with height that more or less matches your skin tone tricks the eye into making your legs look longer—yes, monochromatic for the lean-looking win.
Even better, with a pair of nudes in your closet, you've got a go-to shoe that goes with, well, everything. Simply put, after diamonds, a sexy pair of nude heels might just be a girl’s best friend. Here’s a rundown of some of the best nudes heels on the block ranging from affordable to OMG.
Mix No. 6 Lill Pump, $29.95 and Dignity Pump, $39.95
I came across this brand on a recent trip to DSW. Though faux leather and patent leather won't stretch and mold to your foot like the real deal, these heels have good natural fit and the price is hard to resist. The Lill in particular comes in several shades that can work as nudes on various skin tones, from a beige/ivory to tan. They might just become your go-to in case of a shoe emergency.
I love platform heels. I will wear them forever. (I'm tiny, remember?) This affordable brand, which can be found at several department stores, makes extremely comfortable platform heels. The patent has just the right amount of sheen, even for pale girls like me, and holds up against a lot of wear.
Jessica Simpson makes a lot of nude pumps. On my latest browse through Shopstyle I counted 16 of them, to be exact. That said, the Bibi, a D'Orsay heel with a peep toe, is sexy as hell, relatively affordable and has a lot of support for the style.
If a platform heel is too much for height for an everyday office heel, check out these wearable beauties, with a simple-yet-elegant design and only the tiniest of branding on the rear ankle for flair. If this standard nude doesn't match your skin tone, click around the Michael Kors site for more options—the designer makes similar styles in hues like almond, toffee, acorn and beige.
I had never heard of this brand until recently, but Shoes of Prey lets you custom design your own shoes. I mean, this pair is already at Nordstrom, but if you have a burning desire for a suede heel with a t-strap and brogue detailing—or your feet are ultra-narrow or wide— go ahead, make yourself a pair.
Welcome to the super-splurge area of the list. I have two pairs of these Louboutins in black and tan— gifts from my aforementioned sister, as I could never afford them—and while I wholeheartedly admit that the Prive open-toe pump, with its sky-high stiletto, is not the most comfortable shoe on the planet. There's just something about that signature red bottom that makes you feel priceless even though you just blew your rent money.