There’s really nothing like a pair of nude pumps.
Not only does the heel help to boost your height and make your gams look taut and toned, the flattering nude shade also blends in with your skin and adds to the illusion of a taller stature. We also love how the shade is so versatile that it can be worn with just about any garment, adding a classy finishing touch to your ensemble.
Like lipsticks, the colour “nude” has been loosely defined and varies between brands and styles, but they often centre around a palette of beiges, corals, slate greys and blush pinks. Choose one that complements your skin tone — whether it is warm, neutral or cool — and the depth, i.e. how light or dark-skinned you are, to fake as much height as possible. For example, if you have a dark and warm skin tone and you pick light slate grey pumps, you won’t be getting the maximum lengthening illusion because the shoe colour wouldn’t blend seamlessly with your skin.
As a general rule of thumb, warmer skin tones look best in gold shades and can be complemented with coral and warm beiges, while cooler tones look best in silvers and greys. Neutral toned people, take your pick according to your personal preference, because you look great in anything.
Here are 16 of our favourite nude pumps at the moment.