After a season of adoring unabashed color, smart women everywhere are bucking brightly hued summer shoes in favor of wear-with-all color. I’m not talking about the obvious noir, white or brown. It’s time to enter neutral territory and rock solid nude, also affectionately known as tan, champagne, camel or khaki (depending upon your skin tone). Nude is the only color that transitions from winter to spring, summer to fall and back again, and effortlessly pairs with all of those unusual colors in your hot weather wardrobe (think lime, watermelon red, tangerine or any other shade that inevitably begs the question “What in Manolo’s name do I wear with this?”).
If wildly colored shoes are said to be a distraction from bad hair days, nude shoes are the best option for calling attention north of your neck (hey, good hair days happen). Before the days of clear stripper-inspired heels and Donald Trump, beauty pageant contestants wore tan toned pumps during the swimsuit competition to elongate their legs (making them look both longer and thinner) and make the shoe fade into the background on stage.
FYI: A nude pump is a far better alternative than a black one when it comes to complementing a tomato red suit or even a navy blue one, making it the ultimate Power Pump. But you’ve got to think like Angelina Jolie and make sure that the heel is tall and slender for a modern effect (a squat heel can look too mature on a young woman). To this day, Stuart Weitzman is the only designer that consistently puts out relatively affordable, super sexy pumps in gorgeous nude tones.