FASHION x SHOPPING: WE GIVE IN – HOW TO PICK A NUDE SHOE

C’est Fabulous Fashion Friday here on BOHOMOTH. We just delight in taking you screen-shopping ahead of your days of freedom.

Fabulous Friday must first take a serious tone. The time has come to address the nude footwear phenomenon. I’ll first point out how weird the phrase ‘nude’ is for a colour associated only with Caucasian skin tones. It’s like the ‘Flesh’ Crayola crayon back in the day. What should we call this colour when Rihanna wears it? We are odd creatures, people.

so I’m not going to harp on and on about the ridiculous the super-klunk patent platform peep-toe that results in one freaky looking foot (we’re looking at you Victoria Beckham, and virtually every other celebrity to pose for the press in the past three years) but that is the main current manifestation of the look.

I get why the nude thing took off. It’s a smart style choice as it elongates the leg and therefore makes the wearer look taller and thinner. My problem with the old-gum, putty, old-bra coloured shoe, is the widespread lack of chic applied to employing the trend (see above again for reference).

A nude shoe either needs zero detail, or elegant but distinctive features. Platforms and pasty block heels are generally a no-no. Remember Carrie Bradshaw in ‘A Vogue Idea’? Her real transition to grown-up fashion came with the Vivienne Westwood navy pinstripe suit and Manolo Blahnik  nude patent slingbacks. This was, in my opinion, the breakthrough nude shoe. Not a smidgen of  klunk.

Things were going mighty fine for the nude-ster, with Valentino creating, in my mind the perfect shoe in 2010 (which  I recommended it as a putty-klunk alternative for Michelle Williams and is still available if you have £600 burning a hole in your pocket).

Somehow as the platform overtook every other design feature in shoe-land, this became the go-to lazy choice every stylist threw at a starlet. The worst offender is Vicky herself.

To illustrate my point I have picked some exmaples of nudes that work at any budget. Absolute simplicity or texture – that’s the trick. So go head, dare to bare.

WORKING THE TRENDS: NUDE SHOES $$$
WORKING THE TRENDS: NUDE SHOES $

About Aisling O'Connor

Aisling is an Irish fashion, pop culture and lifestyle writer whose work can be seen in Harpers Bazaar, The Atlantic, The Daily Mail and The Independent's Irish edition and many others. With a unique sartorial perspective, she strives to translate high fashion and street style into accessible looks - and savage often ridiculous celebrity stylings as a matter of public service.
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4 Responses to FASHION x SHOPPING: WE GIVE IN – HOW TO PICK A NUDE SHOE

  1. BOHOMOTH says:

    I quite like the Guess ones but would never ever buy in nude. I don’t own one pair of nude shoes, because if there’s one place that can be fabulous at all times- whether you have PMT bloat, spots, bad hair- it’s your feet.

    • canuck says:

      I have one pair, although when I bought them, they were being called the less expensive “beige”.

      Perfect shoe for when whatever you’re wearing needs to be the center of attention and your shoes don’t need to distract from that.

  2. MildredFierce says:

    the Rupert Sandersons are perfect. Those freaking platform pumps are so call girl.

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