Nude Shoes – Fad Or Fashionable?

Teri Hatcher nude shoes

Nude shoes = Longer legs for Terri Hatcher

Some of my readers have asked about skin toned shoes and if they should be buying a pair, or whether they just a passing fad?

If  you haven’t noticed, nude or flesh toned shoes are all the rage at the moment, and that’s good news. Not only do go with everything, but they make your legs look ultra long and lean. Take a look at  Teri Hatcher.

If she had worn black shoes, or any other color shoe with this red dress, your eye would have been drawn down to her feet. Her legs would have looked cut off at her feet, and her legs would have looked shorter.

nude colored shoes

Nude Peep toe shoes are sexy!

With nude colored shoes, her legs go on for miles. Nude colored shoes can be worn with any other color out there, including black, which means you can save money if you are on a tight budget by buying one good pair and wearing them to death.

They look extra fab when you wear them with a print dress because all attention stays on the dress and makes it pop. The trick is finding a shade that matches your skin tone so you get the most nude look.

Some of us have pinker skin, some more yellow, taupe or brown. Thankfully, there’s  a range of shades out there. Here are a few nudes I’ve spotted that are chic and fabulous after 40!

Nude and Not too high!Finally some relief for  your aching 40+ feet!  Dainty kitten heels are comfy and fashionable this spring. This feminine, lattice design from Via Spiga would look great with a pretty dress.(Nordstrom) Dolen Pump
Strap Happy Feet, schmeet!! We know some of you never plan to give up your heels! So, when you really want to show who’s in charge, slip on a pair of these sexy, strappy stilettos! These Stuart Weitzman beauties have a back zip and 5″  heel! ( Saks)
Perfectly Pink If your skin color is on the cool side and seems more pink than golden, then these flesh toned pumps with a hint  of pink are for you! This unique color, from Jimmy Choo, is a favorite with celebrities like Angelina Jolie who has been seen wearing them on and off the red carpet. (Saks)
Neutral Knockout! I always love a ballet flat and no one makes them as lovely as Tory Burch. The shiny patent leather and gold buckle gives this nearly nude a touch of class.(Nordstrom)
Hint o’ Color Here’s a clever pair of Kate Spade wedges that read nude when you look at them dead on, but turn sideways and you get a cheeky rainbow surprise! (Saks)
Nude and Slightly Naughty! They’re light enough to make your legs look long, and sexy enough to make your feet sizzle. Snakeskin pumps adds a hint of edginess! We love the hidden platform which gives you the height without sacrificing comfort.



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  1. LOVE nude shoes! Have them in regular high heeled pumps and peep-toe from Klein, both in patent leather. Also have some Jimmy Choo flats with sparkly toe area.

  2. I think the nude shoes look very matronly. It’s a fad that is ugly.

  3. Nancy Welker says:

    Personally, I love a nude heel! (Those peep toe shoes are gorgeous!) I”m tall, about 5’7″, but much Audrey Hepburn and Kim Cattrall, I appear much taller. I never worry about heel height, and actually favor 4 inch heels or higher. I think it all comes down to what goes with what you’re wearing, what looks fantastic on you, and your own personal taste. Any of the shoes you pictured here are wonderful choices!

  4. Does this apply to naturally darker women as well…I am thing African American, Middle Eastern, Indian……would they get brown shoes?

    • Hi Benita,
      Great question…the answer is yes you are correct, to get that long legged effect you will want to pick a shoe that matches the shade of your skin tone. If you have dark skin, that could mean a shade of brown that blends with your skin.

  5. I love the Kate Spade sandals! I’m going to see if I can buy them on-line anywhere to get shipped to Europe (Spain).Do you know by any chance? What I’ve never known if it looks correct or not, was when you see someone wearing a gorgeous black evening gown, and they’ve teamed it with nude shoes. On this occasion I think the Nudes stand out more than they should. Should they have worn black on this occasions?

  6. Cheryl Craig says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Deb! You are my “go to” source for what’s OK and chic for over 40. I really appreciate the tips and the pics. And I like that you let us in on where to find your recommendations too. Thank you!

  7. I am 5’11” and love it. I also love wearing heels. My daughter is already 5’9″ at age 14. I want her to stand tall and be proud of her height as well.

  8. This is a trend that has been building for a couple of years now… glad to see that we no longer have to “hunt” to find them and now have a selection. When I was younger and could afford only one pair of dress shoes, I chose this color (not patent). I loved them for all the reasons you stated: goes with anything, makes legs look longer. I also found them to be trans-seasonal (if not too light).

  9. They look terrible, even a 20 something could not get away with this. Why do “Celebs” Think that anything they wear is fashionable!
    Anything but nude!!!

  10. I am feet, 9 inches tall and I wear 3 inch heels regularly. I would wear higher ones bur my 50+ years old arches can’t handle them. I own my height and am proud of it. And my husband says he always wanted a tall, long-legged blonde!

  11. Melissa I can identify. At 5 foot 10 I know what it feels like. I hate it when I hear short women complaining about having to take up jeans, pants etc. I always say that it’s much easier to take up pants than lengthen them!! Anyway I still wear heels occasionally but certainly not 5 inches high as shown in the pics (I would love to though). I work with a girl who is 6 foot 2 so probably shouldn’t complain. Embrace your height and stand tall, it’s also a bit easier to hide those few pounds on a tall frame. :)

  12. I”m tall too and there is no way I would wear nude heels, no way, LOL! :)

  13. What would look good with the nude flats. They look adorable.

    Thank you.

  14. So, bottom line is that nude shoes are great for shorter women to add length to their legs. Since I am already tall I probably should only wear nude color in flats?

    I don’t wear heels because they make me so much taller than every woman and most men that I’m around. Even in my family. Very uncomfortable feeling that only other tall women can relate to. Most short females comment how they would love that problem, but to be honest it isn’t fun to be so conspicuous (for most women).

  15. These are all so beautiful and would look good whether you had a tan or not! You’ve shown a wonderful selection! Thanks! ♥