Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
Now is traditionally the time of year that every fashion magazine/stylist/blog (including this one) counsels you to wear nude-for-you pumps — so I had this whole feature planned where I’d show the different “nude” colors available for each shoe that I picked. Except: ha! There are, by and large, ONLY light beige pumps in stores right now. There are a very few pumps with a slightly darker beige (not even a huge selection of regular brown!) — so perhaps this is a seasonal thing and the other colors will be out in a few weeks. (My picks of other darker nude-for-you heels from the current limited selection: here, here, here, here, here, and here.) For those of you who do have pale beige skin (or prefer this kind of pale pink/beige color in general), here’s what I like in the stores right now… Readers, have you recently bought a great nude-for-you pump? Do you have any favorites from the below?
|Readers continue to sing the praises of the Comfort Plus line at Payless, and both the Janine Pointy Toe pump (pictured) and the Karmen rounded-toe pump come in light beige. They’re both $19.99. Payless Janine Pointy Toe Pump|
|I thought these were cute when they somehow popped up in my FB feed today — and even cuter when I saw the Choo shoes that are surely their “inspiration”. They’re $69.95 (also available in black). Sole Society Mallory T-Strap Heel|
|I think I saw a reader recommending these on the Weekend Open Thread a few weeks ago, and was intrigued to see the huge range of sizes and colors that this shoe comes in — just in this Dune color they’re available in sizes 4-12 in medium, narrow, and wide; it seems like the Kors flex line comes in peep-toes, pointy toes, and this lovely rounded-toe, available at places like Nordstrom, Zappos, and Neiman Marcus. Nice! The pictured shoe is $99. Kors Flex Pump|
|I’m really, really not a fan of the particular beige here, but I am incapable of doing a Hunt without including at least one Cole Haan or Stuart Weitzman (particularly if they’re on sale!). (Along those lines: here are two Weitzman options for you: the Plato and the HiClip pumps.) As for the pictured pump: I love the huge variety of sizes it comes in (sizes 4-12, in three widths, in black and “sandstone”), and the 1/2″ platform does make these much more walkable. They were $298, but are now marked to $199. Cole Haan Chelsea Pump|
|I always think of the Karolina as Kate Spade’s most classic pump style, but these Arielle round toe pumps are lovely. (Another Kate Spade option: the 4″ high Leann.) Both the Leann and Arielle come in “camel saffiano” (pictured) and “natural glitter snake;” both are $328. Kate Spade New York Arielle Pump|
|While everyone knows that Cole Haan and Stuart Weitzman generally have comfortable pumps, another consistent reader recommendation over the years has been Salvatore Ferragamo pumps. I like these shoes with a pretty bow on top (although the grosgrain bow would make them “mostly office shoes” for me — i.e., they don’t leave the office). They’re $550. Salvatore Ferragamo Carla New Bisque Patent|
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