The Hunt for Nude-For-You Heels

2018 Update: You may want to check out this year’s roundup of nude-for-you pumps — as well as our general guide to wardrobe essentials for work!

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.

Beige pumps and other “nude” heels are starting to hit the stores, so I thought we’d do a hunt for nude-for-you heels today. The theory is thus: the closer to your exact skin tone you can get with any shoe, the more elongating and flattering a look it can be with sheer hose or bare legs. (Here’s our last guide on when and how to wear pantyhose if you need a refresher!)  Ladies, do you have any favorite beige/tan/pink/caramel/brown pumps that you love because they match your skin tone and are YOUR nude heels? What style of nude-for-you heel are you on the hunt for most this year — block heel, a strappy heel, a wedge, a classic pump, or something else?  (Looking for nude flats? Check out our last roundup here.)

Some of our Hall of Famers, pictured below (all in beige just for consistency):

Row A: one / two / three / four
Row B: five / six / seven / eight

Curious for older editions of this roundup? Check them out here: 20162015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 20112009, 2008 (awww, just a few weeks after the blog was born).

nude wedges for the office under $50These wedges are a bit on the casual side, but they’ve been around for a while now, and they’re only $49 — so if you’re on a budget and looking for a good bet, these might just be the ticket. They’re available in beige, black, navy, and gray at Zappos. Dirty Laundry DL Marching Wedge
small kitten heel in several nude shades including beige and dark brown These cute kitten heels are so much more affordable than the best-selling kitten heels from Stuart Weitzman — and I love that they come in several width options. This dark brown “python” is gorgeous, but they also come in a lighter beige. They’re $79-$99 at Nordstrom. Trotters Paulina
I love a good strappy pump, and this one from Sam Edelman looks great and is getting good reviews at Nordstrom. It’s available in several colors, including “oatmeal” (pictured) and a light pink “primrose.” Sam Edelman ‘Thea’ Strappy Pump
Huzzah for a brand that calls the darker shade “nude”! These are Rockport Motion heels, which are also high on the comfort factor and have been around for a long time. Rockport Total Motion 75mm Pointy Toe Pump
nude block heels for workThese modern heels are best-sellers over at Bloomingdale’s, and it’s easy to see why — they’re only $160 but have a very sharp, sophisticated look to them. Bloomie’s has them in “tan” suede (pictured), while Nordstrom has them in a “lite latte leather.” (Here are some similar styles from Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman.) Pictured: Marc Fisher LTD Zala Suede Pointed Toe Pumps
lower block heels on saleI love a good sale, so I have to mention these, even though they’re very similar to the Marc Fisher heels above — 40% on Stuart Weitzman is rare to see. I also like that they have three different shades of possible nude-for-you shades, including these slightly darker Praline suede heels.  They were $375, but are now marked to $225. Stuart Weitzman Marymid Pumps

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The Hunt for Nude-For-You Heels

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  1. Love the Marc Fisher and Stuart Weizmann styles!

  2. Sloan Sabbith :

    Was there a coffee break up momentarily that then disappeared?!

  3. How soon is too soon to quit a job?
    I’ve been in my job less than a year, and in the last month or two, the environment started to get unbearably toxic.

    People that have been known to be awful at their jobs and moved to different roles within the team are now running the team unofficially and people that have been known to be aggressive and ragey are the official “feedback givers” while the manager focuses on keeping his (new) manager happy by tracking, measuring and generally adding unbelievable amounts of bureaucratic work for everybody.

    • Sassyfras :

      Doesn’t hurt to start looking now. I was at my last job for 1 year + 2 months and after I realized it wasn’t the right environment for me, started looking around the one year mark. As long as you don’t have a history of job-hopping and try to find a place you will likely stay for a few years, I don’t think it will look bad on your resume.

      • +1. I knew my last job was a bad fit as soon as I started, but my industry is tiny and I couldn’t find anything else. It took me 15 months to find a new job. So long as you don’t job hop often, I think staying at one job for a year is ok.

    • Office politics is the wurst. Fortunately, we are OK in my office b/c we are so small, but when I worked serving supeenies, we had this issue, b/c we were part of a much bigger pubic company with alot of infighting. I recommend you get out ASAP if you do not like the tone of the place. I did, but not so much b/c of the politics, but b/c of the s-xueal harasment that went on and the fact that the men got all of the easy assignment’s while I got the bad assignment’s. FOOEY!

  4. Arlington VA :

    Will I have any problem getting an Uber in Arlington, VA next Wednesday night? I knew Arlington pre-Uber existing, but haven’t lived in the area for 10 years. I’m assuming it won’t be an issue at all, but want to be sure. I’ll need to go from a restaurant in Ballston after 9 or 10pm to a yet-to-be-booked hotel nearby, although not walkable. TIA!

  5. I will be flying to Toronto in mid May with a colleague for a work related event. The event is Mon-Tue, but we will go early to arrive on Sat. My colleague is from Toronto and will be staying with her family. I am considering visiting relatives who live in the St Catharines area on the Sunday and then go to the city on Monday, Tuesday for the work thing. How easy is it to travel from St. Catharines, Ontario to Toronto? The event is at the University of Toronto. Is better to get a hotel or Air BNB for the preceding weekend or stay at my relatives in St. Catharines? I have never been to the city before hence the questions regarding ease of travel. I’m also considering asking the boss if I can just do the same thing as my colleague i.e. stay in the area for a few days after the event (at my relatives) and travel back together, my colleague told me she will be working from home for the few days after……I would stay at my relatives so no hotel needed plus would probably get to also see the Falls. This is a new job where I’m still learning the ropes but our boss also seems fairly flexible provided you get to what he needs done, done. What would you do?

    • TO Lawyer :

      St. Catharines is about 2 hours from Toronto. Will you be driving? I think you can take a bus if you don’t have a car but it’ll probably be a pain. I would drive to Toronto in the middle of the day so you’re more likely to skip traffic.

      There’s also a ton to do in Toronto (and probably less so in St Catharines) so I would definitely suggest spending a couple days, either before or after in Toronto if you’d like to see the city (which I highly recommend).

    • Squiggles :

      GO transit does offer bus connections to St. Catharines but chances are, it will be easier to rent a car and drive. I think the Greyhound does as well, but it is a convenience thing. You are a little early, but some of the vineyards might have tours and tastings on the weekend. As well, if you go a little further afield, Niagara on the Lake is a touristy little place.

      Agreed you should commute into and out of Toronto in the middle of the day. Rush hours start at 6am and run until 10am, then start again around 3pm until 7pm. Any time you try to drive during that time, you are looking at least at a doubling of your time.

  6. I’ll write in a recommendation for the JCrew Colette in ashen brown — a lovely suede style with a walkable heel. The suede feels more “current” to me than plain leather, and due to the slight variations in color due to the suede bending in different directions, it’s a nude-for-me whether it’s the depths of winter or with a summer tan.

  7. Cindy Entes :

    disappointed there were no nude examples that include those of us in the Viola Davis/Lupita skin tone range…
    Luckily I found something own mine own, from payless, $15! Women’s Karmen Pump in brown: WOMEN’S KARMEN PUMP

    • Cindy Entes :

      payless link:

      • These are cute. I have a pair in a nude-for-me from their comfort line & they are surprisingly comfortable!

        I am also disappointed that in the images profiled within the post that there was a lack of colour range.

  8. I’m looking for a replacement pair of nude (beige) peep toe wedges. Something I can wear for work (business casual) in the summer. I had a great pair from Payless but the quality doesn’t last beyond a year or two and I can’t find anything else! Help!

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