2019 Update: We still love this roundup of the best nude pumps, but you may want to check out our 2019 roundup of stylish skin-tone pumps for work — 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.
“Nude” pumps are a classic — they go with everything and they elongate the leg. But, of course, finding the perfect shade of pink/beige/tan/brown can be difficult. So, readers, how do you gauge online whether a shade will look “nude” against your legs? (For example: I tend to be very pale, and I’ve always thought my legs have almost blueish undertones, so pinks and taupes actually work better than “tan” for me.) Just to get the discussion started I’ve rounded up a few nice pumps that I’m seeing right now. Have you bought any great nude-for-you pumps lately?
|This tan is a bit darker than the other beiges, but it’s nice to see a classic-looking basic from Clarks’ Artisan Collection line — readers have sung the line’s praises in the past in our discussions on comfortable heels, and of late the Artisan Collection has been hard to find. Artisan Collection ‘Cynthia Avant’ Pump (Online Exclusive)N.B.: Peep-toes are not appropriate for every office (know yours!).|
|The ankle strap, the mini-wedge — there’s a lot of trend to like here. (I know I said I’d round up mini-wedge heels, but I actually only found two closed-toe shoes that I liked enough to recommend — this is one; I’ll do the other pair for tomorrow’s Coffee Break). Anyway: These Bianca wedge heels are only 1.5″ high, and I like the “dark nude patent” — they’re also available in black patent, four suedes (mustard, purple, taupe (pictured at top), and red), as well as two calf-hair prints (Dalmatian and Leopard) — all colors are $119 at Nordstrom. Halogen® ‘Bianca’ Wedge|
|The friends I have who love Taryn Rose shoes really, really love them — as in they don’t wear any other brands! Beige suede can be a bit tricky (unless you’re the type to keep a stash of shoes under your desk, like I’ve always been) but a waterproofing spray will go a long way to helping the shoes stay pristine. These Chari heels are on sale at 6pm — they were $259, now marked to $156.99 (also available in black suede). Taryn Rose Chari|
|I always love a good kitten heel, and this strappy suede pump from KORS Michael Kors looks gorgeous. (It’s also a good sign that the shoe is almost entirely sold out at ShopBop, where they’re also available in a black suede.) These pumps are $235 at Neiman Marcus. KORS Michael Kors Malin Suede Kitten-Heel Pump|
|These DvF pumps are a fun twist on the classic, but I think the silverstone studs are subdued enough that these can be worn to work. They’re $298 at Neiman Marcus. Diane von Furstenberg Antion Studded Pump|
|These Stuart Weitzman pumps are probably among the most conservative in the bunch, but I like that pinkish beige, the tiny strap details, and the durability of patent. (Note that they’re also available in black and hard-to-find navy.) Stuart Weitzman Amuse|
Like this feature? Check out other recent installments! Curious about other editions of this roundup? Check them out here: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2011, 2009, 2008 (awww, just a few weeks after the blog was born).