Saturday, February 4, 2012

"Nude" Heels for Every Skin Tone

I was recently looking at an article on College Candy and saw a comment that stated that nude heels were only for a certain set of skin tones and that they have yet to find a pair of brown "nude" heels. As a darker skinned individual, I beg to differ. I have about three pairs of nude heels, flats, and wedges, all that match my skin tone. You just need to know where to look. But for those who may need a bit of help, I've decided to post a few examples of what I think would be appropriate for certain skin tones.

1. Ivory

    Those with this skin tone may realize that the heels marketed "nude: may be a bit too dark for them. I suggest buying darker cream or light beige heels such as these:

2. Golden

With this skin tone, look for yellow undertones and a "light nude" color description

3. Beige

This skin tone happens to be the color "nude" refers to. Neutral, lighter skin with a hint of a tan. Basically, the nude colored shoes will work, but remember to consider your undertone if you want them to be perfect.

4. Dark Beige

This skin tone is common with Those of Hispanic, Indian, Native American or Mixed race backgrounds, not quite brown, but not beige. Look for a dark nude shoe.

5. Brown

Those of Dominican, African American, or Indian heritage may find it rather difficult to find nude heels. Try looking in the brown section for shoes to match your deeply tanned skin tone.

6. Dark Brown
This skin tone should ignore the nude description all together and look for brown shoes for the "nude" effect. Believe me, it saved you a lot of stress.

7. Rich/Deep Dark Brown

This skin tone should look for deep browns to match the richness of your skin.

I know I didn't cover all skin tones, but I attempted to get all of the major brackets. Hopefully, this will help someone in their quest for finding the perfect pair of nude heels. Feel free to comment!


I have been receiving a lot of messages and comments about finding heels at a reasonable price for darker skintones. Because of this I have made two sets for darker skintones. All of the heels are below $50US at the time of posting.




  1. This is a great post. But why wouldn't you actually indicate the brand of the shoes. As hard as it is for this brown girl to find her shade, I wold have liked to have been able to purchase one of the two darkest pairs you listed. But I have no idea who makes them.

    1. I honestly don't know any of the brands either, but, as an olive under-toned Black girl who can't even find the proper color foundation in MAC Pro stores, I completely understand the complexities of finding a good shade for darker women. I literally googled "brown shoes" and found these lol.
      I did some quick research on macys and this is what I found:
      The shoes with the picture of Fatima Siad (dark brown) are definitely these, which are a lot darker than I previously believed, therefore they may work if you are Alek Wek's complection (rich brown). Simpson%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D33%26ruleId%3D69%26slotId%3D2

      If you need something a tad lighter than that this shoe may work

      The Darkest color is by paris hilton judging from the label in the shoe, yet I was unable to find a link for the shoe. I did find this shoe that may work

      Honestly, I generally don't like to place a brand because I prefer going to local thrift shops and liquidation stores to buy EVERYTHING. Literally, my Michael Kors bag was 75% off from a liquidation store which enabled me to get it. I'm a sucker for anything that looks and feels "expensive", but have the money of a college student, because I am one, lol. I hate to make any of my readers feel as if they have to buy $100 shoes in order to find the right type, therefore I wanted to inspire you to find something similar to that shoe so that it fits your financial needs. I know I would be annoyed if everything I liked was out of my price range (which, ironically, it usually is). I'm sorry for the inconvenience and wish you the best of luck finding the perfect shoe.

      feel free to ask any more questions!

  2. Awesome post and very informative. I will feature this post on my blog soon.


  3. Spent a little more and bought the Ghita Pump in Nutmeg Patent (after looking for a patent nude shoe for my Indian skin tone) - and its amazing! The Perfecttttt color!

    I recommend to anyone who has a slightly darker (Indian, hispanic, etc) skin tone!

  4. Oh my gosh I am soooo frustrated. Mixed race girl here.
    I have been scouring the internet and CANNOT find one nude pair that matches my tone.

    1. ps, still obsessing over trying to find shoes! haha... but I did find these... Christian Louboutin has introduced shoes for all skin tones. Pretty cool. I actually see a pair that would end my plight, however, I can't afford to buy $700 shoes. I wish Steve Madden or somebody would come out with a comparable pair. Sigh.
      Lots of people are making fun of it. They don't realize how hard it is to find products that match our skin tones.

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