The nude pump. Everyone’s telling you you need a pair. Well, they’re right. You do! Nude pumps work for the office and for going out with clothing of all colors and textures. Brightly colored sundress with a cardigan to the office? Check. Black dress for going out? Check. That oddly colored skirt you can’t pair anything with? Check.
I, for one, am not quite sure how I have survived so many years without them. Probably because I was (delusionally) holding out for a pair by Christian Louboutin. At 18, I thought surely by 24 I’d be wealthy and successful enough to own a pair of $600 pumps. Clearly, I was confused. The dream shoe, Christian Louboutin Decollette 100 Pumps are available at www.net-a-porter.com for $595.
For the rest of us, I offer you the runner-ups for your must-have shoe for work, play, night, day, and pretty much all-around success in your fashion life. The requirements: beige/camel/nude tone, round or almond toe (pointy toes? really?), patent, comfortable, and heel three-inches or above. Because, a heel less than three inches is no heel at all. Peep toes are great too, but difficult to wear year-round. Do you want your stocking covered toes peeping out of your nude heel? I think not.
The 3 incher: Kate Spade’s Karolina. Standard, non-offensive round-toed pump. I can vouch for the comfort of Kate Spade’s pumps as I own several pairs. ($298, at Piperlime or Kate Spade).
The 3.75 incher: Franco Sarto’s Napoli Pump. Slightly taller, slightly sexier, and in a lighter, more neutral nude tone. Budget-friendly, too ($89.95, Endless).
The 4 incher: Nude Footwear’s “Milan” Patent Pump is a taller, more modern alternative with the hidden platform ($110, Piperlime).
Coming in at 4.75 inches: Dolce Vita’s Madison Platform Pump, a favorite of fellow Brunch Bitch Becca ($119, Endless).