Shoe Styling for a Leggier Look

Remember the Nude Shoe?   As a petite gal myself, I loved the idea of a shoe that would just blend in with my skin and give me a leggier look.  Unfortunately the so-called “nude” shoes were mostly a shiny pinky-beige pretend-patent leather that didn’t blend with many skin tones – or clothes either, for that matter – and looked like we were all trying way too hard.

The good news is that as warm weather approaches there are neutral shoes that create that skin-tone blend for many more women in a much more unstudied – and therefore more effective – way.  Hooray!!

Many of these “New Nudes” have a subtle metallic or pearlized finish in a soft gold, rosy gold or bronze. And traditional suede and leather colors blend nicely for women of color.  Here’s just a sampling of what I found on a recent visit to DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse).




Retail trends can change quickly, so even if it isn’t yet warm where you live, check the DSW web site for a store location nearby and grab a pair or two of the New Nudes before they’re gone.



About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Delma Saunders on March 16, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Nancy, I had to chuckle when I looked at the thumbnail, which really reads “Dilemma”, not Delma. My name is Delma, but my school nickname was Dilemma. Now, I want to thank you for your insightful comments on fashion. It’s nice to see someone as knowledgeable as you keep prices down so the average Jane can afford fashion.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on March 16, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks for the fun story – and for the chance to expound about pricing. I love the mid-price range – not so pricey that no normal person could afford it, but also not so cheap that any thinking person would see exploitation in the manufacturing process. A great markdown is one thing, intentionally cheap product is entirely another. Maybe a topic for a future post.

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