Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Starts with Inspiration: Nude Pumps

I have been on the search for the perfect nude pump for years now. With Fall undeniably on its way, and with chilly days making open-toed shoes no longer a practical option, a nude pump is an easy way to create a longer leg while still keeping those toes warm. Below are my current top 3 nude pumps:

In my opinion, no one does a nude colour better than Jimmy Choo.  Not too pink and not too yellow, these are the perfect match for my skin tone. I'm also loving the almond-shaped toe of the Gilbert, which renders this shoe universally flattering and a great pairing with any outfit.
Jimmy Choo Gilbert, nude pump
Jimmy Choo Gilbert, available from Jimmy Choo online

The Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato pump in patent nude leather is also a great choice. Also, because a high heeled shoe is not always the most comfortable, the subtle platform not only further elongates the leg, but provides a bit of reprieve to what could otherwise be an unmanageable heel height (4 3/4 inches) 
Louboutin nude pump, pigalle, nude pumps, Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato available from Saks Fifth Avenue

Finally, the classic pointed pump. This version, by Semilla, has a subtle point which is flattering on shorter legs (I find that pointed shoes where the point is too long or sharp actually creates the illusion of shorter legs).  
At almost half the price of the two other options above, it's an eye-catching shoe while being a bit gentler on the wallet.
nude pump, Semilla, Luisaviaroma
Semilla 100mm Patent Leather Pointy pumps, available from Luisaviaroma

Notice a trend? They're all patent leather. For a nude pump, patent leather provides a bit more dimension so the shoe doesn't blend in with the legs exactly. I haven't committed to a pair just yet, but that doesn't mean I haven't been obsessively researching/trying on nude pumps. I think any of the above would be a great choice and would definitely be a staple in my wardrobe for seasons to come. Unfortunately, this also means my Fall shopping list is steadily growing...decisions, decisions, decisions! 

Image credits from top: Jimmy Choo, Saks Fifth Ave, Luisaviaroma

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