In the Nude

Classic Platform Pump by Christian Louboutin


A few quotes to kick off our topic for today:

“For women, shoes are the most important. Good shoes take you good places.” 
― Seo Min Hyun

“A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk.” Christian Louboutin

“I’m not waiting forever to get those shoes!” Wicked Witch of the West

As a fellow history major, I know we both committed many important dates to memory. For me, none more astonishing than February 1986 when the First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos was “outed” for owning 2,700 pairs of shoes during her country’s political mayhem and poverty! 2,700? What did her closet look like? Did she keep all the boxes? How did she get out of the house in the morning? Even for me, a lover of shoes in all shapes and sizes, it took a while to absorb that bombshell.

Over a quarter century later, in a non-Imelda approach, I find myself gravitating toward just the right pair of shoes for a season — not 500 of them. And as I create wardrobes for my clients, I keep coming back to the same recommendation for Spring 2012: the nude patent pump. Why, you ask? The nude tone elongates the leg and allows for a seamless presentation. The eye goes to the woman; the shoe is an elegant surprise once the person has been appreciated. Understated and almost camouflage, the nude shoe goes with everything! It is often the answer for this season’s top trends like graphic prints and metallics.

A day does not go by at Julia Farr that we don’t recommend the peep-toe platform pump by Stuart Weitzman or Jimmy Choo to finish the perfect ensemble.

Dillille Peep Toe platform pump by Stuart Weitzman

Here are a few more that are great wardrobe essentials:
An essential Beck Wedge by Jimmy Choo
The New Simple Pump by Christian Louboutin
Peep Toe Cork Wedge by Christian Louboutain
Not Essential but FUN! The Ginza by Christian Louboutin
And a classic: The Patent Leather Daisy by Stuart Weitzman ($193 at!)

And don’t miss this important tip:

The nude or neutral pump should reflect your skin tone. If you are darker skinned, wear a darker hued patent leather.

Peep Toe Patent Wedge by Jimmy Choo

And, although I was drawn to the Louboutin’s, every designer has embraced the nude.

Outtasite Sandal by Nine West 

You get a pair at just the right price — and if you’re feeling Imelda, throw the your savings into the next pair!


Images: Christian Louboutin, Stuart Weitzman, Jimmy Choo, Bluefly, Nine West


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