The Season’s Best Nude Sandals!
Though we typically are not fond of the answer [to any question] being “That depends,” if you were to ask us “Hey Cobbler Concierge, what are the season’s best nude sandals?”, our answer would be, “That depends”.
Summer 2018 has a rich selection of sandals and strappy footwear from which to choose. There are high heeled versions, espadrilles, strappy up-the-shin tied sandals, twist front and more. There are enough styles to keep us oohing and ahhing for days on end.
Every woman’s closet should house at least one lovely pair of nude sandals. They are perfect for the season and help pull together nearly any outfit you own. There are so many shades and fabrics from which to choose. How do you know what to buy?
Choosing your nude sandals is much like choosing a good foundation. You need to focus on the shade, then the material, then the style. First things first – the shade. Choosing a shade that matches or complements your skin tone will make your legs seem longer…always a plus for looking long, lean and lovely. This holds true for both heels as well as flats, so try to find your match (or within a few shades) where possible. If your skin is on the lighter side, you will do well with a blushy neutral – one with a pink undertone. These shoes may even appear light pink on first look. Light or tan skin blends with a warmer beige, whereas olive skin tones need a true light brown (saddle or light tobacco colors). For ladies with darker skin tones, bronze shades are your go-to. If you are out in the sun (and we hope you are protecting your skin if you are) and your skin darkens with time, keep that in mind as you select your summer nudes (or consider a second pair for later in the season).
Now that you have your color guide, turn your attention to the fabric or material. We like calfskin or other supple leathers, as well as suedes. Their softness fits the season and adds smooths the visual from leg to foot to shoe. We also recommend styles that blend fabrics and leather. They are often among the most romantic styles you will find and coordinate with flowy summer fabrics and floral patterns. For summer 2018 you will see a lot of wedges, espadrilles, booties, oxfords, and cut-out sandals. In light, natural shades, they will go with nearly every color, pattern or fashion trend – regardless of whether you’ve pulled a dress, pants or swimsuit from your closet.
When it comes to style, the key to nude footwear is to coordinate the ‘feel’ of your outfit with the shoe. There is no need to match the shoe to the actual outfit. So, work clothing will go well with a strappy high heeled open shoe. Summer dresses look lovely with espadrilles and open sandals. Choose a higher heeled option with a bit more polish (perhaps patent leather) for a summer wedding or other dressy occasion.
Of course, comfort is key. Only you know what you like best. So, be sure to choose something that feels great and makes you feel fabulous. That is the point, after all. So, whether you are wearing a little black dress, a floral motif, bright summer solids or soft pastel shades, you will find that your new nude sandals complete a sharp, clean look regardless of your destination.
Still not sure what to choose? Your options are many this summer. Consider your plans and consider your favorite footwear designer. When you head out to try on some footwear options, bring a picture of an outfit or two that you plan to pair with them. It’ll help you make a style choice that works just for you. If the decision gets too difficult, maybe an extra pair will follow you home.
Enjoy the shopping, have fun with the choice, and feel great in your new nude sandals. We know you’ll look great!