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I’ve always been a fan of nude or ivory shoes and prefer them to black. When it comes to choosing the perfect heels for travel – nude is definitely the way to go. Find out why nude is the ultimate heel color for travel!
Versatile, Classic and Stylish – A Nude Heel For Every Woman
While my long term travels don’t usually require me to wear heels, this summer I’ll be attending 3 weddings in Europe so I figured I’d shop early and get some that would also work for a few business meetings and the Women in Travel Summit (WITS) in Chicago.
Start by reading these general tips on choosing the best shoes for travel:
- 10 Steps to Packing the Best Travel Shoes
- The Importance of Packing the Best Shoes for Travel
- Don’t Break these Travel Shoe Rules
- Where to Shop for Comfort Shoes
When it comes to business-related activities, I just can’t wear flats – it’s engrained from my days of working in the fashion industry – I have to have my heels even in a trade show.
In order to embrace my new goal of minimalism in both travel and my life at “home”, I want a pair of shoes that I can wear with everything. Nude heels are the perfect option!
- One of the best things about a pair of nude heels is that they match with everything – even an all-black wardrobe like mine.
- They are appropriate for various settings – from special occasions to business and even a night out with friends, you can wear nude heels confidently for just about anything.
- They elongate your legs which is always a bonus.
- They don’t have to be boring. The last thing I want is a boring pair of shoes. Remember, style is always in the details.
How high can you go? Choose a height that you not only feel comfortable wearing but that are also appropriate for various settings. While 4 inch heels may have worked in the fashion industry, they may not fly in a more conservative corporate environment.
If you plan to purchase a pair of shoes that you can wear with everything, you need them to last. Invest wisely. While a price tag does not guarantee longevity, don’t let a higher cost scare you away from a pair of shoes that will last a lifetime.
Sometimes, not always, paying for better quality shoes can not only offer you durability but also comfort. Regardless, I always recommend these gel insoles for heels –they’re my little secret to standing in heels for hours at a time.
Making the choice to own a few quality items encourages you to shop carefully ensuring that you select styles that will work past this season’s latest trends. Choose a classic style that you’d love to wear for years to come.
Heel. Wedges, stilettos, or kitten heels? Not only does this choice have to do with your personal taste but if you plan to travel with them you should also consider your environment.
For business travel, you may only be in hotels or buildings so a pointy heel isn’t an issue but if you’re traveling to Italy, for example, with cobblestone streets wedges may be the best option.
My Top 3 Choices For Travel
While my choices may not suit your style, these were the 3 top contenders in becoming one of my new ultimate nude heels for everything!
With a great brand name, classic style, and the highest comfort level ratings, these nude heels seem like the obvious choice.
They offer the ideal balance that a variety of women of all ages can enjoy. For me, however, I need my shoes to have a little more…edge. Pass.
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Steve Madden’s always been my go-to brand for fun styles, decent quality, and an okay price. They last quite some time and always amp up the sex appeal.
While these are my top choice, the 4-inch heel is something I’m no longer used to so I’ll have to give these a pass. Great for women that are used to rocking stilettos though!
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Julianne Hough for Sole Society
With a 2 ½ inch heel, I feel these are more of a kitten heel than a pump but they do offer me the balance I am searching for. They’re beyond affordable; they have some edge with the gold grommet details, and the heel makes them a travel-friendly height. These are the winner!
I bought them and wore them throughout the WITS weekend and they worked out great! Comfort is ideal for heels and they looked so cute too! These will be joining me on my travels this summer.
Travel Stylist Tip: Avoid materials that can’t withstand weather or constant wear such as suede. Unfortunately, this is my favorite material but for now, leather will have to do.
Here’s a list of more nude heels for every woman:
One inch options
For the fashionista who loves a good flat but is also looking for just a hint of height, opt for a comfortable one inch option.
The Dea by Trotter are nude heels that are both stylish and functional, coming with a stylish slingback design, light padding, and a microfiber lining. The Faith heel by Spring Step is a sweet block heel with a modest one and a half inch heel and a cute bow decoration.
Two inch options
Moving into kitten heel territory, these shoes are once again great for those looking to rock heels but don’t want anything too intense.
A two inch heel is ideal for travelers in particular, with a stylish and modest height that is great for nights out but is nothing too impractical.
Three inch options
A three inch heel is generally when things start to get pretty glitzy. The classic d’orsay pump from Sam Edelman is a versatile piece certain to elevate (literally) any formal getup while the Laminate dress pump from TFG-favorite Aerosole is another timeless option to flaunt.
Ankle strap sandals also provide adjustability, with ensures a better fit and dresses up the heel a bit.
Four inch options
For all the heel-loving fashionista’s out there, four inch (and even higher if you’d like!) is the way to go. The Lavelle heel by Chinese Laundry is a gorgeous sandal adorned in trendy cross straps while the Calie heel by Jessica Simpson is an instant classic.
Flaunt these beauties with a gorgeous cocktail dress and a swipe of red lipstick for a club-worthy getup.
Block heels are always a great idea, coming with a strong and sturdy heel that will generally last longer than the standard stiletto. These are especially great for women who have to wear heels daily, since block heels are more durable and usually don’t have to be repaired as frequently.
For a fabulous nude heel option that you know you’ll get plenty of wear out of, go for either the Bella Vita Nara pump or the Alexander Ditaa t-strap!
Along with the 2 inch heel, wedges are another fantastic shoe option for the style conscious traveler. Wedges tend to come with a sturdy base and are able to withstand a wider array of terrains. They’re cute, comfortable, and pair easily with both casual and dressy wear alike (especially maxi dresses!)
The Libra sandal from Charles David comes adorned in a trendy cork wedge while the Sampson pump from Jessica Simpson is both chic and versatile. For a fabulous and practical heel to flaunt on your next getaway, opt for one of these classics.
Equal parts classy and breezy, an espadrille nude heel is perfect for a warm vacation night out. We love the look and comfort of Clarks’ Amelia Dally sandal, with a sleek full grain leather upper, classic straps and a ventilated lining.
Equally gorgeous are the 3 inch espadrille wedge from Viscata, with its high quality craftsmanship and summer-perfect appearance.
Skin tone specific nude heels
Knowing that one woman’s nude shade is not always the same as the other, both Kahmune and Christian Louboutin have created a range of nude heels catering to the unique complexities of skin color.
With these options now available, women all across the tone spectrum can finally have a matching (and clearly fabulous) wardrobe staple to flaunt.
Find the best option closest to your skin tone by checking out these collections below:
Kahmune (European company but ships worldwide)
What are your favorite nude heels for travel? Feel free to comment below.
For more tips on travel shoes, please read:
- Comfy Heels for Travel
- Bring these Travel-friendly Wedges and Leave Your Heels at Home
- Everyone Loves Sandals for Summer Vacation: Here are 5 Styles to Shop Now
- How to Choose the Best Shoes for Travel