June 1, 2009

Ask ThinkThru: Affordable Shoes to Make Me Look Taller?

Affordable Nude Platforms

I really need to get some nude patent heels to elongate my 5′2 frame. I’m in love with a pair of Louboutins, but they’re a little out of my price range. Any cheaper alternatives you can recommend? -Daneen, Philadelphia, PA

You’re absolutely correct that nude heels give the illusion of longer legs. But it’s important to remember that, like when you’re searching for a nude lipstick, your skin tone determines what color nude you should buy. You want the color of the shoe to match your skin as closely as possible. And stay away from ankles straps because they cut off the leg, making you look even shorter. A peep toe platform is the best choice.

Above are affordable heels (all under $200) ranging from the lightest beige to the darkest ebony. To give you an idea of what nudes match different skin tones, I’ve placed the finds on Mario Testino‘s September 2008 Vanity Fair spread on the original supers: Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford. The Nine West peep toes come in a variety of colors and are on super duper sale. So if you’re hitting the mall, I’d definitely start there.

1. Report Signature Lucie 2 Platform 2. Alloy Natural Vybe heel 3. Nine West Jai peep toe 4. Ash Natasha Crisscross sling back pump 5. Pelle Moda Vintage peep toe pumps 6. Nine West James sling back

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  1. Sal commented:

    Thank you for clarifying this, Sydne. I know it seems like common sense, but I always wondered if nude pumps were mean to match your skin tone as closely as possible!

    Published 6.1.09 Reply
    • Sydne commented:

      Let me clarify: You can wear any color nude your heart desires. But if the goal is to look taller, the nude should match the color of your skin. During winter, I recommend that women match their opaque tights to their shoes to accomplish the same streamlined look.

      Hope that makes more sense!

      Published 6.1.09 Reply
  2. LMAC commented:

    All those models look so awesome! Cute shoes picks btw!

    Published 6.4.09 Reply

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