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The Best Nude Heels

They’re the chameleons of your shoe closet.

by Andrea Gale Boerem
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Known for their ability to complement any outfit, the best nude heels are like no-makeup makeup for your feet. It’s all about appearing effortless — at least from the ankle down — whether you’re dressing for a networking lunch or a black-tie soirée, making a trusty nude heel a must for every wardrobe. As the best nude heels are intended to blend in with your skin tone, a shoe in a shade close to yours will make the biggest impact (while remaining perfectly low-profile). With that in mind, I’ve included several options on this list in tones ranging from pale beige to deep brown, so you’re sure to find a good match here.

If you’re on your way to a black-tie affair, look for a shoe with a high, slender heel, in luxe materials like leather or faux croc, or with statement-making details like dainty chains. Perhaps casual looks are more to your liking; in that case, play around with proportions, choosing a nude shoe with a low heel, perhaps in a thicker width, or with an on-trend flare or platform. And since nude heels are beloved for their versatility — after all, they’ll match with everything — comfort matters, too. Ahead, you’ll find a pair of heels with memory foam inserts to sneakily add a dash of support to your sophisticated footwear, and some sky-high heels that will surprise you with how wearable they are.

Ready to strip things down? Read on to shop some of the best nude heels you can get right now.

1

A Pair Of Chunky Mules In Croc-Embossed Faux Leather

Pair these croc-embossed faux-leather mules with everything from jeans to skirts to dresses; they’re the sort of versatile shoe you can easily dress up or down. The slip-on style is the epitome of ease, while the block heel is chunky enough to read as casual, but at 4 inches, it’s high enough to pair with more formal attire, too. Try pairing them with a fluttery A-line skirt and a nubby cropped sweater to complement the textured croc finish.

Sizes: 5 — 13 | Colors: 14 | Material: Upper: 100% Polyurethane; Outer: 100% Rubber

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These Strappy Block-Heel Sandals That Are Surprisingly Comfortable

Amazon reviewers praise these Sam Edelman nude heels for their comfort; in fact, one shopper wrote, “I wore these shoes for my bridal shower, rehearsal dinner and wedding and they were wonderful! They didn't hurt after wearing them all day for my wedding shower and they felt lovely for my wedding day.” Made of faux leather, the wide, 3.5-inch heel balances out the dainty ankle strap and single toe strap. Elegant enough to attend a cocktail party or formal wedding, these shoes would look equally chic paired with denim and a slouchy sweater on your way to a casual dinner.

Sizes: 5 — 12 (available in wide) | Colors: 28 | Material: Leather

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These Braided Heel Sandals With Memory Foam Insoles

You’ll reach for these mules anytime you want to add a little zhush to your daytime looks, but bring them along to your weddings and parties, too — Amazon reviewers are obsessed with this shoe’s versatility, and the memory foam insoles will keep you comfortably on your feet all night long. The on-trend braided toe straps and thick, slightly flared, 2.5-inch block heel will elevate everything from denim to dresses; try them with a silky A-line skirt and a slim cardigan for an adorable date night ensemble.

Sizes: 5 — 13 (available in wide) | Colors: 19 | Material: Faux Leather

4

These Chunky Heels In A Cool Textured Knit

A dressy cousin to the sock boot, these chunky heels feature the coolest textured knit material. Perfect for those days when you want to add some flair to your look while still feeling casual, these shoes feature a chunky 3-inch heel and a pointed toe, complete with a nonslip sole. Wear these into the office with flared trousers and a silk shirt and blazer; you’ll be ready to head out for drinks EOD.

Sizes: 5 — 11| Colors: 7 | Material: Synthetic Knit

5

A Pair Of Classic Closed-Toe Pumps That Come In Over 50 Colors

A classic closed-toe pump is essential for every shoe collection. Always in style, this pair by Sam Edelman features a pointed toe and a 3.75-inch heel, made from durable and luxe real leather. Plus, they’re available in an amazing range of colors and patterns, including a handful of neutrals. Denim, skirts, dresses, trousers — you’ll wear these classic shoes with everything in your closet. For date night, pair them with light denim and a cream cashmere turtleneck for a tonal look that’s both relaxed and chic.

Sizes: 4 — 14 (available in narrow and wide) | Colors: 57 | Material: Leather

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A Pair Of Square-Toe Mules You Can Style In So Many Ways

With a simple and subtle design sure to seamlessly blend into your wardrobe, these mules are full of polished yet on-trend details, like a square 3.5-inch heel complemented by two dainty foot straps and a square toe. You’ll reach for these versatile mules all year long; when the temperatures drop, that rich, faux-suede finish will look fabulous paired with textured tights.

Sizes: 5 — 13 | Colors: 30 | Material: Faux Suede

7

This Pair Of Trendy Nude Platform Heels

Platforms are so on-trend right now, and this pair of nude heels from Steve Madden is a perfect evening-ready take on the look. Made of faux leather, these shoes feature dainty, cage-inspired straps that tie at the ankle, with a chunky 5-inch block heel that reviewers praise as being both comfy and stylish. Wear these with tights and a puff-sleeve dress for a look that’s playfully chic.

Sizes: 5.5 — 11| Colors: 5 | Material: Faux Leather

8

A Pair Of Sleek, Pointed-Toe Kitten Heels

The sleek, pointed toe of these heels brings major stiletto energy, but the low kitten heel is a bit more versatile. Featuring a clear strip of PVC along the sides designed to showcase the curve of the foot, these shoes have a cushioned foam insole, so they’re dance-floor-ready, too. Channel old Hollywood elegance and contrast the pointed toe with a flowy skirt and luxe silk blouse.

Sizes: 5.5 — 11| Colors: 5 | Material: Faux Leather

9

These Elegant D’Orsay Heels With 5,000 Stellar Ratings

Nearly 5,000 Amazon shoppers have awarded these d’Orsay heels a five-star rating. Made of faux leather, they feature a heel cap with a buckle ankle strap, an almond toe, and a slender, 4-inch heel for an altogether timeless silhouette. Play up the classic elegance with a floaty, calf-length skirt, or complement that structured ankle strap by tucking in a crisp button-down shirt.

Sizes: 5 — 11| Colors: 16 | Material: Faux Leather

10

A Pair Of Statement-Making Cage Heels For Nights Out

Even if paired with the simplest of ensembles, the intricate cage straps of these Schutz heels make a dramatic statement that’s nothing if not evening-ready. The striking straps and slender 3-inch heel contrast with the subtle beige shade — a versatile neutral that can pair with all your party looks, from black to brights. Whatever you pair them with, keep the silhouette relatively simple to let the statement-making straps speak the loudest.

Sizes: 5 — 10 | Colors: 5 | Material: Leather

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These Flared Heels That Look So Expensive

An on-trend flared heel and chic braided toe strap are just two details that make these nude heels appear far more expensive than they really are. Made of faux leather, the 4-inch flared heel and delicate lace-up straps would be a polished addition to structured denim and a crisp white T-shirt for an elegant daytime look; or, pair with a slinky slip dress before you head out for the evening.

Sizes: 6 — 11| Colors: 4 | Material: Faux Leather

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These Chain-Enhanced Heels That Are Perfectly Extra

The cool chain detail on these T-strap heels elevates an otherwise classic silhouette, adding a dose of drama to everything from evening wear to jeans — but they’re removable, should you prefer a look that’s a bit more subtle. Featuring a pointed toe and buckle ankle strap, these 4-inch heels have a padded insole, which makes them surprisingly comfortable; as one Amazon reviewer confirmed, “These heels are so comfortable! I have flat feet and usually have a hard time wearing heels, but I’m able to enjoy myself in these shoes.”

Sizes: 5 — 11 | Colors: 5 | Material: Faux Suede

13

A Pair Of Retro-Inspired Heeled Loafers

Sure, nude heels are a sophisticated accompaniment to an evening out, but they can be perfect for more casual looks, too. Case in point: These cool, retro-inspired heels, which feature a low, 2.25-inch flared heel ideal for daytime. Made of faux leather and featuring padded insoles, this shoe modernizes the classic loafer with a criss-cross saddle strap in a chic, contrasting texture that’s 100% current.

Sizes: 5 — 11| Colors: 9 | Material: Faux Leather

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Also Consider: A Pair Of Transparent Heels With A Neutral Sole

The lovechild of the nude shoe and the PVC shoe, these transparent heels (with a selection of neutral soles) are just as chameleonic as the nude heels above — arguably more so, thanks to that invisible upper. Featuring a rubber sole, faux-leather lining, and a chunky, 2.5-inch block heel, Amazon reviewers are obsessed with this shoe’s versatility; as one shopper wrote, “You can literally match these with anything!” Available with either a single or double toe strap, show off the clear heel with a cropped pant — or pull a Kim Kardashian and pair with monochromatic bike shorts, a sweatshirt, and a leather trench.

Sizes: 6 — 11 | Styles: 9 | Material: TPU, PU