This spring, fashion’s biggest story is saturated color.  Silhouettes include ladylike dresses, tunics, bowed sleeveless blouses, and skirts in all shapes and lengths.  After two seasons of “greige,” the effect is bit like stepping into Oz for the first time. Juicy pops of lemon, lime, mango, and pink grapefruit co-exist next to riotous reds and bolts of blue in solids and prints  Also under that rainbow?  Skinny jeans in every shade you could wish for.

What’s the simplest, most economical way to balance all this heady color with footwear?  Nude shoes, of course. They abound in pumps, peep-toes, slingbacks, wedges, sandals, and ballet flats, in every height and price point.

Look how beautifully Maria Sharapova wore this iris Rodarte dress to New York Fashion Week, paired with a simple nude sandal.  All eyes up.

In true “Jackie” fashion, Catherine Middleton, Dutchess of Cambridge, wears a poppy Catherine Walker dress and coat ensemble with nude platform pumps on a recent outing.

These brightly colored jeans, which you’ll be tempted to wear, also look great paired with a crisp white tee, or, for fun, a printed top or another solid pop of color. Cleanest shoe option?  Nude, of course.

There is one other way a nude shoe also looks modern and effortless. It pairs exquisitely with nude ready-to-wear, as seen in Valentino’s resort collection for this spring.

Here are just a few examples of nude footwear that could easily accompany most colorful outfits in your wardrobe.

The ultimate is Mr. Blahnik’s elegant collection for spring. From his classic patent high heel pump

mid heel round toe version

 or lovely Savamifac patent cutout pump, there is a choice for everyone.

However, there are terrific choices at more approachable price points as well. This Nine West pump is as versatile as it gets. A modern take on the classic peep-toe, the subtle platform offers comfort and a little extra elongation for the leg!

 

Or if you prefer something a bit barer, the Nine West sandal, again with a little bit of a platform, is a great pant or dress shoe.

This pretty nude patent wedge from J. Crew is a fresh option for spring

And for those who prefer flats, or who walk to work, J. Crew offers this stylish solution.

So, as you pull out your brights for spring, don’t forget to try neutral on the bottom to pull your eye upward, where it counts!!