We got a question from a bridesmaid named Sarah about finding nude shoes to go with lavender dresses and if could we do a roundup of ideas to solve this dilemma. Naturalmente! However, we interrupt this shoe post with a PSA aimed at clothing companies:
“Nude” and “flesh-tone” are super popular color names for shoes, bras, panties, hell, even adhesive bandages! It's no surprise that we're seeing it so often. They're not Sarah's fault, they're eeeeeerywhere. And they're also racist, and even Merriam-Webster has expanded their definition of “nude” as a color. So before we discuss the issue of what shoes Sarah might wear, let's get down to brass tacks. These are cream shoes for bridesmaids or maybe beige shoes, but definitely not nude shoes. Unless you're going barefoot, in which case that is actually a nude shoe.
Thanks, Sarah, for the great post idea AND the great reason to talk about the issues for a hot minute. Oh, and my pick for matching a lavender dress would be a pinkier/cooler toned cream. I've included some in this list.
Comments on 14 cream shoes for bridesmaids and brides (that we don’t call NUDE!) UPDATED for 2022!!
I’m glad you included your “cheekier answer to nude shoes”, because as I was scrolling through (as one half of a biracial couple), I was thinking, “Wouldn’t a mixed-race bridal party with all different, legit shades of “nude” shoes be hawt?” Thank you, OBB!
Ha! Yeah, if we’re calling anything “nude,” it may as well be realistic! 😉
And at the high end price point: https://qz.com/651734/christian-louboutin-is-making-nude-shoes-to-match-every-skin-tone/
Hope Sarah finds something she likes. I’m a fan of the Miss Selfridge and Bettie Page myself.
Hi Offbeat Bride,
Would you mind updating your bridal and bridesmaid shoe lists to include stylish and comfy wedding shoes for those of us offbeat brides-to-be who suffer with wide-width (true wide width) feet? It is so difficult and frustrating trying to find everyday shoes, let alone THE shoe for that special day. I would appreciate it! Thanks!
We’ve actually covered wide-width, orthopedic, and comfortable shoes in the past, but they’re definitely in need of an update (shoes go out of stock so fast!). I’ll plan on including wide width in our next shoe post. 🙂 Here are some of our older ones, to get you started in the meantime…
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