June 16, 2016

The Best Nude Sandals For Summer


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Sandals y’all. Writing about sandals…on a day with a high in the lower 60’s…oh, Portland. I’m wearing close toed shoes today, but against my will. Once I bring out the sandals my toes do not want to go back to being confined in regular shoes…especially when they are freshly pedicured!

For me, it’s all about finding the right nude/natural colored sandals and wearing the heck out of them for the summer. A nude sandal goes with everything and keeps my shorter legs looking long. My current loves are this pair by Matisse (pictured above, yes, in the rain). I love that they are handmade and the leather is breaking in oh so nicely.

Keep reading for a round-up of our favorite nude sandals (and the criteria we use to pick the best ones….think: walkable).

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This is pretty much my guideline for any shoe, but it’s especially important with sandals. I have a bit of a funky foot shape (bunions, le sigh) and sandals are hard to fit, so I’m picky. Who wants a shoe that accentuates a problem area, makes it unflattering, is uncomfortable and is boring? No one. Here is my curated list of shoes that fit this tricky combination.

Nude Sandal Round-up



Also, don’t forget to hydrate those dry feet all summer long (it’s a pet peeve of mine to see dry heels in sandals!!) I love this lotion for ze whole body. Yes, it’s for babies, and yes I stole it from Sienna, but it’s French and I adore it.

Any favorite sandals? As per usual, I’d love to hear about your finds.

Here’s to free feet!


  • Patricia Shepard
    June 16, 2016

    This is great! In summer, I live in my tan Saltwater Sandals, which I got based on Shana’s rec years ago. My little guy had a matching pair — love mom/son matching. He’s outgrown them, but his baby brother will be wearing them next. 😉 They are literally the most incredibly comfy sandals ever. Waterproof. Great quality. And now that the full blown utilitarian shoe is in, they look cooler than ever, in my opinion!

    • Laura Jansen
      June 16, 2016

      Ah, totally left out the saltwaters! Dang it. I love mine and love them for Sienna. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    • Lyn
      June 26, 2016

      I still adore my saltwaters as well! Got them after Shana recommended them. My daughter has also had 2 pair & has grown out of them

  • Maria
    June 16, 2016

    Nude is my most favorite. these sandals are really awesome.

  • Liz
    June 16, 2016

    These are cute but most of them are only “nude” for light-complexioned folks. Would be great to see versions of nude that work for those of us with darker skin.

    • Laura Jansen
      June 16, 2016

      I would be more than happy to add some in! Would you mind to send me a couple of your favorites to start?

  • Allison
    June 17, 2016

    FYI. Your link for the lotion is broken.
    I agree with the comment that a variety of skin shades should be represented.

    • Allison
      June 17, 2016

      A couple brands to check out with some interesting options in varying shades of brown are El Naturalista and Art (if you like a more rustic Birks type aesthetic) or Air Step (if you like a more edgy look) or Fly London.

      • Laura
        June 17, 2016

        Great thank you! Will add in some finds in various shades. And thanks re:lotion link. Will recheck.

  • houseofboys
    June 17, 2016

    Somehow when i was shopping for nude lace up sandals I ended up with fringed, tasseled, clowny colored buckle sandals! Alas, I’m still on the hunt for standards and may try the Saltwaters…

  • Emmaly Knecht
    June 17, 2016

    I am transitioning to more swanky sandals for summer but i still love rainbow flip flops. They are the most durable flip flop you will ever find and when you break them in. Pure fricken heaven!!

  • Julia
    June 18, 2016

    Im totally obsessed with these


    They come in three shades of brown/nude leather, and the colors are also amazing!

    I have a pair in natural and lusting after a pair in blue! They are so comfortable I wear them nearly every day ☺️!

    • Laura Jansen
      June 18, 2016

      Cute! I have some similar and they are super comfy. Love that Dusky Blue color!

  • MinVA
    June 18, 2016

    Thanks for including a few pairs from “comfort” brands. My feet are no longer okay with just an old shoe, due to running, and Born, Clarks, White Mt., Vionic, etc. are sometimes hit and miss on the cute factor. That said, found these yesterday and they are comfortable AND super cute. The nude hue was not available though. https://www.amazon.com/Gentle-Souls-Kenneth-Graphite-Gladiator/dp/B00WKK1FFW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1466259360&sr=8-1&keywords=kenneth+cole+break+my+heart

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