Y’all…I’m feeling a real sense of accomplishment over this post; I’m literally jumping for joy to FINALLY write it! One of the first topics I proposed when I started at The Mom Edit was a post on nude shoes for all skin tones. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve Googled “nude shoes for dark skin tones,” and only received results for fairer complexions. After joining TME, I felt empowered to finally find my perfect skin-tone match. Well, after a solid five-ish weeks, my quest for a nice, brown-girl (and EVERY-GIRL) nude has come to a very stylish end. Introducing the Kirstie sandal by Kelly & Katie — a 3″ nude sandal in five skin tones (and a bunch of prints you’ll probably want, too).
The Kirstie Sandal by Kelly & Katie
So far, I’m really impressed with the quality of these sandals, especially for the price point. I’m wearing light brown, but they come in four other beautiful skin tone shades: two darker and two lighter than mine. I love that they have extra padding right at the ball of my feet, a nice touch since we all know that’s where the fashion fatigue starts. Speaking of which, the 3″ heel is my new “high” heel because I can survive all day without having to change into something else. Good thing, because I really don’t ever want to take these off!
There were a few other good options that were this close. Let’s take a look, shall we?
A New Day™ (Target)
Shades of Nude Pointed Toe Pumps – Who knew Target had a line of nude pumps? These come in six colors; caramel was my match, which is their mid-range shade. I got my normal size, but they were too big, so consider going down a half size. They also didn’t feel that comfortable, but maybe a smaller size would’ve helped. There are a few sandals in various skin tones (here and here), but none with the range of the pumps. Still, I was very encouraged to see Target filling a gap other retailers/brands have ignored.
Sam…I was rooting for you, we were all rooting for you! I’m generally a big fan of Sam Edelman shoes, so I was disappointed that the Patti sandal comes in a billion colors and finishes, but stops shy of offering shades that would work for darker skin tones. Seriously, it would take two, maybe three, shades to make this a really solid nude/skin tone option.
Just a quick shout-out for DSW’s “Nude Collection.” I stumbled upon it, tucked away at the bottom of the page. It’s a goldmine of curated nude shoes of all styles and shades. I considered pairs from Aldo, Schutz, and others before purchasing mine.
We’re talking Holy Grail right here, mamas. Christian Louboutin was one of the earlier brands, if not the first, to expand it’s definition of “nude” shoes beyond beige. The Solasofia Flats are the only style in the full range of nudes, but there are many styles of flats, pumps, and sandals in nudes for fairer skin tones. When I do decide to treat myself, red bottoms will be a sure bet.
Kirstie Sandals (wearing Light Brown Patent Faux Leather, size 9) – DSW – I mean, what more can I say? These shoes were worth the wait. I can’t wait to dress them up, but I love how this casual #chicslay came together. It’s such an unassuming shoe, but I just can’t believe my wardrobe has survived so long without them!
Fitted Boyfriend Oxford Shirt (Size M) – Gap – This is a few years old, but Gap’s oxfords have been a staple of mine since college. I buy a few new ones each year so they’re always crisp.
Levi’s Mile High Ankle Super Skinny Jeans (size 10/30 in “Take A Break” wash) – I owe Julieta for this one, even though I’m not quite ready to try a 100% cotton pair. Her Levi’s post from last month got me thinking about trying a pair because it’s been a while! I went with this Mile-High ankle and OMG, is this what tall people feel like every day? I mean, who knew that stretching the waistline above my belly button would make me feel like a glamazon? And, don’t even get me started on my booty (seriously, girl, scroll back up)…All. The. Heart eyes. And peach emojis, OK?
Straw Clutch With Tassels – ASOS – What a fun way to add a pop of color to spring outfits! It’s large enough for my full wallet and more, and also has a wrist strap. I’m definitely on the hunt for a few more statement bags now.
Kate Spade Cat Eye Sunglasses (similar) – These are a few years old, but I’m pretty sure they’re the Jazzlyn style. It looks like Amazon is the only retailer that has black in stock, but the Genice and Nastasi are pretty close, too.
Earrings and bangle – Red Giraffe Designs – Etsy- I am not great at accessorizing with jewelry, but I’m working on it! I snagged these drop earrings and bangle from a local jewelry studio to build up my everyday jewelry look. I’m really happy with the pieces. They’re minimal and classic, but still have enough character that I don’t feel bare. I’m going to head back for a few more pieces soon.
Necklace – Etsy – My husband got me this clay pendant necklace for Mother’s Day with my children’s initials. I love how timeless it is.
Snake print belt (similar) – Banana Republic – I love how this belt adds interest to my outfit, while still being neutral.
I hope you found some good options if you’re in the market for a perfect nude sandal, or dress sandal, period! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @beingtiarra and tag me if you get a pair; I’d love to see how you style them. And, don’t forget to follow me on LiketoKnow.it, too, so you can instantly shop all my outfits.