Whether you prefer a kitten heel or sky-high platform sandal, everyone can benefit from owning a pair of nude heels. As one of the most versatile shoe colors, nude heels have a way of becoming completely invisible and allowing an outfit to shine, or taking center stage and strutting their stuff, depending on how you style them.
One downside to nude heels that is there are so many shades and styles—like, thousands—to choose from, so it’s hard to know where to start. Lucky for you, we consider ourselves nude heel connoisseurs and did a ton of research to uncover the best nude heels on the internet.
From strappy heeled sandals and classic pumps to trendy platforms and funky stilettos, here are the 25 best nude heels.
Lulus Aribaa Nude Lace-Up High Heel Sandals
These nude heels from Lulus have a little bit of everything, plus they’re a good in-between height—i.e., not too high, but also not kitten heels. Featuring a trendy block heel and lace-up straps, the high-heel sandals also have a cushioned insole, which adds a nice dose of comfort. They are constructed from vegan leather with a rubber sole that helps keep you on two feet. Wear them with a formal mini dress, or flex their versatility with a pair of jeans and an oversized button-down top.
Price at time of publish: $38
Style: Lace-up block heel | Construction: Vegan leather | Size Range: 5-11
SHEIN Vegan Leather Open-Tie Crisscross Self-Tie Heels
Comfortable heels are typically an investment, but that doesn’t mean a more affordable option is out of the question. The nude Shein Vegan Leather Open-Tie Crisscross Self-Tie Heels are our top pick for this category, because for $25 heels, they are actually quite comfy. Customers gave these budget-friendly nude heels high marks for their support, durability, and the sturdy block heel, which has a nice trendy touch.
Price at time of publish: $25
Style: Block heel | Construction: PU leather | Size Range: 5-11
Christian Louboutin Rosalie Leather Red Sole Sandals
The Christian Louboutin Rosalie Leather Red Sole Sandals are our top selection for best designer, because they are incredibly versatile, allowing you to get lots of wear (and upping the ante on value). They have a good shade selection, with light, medium, and deep nude colors to choose from. The 4-inch strappy stiletto heels are made from a smooth leather with that signature Louboutin sole, giving them a timeless feel.
Price at time of publish: $845
Style: Stiletto | Construction: Leather | Size Range: 5-12
Best on Amazon
Ankis Nude Heels With Ankle Strap
If you’re looking for a pair of nude heels and need them last-minute, Amazon has some great finds available with Prime shipping. The Ankis Nude Heels With Ankle Strap is our top pick for best nude heels on Amazon, because they have a minimalistic design that can easily be worn with casual and dressy looks, a moderate 3.75-inch heel height, and a comfortable ankle strap that adds extra support. Nearly 3,000 Amazon customers gave them five stars for their heel height, support, and style, and some claim they can wear them for long periods of time without throbbing soles. The “nude” shade also comes in two different shades in the leather construction.
Price at time of publish: $60
Style: Block heel sandal | Construction: Synthetic suede | Size Range: 5-12
Best for Deep Skin
Steve Madden Lilah Heel
For deep skin tones, the strappy Lilah heels from Steve Madden in brown are our top choice. Versatile enough for both casual and smart dress codes, the rich-hued sandals are simple yet statement-making with their 2.75-inch block heel. The top strap also features elastic on the sides, allowing for a comfortable and perfect fit. And, although they’re made from synthetic material, these heels look buttery enough to be genuine leather.
Price at time of publish: $90
Style: Block heel | Construction: Faux leather | Size Range: 6-10
Zara High Heeled Leather Pumps
With the perfect matte finish, these buttery-soft High Heeled Leather Pumps from Zara are a classic pump style with a twist. The pointed-toe heels are made from a luxe leather material and feature a flexible foam insole that promotes long-lasting comfort. While we picked them for their gorgeous matte finish, we are also obsessed with the heel shape, which gives the timeless style a modern upgrade.
Price at time of publish: $199
Style: Pointed-toe pumps | Construction: Leather | Size Range: 5-11
Best Pointed Toe
Vince Camuto Jacolina Heel
When we think of pointed-toe heels, we often picture a more traditional stiletto pump. For this category, we wanted something different, and these Vince Camuto ankle strap heels fully delivered. The patent nude leather heels—which are also available in black snake print and matte red—were specifically designed to take you from the office to a night out with friends. They feature that pointed toe we know and love, an open center, and stabilizing ankle straps that are both functional and stylish. What sets these shoes apart from other similar silhouettes is the heel, which is structural and complementary to the foot arch.
Price at time of publish: $65
Style: Pointed-toe pumps with ankle strap | Construction: Leather | Size Range: 5-12
Best Patent Leather
Sam Edelman Kia Block Heel Sandal
Patent leather is a good way to add some extra shimmer without going down the glitter brick road. These strappy Sam Edelman heels are at the top of our patent leather favorites with their vintage-inspired sandal style, chunky heel, and criss-cross strap detailing across the toes. The 3.5-inch heels would bode well for any formal occasion and pair beautifully with a wedding guest dress, bridesmaid look, or even a light-colored pantsuit for a night out on the town. They are also available in two nude shades, plus black, metallics, and hot pink.
Price at time of publish: $140
Style: Block heel sandals with ankle strap | Construction: Faux leather | Size Range: 5-14
Jeffrey Campbell Amma Platform Slingback Sandal
Platform shoes are one of our favorite categories, because they add height while remaining ultra-comfy. The Amma Platform Slingback Sandal from Jeffrey Campbell is a top contender, because it has a casual everyday feel that would also work for something a little bit dressier. We also love all the colors it comes in, which include two nude options, as well a white, dusty green, and black (in both a patent and suede finish). The criss-cross sandal heels have a 1.25-inch platform with a 3.75-inch heel, giving you a ton of height without feeling like your legs are balancing on stilts.
Price at time of publish: $170
Style: Platform sandals with ankle strap | Construction: Synthetic with leather lining | Size Range: 5-11
Best Kitten Heel
Vivaia Square-Toe Slide Heels
The Square-Toe Slide Heels from Vivaia are the most comfortable heels we own. Perfect for a brunch outing or a casual office setting, the kitten heels are made from a super-comfortable yarn material sourced from recycled materials and have good traction on the sole, so you don’t have to worry about slipping and sliding when you walk. The square-toed nude heels are also antimicrobial and breathable, making them a fantastic summer option.
Style: Pointed-toe kitten heel pumps | Construction: Knit | Size Range: 5-11
Gianvito Rossi Bijoux Leather Stiletto Sandal
We love everything about the Bijoux Heels from Gianvito Rossi. Also available in a light nude color, the nappa leather heels are designed with a structural bubble toe and ankle strap with a zipper closure, making them easy to slip on and off. They have an open almond toe, come in a great size range, and have a stunning 3.4-inch stiletto heel. They’re modern, cool, and a pair of nude heels you can wear over and over again.
Price at time of publish: $925
Style: Stiletto sandals with foot and ankle strap | Construction: Leather | Size Range: 34-42
Raye Gian Heel
Give your strappy sandals an upgrade in these Raye Gian Heels. The nude heels are a mix between criss-cross and strappy with a lace-up ankle strap. They feature a square open-toed design secured with a chunky block heel and have a 3.25-inch heel height, too. Make a statement by pairing them with baggy cargo pants and a fitted camisole tank top, or wear them under a flowy maxi dress for a more formal feel.
Price at time of publish: $180
Style: Criss-cross heeled sandals with ankle tie | Construction: Leather | Size Range: 5.5-10
Vince Camuto Sanda Strappy Sandal
For the best strappy category, we went with the Vince Camuto Sanda Strappy Sandals. These nude heels put a modern spin on a classic Y2K trend with their square-toe shape and flared heel. Whether your wardrobe is minimalist or maximalist, these nude heels pair well with just about everything. Their arched footbed and 3.5-inch heel makes them a more everyday style that are comfortable enough for long-wear.
Price at time of publish: $119
Style: Strappy slingback | Construction: Leather | Size Range: 5-11
ASOS DESIGN Nyla heeled mules in beige
If you want a more casual nude heel, try slipping into a pair of elevated mules. These have a geometrical silhouette with their structured rectangle heel and square toe in a matte faux leather finish. The mules are also a great choice for anyone who is looking for more height, as the block heel measures 4 inches.
Price at time of publish: $42
Style: Chunky mule heels | Construction: Synthetic material | Size Range: 4-13
Larroude Miso Platform Sandal In Raw Linen
With the return of Y2K, psychedelic florals are in. These nude heels feel reminiscent of that with their retro platform silhouette and groovy floral print. Constructed from linen, these open-toed summer heels have a 3.6-inch heel with a memory foam insole and slight platform to ensure long-lasting comfort. They’re a fun shoe for casual outfits but, because of the heel, they could also work for more formal ensembles, such as a long white maxi dress or a tapered linen pantsuit.
Price at time of publish: $315
Style: Platform sandal | Construction: Linen | Size Range: 5-10
Soludos Hazel Heel
Heels might dress up an outfit, but they can also keep things casual. For something that feels less dressy, we recommend the Soludos Hazel Heel, which has a nice mix of casual textures with the suede upper and wooden heel. The shoes also have a braided ankle strap, which helps make them feel a little more dressed down. In addition to their good looks, these shoes pack a ton of comfort with their added Ortholite® padding in the insole for support and long-lasting stability.
Price at time of publish: $149
Style: Sandals | Construction: Suede | Size Range: 5-11
Best for Work
Everlane The Italian Leather Day Heel
When choosing a work-worthy heel, it helps to go for something with a shorter height and tons of styling potential, so you can wear them with everything. Our keep-in-the-desk-drawer-worthy pick is the Everlane Italian Leather Day Heel. These heels are inspired by ballet flats and feature a soft square toe, stretchy pull-on back, and blocked kitten heel for maximum comfort. The close-toed Italian leather heels are the type of shoes you can wear with a pencil skirt and blouse one day and a pair of high-waisted mom jeans and a cardigan the next.
Price at time of publish: $175
Style: Block heel | Construction: Italian leather | Size Range: 5-11
Best for Medium Skin
Sam Edelman Viv d'Orsay Pointed Toe Pump
For medium skin tones, this classic pointed-toe pump from Sam Edelman is our top pick. The nude heels feature a timeless style in a buttery faux leather that, despite being made of synthetic material, looks like the real deal. These heels also have a 2.75-inch heel, making them a slightly elevated kitten heel that is comfortable enough to wear daily and appropriate enough for the office, dinner with friends, and even more casual daytime looks. (We love them with distressed bootleg jeans and an oversized white button-down.)
Price at time of publish: $140
Style: Pump | Construction: Synthetic | Size Range: 5-11
Best Shade Range
Charlotte Stone Belle
If you’re looking for nude heels with more skin tone options, the Charlotte Stone Belle heels are our top pick. Available in three nude shades—cream, tan, and a deeper brown, plus some fun colors—these strappy sandals are constructed from silky nappa leather with a 2.5-inch heel rise and a memory foam insole that feels as if you are walking on clouds.
Style: Strappy heeled sandals | Construction: Leather | Size Range: 4-13
Schutz Boris Nubuck Pump
When choosing the best pump, we went with the Schutz Boris Nubuck Pump because it has a good mix of timeless and modern with its cut-out design. The slingback nude pumps are made from nubuck—which is premium leather that is sanded and buffed for a more suede-like finish—have a 4.3-inch stiletto heel, and pointed toe for an added touch of elegance. Thanks to the cut-outs, the shoes have a strappy appeal, which makes them a pair of heels you can wear in any season and for any occasion. This is also a slightly deeper hue than typical creamy nudes—a great pick for medium to tan skin tones that want a matching nude.
Price at time of publish: $118
Style: Slingback stiletto pump | Construction: Leather | Size Range: 5-11
ALDO Ybendaviel High Heel Sandal
For a nude heel that is actually invisible, the ALDO Ybendaviel High Heel Sandal is our top pick. The clear-heeled sandal boasts a mule design crafted from translucent synthetic material with a see-through heel to match. Unlike other clear heels—which can be stiff and uncomfortable—these ones are constructed with molded foam padding on the insoles, adding a ton of extra cushion and making for much more comfortable strides.
Price at time of publish: $98
Style: High-heel mule sandals | Construction: Synthetic | Size Range: 5-11
Best Size Range
Margaux The City Sandal
The Margaux City Sandal is not just a cute nude heel, it’s a nude heel with the most inclusive sizing. Available in sizes 3-14 as well as medium, narrow, and wide widths, these heeled sandals feature a criss-cross detail on the toe and an adjustable ankle strap, too. The short heel is comfortable enough for all-day wear, yet is more dressy than a flat or sandal. The chestnut suede is another beautiful nude option with more texture.
Price at time of publish: $295
Style: High-heel sandal with ankle strap | Construction: Leather | Size Range: 33-45 (medium, narrow, and wide)
MIA Sofia Clogs
If you want to retire your Croc sandals for a more elegant clog, we love the heeled Sofia Clog from MIA in taupe. The suede clogs feature a classic heeled ankle strap design with slightly elevated wooden heels. What makes them so great is they work as an everyday sandal but can also go with a dress and cardigan for a more dressed-up feel.
Price at time of publish: $89
Style: Heeled clogs with ankle strap | Construction: Suede | Size Range: 6-11
When we want to add a little height to our look without making it feel dressed up, we reach for a high-heel loafer. The Ronnie loafers from Aerosoles feature a 0.75-inch platform, 2.25-inch chunky lug sole heel, and texturized fabric that automatically grant them a more laid-back feel. Apart from the way they look, these loafers are incredibly comfy and have a nice footbed with some slight cushion that feels supportive and sustainable for long-wear. The deeper tan color would be a gorgeous match for medium to tan skin tones.
Price at time of publish: $120
Style: Lug sole block heel | Construction: Textile | Size Range: 5-12
Pashion The Jocelyn
If you’re known for bringing a pair of sandals to change into, a convertible heel will change your life. The Jocelyn from Pashion has a 3-inch block heel that can be completely removed and transformed into a flat sandal when your feet have had enough. A nod to the timeless closed-toe ankle strap heel, it’s the perfect wedding guest shoe—no more taking your shoes off on the dance floor—but is also a great match for work commutes and other times when your soles are in need of a break. In addition to transforming into a pair of flats, the convertible heels have a memory foam midsole for a cushioned feel. There are also two nude shades to choose from.
Price at time of publish: $195
Style: Close-toed heels with ankle strap and convertible heel | Construction: Leather | Size Range: 5-11
Meet the Expert
Gabbi Maragos, wardrobe stylist
What to Look for in Nude Heels
“There is nothing better than finding a go-to comfortable pair of nude heels that are versatile,” says wardrobe stylist Gabbi Maragos. Heels with a bit of a platform tend to be more comfortable, since the arch of your foot isn’t at such a steep angle. It also helps to look for heels with a cushioned footbed, or ones you could easily add a discreet insole to. Consider what heel height you are comfortable with walking in as well as your use case when selecting a design.
“I also suggest looking for heel height and material, depending on the formality and season of use,” says Maragos. For example, a raffia wedge heel might be great for summer events but feel a little out of place in the winter when buttery leather and soft velvet materials are more in season. Details like open- or close-toed, as well as stiletto or block heel, are also factors to think about before purchasing.
A nude heel looks so stylish because it appears as if it is an extension of the leg—elongating the foot and leg all the way to the ground. They also are neutral, not taking away from the rest of the outfit; however, details like fabric or stitching may add to the aesthetic. While all shades of nude can be a fit for all people—depending on whether you want to match your skin tone or go lighter or darker—choosing a nude that fits with your skin and undertones is often the most flattering. This list has options for a wide range of tones and can help you narrow in on the best shade for you.
How to style nude heels?
“Nude heels are the perfect way to elevate a denim look,” says Maragos. “I love pairing nude heels with jeans and a top with a leather jacket over the shoulder,” she adds. In addition to more casual looks, Maragos says nude heels are great to have on hand for more formal occasions, since they pair well with virtually any formal dress. “Oftentimes, I will choose a nude heel to pair with a bold or dramatic dress to help keep the spotlight on the dress rather than the shoes,” she explains.
Can you wear nude heels with a black dress?
According to Maragos, nude heels pair well with black dresses, especially in the summer and spring months when you might want to lighten up your outfit for the warmer season. When wearing a nude heel with a black dress, we recommend a strappy sandal or block heel. An almond-toe stiletto also looks fantastic with a black pencil dress.
Can you wear nude heels in the winter?
“Yes, but I recommend a closed-toe nude heel,” says Maragos. In addition to feeling more winter-appropriate, closed-toed heels “will keep your toes from freezing,” she adds.
Are nude heels professional?
“Yes, depending on the style, nude heels can be worn with workwear,” says Maragos. She recommends finding a comfortable pair, since you’ll likely be in them for long periods of time. Some work-appropriate nude heels include closed-toe pumps, strappy kitten heel sandals, and closed-toe slingbacks.
Why Trust Byrdie
Contributing writer Jessie Quinn has a bachelor’s degree in fashion journalism. From working in the fashion closet and interviewing designers at NYLON to now writing about the best style trends for various publications, Jessie researches and sources the best fashion finds. As far as shoes are concerned, Jessie is all about comfort, so she does her due diligence to find heels that boast a ton of comfort without sacrificing style. When researching the best nude heels, Jessie used her fashion experience and personal criteria to source a range of styles that look as great as they feel when on your soles.