Nude pumps have been around for a long time, but they recently became must-have shoes that can help you enhance your personal style. Check out the best nude pumps and discover how to wear these nude shoes in the most flattering ways.

Kate Middleton and the Nude Pumps Revival

After the Royal Wedding, the Duchess of Cambridge became a style icon and her nude high heels really revived the style in late 2012. Whether you love the nude court shoes worn by the Duchess on many public outings or prefer a different, more daring nude shoes with high heels, this is the best time to spruce up your wardrobe with nude pumps.

Kate Middleton Nude High Heel Pumps

L.K. Bennett Sledge Patent Platform Pumps in Taupe $345

Best Nude Pumps Styles

Nude court shoes are becoming almost as versatile and popular as the little black dress, but there are plenty of nude pump styles to choose from, depending on the way you want to fit them into your wardrobe.

When you’re considering nude shoes, make sure the color is as close to your skin tone as possible. One of the biggest advantages of nude shoes with high heels is the way they make your legs look longer.

Nude heels always have this slimming effect that makes you instantly appear taller, while working with pretty much every color. Stick to medium to high heels, because nude shoes lose part of their charm if they’re too low.

Best Nude Pumps Styles

Miezko Nude Hidden Platform Pumps $115KORS Michael Kors Glitter Cork Heel Pumps $195Gucci Nude Peep Toe Pumps $725

How to Wear Nude Pumps

Just like black pumps, nude heels work with every color and style, but if you want the great effect they provide by creating the optical illusion of longer legs, you should stay clear of any items that make your legs appear shorter.

Once you’ve selected the right shade for your skin tone, decide if you really want the optical illusion that extends your legs. If you do, choose a simple pair of nude pumps. If the shoe is decorated with too many elements, you’ll lose that effect, but you can still make it part of your style.

Nude High Heel Shoes

Sergio Rossi Pantent Platform Pumps $650Dior Open Toe Woven Nude Shoes $795Givenchy Cap Toe Nude Heels $398

The main upside of nude high heels is that you can easily wear them with any color, from dark to vibrant. Try not to match them to a cream or neutral dress. If you must, accessorize with vibrant colors or you’ll appear too washed out.

For spring, wear your nude pumps with floral dresses and skirts or get a more stylish look with skinny jeans and a chiffon blouse if you’re planning to wear them to work. When worn with shorts or khakis, nude pumps work best when the pants don’t obscure your knees. Hide them and you lose the great lengthening effect nude pumps can have on your legs.