Louboutin Just Redefined the 'Nude' Shoe

Collection includes 7 shades from 'porcelain' to 'chocolate'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2016 5:25 PM CDT
The "nudes" now come in seven shades.   (Instagram)
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(Newser) – In fashion, "nude" usually refers to a beige or peachy color. Christian Louboutin is apparently among the first to realize that shade doesn't represent the skin tone of many. After introducing shoes in five nude shades last year, the designer has expanded the collection to include two new colors so that every woman can find her perfect match, per Quartz. The shoes—ranging in shade from "porcelain" to "rich chestnut" to "deep chocolate," all with Louboutin's signature red sole—come in four styles, including flats, some of which are already sold out. Made of soft nappa leather, they're meant to feel like skin, according to an Instagram post.

You might have to sell some skin to afford them, though. The flats cost around $595 while the pumps sell for about $895. "I've always done a nude shoe but only using the color beige," Louboutin said in a blog post last year. Then a team member told him bluntly, "beige is not the color of my skin." "I have clients from every continent and want to make them happy!" he added. "They may 'only' be shoes, but you're making a difference by designing and retailing inclusiveness and diversity," one fan writes on Instagram, per Mic.com, which notes designer Björn Borg recently unveiled six different shades of nude underwear. (This one stat illustrates the fashion world's big diversity problem.)

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