The colour ‘nude’ means something different to people of different skin tones, and finally, retailers are starting to take that into consideration when creating their collections.
Earlier this year, ASOS paved the way by introducing a diverse ‘nude’ lingerie range catering to women of difference races. Now, high street giant Marks & Spencer has followed suit with the launch of their new nude heels.
Dismantling the idea of ‘nude’ footwear only existing in shades of porcelain and beige – catering to white skin – Marks & Spencer has launched two new ranges of shoes in a variety of six colours. The heels are available in dark taupe, espresso, light caramel, mocha, taupe and light pink, and consist of two styles: a pointed stiletto heel priced or a platform court shoe. As lovely and affordable as ever, the store has set the range at bargain prices, with the former design costing £19.50, while the latter will only set you back £25.
‘At M&S we continue to work closely with our customers and listen to the feedback they provide us with, informing future product developments and launches,’ a spokesperson for Marks & Spencer told The Independent. ‘We currently stock ‘nude’ in selected product lines and the addition of the nude capsule footwear collection further extends this offering.’
The range is now available in Marks & Spencer stores as well as online.
Back in 2017, luxury footwear designer Christian Louboutin made a similar move in order to make his products more inclusive. The French designer launched two new collections of shoes in seven different shades, ranging from ‘Toudou’, the darkest shade, to ‘Lea Nue’, the lightest shade.
Taking to Instagram to promote the range at the time, the global brand wrote: ‘Pep rally! Christian Louboutin extends his groundbreaking Nudes collection with the introduction of two new summer-ready styles, each available in a full spectrum of seven shades of nude.’
Let’s hope other labels are taking note…