Christian Louboutin is proving that nude isn’t just a shade of beige.
The French designer has expanded his Nude Collection of women’s shoes from five to seven skin tones, adding “porcelain” and “deep chocolate.” The company’s Instagram posts promise “a spectrum of seven (hues) suited to any skin tone … (to) ensure every woman can meet her match.”
Unveiled this week, the leather shoes come at a hefty price of $595- $875. But women on Twitter, weary of the narrow range of some designers’ “flesh-tone” shoes, are applauding Louboutin for keeping diverse skin tones in mind.
The Louboutin label, known for its red-soled shoes, created the collection in 2013 after listening to a team member’s comment about how beige isn’t their skin color. Traditionally, fashion designers label the color nude as a light shade on the color spectrum.
“I have clients from every continent and want to make them happy!” Louboutin said last year when he relaunched the collection.
The shoes are marketed as a way to make women’s legs look longer.
“Constructed from soft, flexible matte nappa leather, our new nudes mimic the feeling of skin, allowing the shoe to nearly disappear on the leg,” Louboutin said in an Instagram post.
Shoe styles in the collection include ballet flats, T-strap pumps and half d’orsay pumps in each shade. The bad news: As of Thursday afternoon, at least four styles were already sold out.