Christian Louboutin Expands Line Of Nude Heels, Saying 'Nude Is Not A Color. It's A Concept.'

A step toward inclusivity.

Last year, the world's most-coveted, high-end, red-bottomed shoe brand expanded their iconic Nudes Collection to include seven different shades designed for women of all colors. The line included a line of pumps as well as ballerina flats. 

The decision marked a significant move for the fashion industry. If Christian Louboutin was paying attention to the fact that "nude" doesn't equal "beige" for every woman, it meant others should start to, too. Several small labels such as Nubian Skin, TruNude, and Naja, who launched a "Nude For All" campaign, have made an effort to be more inclusive with their nude collections. Even Target debuted a wider range of flesh-matching colors for some of their lingerie and hosiery collections earlier this year.

On June 28, Christian Louboutin announced the expansion of their spring/summer 2017 Nudes Collection. They've added two high heel sandals in seven skin tone shades

"Nude is not a color; it's a concept," Christian Louboutin said on the brand's website



The first new style is called the Christeriva, which is "an ankle-wrap stiletto heel derived from a theme close to the brand —ballet," according to their press release. "Complete with a grosgrain double bow affixed atop a peep-toe, Christeriva takes to an ultra-soft nappa leather base in seven shades of nude."

The other new summer style is called the Cherrysandal which is equipped with a PVC back meant to make the ankle strap look like it's "floating" and a chunky heel. 

Based on the comments on Instagram, people are thrilled about this step toward inclusivity. Of course, seven shades doesn't cover all of the skin tones out there, but it's certainly better than just offering beige options. 

Last year, we spoke with Tayo Ade, the founder of FleshTone.net, a website which aims to be an online shopping and review resource created for people of color so they can find products that match their skin tones. She shared with us why it's so important that the fashion industry to be inclusive of people of color by offering a variety of nude shades. 

"By conflating 'nude' with 'beige' companies are signaling to their existing or potential customers who are people of color that they are not part of the conversation. They are saying, inadvertently or otherwise, that people of color are not part of their 'value exchange.' I think that is really limiting from a commercial perspective as it closes off potential markets," Ade said at the time. "I don't want my children growing up thinking that they are an afterthought in society. Fashion, beauty and media really do set trends, and in conjunction with the arts, they change perceptions and create conversations."

Hopefully, more brands will follow in Christian Louboutin's footsteps. 

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