For spring 2016, Louboutin has added a ballet flat style called ‘Solasofia’. The practical shoes are available in seven shades, ranging from lily-white ‘Lea Nue’ to the rich chestnut ‘Toudou’. The Nudes Collection was relaunched in July last year with a number of new styles and a complementary line of nail polishes.
Designer Christian Louboutin says the different nude shades were inspired by the skin tones of his studio team.
“I’ve always done a nude shoe but only using the colour beige,” he says. However, it was the blunt statement, “beige is not the colour of my skin,” echoed by a team member that prompted him to transform nudes from a colour to a concept.
“I have clients from every continent and want to make them happy!” Louboutin says. “Nude shoes go with everything and allow you to wear any handbag or accessory you want.”
The Nudes Collection line became a bestseller around the world within a year. Curiously, only beige shades seem to be available through the company’s Australian ecommerce site, but the full spectrum can be viewed on the US site.
Although Louboutin’s Nudes Collection has been on the market for three years now, its success has yet to fully translate into the mass market. Pictured below is the first two lines of results from a Google image search for “nude-coloured shoes” – wall-to-wall beige.