From today's San Francisco Chronicle:
"Talk about a can't-go-wrong classic: A pair of nude pumps is right up there with crisp white shirts and perfect-fitting jeans when it comes to wardrobe staples. With a 4-inch heel and rounded toe, the shape creates a visual effect of longer legs (especially when worn in a shade that's closest to your skin color). The neutral effect of a lighter shoe helps give almost any outfit a more springtime feel, works as well with pants as it does with skirts (thanks to the low-cut vamp that shows just the right hint of "toe cleavage"). Christian Louboutin is known for making several versions of this popular style, all with his trademark red sole and scorching price tags (Decollete pump, $595 at net-a-porter.com.) The Mossimo version at Target (shown here) has a remarkably similar appeal, same heel height and treads much more lightly on the wallet - definitely something to kick up one's heels about."