Celebrity favourite: Meet the heel in every starlet's arsenal

Celebrity favourite: Meet the heel in every starlet's arsenal

A shoo-in

Text: Andrea Sim

Image: Instagram | @stuartweitzman
Image: Stuart Weitzman

From Gal Gadot to Gigi Hadid, the indispensable choice of footwear is...

The NUDIST heel. 

But first, let's take a look at the history of shoes. Heels as we know it surfaced in the 16th century. Predominantly embroidered, close-toed; resembling an elevated mule not unlike the ornate, modern day Dries beauties. Apart from variations in fabrics and tweaks to the length of its vamp (that large surface area between the toecap and the opening where you slip your feet), the heel saw little evolution over the years.

That is, until the mid 1900s during which the pointed stiletto pump infiltrated society. Marilyn Monroe favoured white to amplify her coquettish allure. Audrey Hepburn, black to boost to her elegance. And Grace Kelly? Her glamorous rep dictated the donning of no other shoe but a stiletto, every pair shade-matched to complement her outfit du jour.

As timeless as they might be, our modern stars today are forgoing the classic for a seductive, minimalistic breed. A contemporary heel distinctive by its pencil-thin, dual straps anchoring the feet, it is also known as the Stuart Weitzman NUDIST collection — the go-to heel dominating every celebrity's sartorial vocabulary. Its versatility, undisputed. Most recently seen paring-back a sequinned stunner on Gal Gadot, elevating a rakish pyjama suit on Gigi Hadid and serving as the non-descript mantle of Yang Mi's romantic ensemble.  

The NUDIST collection

And just like its predecessor, the NUDIST is coming into its own as an iconic shoe here to stay, its lexicon ever-expanding with the countless variants whipped up by Stuart Weitzman each season. Our current obessession? Pearls. And those retro, glitter block heels.

Consider these the new timeless shoe that every modern girl should wield: 

Shop the NUDIST collection at 391 Orchard Road, #02-12E, Ngee Ann City, and online at