Philanthropic Finds: Stuart Weitzman’s Shoes That Give Back

Amanda Brown

The designer partners with Pencils of Promise on a limited-edition Nearly Nude heel that’s perfect for spring.

It’s been three years since shoe designer Stuart Weitzman introduced his Nudist heel, an instant classic crafted out of titanium that has since inspired a number of covetable variations on the style, all of which share the same minimal, red carpet–friendly look.

This month, the designer debuted a limited-edition, charitable iteration of his beloved block heel, the Nearly Nude, in partnership with Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit organization focused on building schools and local education infrastructure in developing countries. Weitzman created the new suede version—in pencil-yellow, naturally—for the Shoes for Schools collaboration, both of which the brand introduced at a private dinner in New York (and on the feet of Gigi Hadid, Solange Knowles, and Joan Smalls).

It isn’t the first time that shoes have been sold for a cause (TOMS has given more than 50 million shoes to children in need with its One for One initiative), but Weitzman is committing more than just proceeds: The brand’s own team—including the designer himself—will travel to one of the three school site locations in Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos to help with the construction. 

“Philanthropy has always been at the heart of our company, and we have a history of giving back to causes relating to women’s health, children, and education,” says Susan Duffy, the brand’s chief marketing officer. This particular collaboration—an opportunity that resulted from a chance meeting with the charity’s founder Adam Braun—made for a fit too perfect to pass up.  

The limited-edition heels are now available for pre-order on the brand’s site and at flagships in New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Costa Mesa. $398;