Designer Shoes: Tom Ford


They’re not only called “dance shoes” because you wear them while you bust a move to your jam, but they can also earn that description when just getting a glimpse of the pair literally invigorates you to do a happy dance. Whether you’re on a dance floor or not, you’d love to get your feet into Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection as it hits refresh on disco-glam footwear.

Discover fun, feminine and opulent shoes but with a punkier aesthetic in the form of metallic printed croc, cool cut-outs, spike heels and sexy pleats. The brazen collection boasts of a color scheme befitting of a woman ready to conquer the world, but with an unapologetic need to party. Yellow, silver, light pink, fuchsia, and gold are paired with glitzy metals and hair-calf prints, resulting in statement shoes that would make for an unforgettable spring and summer sartorial season.

The Hand Painted Open Back Ankle Strap Pumps meet the criteria of a power shoe –a sharp, pointed toe, a low spike heel, a striking animal print glistening in gold and fuchsia metals plus ankle and back straps are the perfect combination of sassy and sexy, commanding and seductive.  

We may have a longstanding love affair with classic pumps, but Tom Ford’s twist on the staple shoe has gotten as wanting to play footsie (literally and figuratively) with the Metallic Printed Croc Cut-Out Heel Pumps. In stunning silver, gold and light pink, these babies would look ultra-sleek when worn with cropped pants or to jazz up a little black dress. The low spike heel creates a voluptuous curve, creating a sexy silhouette despite its shortage in height.

And despite our love for color, black will always hold a special space in our shoe-obsessed hearts. The calf leather Frayed Satin Spike Heel Pump with its unravelled detailing lends a lovely contrast to the gold spike heel –perfect for a day-to-night shoe. The Pleated Wrap Sandal is perhaps our favorite –the wrap-around effect of the pleated viscose and seta fabrics along with the architectural block heel will definitely add extra s spring to our step (pun intended) this season.  


Hand painted open back ankle-strap pump in gold & brown snakeskin; available online at Neiman Marcus, Tom Ford and MyTheresa.


Hand painted open back ankle-strap pump in fuchsia & purple snakeskin; available at MyTheresa and Tom Ford.


Printed calf hair open back ankle-strap pump; available at Net-A-Porter, Neiman Marcus and Tom Ford.


Metallic snakeskin open back ankle-strap pump; available in bronze at Tom Ford or in silver at MyTheresa and Net A Porter.


Metallic printed croc cut-out heel pump in pink; available for pre-order at Tom Ford.


Metallic printed croc cut-out heel pump in yellow; available for pre-order at Tom Ford.


Metallic printed croc cut-out heel pump in silver; available for pre-order at Tom Ford.


Black frayed satin spike heel pump; available at Tom Ford or in smooth black satin at Neiman Marcus.


Plissé-satin cross-strap sandal with cylinder block heel; Neiman Marcus, Net-A-Porter and Tom Ford.

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About the author: Romina Tobias is a freelance fashion and lifestyle writer who is also a hopeless shoe-addict. She thinks her 5’4″ height and her love for long walks make her deserving of all the stilettos, pumps, sandals and ballet flats in the world. If only the cupcakes she expertly bakes can be traded in for a new pair (or two, or hopefully, more). 

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Cheryl Cole wore Tom Ford Elena sandals to the 2016 Brit Awards. These heels feature mirrored silver leather, two adjustable buckled ankle-straps and 110mm heel. You can shop current styles online at MyTheresa, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Tomford.

Outfit Details: Zuhair Murad Spring 2016 Couture lace lemon thigh-skimming dress featuring a mullet hem and strapless bodice with a matching artfully rounded overskirt, Messika Glam’Azone necklace.

Check out more shoes spotted on Cheryl.

Even more obvious than the painted cork trend, denim footwear is impossible to overlook this spring. From shoe maestro Blahnik to pacesetter , the industry brings us a playful spin on the classic jean twill.

From pumps to sandals, platforms to stilettos – each designer created a unique styles inspired by the blue Americana staple. Not only is denim is a reliable fabric perfect for everyday wear but it’s also an interestingly stylish shoe textile.

I particularly love Gianvito Rossi’s take, adding several denim designs to his spring collection which features a dark wash exaggerated with frayed patches. Both Fendi and Christian Louboutin combined a lighter shade with tropical floral printed leather. Jimmy Choo carries the most amount of denim styles this season adding a sleek contrasting black leather trim to several styles.

Our favorites:


Manolo Blahnik leopard printed BB pointed-toe pump; on sale at Neiman Marcus


Christian Louboutin Senora t-strap sandal in light denim with Hawaiian-inspired printed heel; available at Neiman Marcus


Tom Ford denim stiletto pump; available at Neiman Marcus and MyTheresa


Gianvito Rossi Spring 2016 Lola frayed denim ankle-strap sandal; available at LuisaViaRoma


Manolo Blahnik Hangisi denim pumps with signature crystal-encrusted square buckle; available at Barneys


Pierre Hardy Charlotte denim wedge sandals; available at Bergdorf Goodman


Saint Laurent denim pointed-toe pump; available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus & Barneys


Fendi Beyond Bird of Paradise denim & leather sandals; available at Saks Fifth Avenue


Gianvito Rossi Linda denim pump; available at Barneys


Paul Andrew Linda platform wedges; available at Bergdorf Goodman


Christian Louboutin denim Pigalle Follies pump; available at Barneys


Laurence Dacade Deric Studded Denim Sandal; available at Neiman Marcus


 Allure Ankle-Tie Pumps; available at Barneys


Jmmy Choo Flora leather-trimmed denim sandal; available at Net-A-Porter

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Katie Holmes wore Tom Ford pumps to celebrate her DuJour Magazine Fall Cover launch party held at the PHD Rooftop Lounge in NYC. They feature black suede with a detachable gold padlock embellished wrap-around ankle strap and gold-tip stiletto heel. The padlock pumps are available at Bergdorf GoodmanFarfetch and Tom Ford.

Outfit Details: Azzedine Alaïa black fit and flare dress plus minimal make up, soft nude lip and gold Cartier Love bangle.

Check out more shoes spotted on Katie.

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Jennifer Lopez was spotted out in NYC wearing Tom Ford padlock pointed-toe pumps. They feature nude leather (pictured above in python) with a gold padlock embellished wrap-around ankle strap and gold-tip stiletto heel. The padlock pumps are available in nude python and black leather at Neiman Marcus or several other styles at Tom Ford.

She also wore a two-piece outfit from her JLO by Jennifer Lopez Kohl’s collection including a Ribbed Foil Tank in blush and matching drawstring pants with zipped cuffs.

Jennifer accessorized with Ray-Ban flash lens matte aviator sunglasses plus a white Hermès Collier de Chien bracelet and rose gold diamond & translucent quartz bracelet + earrings by Brumani.

Check out more shoes spotted on Jennifer.

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Jennifer Lawrence wore Tom Ford sandals to the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring black suede, high curved sides , thin ankle-strap and 120mm mirrored silver leather covered heel. You can pre-order select new styles at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

After fulfilling her Dior duties (she’s the face of the fashion house for three more years!) Jennifer was ready to party wearing a Tom Ford mirrored crystal mosaic long sleeve mini dress with a black sheer underlay and mesh back from the Spring 2014 collection.

Her blonde coif was swept back and she complemented the look with a glossy pink nude lip plus kohl-rimmed eyes. Here’s a closer look at the Neil Lane three colored diamond ring (worth $1 million) which she kept on from her earlier red carpet appearance.

Check out more shoes spotted at the Oscars.

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Beyoncé wore Tom Ford thigh-high embellished boots to a screening of her new eponymous fifth studio album ‘Beyoncé’ held at The School of Visual Arts Theatre in NYC. They’re from the Spring 2014 collection featuring a black crystal mosaic design, peep-toe and thin 120mm heel. You can shop new spring styles on pre-order at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

She arrived also wearing a matching Tom Ford black crystal mosaic mini dress with a high neck, long sleeves and nude underlay from the Spring 2014 collection. It was her night and she chose a look that completely resonated with her new album’s persona.

Beyoncé wore her long blonde tresses down in a center-part and accessorized with silvery smokey eyes plus red nails.

Check out more shoes spotted on Beyoncé.


Rita Ora was spotted on her way to the 2013 British Fashion Awards after party wearing Tom Ford sandals. These shoes are from the Fall 2013 collection featuring zebra-print calf hair, cone-shaped heel and gold pin chain strap. They’re available (now on sale!) at Neiman Marcus.

She changed out of her Vivienne Westwood gown and into a Tom Ford long sleeve black dress with a mesh panel across the bust worn with a black & white striped fur coat from the Fall 2013 collection.

Rita also finished her look with a Cartier XL Juste un Clou bracelet, Philip Treacy Fall ’13 gold foliage headpiece and Fendi Spring 2014 silver sequin covered Baguette bag.

Check out more shoes spotted on Rita.

As expected, the shoes presented in London were cheery, playful and full of florals. The chunky platform is still very much alive and tromped down the runways complete with a tractor sole at Mary Katrantzou and ombré lucite heel at Erdem. Mules have also made a recent comeback (seen at Victoria Beckham during NYFW). The Christian Louboutin for Todd Lynn mules are sleek with a tapered platform and stacked heel.

I’ve featured several of my favorite collections and collaborations with Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Rupert Sanderson & Nicholas Kirkwood.

Nicholas Kirkwood also designed very cute bow t-strap pumps for Roksanda Ilincic.
– Here’s a close-up photo of the shoes Charlotte Olympia designed for Isa Arfen.
– Manolo Blahnik debuted his Spring/Summer collection with a five-minute short, you can see the collection at Vogue UK.

My favorites:
Rupert Sanderson‘s first collaboration with Antonio Berardi was a huge success. I love all of the designs but especially the rose gold & pink strappy sandal.
– The Manolo Blahnik scale-print cap-toe pump for Felder Felder is amazing, here’s a close-up photo.
– Check out the gold chain link stiletto seen at Tom Ford – and I’m not sure I would ever take these lace-up leather booties off my feet.

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Jennifer Lopez wore Tom Ford padlock pumps to the Viva Movil NYC flagship store opening. This style debuted in the Fall 2012 collection featuring white patent leather, gold padlock on the double wrap ankle-strap and gold tip stiletto. They’ve been reissued for the Fall ’13 collection in pink suede & black leather at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

She’s a fashion chameleon alternating between glitzy glam and more feminine, ethereal looks like this Pre-Fall white flare cocktail dress with lace bodice by Elie Saab. Jennifer also accessorized with fresh wispy blown out locks, carnation pink lip, Norman Silverman diamond tennis bracelets and Brumani translucent quartz earrings.

Check out more shoes spotted on Jennifer.

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