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.
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).
Cheryl Cole wore Tom FordElena 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.
Even more obvious than the painted cork trend, denim footwear is impossible to overlook this spring. From shoe maestro Blahnik to pacesetter Aquazzura, 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.
Manolo Blahnik leopard printed BB pointed-toe pump; on sale at Neiman Marcus
Christian LouboutinSenora t-strap sandal in light denim with Hawaiian-inspired printed heel; available at Neiman Marcus
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTINCasanovella fringe sandals – don’t they make you want to prance & sashay around? We’re crazy for the long front fringe panel which falls nicely on the front – you can also find them in a fun textured navy variation resembling denim.
DSQUARED2 embellished black lace-up sandals – they have such a strong strappy footwear collection this season…we love all of them but especially this sexy shoe covered in gold hardware with a patent leather stitch design.
AQUAZZURATutto Buckle sandals; easily one of the best designs of the season and our personal favorite. They’re carried exclusively at MyTheresa and also available in black leather or leopard print calf hair at Moda Operandi.
GIANNICOSuper Lola nude & red lip pump; designer Nicolò Beretta picked up the award for best footwear at Vogue’s ‘Who Is On Next?’ 2015 competition and you can find several playful styles from the fall collection now stocked at LuisaViaRoma.
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTINHoughton May white platform sandal – okay, technically this style debuted in the Marchesa Spring’15 runway show but we’re still in love with it – plus, since I live in Miami they’re an appropriate “florida winter white”. It’s also carried in black and white.
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 Goodman, Farfetch and Tom Ford.
Outfit Details: Azzedine Alaïa black fit and flare dress plus minimal make up, soft nude lip and gold Cartier Love bangle.
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.
Remember when we covered the best shoes from New York Fashion Week? Well, we’ve abandoned the states and headed to London to gander at the most fabulous footwear from across the pond. They’re funky and kooky – just how we like our London looks!.
We love Matthew Williamson’s unabashed adoration of sparkly, glittery things and vivid bursts of colors. This time around, he toned down his patterns and mixed boho with business…assuming your business meetings are conducted in Studio 54. The footwear paid homage to the theme, being both eye-catching and the direct opposite of demure. Sky high and imposing, the ankle booties come in black satin, banana yellow, Beetlejuice stripes, and shocking glitter. We want to live in a world where these are workplace appropriate.
The boots Joanne Stoker designed for Eudon Choi are definitely one of a kind. With schoolgirl plaids, a red camouflage motif, and cobalt blues being stars of the collection, Eudon Choi’s presentation is eclectic and modern. Polka dots and brown calf hair, zebra stripes with electric pink – all topped off with contrasting tassels. Did the funky shoes match the futuristic air of the collection? Well, we’re not so sure. However, they certainly make a statement.
Michael van der Ham is known for colors and appliqués and this line took us back to Mod style sensibilities. Bright citrus colors, vibrant pinks, and punches of blues make every look eye-catching. The shoes were no different, with as many as five colors appearing on one color-blocked thick heeled take on the loafer curated by Christian Louboutin. Think of it this way: the heels are a fail-safe for every outfit. With so many colors to choose from, you can’t go wrong!
In keeping with the unique, nearly-random compilation of colors and textures found in Jonathan Saunders’ Fall 2014 collection, the footwear Christian Louboutin designed for the line blend wow-factor with classicality, glitter with smooth and supple leather. Our favorite? The lace-up ankle booty with a shining, glittering panel. These shoes remind us that everyone needs a bit of sparkle in their life.
Todd Lynn’s line might be known for blending masculine and feminine themes, but there is no doubt that the footwear – designed by Christian Louboutin – are all sex appeal. The billowing leather, snake skin, and suede is confined by an edgy wrap-around strap. The muted colors are offset by Louboutin’s iconic red sole.
Mosaic patterns, Byzantine influence, and Art Nouveau floral prints were all part of Temperley London’s eclectic and beautiful collection. The shoes themselves – designed by Shoerazzi fave Charlotte Olympia – were relatively basic, save for a color blocked trompe l’oeil ankle bootie. We also love the geometric shape of the suede and leather pump – it’s a classic shoe that will work well for a variety of events.
Antonio Berardi’s latest line was swimming in varying themes. Sculptural tailoring, hand-painted chain embroidery, lamé, flannel – and those are just a few ideas and textures he played with. Still, it managed to encapsulate the powerful sex appeal he’s known for. The shoes, designed by Rupert Sanderson, were no exception and definitely amplified the seduction. Dramatically laced over-the-knee boots in dominatrix black leather, strappy closed toed sandals, and ankle booties that would practically scream “bad ass” add a welcome edge to this collection.
For Roksanda Ilincic’s Fall 2014 line, Nicholas Kirkwood amped up the classic tasseled loafer. The modern feeling flats are sometimes color blocked and sometimes metallic, but the shoes are always a hint of modern and a lot of sweet.
Nicholas’ work for Erdem has perfectly captured the dark, romantic vibe the brand is known for. The dramatic shoes come with a chunky heel and are in variants of a stunning floral pattern (swoon!), bedazzled and bejeweled, and with hints of crocodile skin. Every dynamic pointed-toe shoe has a flat counterpart – just in case you want to switch up your heel game a bit.
Credit: Vogue; photographed by Sonny Vandevelde
Hot on the heels of a fiery collaboration with Target and Net-A-Porter, we knew that Peter Pilotto’s shoes would be something incredible to write home about. Utilizing the designing prowess of Nicholas Kirkwood, the heels are strappy, they’re a gorgeous combination of leather and suede, they’re gem toned, they are piped with iridescent colors and neon, and they’re accented with colorful takes on tortoise shell. They might just redefine “cool.”
One of the standout collaborations Manolo Blahnik was a part of for the Fall 2014 season is surely his gorgeous heels for the ever eclectic, yet always classy, designs of Osman Yousefzada. The collection was rich and dynamic, filled with prints inspired by Morocco’s ornamental tiles – the best way to accent the vivid line? Blahnik kept it simple with a major edge. Black velvet heels accented with tassels, rabbit fur booties with a shocking teal heel, and fuzzy cream and black pumps; at first glance, the shoes might seem standard, but they truly redefine trend setting.
For Emilia Wickstead and Richard Nicoll, Manolo Blahnik recreated classics. Whether casting snake skin prints in satin for a slingback pump or reinventing the heeled oxford (metallic leather and velvet? We can’t swoon any harder, seriously!), Manolo Blahnik proves time and time again that classics are truly wardrobe workhorses.
Because apparently Manolo Blahnik refuses sleep for more designer collaborations (the Karl Lagerfeld of footwear, he’s everywhere!), he also created footwear for Felder Felder, Maros Schwab, and Pringle of Scotland. Each shoe seemed to be more classic than the one before – from satin to lovely metallic leather, the sheer versatility of the pieces make them instant wardrobe staples.
Christopher Bailey deserves a medal for his latest collection for the fashion powerhouse that is Burberry Prorsum. It was bohemian, yet graceful. It was wild at heart, yet still retained an air of sophistication. Patterns, art, and color – simply viewing the collection is like a trip to the nearest art museum. Imaginative and vivid, the shoes mirrored the gorgeous myriad of colors in the collection by acting as canvases for whimsical swirls of varying hues. The open toed bootie was accented with a wooden heel and platform, somehow making these shoes even dreamier.
Mary Katrantzou’s line always sets our hearts aflutter, she’s one of the designers at the forefront of modernized romance. That said, not a single digital print seeped into her designs this time around, having been inspired by the world of the “professional.” Was she crazy? Has the world gone mad? And then you see the footwear and everything just…clicks. Color blocked and packing a punch, the square-toed shoes are hefted upon a thick heel – at times solid, other times as a sandal. If this is Mary’s take on professional, we’d love to see her take on weekend fun!
There is something expensively gaudy about Tom Ford, a luxurious flamboyance that cemented his legacy at Gucci and an essence that still resonates within his latest collections. Channeling Studio 54 and the mid-sixties, the soles we saw were nearly cowboy inspired in that when you saw the stiletto boots tromping down the runway, the correct response was “wow, those are definitely boots.” Exotically skinned, baby blue, and sometimes velveteen, they were as excessive as we expect from Tom Ford. For a more discerning consumer, he also designed an ankle bootie embellished with TF in rhinestones, because “understated” simply is not in his vocabulary.
With a theme like debauched debutantes, it’s only expected that Henry Holland turned out some truly outrageous apparel. Sequins, neon lame, and frilly frocks that would have Paris Hilton circa-2002 clicking her heels in joy. Speaking of the shoes, they kept with the near-cartoonish allure of the bombastic collection. Oversized pearls? Check. Velvet, velvet, and more velvet? Check. Giant pom poms? Check. Candy colored hues indicative of House of Holland? Check! The master of kitsch has struck again.
Christopher Kane’s sumptuous, unpretentious collection was filled with creativity (those 3D effect dresses will haunt our dreams in the best way) and surprising bursts of color. As always, the accessories were pictures of perfection – the handbags detailed and edged in geek chic and the shoes? The shoes. Dynamic takes on the platform Mary Jane, amped up by ruffled leather, mule backings, and exotic snakeskin, make this classic design utterly modern.
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.
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.
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.