Tom Ford Spring 2012 Shoes

Posted on April 13, 2012

Darlings, let’s talk shoes.

Specifically, Tom Ford shoes. We’re totally digging the designs on these. Yes, that centered heel looks like it might cause some walking problems, but we like these for being delicate in an era when shoes keep getting more and more complicated and outrageous. There’s a bit of a disco feel to these designs, but then again, the Studio 54 era seems to be Tom’s go-to nine times out of ten.

So consider:

And tell us:


Tom Ford Spring ’12 Shoes: YEA or NAY?


We say “YEA.”


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  • They look like fab little sculptures, that would torture your tootsies.  Beautiful to look at, and undeniably sexy looking.  So,… put em on, achieve your objective, and then have your chosen objective take em off.

    • mrspeel2

       Yes, “fab little sculptures” that would look great in an Art Museum. My feet hurt just looking at them!

      • Me three. So, yea as art, and nay as actual shoes a human would wear.  Which I think, in fashion, rounds up to a yea. 

      • Cathy S

        I agree. They’re pretty to look at. Just keep them away from my feet.

    • Amy Ellinger

      YEA!!  the torture would be totally worth it if they’ll help me get ewan macgregor, cillian murphy, or jeremy renner. 

    •  Couldn’t have said it better!

      I will give them a YEA though, just because they’re so much cuter than the clompy platforms everyone’s been wearing for the last year.

      •  lets all chant it together. “No more Hooves, No More Hooves!”

  • Shoelover1512

    I’d want someone to tell me how you walk in the first pair. Overall I say IN but I question what walking would be like. Good thing I can’t afford them anyway lol

    • Looking at the position of the heel on the sculptural ones, I don’t think they’d be any more difficult to walk in than a pair of wedges or stilettos.  We’re used to seeing the heel go straight down to the point.  The point is in the same location on these shoes…they’re just shaped differently.

      • JosephLamour

        You’re like the Bill Nye, Science Guy of shoes. I’m a fan (of you and the shoes)

      • I don’t know if having an actual heel point come out makes them more stable, but I have a Tom Ford (for YSL) pair of similar wedges

        seen here in in another colorfashion source.

        and I cannot walk in them…I have to try it again (maybe a little bit drunk), but they look cute as hell!

      • Shoelover1512

        Excellent observation

      • Kayceed

        Yes, I always look for a shoe heel that curves in a bit under my actual heel – it supports your weight much better than a heel that drops straight down.

        • joything

          That’s what I was thinking, and I know nothing about shoe engineering.  But I would give these sculptural bitty-bits a shot.

  • lordandtaylor

    Wear one of these designs and you will become best friends with a podiatrist…and a spine surgeon. But then, you are always looking to increase your circle of friends. 

    • MoreShoes

      I refuse to wear “sensible” shoes. So, a big IN for these.

  • I say yea…especially the second and third pairs.  Please send them Texas-way.  Mmmmm-k?

  • Bozhi

    Love them.

  • Judy_J

    These shoes aren’t made for walking, that’s for sure.  Pretty to look at, though.  I say yea if you’re not planning to go anywhere but the bedroom.

  • I understand the beauty of these, but oh, how I wish people would go back to making shoes that could be used for actual standing and walking.

    • formerlyAnon

       To be fair, people *do* make those. They’re just not often as interesting as the other kind, unfortunately.

  • formerlyAnon

    YAY to “yawn, um, yay,” depending on the shoe. And with the caveat that since I can’t afford ’em, and don’t wear heels that high any more anyway, I am entirely ignoring all practical issues like stability, pain, and twisted ankles.

    I think the red and the black with ankle ribbons and abalone shell (?) on the heels are the best.  The chain ankle strap the least interesting.

  • Susan Crawford

    The black satin ankle-ties (picture 4) – send them ASAP, please!

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Yay – pretty fab!  Though these types of shoes rarely look as cool actually ON someone…

  • AlexisPayne

    Yea! I’m saving up for the ones in the ad.

    • aristida_girl

      You go girl! Wear ’em with pride : )

  • YEA. I feel all Dominatrix-y just looking at them.

  • luciaphile

    Keeping podiatrists in business for decades to come…

  • ballerinawithagun

    Yea! I can only wear the third pair down, black with no ankle strap. I’m petite and have size 5 feet, so this shoe elongates my legs and feet. 

  • TieDye64

    Oh, hell yeah. Sexy, impractical shoes make me swoon. I don’t worry about the comfort factor since they’ll never come anywhere near my little tootsies.

  • SewingSiren

    The most striking  ones are the one’s with the inverted wedge, which I believe was invented by Ferragamo in the 1930’s. I think  they would be more comfortable than stiletto’s of the same height.

  • I say yea, and yay! And I bet  they’re actually not hard to walk in, once you get past feeling like your heel should have vertigo — the sole under your heel is built up enough to provide support, and the shoe heel is positioned right under your arch (in fact, if you’re like me and your arches hate you after straining all day in heels, this  might actually be more comfortable)

  • I like them, but probably wouldn’t buy them.

  • Merridith Kristoffersen

    YEA with all caps–that’s how much I mean it.

  • janetjb

    Yea!  Very pretty objects of art. 

    All of these shoes make my high arches groan.  I won’t be wearing them, but I’m sure they’ll look lovely on someone.

  • CPK1

    LOVE! I am digging Tom Ford stuff lately

  • Bill Curtis

    That boy model looks like someone said, “Get me the androdygnous love child of Tom Cruise and Rene Russo.”

  • oh, yes yes yes yes!

  • meh on the sculptural ones — Pretty on their own, but what do they look like on (when standing)?  I think they’d give the visual illusion of constantly falling forward.

  • JimMcC

    I’d break an ankle for those. YAY!

  • IAmJ

    If I recall correctly, Joanna Coles was shown wearing similar contraptions in the PRAS finale (when the final three visited her in her office) and I remember cringing as I watched her awkwardly walk down the hall in these things. The idea is cool and they may photograph very well, but these are not wearable shoes. So NAY.

  • Kimberly Southern-Weber


  • understateddiva

    pretty, but I give them a nay.  I can’t imagine anyone walking with a confident, long stride in these.  Hobbling like a girl trying on her momma’s shoes would ruin the “sexy bitch” effect they were going for.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    I suppose the centered heels might be fine if you’re just going to sit there with your feet in some guy’s face.
    The only ones here I like are the black T-straps and the velvet ones that tie at the ankle.

  • My feeling re: heels is that if they’re going to be ridiculously high, they may as well be sexy and ridiculously high.

    I’ve never felt like wedges were sexy, and I can’t say I feel like most of these are, either. The stilettos, yes. The others…well, they’re nice to look at, but the word that comes to mind is “funky” rather than “hot”. And if I’m wearing heels that high, I want people to be thinking “HOT” in gigantic flashing neon letters as I walk past, you know?

  • Yea!

  • They’re quite beautiful, but I can’t imagine they’d be very stable, with only a ribbon or chain around the ankle to hold them in place.

  • Yea!!!!

  • bloggertobenamedlater

    The problem with shoes that are really wearable art is that they are frequently destructive to the body. These are great to look at, and if someone wanted to carry me around on a litter from place to place, I’d be all over these. Sadly, lacking muscle-bound eye candy to haul my carcass around, I value my long term ability to walk without a walker in 30 years more than I value the aesthetic awesomeness of these shoes. Nay for this girl.

  • They are so beautiful and I’m not usually a shoe kind of girl. Almost makes me wish I wore heels. Yea!! for sure. 

  • filmcricket

    I loathe that scoliosis looking heel, I think it’s hideous. All the stilettos are fab, though.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    These look like torture devices.   That being said, I will take the black and gold pair in the ad.  YEA!  

  • I feel sick, I want them so bad. I almost want to go back in time and not have my resource draining son. Almost.

  • guest2visits

    There are a ga-zillion shoes out there that I would love to call my own. None of these are on my list.
    Too bad because I love the medium he used on some, (the faux tortoise shell, abalone shell, croc).
    The shapes are a turn-off for me. And the ones that are straight up spikey heels are meh to me.
    And I think for the rest of my life; I will never buy another pair of heels that doesn’t have at least a little bit
    of lift, or platform under the toes. I’m hooked. They’re just more comfortable and they look better.

  • AlieMichelle

    I would wear the shit out of these shoes. GIVE THEM TO ME.

  • Little_Olive

    Considering the crazy stuff they’ve thrown out there and how much I hatehatehate big platforms, I say yea. 

    Boy does the guy in the picture have a feminine face. I wonder if they intentionally airbrushed the masculine traits (esp. jaw, beard, nosebone) out of his face.  Or am I looking for too much meaning?

    • Ozski

       ‘Nosebone’, that’s a masculine feature we don’t hear many comments on. I like a strong nosebone.

      • Little_Olive

        I hoped I made the point… I don’t know if there is a word for that feature. I guess I meant “angles”. I mean, cover the forehead an eyes and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous girl’s nose and mouth.

  • PeggyOC

    Don’t know how they are to walk in, but the purple velvet ones can come to my closet any day.  Swoon.

  • I don’t know why everyone thinks these would be impossible to walk in. The heel is still located at the center of balance for your foot. Just the normal location of where a typical looking heel would be is carved out. It’s FAR easier to walk in heels where the center of balance is in the middle of your foot (and lower down) rather than at the very back up high where your heel is. Basic science at work 🙂 Try drawing an invisible line from the back of the shoe down to where the heel is on these. Do they look normal now? 🙂

    • crash1212

       That’s exactly what I was thinking. I haven’t walked in these, but I’m thinking the placement of the heel would make them easier to walk in as compared to normal heels. The only thing that may kill some of them for me is the ankle wrap ribbon thingy. I actually have a pair of killer looking heels that tie around my ankle and they are almost impossible to walk in. I can’t ever seem to get the ribbons tied right…of course, it may be a failing of my particular shoe and old Tom here might’ve figured out how to do a tie shoe properly.

    • luciaphile

      I think we need to define “walking.” Going from a cab to the restaurant to the cab to your home? If that’s what we’re talking about, then maybe one could wear these without agonizing pain. I have a couple of pairs of heels that I will occasionally break out for those types of occasions.  But if we’re talking about standing in these for any length of time or walking anymore than 20 feet with ample rest periods? That’s gonna be agony. There’s a reason why those heels that I wear for the former pretty much never make it out of my closet.

      And if Joanna Coles can’t walk in shoes like these, no way am I going to be able to.

  • oops double posted

  • UrsNY

    Nay. Aside from the practical issues of walkability, as theoretical shoes, they’re both prissy and cheap looking. I think he wanted the heel to look arty, but the mass isn’t bold enough, then the ankle bows kill it completely.

  • carolynmo

    Yea! Love them.

  • Ozski

    I’d rather wear these on my head, a la ScarJo, than hobble on these suckers.

  • Jennifer L.

    Yea on the stilettos, Nay on the curved platforms. The material choices on those look cheaper for some reason to me. 

  • crash1212

    Definitely  YEA as art. I’d have to walk in them to see if they’d measure up as actual shoes. I have a feeling they’d be pretty comfy given the placement of that heel…my concern is the tie-around-the-ankle aspect as I haven’t had much luck in the real world with that style.

  • padma s


    I’m digging the purple ones especially.

  • shopgirl716

    Works of art.  My feet are curling up in horror at the thought of walking in them.  But they are fabulous.

  • gorgeous.  I love the first black pair and would wear them in a heartbeat. YEA

  • Sunshine16

    Yea to all, esp those purple velvet 3rd down!  I am excited to see that you boys can appreciate a good ankle strap or tie shoe!!

  • NAY. Can’t get past those ridiculous centered heels. 

  • cluecat

    NAY.  Stilettos, though torturous, look beautiful because the lengthen the line of the leg down through the heel.  The inverted heeled shoes break that line up and frankly remind me of horse pasterns.  (Can’t unsee!)  

    They’re cute and gimmicky, but, like the claw shoes can’t see them taking off.

  • librarygrrl64

    YAY to looking at, NAY to wearing.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Ankle straps are pretty but make horrible things to your legs, they cut them and make them look short. I wish they weren’t pretty.

  • These shoes speak to me on a cellular level. I must have them.


  • They are different but I can’t get past the look of foot-binding. Kind of horrifies me. Flower feet? No thanks or just (horse pasterns, lol) Neigh.

  • lesmaha

    I love the look of them–but can I walk in them?

  • VioletFem

    Yea. Although I don’t know if I could walk in have of these shoes.

  • Louise Bryan

    Nay.  Shoes are supposed to protect feet, not damage them.

  • MilaXX

    I couldn’t walk in them now, but my 20 year old self would have loved them. YEA!

  • NurseEllen

    Absolute YEA.  They are so fun.  Who cares if they’re not meant for long distances?  Even if they’re just for the walk from the house car to the restaurant/theatre/club entrance, they’re worth it. You can always slip them off for a bit while your feet are under the table, or when the house lights go down.

  • TheOtherChristina

    YEA, verily, I would wear these to step on some androgynous boyface.

  • alyce1213

    Heels like these, and much better, have been made by United Nude for some years now. 
    Seems to me like the brilliant, innovative designs of this expensive-but-still-affordable shoe company have been copied.
    United Nude shoes are truly structural art, beautifully engineered, and actually wearable.  
    I have a couple of pairs. They’ve always turned heads, but maybe not so much anymore since the designs have been co-opted by couturiers and will eventually be filtered through the system all the way to Payless.

    • formerlyAnon

       You are a public benefactor, giving me a new website to troll for my vicarious shopping!

      And the prices (and availability of moderate heel heights) are such that when I either get a fabulously better paying job, or my kids become self-supporting, the shopping might not always be vicarious.

  • Kyle Crawford

    lets see a video of a woman walking in these…… the “Chinese bound foot look” is so very 5 min ago, next.

  • greyhoundgirl

    If Tom Ford thinks women should wear these shoes–no matter how pretty they are–then Tom Ford should wear them first.

  • So tempting, yet so deadly…

  • judybrowni

    Chiropractors and podiatrists are dreaming of that summer house they can finally afford.

  • Love. That is all. 

  • aristida_girl

    Yea! Man, I love me some Tom Ford…

  • lilazander

    Interesting and feminine–YEA!!

  • granddelusion

    Why don’t we just bind girls feet and be done with it?

  • Love! Never would wear them, but they are fab.

  • Kayceed

    Really beautiful – yea. Especially those wedges.

  • Nay but not so much because of the heel placement, because that in itself is walkable (as another poster wrote, Dutch brand United Nudes has used that heel for years) but the sheer height of the shoe will make them very painful if not completely impossilble to walk on.
    The ad says it all, to be worn in bed – preferably with a more masculine male species 😉

  • Judih1

    I wish the men who designed these shoes would actually wear them. We might as well go back to that time in japan when women had their feet bound to make them “attractive to men” Where are the women shoe designers?

  • THese, my friends, are shoes for those occasions where you’ve hired somebody to follow you around with a chair and emergency footmassager. Then again even looking at shoes over 3 inches causes my feet to twinge in despair and sympathy

  • buildmeatower

    YAY as art, but NAY on me. I prefer shoes that actually cover my feet. I would love to try walking in them though, just to see what it feels like. 

  • ElitheMonkey

    They’re gorgeous, and those nice straps will make them easy to carry after a broken ankle from trying to walk in them. 

  • ccm800

    They LOOK like they hit the ground the same place as any heal? Any experience out there to confirm? 

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    I’ve actually read that a centered heel makes the most sense for balance, physics-wise. Not sure I believe that, but these have a cool vibe and the delicate shape that has been missing for years now. I’d try them on, at least. Yea!

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    I’d say YEA, although I could never wear a one of ’em.  They are beautiful, just not made for an older woman with a bad back!  LOVE the pairs with the gold heels!

  • PeaceBang

    The shoes themselves look like they’re hunched over with serious chiropractic issues. HELL, no. 

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    even the wedges are gonna be hell to walk in. otoh, every piece is stunning. tom ford is a great designer. one of the very few top tier we still have, now that john galliano is out at dior. there are designers that i, personally, like just as much but tom ford does something they dont: he appeals to all spaces & faces across the spectrum, from the wild to the conservative, much in the way of YSL. for absolute clarity of vision & the startling way he gets that vision interpreted in three dimensions, almost nobody comes close.

  • Presumptuous Insect

    Nay. That is some dangerous shit, right there.

  • MzzPants

    Yea.  Sexy as hell.

  • greatscoutm

    Yea.  Especially the purple velvet ones.

  • giiiirrrr

    Nay, because they give the forefoot an odd extra length.  Does any woman want her feet to look longer?  Actually I know a couple of women who do, but they have to shop in the kids’ department.  The rest of us, smaller is better.

  • Anathema_Device

    Yea. I think they are great looking. I like the sculpted wedges, especially the ones tiger’s-eye looking heel. I could never wear them even if I could afford them, but they are lovely.

  • jw_ny

    I can never judge a shoe until I see it on a foot.  These look pretty and sculptural on their own…on a foot, I’m not sure.  The look difficult to wear with there being only the toe and ankle straps….not sure. 

  • kimmeister

    NAY, because they all have ankle straps.

  • BIG OL’ NAAAYY!!  How in the hell does anyone wear these structural anomalies for more than 10 minutes?  Putting that heel in the middle forces the wearer’s center of gravity forward when she’s already practically en pointe.  Why don’t they just make shoes with one big spike in the middle and see how many women can balance on mini-stilts?  Talk about cruel shoes!  Ri-DICK-ulous!!

  • NAY – you guys don’t have to walk in them.

  • Daenyx

    They’re pretty, but I think there should be some kind of law that says any shoe designer has to wear zir creations out on the town for an evening before they try to sell them.  Because these are pretty damn ridiculous.  NAY.

  • Oh yes, especially the black ones, fourth from the top. Curse my fat peasant feet!

  • SpcilK

    Love him, not a fan of this shoe!

  • Samantha Irene

    Yea Yea Yea. Especially the spike heeled bright pink/purple-y ones…

  • BayTampaBay

    They look great.  On pair of each in a USA size 6.5 or Euro size 37. 

  • yea.

  • Scarlet39

    Love, love, love these shoes! 

    They get a YEA from me!

  • LOVE THEM!!!!

  • DesertDweller79

    I don’t understand how one is supposed to walk in them.  So, nay.

  • YEA. Love them all, but could never wear them.

  • If I didn’t have arthritis through my spine and hips I might give them a hint of appreciable consideration.  I’m not convinced though.  If I’m going to be that uncomfortable, they’re gonna have to do better than that.

  • miagain

    these ridiculous shoes make me crazy… NO ONE CAN WALK GRACEFULLY IN THEM!!!  I chuckle when watching Revenge… watching Victoria Grayson toddle down the stairs in six inch high heels is an accident waiting to happen…. the only thing they are good for is to be photographed, without some poor woman’s foot being tortured!  WAKE UP PEOPLE… THE EMPEROR IS WEARING NO CLOTHES!!
    my arm is in a sling… and i am typing one handed…sorry for any typos…

  • KathKo

    Good Lord, you actually know that shoes are made to walk with, not just look fabulous with ?
    I know, I know… So pedestrian…

  • newtonGOTbeaned

    Very cool, especially the curvy ones. I kind of think that the stilettos don’t have to be so high. Not just for comfort, I think they might look better too.

  • JustJenn142

    Yea but since I am hobbling around with a broken foot right now they all look like torture to me.  The center heals kind of scare me….would love to try a pair out though.  Wonder if you feel as off kilter as they look like they would make you.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    Yea!  Those purple heels are VERY similar to some Charles Jordan shoes I saw in the late 70’s when there was a CJ store at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta and I was a young gay the (as now) entranced by fabulous shoes.  

  • YEA.

    He had me at little velvet ribbons.

  • fursa_saida

    YEA, but only for other people. My feet can’t go there. I’m not even talking about comfort, I’m saying my feet are so the wrong shape for this kind of design. Alas.

  • H G

    Absolute YEA. I’m tired of looking at thick bulky platforms. They look like something one would wear to farm potatoes. I want see my Ford woman jump feet first off the King Klipsch speakers at a Studio 54 revival night into the Helmut Newton mosh pit!