Tom Ford shoes, what's the story?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ivon, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. Ivon

    Ivon Senior member

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    This past week I had an almost surreal experience, I was in my long time menswear store shopping for odds and ends and I expressed dissatifaction with the lines they carried in a backhandeded way, next thing I know I ended up in Tom Ford land. Everything was very well made but it looked like some retro nightmare mess. I ended up dismissing the suits, much to my SA's chagrin, I usually buy Zegma mainline of Isaia from them, the super wide lapels didn't do it for me. What struck me were the shoes, they seemed very well made, but really fugly comnpared to Lobb or EG at that price point. The standard captoe I looked at closely looked like some failed Frankenstein child of a bulbous toe Church's and EG, but at $1600 I could not fathom why I should consider buying them. Am I out of touch? Can somebody rationally explain why anybody should buy this stuff? Quality was there, but the design was missing something. I am being serious btw.
     
  2. jeff13007

    jeff13007 Senior member

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    as someone who recently bought a pair of the captoes (Its 1350 before tax btw not 1600) i can say that i really like those shoes. The heel height is very extreme compared to other men's shoes but the idea behind it is a throwback to the Tommny Nutter/ Edward Sexton styling of the 60's. They are really the only captoes i would consider wearing with jeans because the heel and arch give it a sort flair that takes away from the formality of a regular captoe. For example i would never consider wearing my john lobb or kiton shoes out with a pair of jeans besides the suede ones but i wear my tom ford captoes out in a casual setting all the time. Granted its not for everyone but the look of his stuff is pleasing to me so i tend to reach for my TF stuff over anything else. Its all a matter of personal taste, if its not for you there are many great brands out there.
     
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    Pliny Senior member

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    Guess which one is not like the others? They pretty wild, but I'm sure some can pull them off [​IMG].

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    I am one who adores shoes (who isn't over here) and have bought heaps across various range (owned more shoes than my gf & have been a regular dinner table joke for years that it is no longer funny anymore), not many are SF approved, including Tom Ford. I must say when I first came across a pair of TF shoes I was amazed by the aesthetic curvatures and the elegance of the height of the heel. Having slipped into a pair, I was sold. Not only they look amazing to me, they are some comfortable shoes and add on that height & aesthetic to the overall look as a whole. Since then, I have owned more than 4 pairs now. I couldn't be happier. I have come across John Lobb, Church's, Loakes, Crockett & Jones, while they appeal to many SFers, I never did have an affinity with them. (Aside from Gaziano & Girling, Carmina & Vass).

    Btw, not all TF shoes have exaggerated heel heights.
     
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    OP: it's call difference in taste, that is all. Similar to how I simply cannot understand why so many people here love the look of AE Park Aves. As you have noted they are high quality shoes so the difference is just the aesthetics. And Tom Ford on the whole really isn't for everyone anyway.
     
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    this^^
     
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    they look pretty normal compared to the deco range, imo.
     
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    meister Senior member

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    I don't own any (though I almost bought a pair Spoo had) but I must say I think they have a great aesthetic/vibe. TF's attempt to do something different with what is basically your everyday shoe is to be celebrated amongst we shoe tragics IMHO.
     
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    Even though I don't like bulbous toes I really like the look of the TF shoes I saw and the ones posted above. The waist treatments are very nice and elegant and the higher than normal heels are a breath of fresh air that very few other rmakers match except G&G and JL (to a lesser extent). The exterior finish was also of high standard, unfortunately when I inspected a TF shoe closely certain details put me off. The blake construction was acceptable and expected since I think these are of italian manufacture but underneather the thin leather sock liner there was the typical fiberboard sheets that you would expect in cheap blake shoes. Very disappointing!! Even my Canali blake type shoes (made by Santantre I believe) at a third of the price use a full leather inner sole underneath the leather sock liner. I bet the heel and toe stiffenners are bond leather (shredded leather/glue mix)
     
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    I like most of the styles, and the quality is great. For me, the height of the heels on the styles I like kills the deal.
     
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    Okay. I'll bite, what's the heel height on TF, 2"? I think they look great; definitely more aesthetically interesting than the usual shoo pron I see here.
     
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    There are different heel sizes, the black one if a little over 1.5 inches and the brown one is a bit over 1. There is also a diff one which does not have such a pronounced waist like these two, but if you were gonna do that you should just buy like john lobb for that price. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Whereas the classic heel height is spot on one inch. I like Tom Ford. It's fashion, but it's high-quality, unlike most fashion. I can see what he's doing here and it's interesting and quite fun. But I can't imagine wearing most of his stuff myself. Maybe it's because i'm 6'2", but the black shoes, in particular, just scream "Sarkozy" to me.
     
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    Haha they are not so bad when you wear them, and they look good with the wide lapel, waist suppressed, 3 piece, cuffed trouser suits. They also work well with jeans
     
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