Tom Ford’s Most Memorable Runway Shoes

Happy Birthday, Tom Ford! The designer, who turns 54 today, has created one buzzy collection after the next since launching his own label for fall ’11, with a series of memorable runway shoes to boot.

Since making his splashy debut, Ford has become known for his experimental runway footwear, which often — and quickly — lands on the feet of celebrities on the red carpet.

Who could forget Anne Hathaway in Tom Ford’s spring ’13 bondage boots at the 2012 “Les Misérables” premiere? And Rihanna wore the same style in nude while casually out on the streets.

Ford’s recent seasons have cemented this daring shoe message. His spring ’15 show featured ultra-high platforms — some in animal print, others with metal chain embellishment — which sprung the retro ’90s style back into a mainstream trend.

Tom Ford Spring 2013 Leather bondage-style sandal boots. Courtesy of brand.

Past-season standouts include Ford’s spring ’13 spiked sandal wedges and fall ’13 collection, which focused on thigh-high boots in a variety of printed suedes. His fall ’14 collection delivered a similar boot collection, this time with a Western spin in unexpected shades of pastel blue and cherry red.

Prior to launching his own collection, Ford worked for years at the world’s leading fashion houses. He was the creative director at Gucci from 1994 to 2004, while also holding the creative director title at Yves Saint Laurent from 1999 to 2004.

Click through the gallery for Ford’s standout shoes from his own label.

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