Cannes Film Festival jury-member Kristen Stewart was in the news again this week as she opted to go Louboutin-less on the event’s red carpet, where there is a strict black tie and “heels only” policy – no word yet on how her bare little piggies were taken by those in charge. The festival, whose beginnings go back to the late 1930s, has a super strict and dated dress code – it’s a black tie event, and for the ladies, that means that high heels are a must.
Over the decades, the “fashion faux pas” at the festival have made the papers countless times, with A-listers Pablo Picasso, Henry Miller, and Madonna defying the antiquated dress code with their unique fashion choices. As recently as 2016, famed Pretty Woman Julia Roberts traversed the red-carpeted staircase barefooted, a bold act that the brazen Ms.Stewart mimicked this year.
Another A-lister, Emily Blunt, had a few things to say as well in 2015 about the heels only policy. “I think everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels anymore. That’s just my point of view,” the actress said. “I prefer to wear Converse sneakers.”
Blunt is speaking, of course, of the infamous snubbing of multiple older women who were turned away in 2015 for wearing flats instead of heels at the Cannes that year. Stewart’s barefooted protest was not the first, although she did have a few choice words for the festival’s dress code back in 2016.
“If you’re not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, you can’t ask me either,” Stewart said.
We couldn’t agree more, Kristen. And we agree with you – “things have to change immediately.”