This year, some chose to forego footwear altogether like Julia Roberts. The actress, who stars in Money Monster alongside George Clooney, showed up in a black Armani Prive gown on Thursday with completely naked feet.
Whether Roberts’ move was a deliberate show of rebellion or simple forgetfulness (or even a conscious choice to be more comfortable), it was a bold statement.
The festival has always been traditional to an extreme so much so that celebrities have spoken out about its unfair attitudes toward and expectations for women.
Last year, Emily Blunt said that she believed the high heel rule was antiquated.
Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldnt wear high heels, Blunt said. Thats very disappointing, just when you kind of think there are these new waves of equality.
Recently, Kristen Stewart gave her two cents on heels versus flats, suggesting rules needed to be revised.
“Things have to change immediately, Stewart said of style rules at a roundtable.
It has become really obvious that if [a man and I] were walking the red carpet together and someone stopped me and said, Excuse me, young lady, youre not wearing heels. You cannot come in. Then [Im going to say], Neither is my friend. Does he have to wear heels? It can work both ways. Its just like you simply cannot ask me to do something that you are not asking him. I get the black-tie thing, but you should be able to do either versionflats or heels.
Whether the festival will hear these outcries is TBD but DGAF moments like Roberts’ and Stewart’s are certainly gaining traction.
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