Kristen Stewart removes heels on Cannes red carpet


Kristen Stewart, who has attended Cannes as an actress, director, and juror, flouted the festival's "no flats" rule at this year's event. On her way into the premiere of Spike Lee's BlackkKlansman, Stewart stopped to remove her stilettos; she completed her red carpet walk barefoot.

This isn't new for Stewart, who said in 2017: “People get very upset at you if you don’t wear heels or whatever. I feel like you can’t ask that anymore, but it’s still a given. If you’re not asking guys to wear heels and a dress then you can’t ask me either.”

She has also shown up to Cannes events in unusual style before, including a braided rat tail at this year's juror photocall.




Cannes premiere of ‘Personal Shopper’ in 2016


Cannes Opening Gala Dinner in 2016

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Cannes 2015 - Heels, but no gown

Festival's director Thierry Frémaux did claim in 2015 that there was no mention of heel height in the Cannes dress code (his Twitter has since been deleted):

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"For the red carpet, the rules have not changed: 'Tuxedo, evening wear'. Nothing said about 'heels'."


"Not at all. And the rumor saying the Festival demands high heels for women to walk the red carpet is without basis."

Even if there is no explicit rule about flats in the Cannes dress code, women have been turned away for wearing the Devil's shoe before. In 2015's #Shoegate, a group of middle-aged women claimed they were barred from the premiere of Carol because of their footwear.


Another woman—an amputee who has difficulty balancing in high-heeled shoes—says she was stopped four times when trying to see Sea of Trees. "It is ridiculous. We are all working women who walk up and down the streets of Cannes all day doing business. They cannot force us to wear heels."

This phenomenon was confirmed by Asif Kapadia, director of the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy.

During the controversy, a few other famous women added their two cents in support of equality:

This isn't the first time women have taken issue with red carpet expectations. Julia Roberts went barefoot at Cannes in 2016:

Elizabeth Moss flipped off E!'s "mani-cam" in 2014:


Cate Blanchett called out their "glam cam" the same year:


Emma Thompson took off her heels on the Golden Globes stage, saying Louboutin's signature red bottoms were colored with her blood (Cardi who?):



Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 + Google image search

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