Airports and most public spaces are hotbeds of germs, but Elle Fanning’s aching feet needed room to breathe after her latest trip.
The actress paid no mind to onlookers as she toted her luggage while walking barefoot through Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday after promoting her film “20th Century Women” in New York City.
Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, she cleared up the curious lack of footwear for her fans.
“Strolling LAX barefoot,” she captioned a photo of herself in action at LAX. “Feet too swollen and blistered to cram in my heels. No backup shoes in my carry on. #freethefoot.”
Fanning donned a pair of gold pointed-toe mesh heels for the film’s New York Film Festival premiere on Saturday, and on Sunday, she hit the red carpet at the Hamptons International Film Festival in a pair of silver sandals that had a high stiletto heel.
But it seems that she didn’t pack a pair of flat shoes, sneakers, sandals or socks for the return trip through the second-busiest airport in the United States. Indeed, she braved other worrying areas such as the escalator and the streetside car arrivals section when she exited LAX.
Health experts have warned that going barefoot on a variety of public surfaces, including airports, can put someone at risk for attracting fungus, a virus, staph or E. coli.