Soaring stilettos sure do look nice in front of the camera, but after the step-and-repeat has wrapped, some actresses simply can’t bare the burden on their aching feet.
Throughout 2016, there were some notable moments when Hollywood stars kicked off their heels in the name of comfort — paying no mind to hygienic concerns or committing fashion faux pas at high-profile events.
Laughing in the face of tradition, Julia Roberts made her Cannes Film Festival debut a memorable one in May when she removed her heels while ascending the staircase at Palais des Festivals for the screening of her movie “Money Monster” — the first time that one of her films has been featured at the France festival. A handler helped the giggling A-lister back in the shoes after she made her way to the top.
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Cannes Film Festival policy mandates that females wear heels on the red carpet — a rule that caused much agony for Kristen Stewart, who was also at the 69th annual program.
The “Café Society” star tossed off her Louboutin pumps at the festival’s kickoff party and strutted barefoot across a lawn after posing for photos on the red carpet.
A weekend spent promoting “20th Century Women” in heels proved to be too much to handle for Elle Fanning, who in October stunned onlookers when she made her way barefoot through Los Angeles International Airport. She braved other worrying areas such as the escalator and the streetside car-arrivals section when she exited the second busiest airport in the country.
“Feet too swollen and blistered to cram in my heels,” she explained on Instagram. “No backup shoes in my carry on. #freethefoot.”
Sometimes it’s just a few moments in heels that can take its toll — just look to “Orphan Black” actress Tatiana Maslany. The starlet was in such a hurry to relieve her feet that while waiting for her car to arrive, she removed her Versace pumps and stood barefoot after the BAFTA Tea Party in September at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif.
And she was in good company with “The Hunger Games” actress Isabelle Fuhrman, who removed her nude pumps at the same event in the same area.
Courtney Love arrived for a private Oscars party in February with glittery heels in her hand while stepping her bare feet over rocks and twigs on a driveway at a Los Angeles residence.
Similarly, actress Malin Akerman strutted barefoot through Chateau Marmont’s driveway in West Hollywood, Calif., with a pair of nude sandals in her hand after a night out celebrating the Golden Globe Awards.
Health experts have warned that going barefoot on a variety of public surfaces — among them airports, sidewalks and streets — can put someone at risk for attracting fungus, a virus, staph or E. coli.
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