A Look Back at Some of the Riskiest Red Carpet Looks of 2017

While classic pumps and ankle-strap sandals dominate on the red carpet, some celebrities opted for more daring footwear this year — and oftentimes, their risks paid off.

When it comes to red carpet style, Rihanna is a perennial risk-taker. At the Met Gala in May, the Fenty designer sported daring thigh-high sandals that she paired with a couture look. And the singer sported a similar pair of shoes for a later appearance, stepping out in custom bubblegum-pink Manolo Blahnik sandals and a voluminous color-coordinated gown at a premiere for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

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Rihanna stepped out for the “Valerian” premiere wearing a dramatic pink Giambattista Valli gown and Manolo Blahnik lace-up sandals.
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Solange Knowles, also never one to play it safe, opted for an equally daring Met Gala look. The songstress sported a Thom Browne style, wearing crazy shoes that almost resembled ice skates as she sauntered down the red carpet.

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Solange Knowles wearing a Thom Browne dress with booties.
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Alessandra Ambrosio also took a big risk this year sporting legging boots on the red carpet at the MTV VMAs in August.

And more recently, at December’s British Fashion Awards, Selena Gomez made a bold statement in white lace-up boots with detailed stitching. The ensemble served as a departure from the singer’s usual looks — and opting for a boot on the red carpet puts an unexpected twist on any look.

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Selena Gomez wears a long dress and boots on the red carpet at the 2017 British Fashion Awards in London.
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Flats are unexpected on the red carpet, too. When Gigi Hadid appeared at the CFDA Fashion Awards in flat Stuart Weitzman mules, the style marked a departure from her usual red carpet style (Hadid typically sports strappy sandals or pointy-toe pumps).

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