Kristen Stewart had heads turning as she walked the red carpet at the Cannes film festival Monday night for the premiere of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansmen. But it wasn't her stunning silver Chanel dress that had people doing a double-take—it was the interesting decision to remove her Louboutins and walk the rest of the carpet barefoot.
Stewart is no stranger to the scene at Cannes. At last year's film festival, her 2017 film Personal Shopper was met with mixed emotions, to say the least, but this year, she returned as a jury member, judging alongside Ava DuVernay, Denis Villeneuve, Cate Blanchett, and others, reports Variety.
Upon arrival, Stewart took some time to sign autographs and meet with fans outside the French festival. It wasn't until she made her way onto the red carpet that she decided to ditch the Loubs and walk up the stairs comfortably. Whether Stewart's act was an intentional display of protest against Cannes' strict high-heel policy is yet to be determined.
Back in 2015, Cannes received criticism after what was dubbed "Heelgate." A female producer who wore flat shoes in lieu of heels because of a foot injury was barred from entering the festival by a guard, citing the strict black-tie dress code.
In the years since, Cannes has been a bit more lax with its enforcement of such restrictive policies, but this latest demonstration could have been Stewart's subtle way of taking a stand against the outdated rule. If not, it's very likely that everyone is reading way too far into things, and that the Twilight actress just didn't feel like teetering up soggy stairs in stilettos.