Spotted: Julia Roberts’ bare feet at the Cannes Film Festival 2016—and on the red carpet no less. The actress attended the prestigious festival for the first time in her career to celebrate the premiere of Money Monster, and was sure to make a lasting impression. Roberts—who stars alongside George Clooney in the film directed by Jodie Foster—broke black-tie sartorial rules to send a powerful message in regards to women’s equality. How? By walking one of the most prestigious red carpet events in the world barefoot. The Academy Award winning actress arrived wearing a floor-grazing, off-the-shoulder Armani Privé gown styled with black peep-toe pumps, before kicking them off midway through the event to make her way up the grand staircase.
Roberts—one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses—made the bold move a year after the film festival came under scrutiny for enforcing a high heel dress code for women. The controversial rule made headlines after a number of women were denied the opportunity to walk the red carpet due to their flat footwear. However, the actress wasn’t alone in challenging the uptight policy at this year’s high-profile cinematic event. Susan Sarandon stepped out for the festival’s opening night ceremony (and premiere of Woody Allen’s Café Society) wearing a black Saint Laurent suit and pointed flats.