Women Barred from Cannes Festival for Wearing Flats

May 19, 2015 at 2:04 pm |


Karli Kloss Cannes Film Festival

Karlie Kloss attends the opening ceremony and premiere of “La Tete Haute” (“Standing Tall”) during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

If someone told me I needed to strap on a pair of deadly, yet fashionable, stilts in order to attend a film screening, I’d probably kick my comfy flats at that person in the place where the sun don’t shine.

Attendees at the Cannes Film Festival, the world’s most prestigious film festival held in France, are complaining about the events’ lack of acceptance of all types of fashion – mainly women’s shoes.

Allegedly, two women were permanently banned for their flagrant footwear, and slew of other guests, some of whom were older women with medical conditions, were also begrudgingly let into the event after being stopped by event organizers.

Asif Kapadia, director of the new Amy Winehouse documentary commented on Twitter that his wife had been barred from entry from the festival, though eventually let in. 

Oddly enough the event’s guidelines specify formal wear, but mention nothing about the death-defying shoes. The festival’s spokesman commented on the upset: “Rules have not changed throughout the years (tuxedo, formal dress for gala screenings) and there is no specific mention about the height of the women’s heels as well as for men’s.”

Apparently some of the male attendees like Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin even offered to show up to some of the festival events wearing their own pairs of heels in protest – now that’s a red carpet I’d like to see!

The whole community is up in arms over what’s now being called #heelgate, so hopefully Cannes can get it’s guidelines together before Brad Pitt’s forced to don a pair of Louboutins.

I’d like to see every guy hosting that event strap on a pair of stilettos! What would you say if they tried to stop you at #heelgate?