Kristen Stewart Makes The Smartest Red Carpet Move At Cannes By Ditching Her Heels For Sneakers


Earlier this week, we gushed over Kristen Stewart‘s awesome, sequined jumpsuit at the Cannes premiere of Clouds of Sils Maria, which she had originally paired with with nude pumps that looked lovely, but uncomfortable. Instead of spending the whole night hobbling around unhappily, Stewart changed into a pair of sparkly white Chanel spring 2014 couture sneakers. She opted for a bit of comfort once the hoards of cameras were off, and I love her for it.


Look, the shoes are pretty heinous. That’s not Stewart’s fault–you can blame that on the Chanel team making Coco Chanel have panic attacks in her grave. I really don’t understand why Chanel thought they’d try to get in on the whole normcore thing–it seems completely ill advised and tone deaf. But that’s not the point. I don’t care that these shoes are ugly. Stewart looks awesome wearing them.

It’s a touch of honesty in an industry that would airbrush our eyeball to make us see things differently if it could. The first thing I always wonder about red carpets are whether or not somebody who isn’t Jennifer Lawrence will trip and fall, because the mix of high heels, long dresses, and walking on a carpet seems like a recipe for disaster. The amount of time that stars are expected to stand there in impossibly high heels has always been the thing stopping me from becoming a famous person invited to red carpet events (also, I don’t look like a model and I am not talented), and I always feel so sorry for their poor little ankles.

Seeing an actress be like “screw it, I’m putting on ugly sneakers because heels suck” is fantastic. And it’s why I love Stewart in the first place–she’s not here to placate you. She won’t smile because we all yell it at her, or pretend to be super charming when she’s an introvert. She’s not going to pretend to like her heels just because she’s supposed to, even though we all know how much they suck, and she looks amazing. I think I’m in love.

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    • Alana Vincenza

      The sneakers are terrible, but I like that she doesn’t care at all. I want to wear comfy shoes all the time and I can’t, so good for KStew.

    • Samantha Escobar

      I have such awful blisters from wearing high heels; I should probably just give up and go normcore and do this. But while wearing designer stuff. #goodplan

    • Elizabeth Licata

      I need to make DNGAF sneakers a thing. It would be so comfortable. But I do GAF. I really do. x_x

    • Heather C

      I wish she wore the sneakers the entire time. She could totally get away with wearing them on a red carpet because they’re SPARKLY.

    • alessandra

      she has a tattoo of the lamp from guernica by picasso? I am automatically even more in love with her!!

    • mb

      She is just so natural and great.

    • diana

      Kristen wore the Chanel only at the after dinner party after being in heels during the red carpet arrival and after the screening for more photos on the red carpet. I think she looked amazing and pulled off both looks better than any runway model could ever have. Just love this young woman.

    • abbeysbooks

      Kristen Stewart is Divergent. Shai Woodley is happily normal.

    • Lin

      I love the love i felt in this article :D

    • MCR

      I like the sneakers, and it’s a typical move by Stewart, but I wish she’d worn the sneakers from the beginning, rather than doing the requisite initial stilt-walk for the cameras before changing to real shoes.

      I’m waiting for some woman with sway in the area of fashion to simply and openly refuse to wear high heels, ever. Maybe she’ll start a trend, and it’s about time. These ridiculous things cause injury, impede walking, and essentially cause a woman to hobble herself voluntarily. I can’t understand why they haven’t gone the way of whalebone corsets by now. Kristen Stewart seems like the ideal person to lead the way, but so far she’s accepted high heels for public appearances, at least initially. Take it all the way, Kristen! Do it for all women!