In 2015, a group of women are reportedly being turned away from Carol At Cannes, because they were wearing flats, the incident thrust the festival’s somewhat dated dress code into the spotlight. Festival director Thierry Fremaux insisted at the time that women on the red carpet did not have to wear high heels, but this was widely seen as an unspoken rule (and sexism) at the event.
In 2018, Julia Roberts steps barefoot on the Croisette, while Conversations with Friends Actor Sasha Lane followed suit during a photocall that same year. “The rug is for our movie and I’m wearing a really elegant gown and there’s a lot of stairs and I’m walking up and down all day… so I will barefoot,” Lane explained in an interview two years later. “Why is anyone objecting? I’m still here, dressed appropriately.”