Cannes flat shoe ban met with outrage

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By Chloe Crockford

Cannes Film Festival has welcomed an influx of outraged women this week, following allegations women wearing flat shoes were dismissed from the event.

Cannes Film Festival returned for another year, putting in place a strict dress code for guests to follow. Both disappointed guests and the public took to twitter to voice their disgust and anger of the ‘out-dated’ rules put in place.

Male guests even took it upon themselves to insist they would wear heels, whilst celebrities including Lara Stone rebelled against the rules, pictured in flats, making a bold statement to organisers.

Meanwhile, film producer Valeria Richter fell victim to the Cannes strict dress code. Valeria Richter wearing flats, who has part of her left foot amputated was stopped four times whilst trying to make her way into the festival. Organisers stopped Valeria, pointing and waving at her shoes despite her disability. After arguing with organisers, Valeria was eventually let in but her colleagues wearing flat were still dismissed from the event.

Ironically, Cannes Film Festival was debuting Cate Blanchett’s latest film involving a love story between a younger and an older woman. A strong, bold film, showcasing a message of acceptance and empowering women fighting against social norms created by outdated views. Although men are instructed to dress in black tie, women are still confined to strict guidelines on what to wear despite age or disability.

Despite the controversy, Cannes Film Festival have since stated that Regarding the dress code for the red carpet screenings, 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.’

British actress Emily Blunt has also added to the outrage stating how she believes ‘Everyone should wear flats to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels.’


Emily Blunt


It is often associated within the film industry about the lack of equality for men and women and judging by social media, us women are fighting to be heard to stop equality for good.

Most of us women enjoy the chance to be able to dress up for a formal event, but long gone are the days where we should be refined and have it dictated to us what we can and can’t wear. Whether that is by age, disability or just by pure choice, if women do not want to wear heels then they shouldn’t be forced to.



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