Julia Roberts Explains Why She Went Barefoot On the Cannes Red Carpet

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Julia Roberts goes barefoot on the red carpet. Andreas Rentz/Getty

No shoes? No problem! Julia Roberts proudly left her heels behind at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 red carpet on May 12. The Money Monster actress, who was attending the movie’s premiere, gave the hordes of photographers a huge surprise as she ascended the famed red carpet steps. Though she began the night in peep-toe platform heels, they were nowhere to be seen when she lifted up the hem of her pleated, off-the-shoulder Armani Prive dress to make the climb.

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Julia wiggles her toes alongside George Clooney. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Roberts’ reasoning was pretty simple. “A lot was happening from my ankles up,” she explained to Australia’s Sunrise channel. “Let’s not forget all that. A lot of time and effort went into ankles up. I just want to say for the record … I looked nice last night!”

Roberts’ stroll sans stilettos could be interpreted as a rebellious act against the festival organizers. At last year’s Carol premiere, they wouldn’t allow a group of women in their fifties to attend the screening as the ladies were in flats. The festival confirmed that high-heels are mandatory to attend screenings. 

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