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Barefoot Awards: Stars Who Kick Off Their Heels on the Stage

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From left: Julia Roberts, Lena Dunham, and Taylor Swift
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Awards season is all about putting your best foot forward, which, for famous feet, means heels. Though the towering shoes usually spend the night cloaked in darkness under a floor-length dress, even the most punk rock entertainers rarely opt out of wearing them. Luckily, the red carpet is flat and provides traction, so it’s easy to glide by without grimacing, but you only need to recall Jennifer Lawrences trip on her way to accept her Oscar last year, or Lena Dunham’s painfully long teeter up to accept her two Golden Globes to ask: Why does our beauty standard keep talented, poised women from walking? On Tuesday, Emma Thompson asked just that when she received an award at the National Board of Review gala and left her shoes at her seat:  

I’ve taken my heels off as a feminist statement really, because why do we wear them? They’re so painful. And pointless, really. You know, I really would like to urge everyone to stop it. Just stop it. Don’t wear them anymore. You just can’t walk in them, and I’m so comfortable now.

There is something cool about standing tall for the camera, and then padding to the microphone to make a speech, comfortably and stably, without artifice. Thompson isn’t the only actor to go all-or-nothing with onstage footwear, and do it charmingly. Just the night before, Dunham—confidently entering her second award season circuit—introduced the third season of HBO’s Girls at the Jazz at Lincoln Center theater sans shoes, and last year, she kicked off her gold Brian Atwood platforms at the Glamour Women of the Year ceremony. After the screening, Girls actress Zosia Mamet socialized barefoot in her black Saint Laurent dress. In October at the Hollywood Film Awards, Julia Roberts went shoeless when she accepted the Supporting Actress Award for August: Osage County, and last spring at the MTV Movie Awards, Aubrey Plaza hopped onstage to prank Will Ferrell, leaving her shoes at her seat. Perhaps Sunday’s Golden Globes will foretell a new red-carpet fashion movement (also, note to stylists, flats for evening is the new way to look modern). Let the women who move us move.

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