High Heel Gate: Women in Cannes Forced to Ruin Their Feet!

Rooney Mara (far left) leaning on her Carol co-stars for supportIf you’re anything like the women in my life, you love to look at movie stars in fashion magazines and admire their glamorous gowns and daring high heels. But if you’re anything like this Houston podiatrist, you’d be shocked to learn about the terrible dress code that was reportedly being enforced at the Cannes film festival: only women in high heels were allowed to walk their breezy red carpets!

According to an article from the Hollywood Reporter, numerous women were turned away from film screenings because their footwear wasn’t spiky enough—apparently, even a platform sandal was not an acceptable stiletto substitute for the shoe police at the event.

The situation got so bad that actress Emily Blunt made the following comment: “Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels anyway, that’s my point of view. You kind of think that there’s these new waves of equality and waves of people realizing that women are just as fascinating and interesting to watch, and bankable.”

Well, Ms. Blunt, I have to say—I could not agree with you more. Not only do high heels leave women off balance and in danger of spraining or breaking their feet and ankles (as illustrated by Rooney Mara’s fall at the Cannes screening of Carol), but they also cause long-term damage, leaving women more susceptible to problems like bunions and/or hammertoes.

I honestly don’t think women should ever wear stilettos for extended periods of time, but if they do so, it should be because it’s their own choice—no one should force you to hurt your feet. Get with the program, Cannes—flats are in, and they should be an option on your red carpets, as well!
Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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