So, according to reports, some women have been turned away from a screening of Cate Blanchett’s new movie, ‘Carol’m at the Cannes Film Festival, for having the temerity to turn up wearing flat shoes – and not the kind of flat shoes you might wear to walk the dog, or do the gardening in either: no, we’re talking about the kind of pretty, sparkly flats that wouldn’t be out of place on… well, on the red carpet, actually.
Although festival organisers have strenuously denied allegations that heel height is a factor in deciding who should be allowed entry to events, rumours persist, with some attendees tweeting to confirm that people have, indeed, been turned away because of their footwear: even when the women in question had health issues which would have prevented them safely balancing on heels.
We may never know exactly what happened here, but we feel it needs to be said:
FLAT SHOES ARE NOT A CRIME A FASHION… BUT ATTEMPTING TO FORCE WOMEN TO WEAR HEELS IS MOST DEFINITELY A “CRIME”.
Not everyone is able to wear heels.
Not everyone SHOULD wear heels.
Hell, not everyone WANTS to wear heels – and that’s perfectly OK.
Heels are not the only stylish footwear option out there – far from it. And even of they were, please see our first point above – not everyone can wear them. At the point when dress codes start to require heel wearing, it ceases to be a fashion issue, and becomes something far deeper, and much more sinister. Why on earth, after all, should women feel obligated to wear something they find painful or uncomfortable, in order for their appearance to be deemed socially “acceptable”? They shouldn’t, is the answer: isn’t it sad that that even NEEDS to be said?
Look, we love heels as much as the next women – and actually kinda hate the way some people love to freak out at the sight of them and insist that ALL heels are evil instruments of torture – but trying to insist that people wear them is a whole new level of crazy, and one we can only hope turns out to be just a silly rumour : here’s hoping…