Julia Roberts Has No Time for Heels on the Cannes Carpet

Julia Roberts Barefoot Cannes - H 2016
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Julia Roberts Barefoot Cannes - H 2016

That's one way to make a debut on the Palais steps.

Julia Roberts is no stranger to major red carpets, but the Cannes Film Festival's step-and-repeat was one she had yet to conquer. That is, until Thursday, when she (finally!) made her debut at the grand Palais steps for the premiere of her latest film, Money Monster.

The actress, styled by Elizabeth Stewart, went for Old Hollywood glamour in a black Giorgio Armani Prive gown (reminiscent of the red dress she wore in Pretty Woman) and an emerald and diamond necklace by Chopard. Though she walked the carpet in a pair of peep-toe platforms, the actress took off her shoes at one point and walked completely barefoot on the steps.

That's one way to rebel against the festival's strict dress code after last year's Flatgate debacle, in which women were being turned away from the fest because they wore flat footwear including ankle boots and platform sandals.

"Everyone should wear flats, to be honest. We shouldn’t wear high heels anyway, that’s my point of view," Emily Blunt said during a press conference for Sicario. "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.”

Perhaps the secret to escaping the carpet's security is wearing your stilettos first and then taking them off once you're in, as demonstrated by first-time festgoer Roberts.

BAREFOOT BABE: Julia Roberts on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet on May 12, 2016. (Photo: Getty Images)