18 Pairs of Oscars Shoes, Examined

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Ever wonder what shoes say about their wearer? At Sunday's Oscars, Anne Hathaway's black stilettos screamed, "I'm edgy!" while Anna Kendrick's knotted peep-toe heels said, "I like to flirt." Here's what other personality traits were learned by way of foot candy.

You know what they say: If the shoe fits, wear it. And on Sunday, Hollywood's biggest stars most certainly did that as they stepped onto the red carpet for the 86th annual Oscars -- complete with trusty friends Choo, Blahnik and Calvin in tow. Turns out you can tell a lot about someone by their shoes. Here, we examine what each pair of 18 carpet walkers' foot candy really means. 

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Anne Hathaway donned a pair of severe cross-strap Charlotte Olympia stiletto platforms (with black lacquer toenails!), showing the world her newfound edge. No longer the sweet ingenue, Hathaway was telling the world through her shoes that she's grown up, making her own choices and taking charge.

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Spotted: Calvin Klein Collection simple one-strap black satin stiletto sandals. Watts’ shoes are indicative of the new "naked" sandal we'll be seeing more of this spring and summer. Her shoes were saying, "Even though I am all serious glamour above the ankle, I am really an incredibly chic, relaxed Australian beach babe at heart."

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KAREN O (on the red carpet)

Karen O was clearly expressing her amazing individuality once again with her truly original Sophia Webster pointed-toe black suede, studded, ankle-cuffed heels. Her stilettos spoke volumes about her forward thinking -- a true modernist.

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KAREN O (on stage)

The singer playfully tossed her Christian Louboutin stilettos aside on stage while singing her Oscar-nominated song, "The Moon Song," going barefoot for her performance -- and of course we know, the barefoot girl is a true individualist -- beholden to no rules except her own.

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Olivia Wilde told us a little about her practical side through her shoes on Sunday night. While her Jimmy Choo stilettos were quite high, she went with a solid ankle strap in order to give her the full support she needed on this important night. (Shown in black, but she did them in white.)

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Sarah Paulson tweeted a shoe message on her way to the ceremony, planning on her pain quotient before she even arrived. With a snap of her gold glitter metallic Christian Louboutin single sole peep-toe stilettos in hand, she was asserting her true inner stiletto warrior. It said: "Yes, I can stand nine hours in these -- so step back!"

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Johnny Weir telegraphed his originality once again with a pair of Louis Leeman loafers, heavily blinged out with layers of custom sparkly jewels piled on by both him and his stylist, Nicole Allowitz. The loafers shouted: "Hello. I am an original, more is more, and by the way, I'm here to stay!"

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Giuliana Rancic, host of E!'s Live From The Red Carpet, was channeling her inner princess from top to bottom with her nude satin bejeweled web-strap Sergio Rossi stilettos. If her shoes were speaking for her, I think we'd hear something fun from this characteristically sunny and positive TV personality: "I believe in fairy tales, and I believe in daily miracles."

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Was Kerry Washington trying to subtly tell us the sex of her baby with her powder blue embellished pointy-toe stilettos flashing beneath her purple custom Jason Wu gown? Were you, Kerry? 

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Ryan Seacrest, host of E!'s Live From The Red Carpet, continues to establish his dominance with a pair of extremely exclusive Max Verre evening derby wingtips with grosgrain ribbons in place of shoelaces. His footwear said: "I like a touch of elegance as I take over the world of media."

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We got some exclusive inside scoop from Leslie Fremar, Theron's stylist and Ask.com style expert: "Right before she left, we switched shoes because the initial selection was not comfortable. We had to pick a new shoe with the same heel height so it wouldn't mess up the hem of the dress. Last minute we chose a beautiful pair of black velvet Christian Louboutins." The Louboutin "LeonorFini" style established once again Charlize's commitment to fierce fashion. It said: "I'm both architectural and forward-thinking tonight, but have a practical streak inside me. This ankle strap guarantees I can go until dawn in 120 millimeters."

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This Jimmy Choo peep-toe pump – coined the “Vibe” --  is a celebrity fave, and it's easy to see why. Kate Hudson showed us her penchant for coordinating shoes and dress by dying hers to match her space age goddess gown. It said: "I may be an A-lister and a fashion icon, but I still like to match." And Penelope Cruz showed that even though her dress was all flowy up top, she was solidly down to business in a serious stiletto peep-toe, with a vibe best described as, "Don't let my uber-feminine winking peep-toe fool you -- I'm as solid as they come"

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Neil Rodgers, Anna Kendrick's stylist, confirmed these Christian Louboutin stilettos as soon as she arrived on the red carpet. We all know the peep-toe is like a wink in the shoe, and Kendrick's are extra saucy because of the knotted bow on the toe. Her shoes said: "What can I say? I like to flirt."

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We spoke to Aimee Croysdill, Sally Hawkins' stylist, who has been putting her in some really lovely sartorial choices this awards season: "Sally's shoes are a beautiful blush matte satin. They go so perfectly with the dress without distracting." We'd say so. These Jimmy Choo D'orsay slingback pumps shout classic English rose.

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Laura Dern looked like a goddess in this double-ankle-strap stiletto metallic sandal with a single sole designed by Jimmy Choo. These heels are a take on Grecian glamour with a bit of the naked trend. They said: "I’m not afraid to summon my inner power – whether it be for acting, charitable causes or just walking the red carpet."

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Anna Kendrick was one of the first on the carpet and dished that she had just spoken to her fellow presenter, Gabourey Sidibe, who was planning to wear flats, which she most certainly did -- gold metallic pointy-toe flats that gave just a little glitz beneath her royal purple gown as she strode to the podium. They said: "I may be practical, but I like to give a little flash."

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His Givenchy shoes did all the talking: "If I'm here, I'm gonna bring it!" His unique monkstrap loafers with chrome cover detailing were a standout men's style on the carpet.

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Seen at the Vanity Fair Oscars party: Metallic round-toe peep-toe cross-strap hybrid stilettos from Jimmy Choo. Mindy Kaling couldn't make up her mind -- conservative round toe or sexy, strappy stiletto -- which is fine, since this shoe embraces both. Could this mean some inner conflict between her inner nice girl and her inner sex goddess, perhaps?