Hollywood star Julia Roberts made jaws drop when she walked the red carpet at Cannes this year. It wasn’t just her off-shoulder Armani Privé gown, but her rebellious barefoot stint under her floor-grazing ensemble. She proudly defied the red carpet rule, where it is mandatory for women to wear heels.
At Golden Globes two years back, Emma Thompson ditched her Christian Louboutin red-soled heels and made her point saying, “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.”
Nicola Thorp recently launched a petition against the tradition of compelling women in the UK to wear high heels at work, after she was told that she must wear two to four inches of heels to work when she turned up in flat shoes. It has pulled in more than 100,000 signatures. “They (consultancy firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers) explained that flat shoes are not part of their dress code for women. The supervisor told me that I would be sent home without pay unless I went to the shop and bought a pair of two to four-inch heels. I refused and was sent home, without pay. When I pointed out that my male colleague was allowed to work in flat shoes, and that I felt that I was being discriminated against, I was laughed at. She said ‘men aren’t used to wearing heels’ - well I’m afraid I’m not, either. I must have missed that class at school,” Thorp, also an actor, was quoted as saying.
Taking the spirit forward, Delhi celebrities took the no-heel challenge and tip-toed in stylish flats to break out of the heel clutter. You don’t need a six-incher to enhance your confidence; you can look as glamorous and stylish in flats (shoes with 2-4 cm heels are best for your feet) and that’s what these celebs proved and how! Let’s cheer for their spirit.
Mandira Bedi, actor
She ditched her heels and went for white loafers when she went to judge a competition. “I had a pretty long working day. Thanks to my flats, my feet felt great and I wasn’t tired at all at the end of the day. I ditch heels a lot of time. I have two pairs of flats, which are my favourite. First is the one I am wearing (in the picture). It’s casual and goes well with dresses. And the other is a pair of sliver slip-on flats. I enjoy wearing flats. And the experience is all about comfort and longer staying power through your day,” she says.
Nikhita Tandon, fashion designer
For high-tea with her friends, Nikhita went for blingy shoes. “Heels are passé. They aren’t cool anymore. Closed shoes are in. Comfort counts more than anything else. Flats are in fashion and comfy, so what else do you need. Sequin flats are really in. Dress up really simple in summers. Don’t do anything OTT with your outfit or jewellery. Put on glitter flats and they will make you look stylish instantly. Flats can work for red carpets, too. I can totally wear a short dress with flats. They work perfectly when your legs are exposed. Even for clubbing nights, wear flats so that you can dance and enjoy all night long. Closed shoes with little canvas heels inside work the best. Quirky and blingy flats are totally in,” she says.
Bahaar Dhawan Rohatgi, artist
The artist spent the entire day in flats and totally killed it. “This day was no different from any other working day, apart from me slaying it in my comfortable metallic flats. From painting, attending meetings, delivering artworks in the wicked Delhi heat, my flats saw it all and did it all. I finally caught up with my sister and friends to cool off for the day and grab a drink late evening, without bothering to change my footwear. My flats are comfortable that transitions perfectly from work to play, a complete no fuss, no muss footwear. Whether it’s a torrential downpour or four flights of stairs, I was born ready with whatever the day may throw my way, especially with the armour in my feet! Much deserved rest for the heels and my feet until another wedding kicks in. I like my flats to have a bit of character — metallic finish or shiny blingy work best for me,” she says.
Amanpreet Wahi, model
For a brunch outing with her friends, Amanpreet slipped in a stylish pair of ballerinas. “Being a model, you are always in your heels. No matter how stylish you look, your feet suffers. While strutting down the ramp, I’ve slipped many times in my heels. There was this one time my heel completely broke and I got badly hurt, but somehow I managed to complete the show. It’s a good idea to give your heels a break. My current favourite pair of flats are the ones I’m wearing in the picture. They are super comfortable and super chic,” she says.
Musskan Agarwaal, jewellery designer
Green bellies were her pick for the day when she decided to catch up with her friends. “For me, it’s definitely a season of no heels. Heels are not very cool in summers. I am going for colourful ballerinas and strappy flats that bring out fun and glamour in you,” she says.
Mallika Jain, founder, Fashion Capsule (a luxury lifestyle exhibition)
She strutted in a stylish pair of flats when she went out for coffee and shopping. “I have always been a heels person. I feel if you want to look dressed up, heels are the way. But this summer has been exception. It’s more about comfort and casual dressing and that’s the reason I am opting for ballerinas and flat slippers. I am enjoying the no-heels experience because of the comfort and ease flat footwear gives, at the same time adding fun to your casual look,” she says.