The Cannes Film Festival is synonymous with more than just movies. Walked by world-famous stars, the gala’s red carpet has long been an opportunity for designers to feature the latest trends. But now, the shoe may be on the other foot. Variety reports that of all things, Cannes has placed a ban on women’s flats.

Cannes Film Festival Bans Flats

Black tie is the standard at the industry’s brightest night, yet stiletto-specific guidelines have never been spelled out. And at the premiere of Cate Blanchett’s film Carol, several women were shooed away due to their lack of heel. We say, “What gives?” With men arriving in scuffed-up oxfords (ahem, Ryan Gosling), or with unkempt facial hair, women are raising their eyebrows in turn.

The Festival has denied the claims, though with rumors surfacing daily, it seems that high heels may be an expected formality.

If you’re anything like us, you love options when it comes to style. Whether it’s Christian Dior or Converse, we’re never in favor of denying women a good shoe.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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May 20, 2015

Many of us adventure-seekers dream of hiking a mountain. You know, wake up at dawn, power your way to the top, and then snap obligatory “I-did-it!” photos. But have you ever imagined doing it in heels? Rima Suqi did.


Image via Fathom

Okay, so the Fathom writer didn’t exactly hike up the entire mountain in all her heeled glory. But she did carry the Gunmetal stilettos in her pack during the grueling six-day journey, slipping them on the second she hit the summit. A swipe of Chanel red lipstick, a tourmaline cocktail ring, and a pair of shades completed her look.

As to what inspired this fashion-fueled hike? “I was turning 40 the day after climbing Kilimanjaro, and the timing was no accident. These photos were taken on the last day of my 30s, and I was perfectly happy to bid them goodbye,” said Rima. “But I had to do it in style.”

Thanks, Rima, for taking fashion to literal new heights. Next up, Mars in Louboutins.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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July 28, 2014

In the world of high-fashion footwear, few designers possess the power to consistently set tongues wagging the way Giuseppe Zanotti does with his ultra-sexy stilettos. (Just check out a Shoe Cam or two at this Sunday’s Academy Awards, and you’ll see what I mean.) If, like me, you’ve ever flipped through your favorite fashion glossy and wondered how Zanotti’s sporty and sometimes punk aesthetic would translate to a top, a pair of pants, or a dress, wonder no more. The Italian designer has launched a new clothing capsule collection.

Giuseppe Zanotti Launches Capsule Collection

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The best part? The collection is described as showing a mix of “hip-hop aesthetics, urban influences, and sportswear inspirations,” which might just be a nod to the superstar designer’s DJ past. For his devotees, it means clothes that go from runway to reality with utmost ease.

Read more about Zanotti’s new venture on Vogue Paris.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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February 26, 2014


Stilettos got their name from the Italian word for “dagger” (and if you’ve ever been stepped on by one, you know why). The stiletto made its debut on the Christian Dior runway in 1955, designed by none other than shoe genius Roger Vivier. Marilyn Monroe and other Hollywood starlets helped make the stiletto infamous. Whenever I have to get dressed up, my motto is “the higher the better.” If you’re going to wear them, wear them well. And never let the shoes wear you. Here’s how.

Stand up straight
Posture is so important, especially when wearing stilettos. Follow these simple rules: 1. Hold your chin up. 2. Make sure your shoulders are down and wide (not up by your ears). 3. Suck in your stomach. 4. Tuck your butt in (no arch in your back, it’s all in the muscles). 5. Straighten and elongate your spine. 6. Straighten your legs (but don’t over-straighten so that your legs are concave). Ballet, Pilates, and Yoga classes are amazing for help in this area because they deal with lengthening muscles, finding your center, and developing your core strength – all of which lead to better posture.
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April 23, 2010