Being turned away once for failing to comply with the "formal" dress code because you've part of your foot missing is one thing. But to be turned away FOUR TIMES is mind boggling.
Film producer Valerie Richter - who has had her big toe, as well as part of her remaining left foot amputated - was repeatedly denied access to the Cannes the red carpet by "festival officials" who "waved their fingers at her flat shoes."
In an interview with BBC5Live she said she was told "'No, no, this won’t work, you can’t get in like this.' They pointed their finger at my shoe and then were waving their fingers at me. It was quite obvious it was my shoes that was an issue. Obviously, I could wave my foot at them and that would make the situation a little less awkward for them, because I had a visible explanation [for not wearing heels].”
While the producer was finally granted access, many of her female counterparts who chose to wear flats of their own accord weren't allowed in at all.
Emily Blunt has weighed into the debate, saying: "everyone should wear flats to be honest. We shouldn’t be wearing high heels anyway. That’s my point of view. I just prefer wearing Converse sneakers."
Despite this, Converse weren't really a goer for her Stella McCartney dress she wore to the premiere Sicario on Tuesday night.
Cannes director Thierry Fremaux posted the below on twitter, which loosely translates as "For the stairs, the regulations have not changed: ‘No smoking, no formal wear’. There is no mention of heels."
@marcmissonnier Pas du tout. Et la rumeur selon laquelle le Festival exige des talons hauts pour les femmes sur les marches est infondée.
— THIERRY FREMAUX (@THIERRYFREMAUX) May 19, 2015