Though the glamorous gowns that waltz down the red carpet at the Oscars are sure to get most of the attention, we are eager to cast our eye downward on the fancy footwear that our A-list leading ladies will be wearing. Considering that the heels they sport are ones that they have to stand in and potentially dance in later, the style of shoe is pretty important to say the least. So we asked four of Hollywood's leading stylists what we might see on the red carpet come Sunday.
“You’re always going to get platforms for the big awards shows because it elongates the frame so much and gives [actresses] extra height,” says stylist Tara Swennen, who works with Kristen Stewart and Emily Ratajkowski. "Plus they are the most comfortable."
Stylist Penny Lovell (who dresses Keira Knightley, Emma Watson, and Rose Byrne) echoes that sentiment: “I think that most women feel good when they feel tall, but at the same time, it’s important to feel comfortable. [These celebrities] have a job to do on the red carpet; they have to be able to be comfortable and get it done. There’s no point if it looks great and you can’t walk—it’s miserable."
Kemal Harris, who styles Robin Wright, prefers Brian Atwood's platforms with the ankle strap for awards show nights: "I just had to put myself through what I put my girls though for the Costume Designers Guild Awards, the Brian Atwoods by far are the most wearable."
Still, stylist Erin Walsh, who is responsible for Kerry Washington and Sarah Jessica Parker’s looks, isn’t totally giving up hope that the single-sole shoe will reign supreme at the Academy Awards. "There is no question, single-sole heels are chicer," she says. "They are so elegant, but there has to be a compromise with the stylist and the client on if the actress can stand them—that's when the platform wins out."
The takeaway: Expect to see a bevy of platforms.