Kristen Stewart climbs Cannes red carpet stairs barefoot

Cannes competition jury member Kristen Stewart started out walking the red carpet Monday night before the premiere of Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” in sky-high Louboutin spike heels, but removed them before climbing the stairs, which she ascended barefoot.

It wasn’t clear if her act was a demonstration against Cannes’ notorious policy of requiring women to wear high heels on the red carpet or whether she wanted to feel more secure on the somewhat soggy red carpet.

The festival has seen mostly clear skies, but Monday rain fell off and on throughout the day and red carpet photographers juggled cameras and umbrellas at Lee’s well-received premiere.

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member Kristen Stewart attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Kristen Stewart walks with bare feet at the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Kristen Stewart walks with bare feet at the screening of 'BlacKkKlansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member US actress Kristen Stewart arrives for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 14, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member US actress Kristen Stewart arrives for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 14, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member US actress Kristen Stewart arrives for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 14, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member US actress Kristen Stewart arrives for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 14, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member US actress Kristen Stewart arrives for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 14, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member US actress Kristen Stewart arrives for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 14, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
US actress and member of the Feature Film Jury Kristen Stewart removes her shoes on the red carpet as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member Kristen Stewart attends the screening of 'BlacKkKlansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
US actress and member of the Feature Film Jury Kristen Stewart removes her shoes prior to climbing the stairs as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Loic VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member Kristen Stewart attends the screening of 'BlacKkKlansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
US actress and member of the Feature Film Jury Kristen Stewart poses as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Loic VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress and member of the Feature Film Jury Kristen Stewart walks barefoot on the red carpet after she removed her shoes as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Antonin THUILLIER / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member Kristen Stewart attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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Since Heelgate in 2015, in which a producer with a foot injury said a Palais guard wouldn’t let her in to a screening because of insufficiently formal footwear, the festival has taken pains to point out that there is no requirement to wear high heels. The festival retains its black-tie dress code, which is open to interpretation but for the past few years has not been enforced as strictly as in the past.

The actress, who appeared in last year’s Cannes competition film “Personal Shopper,” wore a sparkly silver mini-dress to Monday’s film, which she will be judging alongside jury members Ava DuVernay, Denis Villeneuve, jury president Cate Blanchett, Chang Chen, Robert Guediguian, Khadja Nin, Lea Seydoux and Andrey Zvyagintsev.

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Naomi Campbell attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Naomi Campbell attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
US model Bella Hadid poses as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
US model Bella Hadid poses as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Loic VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Bella Hadid attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Canadian model Winnie Harlow poses as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury member Kristen Stewart attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jury president Cate Blanchett attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Australian actress and President of the Jury Cate Blanchett poses as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Actress Jane Fonda attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Alessandra Ambrosio and Petra Nemcova attend the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Alessandra Ambrosio attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jane Fonda (wearing the Double Pave Hook Ring by Sophie Ratner) is seen during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France.

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Russian model Natasha Poly arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian model Natasha Poly poses as she arrives on May 14, 2018 for the screening of the film 'BlacKkKlansman' at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Nicole Scherzinger attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: (L-R) Corey Hawkins, Director Spike Lee wearing knuckle rings with love and hate on them, and actor Adam Driver attend the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Director Spike Lee, who wears knuckle rings with love and hate on them attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
NICE, FRANCE - MAY 14: Actor Donald Glover is seen during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Nice Airport on May 14, 2018 in Nice, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Michelle Rodriguez attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Chris Tucker attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Meryem Uzerli attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Gala Gonzalez attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Isabel dos Santos attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Robert Guediguian and Khadja Nin attend the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Alina Baikova attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Diala Makki Media personality attends the Chopard Trophy during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Martinez Hotel on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Ly Nha Ky attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Sonam Kapoor attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - MAY 14: Actress Thandie Newton is seen during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Nice Airport on May 14, 2018 in Nice, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Judit Masco attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Chang Chen and Ava Du Vernay attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
NICE, FRANCE - MAY 14: Actress Emilia Clarke is seen during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Nice Airport on May 14, 2018 in Nice, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Actors Matt Dillon, Siobhan Fallon Hogan and director Lars von Trier attend 'The House That Jack Built' Photocall during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Anja Rubik attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Doutzen Kroes is seen during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Iconic/GC Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Camelia Jordana attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Jordan Barrett attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Sonia Ben Ammar attends the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: (L-R) Actor Corey Hawkins, director Spike Lee wearing knuckle rings with love and hate on them, actors Adam Driver, Jasper Paakkonen, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace; John David Washington and Damaris Lewis attend the screening of 'Blackkklansman' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)
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