Julia Roberts ascended the famed red-carpet steps to the Cannes Film Festival barefoot, a year after several women were famously turned away from the festival's premieres for not wearing high heels.

Julia Roberts at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. Photo / Getty Images
Julia Roberts at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. Photo / Getty Images

At the premiere of Jodie Foster's

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on Thursday, Roberts went shoeless to climb the steps that conclude Cannes' iconic carpet.

She slipped out of her heels, bundled up her flowing black gown and bounded barefoot up the stairs.

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Protocol on Cannes' red carpet is extremely rigid.

Last year, several attendees were denied entry for wearing flat shoes and a media storm erupted.

The festival said it was a mistake by its guards and that no such dress policy for heel height exists.

The French magazine L'Express applauded Roberts' barefoot gambit as a "veritable act of militant feminism."

- AAP