Despite popular opinion, one could argue that the shoes on the Met Ball red carpet are just as pivotal to each ensemble as the dress, clutch, or makeup. A beautiful pair of heels can provide improved posture and an elongated gait to the wearer. However, finding the right pair of heels is a difficult endeavor. The wrong heel height or style can lead to the downfall of entire ensemble — both figuratively, and, as often in Jennifer Lawrence's case, quite literally. And the Met Gala itself is an uphill battle; unlike the Oscars or the Emmys red carpet, the Met Ball entrance is a series of graduated steps, all the better for posing and, if you happen to be clumsy, tripping.
However, the majority of the fashion icons and Hollywood starlets hitting the Met Ball red carpet are coordinated enough to handle a pair of four-inch heels. If you're more intrigued by the beautiful footwear at the Met Ball than the gowns and pantsuits, read on for the heels that won the evening. As would be expected for an event created to honor great feats of design, the heels on display were minimalist but major.
1. Keri Russell
Keri Russell took a Black Swan approach to Met Ball, dressing in a feathered frock and wearing a deep smokey eye and beautifully daring black multi-strap sandals to boot.
2. Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger polished off her chic menswear ensemble with streamlined white t-strap sandals.
3. Anna Wintour
Though not the most inspired hue, Anna Wintour’s nude cage sandals are nevertheless daring in a more modest manner.
4. Dwyane Wade
Dwyane Wade deserves major accolades for sporting embroidered velvet slippers to a red carpet event.
5. Kerry Washington
A vision in rose, Kerry Washington stepped lively in emerald slippers.
6. Jennifer Lawrence
A column-clad Jennifer Lawrence gave the paparazzi a glimpse of her gilded, black strappy heels.
7. Uma Thurman
Uma Thurman’s pastel metallic heeled sandals gave her simple white bias-cut gown a bit of intrigue.
8. Kris Jenner
Kris Jenner’s cross-strapped pointy-toe pumps were perhaps the best facet of her otherwise confounding ensemble.
9. Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts paired her beautiful emerald satin Ralph Lauren gown with simple black heeled sandals.
10. Reese Witherspoon
Sultry and strappy, Reese Witherspoon's crimson platforms were delightfully out of character for the southern belle.
The very picture of modern rock royalty, Rihanna paraded up the Met Ball steps in shimmering pointed-toe pumps.
12. Cara Delevingne
A defiant Cara Delevingne rocked black peep toe heels with thick ankle straps on the Met Ball carpet.
Standing ovation, anyone?