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Affordable Shoes on the Oscars Red Carpet: Hailee Steinfeld’s Converse Sneakers, Kacey Musgraves’ Aldo Heels and More

The Academy Awards red carpet is the perfect place for celebrities to experiment with new colors, patterns and silhouettes, showing their luxurious outfits, ballgowns and tuxedos. But who said the Oscars is not a place for affordable shoes?

From Hailee Steinfeld’s appearance at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, while wearing a pair of $65 cherry red Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars, to Melissa McCarthy attending the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in a pair of $100 Nike Classic Cortez sneakers, stars have celebrated the awards show in affordable footwear options while wearing lavishly expensive designer pieces on top.

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In preparation for the 2024 Oscars on March 10, FN looks back at affordable shoe moments from the Oscars and the Vanity Fair Oscars Party red carpets through the years.

Sam Worthington, 2010

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To the 2010 Academy Awards, “Avatar” actor Sam Worthington wore a pair of Payless lace-up dress shoes. The star’s choice of footwear, which featured a slightly elevated thick black base and glossy leather finish, is estimated to have cost less than $60.

Hailee Steinfeld, 2011

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Hailee Steinfeld, nominated at the time for her supporting role in “True Grit,” arrived at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar party wearing a pair of $65 Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars in a bright cherry colorway. The deeply pigmented shoes, available in both a high-top and low-top style, stood out against the pale pink shade of the star’s Marchesa gown.

Tina Fey, 2019

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Tina Fey attended the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in a pair of $65 white Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars. The comedian paired her low-top sneakers with red detailing with a dark brown chrome gown by J. Mendel.

Melissa McCarthy, 2019

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To the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Melissa McCarthy wore a pair of $100 Nike Classic Cortez sneakers in black. The shoes, adorned with a traditional Nike “swoosh” and a matching white rubber base, were styled with an Adidas tracksuit in the same black and white colorway.

Constance Wu, 2019

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Constance Wu arrived at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in a pair of $120 Paeria heels from Aldo. The heels, adorned with a slightly elevated platform base and peep-toe design, were paired with a long metallic gold gown from Versace.

Kacey Musgraves, 2019

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To the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars Party, Kacey Musgraves walked the red carpet in a pair of $80 Madalene heels from Aldo. Elevating her look on top, the star paired her affordable footwear choice with a sparkling Versace gown in burnt orange.

Questlove, 2019

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Questlove arrived at the 91st Annual Academy Awards wearing a pair of $130 Nike Air Jordan 11 sneakers with a cobalt blue sole. The star matched his sleek and simple athletic shoes to a traditional suit in the same shade.

Florence Pugh at the 95th Annual Academy Awards held at Ovation Hollywood on March 12, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Florence Pugh at the 95th Annual Academy Awards held at Ovation Hollywood on March 12, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

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