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Shoe Statements on Grammys Red Carpets Through the Years: Justin Bieber in Crocs, Lady Gaga in 10-Inch Heels & More

Different from other red carpets during the awards season where celebrities usually follow a stricter dress code, the Grammy Awards is known for over-the-top looks and bold fashion statements. Singers and musicians invited to the ceremony often let their creativity flow, wearing headline-making outfits — and it’s no different when it comes to footwear.

Over the years, the Grammys red carpets have seen Michael Jackson in his signature white socks and black loafers combo, Alicia Keys wearing big-toe sandals and Lady Gaga towering in heelless heels.

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Ahead of the award show ceremony on Feb. 4, FN takes a look back at some of the Grammys’ shoe moments through the years.

Michael Jackson, Grammys 1984

Michael Jackson, Grammys 1984, shoes,
Michael Jackson, Grammys 1984 Getty Images

At the 26th Annual Grammy Awards, Michael Jackson wore white socks and black loafers, one of his favorite fashion trends in the 1980s. The singer, however, added a twist to the look, covering his white socks in sequins.

Whitney Houston, Grammys 1988

Whitney Houston, Grammys 1988, shoes,
Whitney Houston, Grammys 1988

Whitney Houston made sure she would be sparkling from head to toe at the 30th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. The singer wore black pumps that featured an additional ankle strap covered in crystals.

Prince, Grammys 1988

Prince, Grammys 1988, shoes,
Prince, Grammys 1988

Prince made a polka-dot statement at the 30th Annual Grammy Awards, pairing his white polka-dot-printed suit with matching heeled shoes.

Madonna, Grammys 1999

Madonna, Grammys 1999, shoes, jean paul gaultier,
Madonna, Grammys 1999

In her “Ray of Light” era, Madonna donned a Japanese-inspired red suit designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, with matching boots for her performance at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards. Her boots featured acrylic block heels that created the illusion of a heelless shoe.

Alicia Keys, Grammys 2002

Alicia Keys, Grammys 2002, sandals,
Alicia Keys, Grammys 2002

Alicia Keys chose a casual pair of big-toe sandals to attend the 44th Grammy Awards. The signer wore denim, a white tank top and a sheer kaftan with floral embroidery throughout.

Erykah Badu, Grammys 2002

Erykah Badu, Grammys 2002, boots,
Erykah Badu, Grammys 2002

Keys wasn’t the only one catching attention on the 44th Grammy Awards red carpet. Erykah Badu showed up with chunky, metallic silver boots with black stripes and a gold platform.

Lady Gaga, Grammys 2010

Lady Gaga, Grammys 2010, shoes,
Lady Gaga, Grammys 2010

Making her debut on the Grammys red carpet in Armani Privé, Lady Gaga wore bespoke shoes covered in crystals with a towering platform and sculpted heels.

Robyn, Grammys 2012

Robyn, Grammys 2012, timberland boots,
Robyn, Grammys 2012

Robyn showed up to the 54th Annual Grammy Awards wearing a pair of platform Timberland boots, paired with a silky white miniskirt that featured a train behind.

Lady Gaga, Grammys 2016

Lady Gaga, Grammys 2016, shoes, heels,
Lady Gaga, Grammys 2016

The signer came back to the ceremony in 2016, making a tribute to David Bowie with her outfit inspired by his Ziggy Stardust persona. For shoes, she wore red 10-inch heels custom-made by Andre No. 1.

Miley Cyrus, Grammys 2019

Miley Cyrus, Grammys 2019, heels, shoes,
Miley Cyrus, Grammys 2019

At the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Miley Cyrus wore vegan shoes designed by her stylist, Bradley Kenneth, and created by Mink Shoes. Her golden heels featured her initials, “MC.”

Justin Bieber, Grammys 2022

Justin Bieber, Grammys 2022, crocs, balenciaga,
Justin Bieber, Grammys 2022, crocs, balenciaga,

Justin Bieber completed his oversized, edgy look for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards with a pair of Harcrocs, the mule collaboration between Balenciaga and Crocs.

Billie Eilish, Grammys 2022

Billie Eilish, Grammys 2022, rick owens, boots,
Billie Eilish, Grammys 2022

Billie Eilish made sock boots appropriate for red carpets. The singer wore a custom look by Rick Owens with neoprene sock boots with chunk soles at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.

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Taylor Swift, Roberto Cavalli, crop top, skirt, maxi skirt, heels, hidden heels, platform heels, Grammys, red carpet, celebrity red carpet

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