Frances McDormand wore yellow Birkenstock sandals to the Oscars

Frances Mcdormand lived up to her quirky reputation by teaming her Valentino gown with a pair of comfortable Birkenstock sandals for the Academy Awards on Sunday (24Feb19) .
The Academy Award-winning actress side-stepped sky-high stilettos in favour of a more comfortable option – a pair of limited-edition Birkenstock Arizona sandals designed by Pierpaolo Picciolo, the creative director for Maison Valentino.
Pierpaolo dressed the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri actress in a raspberry coloured gown from Valentino’s spring ’19 couture collection and a pair of her favourite sandals, in an acid yellow shade.
In an interview with Footwear News, Frances explained she’s always loved Birkenstock’s Arizona two-strap sandal and was excited by the opportunity to collaborate with Pierpaolo on an item that has long held a personal significance to her.
“I have always followed fashion and had a secret desire to find a way to express my knowledge and appreciation for it,” she explained to Footwear News. “I have worn these sandals for most of my adult life. They have literally formed me physically and philosophically. All that I desired was to have a pair in my favourite colour: acid yellow. And now they exist.”
Meanwhile, Pierpaolo praised the 61-year-old for her “brave” fashion choices, admitting they embody his own “aesthetic perception” which has “always allowed gentle contrasts”, such as wearing a haute couture gown with a casual sandal.
“I see no contradiction in this, no contrast nor oxymoron,” he explained. “Beauty reflects the complexity of life, and what makes it interesting is its ability to mix comedy and drama, night and day, silk and leather.
“I see no better muse than Frances to interpret this idea. She is intelligent and brave, her image is full of substance.”
Frances’ sandals were not the only comfort shoes to appear on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. Melissa McCarthy wore Nike Cortez trainers to the Vanity Fair party and Tina Fey slipped into a pair of white Converse.