Over the years, the Golden Globes have emerged as the key red carpet to kick off the year — with numerous standout shoe moments to boot.
As the carpet to debut the year’s awards season, stars have brought their most standout style moments to the Globes over the decades. In the early 2000’s, celebrities ranging from Jennifer Lopez to Sarah Jessica Parker kicked off the decade with embellished sandals and jewel-toned heels. As the mid-2000’s and 2010’s progressed, heels grew higher, sharper and starkly neutral — as seen on stars including Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Zoe Saldaña and more.
Today, footwear varying from classic pumps to towering platform sandals — all in an array of colors, finishes and price points — reigns across the Globes carpet, cementing the importance of individuality within formal dress codes. Ahead of the 2024 Globes, we’re taking a look back at the ceremony’s best shoe moments of all time.
Jennifer Lopez in 2001
At the start of the 2000’s, Jennifer Lopez arrived to the Golden Globes in a glitzy pair of Jimmy Choo sandals: a lace-up silver style with bejeweled heels, topped by metallic straps cinched with crystal-coated snakes. The shimmering set added a glamorous flair to her silky, light purple one-shouldered Valentino dress and diamond jewelry ahead of the release of her romantic comedy “The Wedding Planner.”
Sarah Jessica Parker in 2004
Sarah Jessica Parker made an elegant entrance to the 2004 Golden Globes in a pair of blue satin pumps with bow-topped toes. The style added a chic finish to her lacy embellished deep purple dress for the occasion, where the actress won her fourth Golden Globe for playing Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City.”
Emma Stone in 2012
As the 2010’s began, Emma Stone emerged as a top star to watch — thanks to her fashionable press tours for projects including “Easy A,” “The Help” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” At the 2012 Globes, the actress shimmered in a pair of sleek gold, silver and black Opanca platform sandals by Lanvin. Her shiny platforms elevated a custom wine and dark burgundy dress — cinched by a bejeweled leather belt — from the French fashion house, as well as a black satin Cartier clutch.
Zoe Saldaña in 2014
For the 20134 Golden Globes, Zoe Saldaña embraced the mid-2010’s trend of texture mixing with a pale pink satin Christian Louboutin pumps. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” actress’ pointed style added a sleek finish to her off-the-shoulder Prabal Gurung dress — crafted from black and pink satin with crystal flower embroidery — and pink Bottega Veneta clutch.
Lupita Nyong’o in 2019
Lupita Nyong’o brought a surprise shoe to the Golden Globes in 2019, thanks to a pair of metallic platform sandals from affordable footwear brand Aldo. For added shine, the award-winning actress elevated her high-shine heels with a custom beaded blue Calvin Klein dress and sparkling diamond jewelry.