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client: Balenciaga
assignment: Michael Shannon ahead of the Emmys
artist: Morgan Maher

Michael Shannon Chose a Wild Shoe (and Slick Tux!) For the Emmys

January 16, 2024

Last night’s 2024 Emmy Awards were filled with classic suits and gowns on the red carpet—but the choice of shoes were decidedly more experimental, at least with many of the Hollywood gents in attendance. Did you catch Matty Matheson’s amazing fisherman sandals, or Donald Glover’s elegant Bode ballet flats? Boring dress shoes were officially out—and unexpected footwear was in. Nobody, however, did this better than actor Michael Shannon, who stole the show in a pair of Balenciaga’s extra-pointy Space Shoes. Designed in a shiny black rubber, they look like they’re from the year 5024, and ready for a NASA mission to Mars. “I love that I can slip right in, and I’m ready for lift off,” Shannon told Vogue of the bold accessory.

Shannon’s willingness to take a fashion risk on the step and repeat wasn’t for nothing. It was a big night for the actor, after all, who was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie category, for his portrayal of George Jones in George & Tommy (alongside Jessica Chastain as Tammy Wynette). “George had a vast life and was such a legend in country music,” says Shannon of the role. “His influence in music and culture runs deep. Seeing his exhibit at the Hall of Fame, that’s when it really sunk in for me.”

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