Shouldn"t you be wearing heels with that? Shailene Woodley teams evening gown with bizarre "Five Fingers" shoes

Shouldn't you be wearing heels with that Shailene Woodley teams evening gown with bizarre 'Five Fingers' shoes

We all know that heels can be painful to wear for extended periods of time. And no doubt walking a long red carpet can take its toll on A-list feet.

That certainly seems to have been the case for actress Shailene Woodley, who was pictured wearing Vibram 'Five Finger' running shoes with her evening gown at a Golden Globes afterparty last night.

The 20-year-old, who stars in The Secret Life of the American Teenager looked every inch the A-lister as she arrived at the awards ceremony yesterday in her Marchesa gown and Tabitha Simmons heels.

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley

Not-so-fancy footwear: Shailene Woodley looked stunning at the Golden Globes (left) and the Warner Bros InStyle after party (right) -but for her second look she ditched her heels in favour of barefoot running shoes

And later, she looked equally elegant at the Warner Bros and InStyle after party in an asymmetric black number.

But those who happened to glance at her feet would have been in for a surprise. For instead of strappy sandals or towering platform pumps, like her fellow guests, Miss Woodley was wearing flat shoes designed for free running.

Shailene Woodley

Free spirit: The star's shoes were Vibram Five Fingers, designed for barefoot or free-running

Probably the last thing anyone expected
to see on a young starlet last night, the footwear, which, like gloves,
has a space for each toe, are said to be extraordinarily comfortable.

They are designed for free-running, allowing wearers to enjoy the experience of running barefoot without causing damage to their feet.

Miss Woodley, whose shoes appear to be the understated Flow style, $90, is not alone in her love for the shoes.

Scarlett Johansson has been spotted running with her trainer in the Bikila versions, while Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Hudson have also been seen working out in them.

They have even had the royal seal of approval after Prince Harry picked up a pair while in San Diego in October last year.

Vibram is an Italian company and when they first designed the 'shoes', they were aiming them at sailors, yoga fans and kayakers.

But they have proved hugely popular with runners and even professional athletes as the idea catches on.

Chief executive Tony Post, who uses them himself, told the San Francisco Chronicle: 'It used to be all about adding more. Now, we're trying to strip a lot of that away.'


Wonder workout: The ultra-thin 'socks' are made from hard-wearing neoprene, and are said to help prevent injuries including ankle sprains and sore knees

Experts are cautious, however, about whether runners should ditch their trainers just year – warning that any change to a regime should be made with care.

The ultra-thin socks made from hard-wearing neoprene are said to help prevent injuries including ankle sprains and sore knees.