Helen Mirren Still Loves Her 'Stripper Shoes'

07/12/2013 at 12:01 PM ET

Helen Mirren stripper heels Getty; Filmmagic; AKM-GSI

What do Helen Mirren and Taylor Momsen have in common? No, Mirren never guest-starred on Gossip Girl. It turns out, they both have an affinity for clear lucite “stripper heels,” which Mirren wore to the premiere of Red 2 last night.

Surprised? Don’t be. Mirren has long had the shoes in her arsenal, telling Jay Leno in 2010 that the shoes were her “secret weapon.”

“They were stripper shoes I used to buy on Hollywood Boulevard,” she said. “Thirty-nine dollars, they cost me … They give you like, an immediate seven inches,” which she says she needs to keep up with all the tall actresses on the red carpet.

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She’s been sporting them for years now and has them in multiple styles, from the metallic ones she wore with a pencil skirt to an Oscar pre-party the year she won Best Actress for The Queen (just like the real Queen Elizabeth, right?) to the clear acrylic ones she stepped out in last night.

“Four-inch platforms give you great height and make your legs look unbelievably long,” Mirren has said, noting that other people may be onto her trick. “I used only to be able to get them in stripper shops, but now you can buy them everywhere.”

Tell us: What do you think of Mirren’s favorite shoe style? Would you try her leg-lengthening trick?

–Alex Apatoff

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veggie mama on

Absolutely gorgeous woman. Elegant, graceful and whimsical. Love her!

B on

You know you are a classy lady when you can make hooker heels stylish.

Helen Mirren can do no wrong, in my book. She’s sassy, funny and for her age, looking pretty damn good. So I say, being on the stripper heels.

Shaindy on

I read the headline and right away said, ‘That has to be Helen Mirren’. :D She’s such a brilliant lady – hope I grow up to be half the woman she is when I’m her age.

Mariah on

Kinda refreshing to see a wild streak in such a classy lady.

Lala on

I think she looks so great all the time and knows what to wear for the occasion. I think that she looks so good because she’s natural. Natural beauty ages gracefully!


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her, she is totally awesome!

Catherine Helm on

Love this woman…stripper shoes, pink hair…never know what she will do next….=)

Pam on

Helen Mirren is stunning, and can not only get away with the stripper heels, but makes them look almost classy.

Charli on

I love her. She is so spicy.

mrs123 on

love Helen……..

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