LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 25: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout photo provided by A.M.P.A.S., Questlove attends the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Petit/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images)

Last month, the 2021 Academy Award nominees were sent a letter stating that the 2021 Oscars had a dress code. “We’re aiming for a fusion of Inspirational and Aspirational,” the letter said, “which in actual words means formal is totally cool if you want to go there, but casual is really not.”

Apparently, Questlove didn’t get the memo since he showed up on the red carpet wearing Crocs. Or maybe he nailed the dress code. Rather than opt for any pair of gardening shoes, Questlove brought out a pair in gold and paired it with an all-black ensemble that screamed evening wear. Not to mention, it was only four years ago that Balenciaga sent Crocs down the runway in Paris. Plus, gold was the biggest color trend of the night.

Still, not everyone agreed with Quest’s fashion choice. One person on Twitter claimed this was a DIY job, a bad one at that, tweeting, “Sir! Your spray paint is chipping off your Crocs.”

Most though were happy to see Questlove put comfort first while still staying on-trend — and we can’t help but agree.

He also wasn’t the only one who chose to go more casual with his choice of shoe. Nomadland director Chloé Zhao wore a Hermes gown, which she unexpectedly pair with a pair of white sneakers to the awards show where she became the second woman to ever win Best Director.

While we’ve long rejected mandated dress codes in favor of self-expression, we can’t help but note that Crocs and sneakers might be the “inspirational and aspirational,” not to mention refreshing, fashion this Oscars red carpet needed.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 25: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout photo provided by A.M.P.A.S., Chloé Zhao attends the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Petit/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 25: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout photo provided by A.M.P.A.S., Questlove attends the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station on April 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Petit/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images)

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