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Some shoe spoilers can be found throughout this article. If you're particular about footwear, you have been warned.
When Jurassic World came out in 2015, sure people talked about the cool dinosaurs and the fun new characters. They also talked a lot about the fact that Bryce Dallas Howard literally ran from a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a pair of heels, and it became a talking point for the movie in the months following the release. I'm not sure exactly how many times that Bryce Dallas Howard and others who were involved in the movie were asked about wearing heels while running from dinosaurs, but the number has to be high. For the follow-up, director J.A. Bayona and Bryce Dallas Howard gamely make a point about footwear in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom through the early part of the movie. This includes one epic and notable shot of Claire Dearing in boots in the early part of the film.
We've known for a while that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom would follow Claire Dearing and Owen Grady returning to Isla Nublar to help save species from volcanic extinction. However, before any of this dino saving even goes down, the two characters travel to the island with some newcomer characters. While stepping out of the plane, J.A. Bayona gives us a clear shot of Claire Dearing that purposefully focuses on her boots. Boots that are big and thick and clearly made for hiking.
This isn't the only time Claire Dearing's footwear is prominent in the movie. Bryce Dallas Howard stated to the press ahead of the movie's release that Claire would continue to enjoy wearing heels, and she does wear fancy footwear early in the movie--just not when she's saving her skin and hiding from dangerous dinosaurs. Per Howard,
I wanted it to be clear from the beginning that Claire has changed and she's wearing heels still. A person can have an inner journey and still love heels! And, yes, she's prepared to go to the island and she's wearing boots.
Her fashion sensibility is seen early on when she wears a soft filmy skirt and white turtleneck, along with less sensible shoes for her meeting with Eli Mills (Rafe Spall) and Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), where she hears about their plan to save the raptor Blue and other dinosaurs on the island. The shoes she wears pre-island are given camera time and are a conscious choice, as well.
Basically, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has heard the footwear complaints and spends time addressing them head-on.
It should be noted that switching Claire Dearing to boots is not a new idea. Years ago, producer Colin Trevorrow shared a really amusing post about Claire's footwear of choice, giving her plenty of options for the new movie.
The pair she ended up going with were black and shiny and durable, and they come in handy during a particular sequence where she, Chris Pratt and newcomer Justice Smith's characters have to run to catch a boat and get out of dodge. While it was hard enough believing the actress could outrun a T-Rex in heels, it would have equally hard to believe she could outrun a boat. So kudos to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on giving her sensible footwear.
You can catch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in theaters, now.