Kendall Jenner Goes Viral for Running Around the Louvre Museum Barefoot. Did She Break Protocol?

A travel expert shares her thoughts on the supermodel's late night, barefoot visit to the museum

<p>Kendall Jenner/Instagram; Taylor Hill/Getty</p> Kendall Jenner.

Kendall Jenner/Instagram; Taylor Hill/Getty

Kendall Jenner.

Did Kendall Jenner break protocol at the Louvre?

Technically no, but her decision to go barefoot at the renowned art museum in Paris is definitely unorthodox. The 28-year-old model, who has been spending time abroad for Paris Fashion Week, recently shared snaps from a midnight escapade exploring the museum (alongside Bad Bunny), during which she was notably sans shoes.

"The Louvre at midnight," Jenner captioned the Wednesday, June 26 Instagram post.

In the photo carousel, the model shared a series of photos of herself around the famous museum wearing a black top with an open square back and long black skirt with an asymmetrical hemline. While standing in front of works of art (including the Mona Lisa), Jenner stands with her back to the camera and her bare feet visible.

While the Louvre's official rules don't mention anything about shoes, travel expert Nicole Campoy Jackson tells PEOPLE that it's likely an unspoken protocol.

"I am sure the Louvre has seen it all, given the sheer amount of traffic in there every single day, but I can't imagine they're faced very often with shoe-less patrons," Jackson says. "This is more of an unwritten rule at the Louvre... and just generally at most indoor public places."

Rules aside, Jackson points out that "there's a level of respect for a place like the Louvre and the rich history and art inside of it that's being snubbed here."

<p>Kendall Jenner/Instagram</p> Kendall Jenner.

Kendall Jenner/Instagram

Kendall Jenner.

However, she also points out that this seems like an out-of-the-ordinary opportunity that Jenner simply couldn't pass up.

"Wouldn't we all want to be invited into the hallowed halls of the Louvre at midnight and kick off our shoes like we know we're not supposed to?" she posits. "Also, a member of the Kardashian clan standing in front of the Mona Lisa dressed to the nines and then barefoot tracks. Isn't this the sort of thing that keeps us watching?"

Jackson also notes that Jenner's visit occurred after-hours and was likely a private, paid-for tour.

Related: Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner Ride Horses Through the Streets of Paris for Vogue World — Watch!

"Most museums and tourist destinations have a private entry or tour policy," she explains. "It will come at a cost and there will be parameters to any private visit before or after hours. Parameters will include whether or not patrons can bring food and drink, whether they can post about it to social media, the number of guests allowed in, and so on."

The Louvre did not respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

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The Kardashians star has been enjoying a stylish time during Paris Fashion Week. On June 23, she appeared in Vogue World Paris, the outlet's annual fashion event.

This year's Vogue World celebrated the intersection of French designers and sports by honoring a different sport in each decade. For the 1950s portion of the show, which celebrated equestrians, Jenner and her bff Gigi Hadid rode horses through the plaza at the Place Vendôme.

<p>Marc Piasecki/Getty</p> Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid at Vogue World Paris.

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Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid at Vogue World Paris.

The models were dressed head to toe in Hermès while their horses, who were named Django and Napo, were draped in colorful Hermès scarves. The duo also appeared later on in the show with the other models. Hadid wore a gold-and-blue ensemble with a structured bodice and flowing skirt, while Jenner wore a sheer neutral-toned flowing gown.

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<p>SplashNews</p> Kendall Jenner and Bad Bunny in Paris.


Kendall Jenner and Bad Bunny in Paris.

The following day, June 24, Jenner stepped out for a date night with her ex-boyfriend Bad Bunny. They were photographed on their way to dinner in coordinating, all-black ensembles. The model wore a strapless gown with sheer fabric on the bottom half while Bad Bunny opted for pleated pants and a jacket with a dramatic collar.

The couple recently rekindled their romance after calling it quits in December 2023.

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