“Men I may not know. But shoes — shoes! — I know,” said Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw in 2004. Ten years and two movies later, the series has yet to be forgotten by fans- and the same goes for its cast. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Carrie Bradshaw in the series, has taken notes from the character she spent years personifying with the launch of her own shoe line, SJP Collection.
Though Bradshaw was seldom seen without her costly Manolo’s, for Parker’s namesake collection, she opted for more affordable pricing, ranging from $195-$500. “Sure, it would be a thrill to make shoes that cost hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of dollars,” said Parker to CNN. “But the truth is those would not be accessible to those women who have given me this opportunity.” The line itself is made up of a variety of shoe styles, allowing the SJP line to appropriate seamlessly into any fashionista’s life. Designs such as the Billie whipstitched flat or the strappy Carrie pump epitomize Parker’s mission regarding design. She referred to this versatility saying, “I’m allergic to the idea that certain shoes are for certain occasions.”
For Parker, this line wasn’t an afterthought or just a project to sign her name off on. “I’ve been thinking of doing this for years but never found the right fit. Everything needed to align, from quality to price point,” she told Glamour. The SJP collection is actually a partnership between Parker and Manolo Blahnik’s CEO George Malkemus, the high-end shoe brand that Carrie Bradshaw’s love for make millions of women covet. In fact, the demand for the Blue Blahnik’s Carrie wore in her climactic wedding scene in the Sex and the City Movie were in such high demand in New York after the film released that Mr. Blahnik himself said, “I think that’s quite obscene.”
The SJP Collection is sold exclusively at Nordstrom stores, and as we wave goodbye to the platform heel trend, one could assume that SJP designs will hold their own in the footwear market over the course of upcoming seasons