We’ve known Carrie Bradshaw for almost twenty years, have followed the ups and downs of her turbulent relationships, her writing career, and her long-time friendships. We’ve learned where she came from, and how she first found her way to New York City. We’ve envied her escapades, her trademark wit, and of course, her wardrobe. More than anything else, Carrie Bradshaw is known for her style. And her style all comes down to her shoes.
Readers first fell in love with the character of Carrie Bradshaw in the pages of Candace Bushnell’s 1996 book, Sex and the City. Carrie truly came to life, though, in the HBO series that ran from 1998-2004, where she was played by Sarah Jessica Parker.
The series, and more specifically the character of Carrie, has become a cultural icon since then, spawning two movies in 2008 and 2010, a series of prequel novels—The Carrie Diaries (2010) and Summer and the City (2011)—and a CW series, also called The Carrie Diaries about the young Carrie Bradshaw.
We love Carrie because she is accessible. Flawed but enviable, she is someone we all want to be. Now, thanks to Sarah Jessica Parker, being Carrie Bradshaw—or at least walking in her shoes—just got a little easier.
Parker is set to launch her own line of shoes and handbags (and one trench coat) on February 28. The line will be on sale at Nordstrom in New York City, and will later come to Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas. It will also be available online at shop.nordstrom.com. Parker teamed up with Mahnolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus to create the line, consisting of 25 shoes ranging in price from $195-$500. The handbags will retail for $245-$375.
In an online interview with Entertainment Tonight, Parker explained that her goal was to create a timeless and high quality collection that women will be able to wear for years. To ensure the quality of production, the shoes are made in Italy. At the same time, though, Parker wanted to make them affordable for many women, and so she and Malkemus worked together to achieve that without sacrificing the quality of the shoes. While some may cringe at the use of the term “affordable” to describe shoes that cost up to $500, compared to Mahnolo Blahniks that retail at Saks for $600-$1500, they really are a bargain.
Once the snow melts this spring, which of the SJP shoes will you be wearing?