It's been nearly 10 years since the final Sex and the City episode, and yet the allure of Carrie Bradshaw and her love affair with shoes lives on. For many women, SATC was a crash course in style and the designers — of shoes amongst other things — that pioneer trends. And with a new shoe collection from Sarah Jessica Parker, a stunning spring showing from Salvatore Ferragamo and custom, yes, custom, Manolo Blahniks for the masses, putting your best foot forward this spring is easy, if not cheap.
Collection by Carrie
It's not surprising that Parker, the actress who brought Bradshaw to life, would end up designing her own high-end shoe collection. After all, running, dating and writing in heels is something Parker made look effortless for six seasons of Sex. What is surprising is that it took nearly a decade to introduce the SJP line, available Feb. 28 exclusively at Nordstrom.
The shoes reflect the personal style of Parker. Heel heights are a throwback to SATC days, with most shoes measuring in at much less than 4 inches, a sharp departure from the sky-high 5-inch-plus heels currently favored by designers like Christian Louboutin and Saint Laurent. My favorites from the collection include the Bobbe, a scalloped suede heel available in sorbet shades including mint and coral. I also like the Leslie, a strappy espadrille in spring-ready shades and the very un-Carrie Wallace in lepardino, a suede slip-on sandal in a modern leopard print.
Spring shoe style
Salvatore Ferragamo may have blossomed in Los Angeles, but the brand is coming to life in stylish cities across the world for spring, thanks to a much-buzzed-about shoe collection. Ferragamo, who literally invented the platform shoe, is offering stunning new shapes, including open-toe boots, strappy snakeskin sandals and embellished heels, priced at $450 and up.
Custom shoe candy
Among Bradshaw's go-to brands on SATC, Manolo Blahnik may have been the most favored. And thanks to the BB Boutique at Neiman Marcus, Manolos are now available in custom offerings with heel height and color made-to-order. Log on to NeimanMarcus.com, and select heel height — from 2 to 41/2 inches — as well as 20 color choices in suede, fabrics or leather. My made-to-order pick, camo linen pumps with 41/2-inch heels, sell for $655 and take eight to 10 weeks to arrive from the factory in Italy.
In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, "Please sir, you can take my Fendi baguette, you can take my ring and watch, but you can't take my Manolo Blahniks." Because some shoes are so fabulous, you'll go to any length to keep them.
Especially when they're made just for you.