“Sex and the City” actress Sarah Jessica Parker recently appeared at downtown Chicago's Nordstrom store to promote her shoe and handbag line, SJP Collection.
One of the shoes is even named “Carrie,” the character she played on the HBO series about single, shoe-loving women in New York.
In addition to her shoe line, Parker and “Sex and the City” cast-mate Kristin Davis, have made news recently about the show's high-heeled footwear that was practically a character all its own.
As a result of daily filming in footwear from Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin, Parker recently admitted that she caused permanent damage to her feet.
“I literally ran in heels. I worked 18-hour days and never took them off. I wore beautiful shoes, some made better than others, and never complained,” she said, according to the U.K.'s Telegraph newspaper.
In addition, after twisting her ankle on the set of a film, her podiatrist gave her some harsh news.
“I went to a foot doctor and he said, ‘Your foot does things it shouldn’t be able to do. That bone there – you’ve created that bone. It doesn’t belong there,'” she said, according to the newspaper.
Meanwhile, fellow actress Davis Kristin Davis, who played Charlotte in the series, apologized to the Telegraph this month, saying she regrets that the show encouraged women to squeeze into too-tall stilettos on a daily basis.
“I do feel guilt about the heels,” she told the paper. "It did seem we were trying to say to women, ‘You should be wearing heels like these’... "But we definitely weren’t...”
In fact, the actress admitted she now wears flats as often as possible, and when she does put on heels, it hurts.
As podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle, Dr. Michelle Kim and I don't recommend that women wear high heels on a daily basis – instead we suggest the shoes be saved for special occasions. As the ladies of “Sex and the City” have learned, they can cause corns, severe heel pain and even cracks in the bones of the foot.
Call our Lemont office if you're having pain from high heels. We can also offer supportive inserts that can fit into your dress shoes.
Meanwhile, if you're thinking about buying a pair of shoes from Parker's new line, just remember that while the collection includes stilettos, it also offers flats.
By Diana Emini