Sarah Jessica Parker’s Job on Sex & the City Literally Ruined Her Feet
3:00 pm, March 9th | by Meredith Lepore
“The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun. “-Carrie Bradshaw
For years, Sarah Jessica Parker made women feel inadequate because she would run around New York City effortlessly in heels (I bet Carrie never had to carry flats to a party with her.) But now she is admitting that all those years of constant heel-wearing have damaged her feet terribly.
“For ten or so years, I literally ran in heels,” the star admits to Net-a-Porter’s digital fashion magazine. “I worked 18-hour days and never took them off. I wore beautiful shoes, some better made than others, and never complained.” She continued, “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.’ The moral of the story is, the chickens are coming home to roost. It’s sad, because my feet took me all over the world, but eventually they were like, ‘You know what, we are really tired, can you just stop – and don’t put cheap shoes on us?’”
Can you imagine Carrie without her Manolos? They were the fifth character on the show! But SJP damaged her feet for her job. Answering a 2009 TODAY Show poll that asked “Do high heels empower or oppress women in the workplace?” 32% of respondents said, high heels oppress women, but nearly half (49%) of the women said they empower them. Carrie’s heels literally empowered her by making her character a New York institution, but they have held her back by damaging her feet horribly. It’s quite the trade off! Check out this infographic to see all the ways heels are hurting your body.