The glamorous HBO program is famous for the stylish wardrobes and dazzling footwear of its four main characters, Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha. Thanks to Carrie’s shoe addiction, Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin developed popular appeal – even among women unable to afford such extravagant shoes.
But Kristin Davis, 49, who played the perennially immaculately groomed and dressed Charlotte, has expressed regret that the shoes she and her co-stars wore throughout the series stirred insecurities in women.
“I do feel guilt about the heels,” Davis told The Telegraph. "It did seem we were trying to say to women, ‘You should be wearing heels like these.'"
"Were they beautiful shoes? Yes. Were they appropriate for the characters? Yes, that’s what women like that wear," she said. "But it became a bigger picture thing, where it seemed women should be wearing them every day.”
Davis says she rarely wears heels anymore. “It hurts when I do – you have to get in training for them, and it takes a lot of practice.”
In an interview last year, Sarah Jessica Parker revealed that her feet have suffered permanent damage as a result of playing the role of Carrie.
“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,” Parker told The Edit.
After later twisting her ankle on the set of I Don’t Know How She Does It, Parker visited a podiatrist and learned the extent of the damage. “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.’”