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Carrie Bradshaw's shoes: 12 iconic pairs that you need in your life

There is much to learn from TV's most fashionable character…


NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Sarah Jessica Parker is seen on the set of 'And Just Like That' on March 08, 2023 in New York City.  (Photo by Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)© Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin
Orin Carlin
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Updated: June 21, 2023
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Please sir, you can take my Fendi baguette, you can take my ring and watch, but you can't take my Manolo Blahniks!" Words to live by, if ever we heard them. No on-screen heroine is more sartorially obsessed than Carrie Bradshaw, and as such, she has the footwear wardrobe to match her impeccable taste. 

Played by Sarah Jessica Parker, the star of HBO's Sex And The City is known for her penchant for cosmopolitans and relentless relationship drama but above all else, Carrie's ultra-covetable closet is one of the show's greatest stars.

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The woman behind the wardrobe, renowned costume designer Patricia Field, went above and beyond to ensure that Carrie's shoe game was the cream of the crop. From her trademark satin Manolos to sparkly clear mules, the star's now-retro footwear is still utterly relevant in 2023. 

Hello! Fashion shares the iconic pairs of Carrie Bradshaw-approved shoes that we need in our life: 

Snakeskin boots

Carrie paired her snakeskin boots with a sumptuous fur coat © Getty Images
Carrie paired her snakeskin boots with a sumptuous fur coat

Animal print is something of a pattern classic – and Carrie's snakeskin knee-highs will go down in fashion history.

Snakeskin boots
Red(V) Snake-effect leather knee boots

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Blue satin pumps

Carrie's iconic Manolos even featured in the show's spin-off series © Getty
Carrie's iconic Manolos even featured in the show's spin-off series

The term 'iconic' is bandied around constantly, but there is no pair more deserving of the label than Carrie's Hangisi jewel buckle heels by Manolo Blahnik. The pumps were part of her proposal story, and they even made an appearance in the spin-off series, And Just Like That.

Blue satin buckle pumps
Hangisi Blue Satin Jewel Buckle Pumps

Clear mules

Mules made up a key part of Carrie's footwear repertoire© Getty Images
Mules made up a key part of Carrie's footwear repertoire

Carrie took a splash in season three, straight into Central Park's pond – as did her Richard Tyler Resort 2001 ruffle dress and sparkly clear mules. Bonus points for inadvertent practicality, we reckon they must have been at least semi-waterproof?

Clear mules
Shimmer mules

Disco platforms

Carrie wore glitzy Terry de Havilland platforms in And Just Like That © Getty
Carrie wore glitzy Terry de Havilland platforms in And Just Like That

One of our favourite pairs to grace the screen in And Just Like That was Carrie's Terry de Havilland Lena Non-Stop Disco platforms. The esteemed shoe designer impacted the face of 1970s footwear beyond comparison, and we love that modern day Carrie refuses to shy away from vertiginous heel heights.

Disco Platforms
Lena Non Stop Disco shoes

Two-tone monochrome boots

The fictional columnist turned to her Chanel booties time and time again © Getty
The fictional columnist turned to her Chanel booties time and time again

Classic boots are a total wardrobe must-have, and Carrie's black and white Chanel ankle pair have served her well on numerous occasions, including on a date with fan-favourite (NB: irony) Petrovsky.

White ankle boots

Silver barely-there sandals

Carrie went for minimalist sandals in Paris © WireImage
Carrie went for minimalist sandals in Paris

A hint of metallic will go with practically any outfit, and we love Carrie's strappy silver sandals styled with a frothy sage green midi skirt.

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Silver barely-there sandals
Isabel Marant Axee 85 metallic-leather sandals

Gladiator platforms

Carrie rocked Dior's Extreme Gladiators in Sex and the City: The Movie © Getty
Carrie rocked Dior's Extreme Gladiators in Sex and the City: The Movie

In the opening sequence of the 2008 film Sex And The City, Carrie teamed a white and gold hibiscus-adorned Eugene Alexander mini dress with Dior’s Extreme Gladiators, and we haven’t forgotten it.

Gladiator heels
Dior Extreme Cutout Gladiator Sandals

Leopard mules 

Carrie Bradshaw wearing a fur coat and leopard mules © Getty
Mules are a total Carrie classic

Carrie's love for a sleek pair of mules knows no bounds – and her wardrobe boasts the shoe style in a multitude of different colour ways. Wanting to make an impact? A dash of leopard print is a fool proof way of making a statement.

Jill Animalier Mules - Identità
Jill Animalier Mules - Identità

White heels

Carrie Bradshaw wearing a green dress with white stilettos and a brown blazer © Getty
Carrie took one one of the most divisive show trends

White heels are one of the trickiest shoe trends to pull off as they can instantly cheapen an outfit. However, Carrie took on the potential fashion faux pas and turned it on its head by teaming her pair with a graphic print dress and a soft brown blazer. 

 100Point Blade Heel Court Shoes - Russell & Bromley
100Point Blade Heel Court Shoes - Russell & Bromley

Black peep-toes

Carrie Bradshaw wearing a cream waistcoat, black tie, pink striped shirt, tailored trousers and holding a round hat bag  © Getty
The character's shoe closet does feature some low-key styles

When the iconic show first dipped its toe into the world of cinema, Carrie proved that while her overall sense of style is super high octane, she is still partial to a minimalist shoe moment. These black peep-toes essentially forecasted the 'Quiet Luxury' trend. You heard it here first. 

LA 16 Mules - Saint Laurent
LA 16 Mules - Saint Laurent

Bright yellow sandals 

Samantha Jones wearing a blue top and red skirt talking to Carrie Bradshaw wearing a vibrant summer dress and yellow mules © Getty

Another Carrie-casted vote for the mule came in the form of these vibrant yellow slip-ons. With a slight acidity to the shade, her shoes gave major 'Dopamine Dressing' vibes, before it was even a thing.

85mm Chain of Love satin mules - Aquazzura
85mm Chain of Love satin mules - Aquazzura

Lace-up booties 

Carrie Bradshaw talking at a payphone in a knitted cardigan, stockings and lace-up ankle boots © Getty

 This look is one of the SATC all-time outfit greats. It shouldn't work, but it is proportionally flawless and absolutely does. The knee-high stockings and lace-up booties combo is so unbelievably noughties, but we're honestly not even mad about it.

Lace-up Ankle Boots - Chanel
Lace-up Ankle Boots - Chanel

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