When I think of Sex and the City, I think of one pair of shoes in particular – the black Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes that Carrie finds in the Vogue accessories closet right before her editor drops trou and hits on her in perhaps the most splendidly awkward way possible. (Seriously, what man removes his pants before gauging interest?) Whatever your opinion of the show itself, the power it had to make a fashion moment memorable is more or less unrivaled in pop culture.
As we all know by now, those Mary Janes weren’t (and aren’t) the “urban shoe myth” that Carrie thought they were. In fact, the Manolo Blahnik Campy Mary Jane is here to make all of your early-2000s shoe dreams come true, this time in a perfect shade of creamy beige patent and with a slightly more rounded toe than the originals.
This shoe might not have the chunky platform (Blahnik famously considers platforms demodé) or five-inch heel that we’ve recently come to expect for high-end shoes, but those missing elements only serve to underline more clearly what a classic this design is. Instead of using gimmicks to attract attention (and we all know how much I love a good gimmick), Blahnik chose to use a simple design and execute it perfectly. These shoes may not be the hot new thing in footwear, but a pair of them will last you many years of versatile use. For those of you averse to this color, they also come in black. I’ll take both, please. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $645.