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Sarah Jessica Parker's Shoe Line Has One Incredibly Personal Touch

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Jake Rosenberg of The Coveteur

If you’re going to pick out the perfect pair of shoes from Sarah Jessica Parker‘s new line SJP, who better to walk you through the collection than, well, SJP herself? Gayle King got that experience in the February issue of O Magazine, sitting down at N.Y.C.’s Crosby Street Hotel with the actress, the magazine’s creative director Adam Glassman and a giant pile of brand-new shoes in King’s size. Some women have all the luck!

King is always on the go, so the first thing Parker wants to explain: “These heels are high, but not like you’re on stilts,” she says. “There’s nothing sexy about not being able to walk.” (As she proves here, hitting the runway in her own blue pumps.)

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But, Parker said, things weren’t always quite so glamorous for her. Her memories of growing up on a tight budget played into the refined shoe designs, which have names like “Maud” and “Tanny,” and were developed with the CEO of Manolo Blahnik, whose shoes Parker immortalized on Sex and the City.

“The thing is, when I was growing up, we really didn’t have two nickels to rub together, but my mother always made sure that my sisters and I had two grosgrain ribbons in our hair,” she tells King. “The rule was that we ironed them every single morning. We even had a special bureau dedicated to hair ribbons. I have them for my own daughters now, and my nieces wear them too. The grosgrain ribbons make SJP’s really identifiable to others and really personal to me.”

SJP will be available at Nordstrom Feb. 28, but you can read even more about it in O, The Oprah Magazine, on stands Jan. 21. Are you excited to check out her shoe collection? Seen any favorites so far? Let us know below!

–Alex Apatoff

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Jake Rosenberg of The Coveteur