"Are you looking for a black shoe? Tell me about this. Why a black shoe?"
This is what Sarah Jessica Parker is asking me as I model before her a rather sexy pair of black patent leather heels from her SJP Collection. I reply, "I'm always looking for a black shoe."
A selection of editors and press were invited to the SJP x Nordstrom pop up this morning to preview and shop Sarah Jessica Parker's new shoe line before it becomes available later this week. I showed up planning to snap a few photos, perhaps eat a tea sandwich and then be on my way. Instead, I spent the better part of 35 minutes chit-chatting with and trying on various styles of shoes for Ms Parker herself.
A dapper salesman tells me, "You can just call me Q," and brings me said pair of sexy black patent heels first. They're called Diana. "You should show her. Ask her what she thinks." He means Sarah Jessica. He escorts me through the small and stylish crowd, and we wait a bit.
She is as lovely, gracious, talkative and excitable as the fictional Carrie Bradshaw. (And so very petite!) She asks, "Have you tried the Carrie? You have to try the Carrie." Go figure, she's playing favorites with the shoe named after her famed character.
Q retrieves the Carrie—in black, naturally. I get up to step around in it, and like a mirage, there is Parker next to me, asking how they fit, remarking that she likes them better because, "They feel so much more special." She's right. I feel like a million bucks as I tower over her in the dainty, t-strap pumps. They are fiercely pointed but surprisingly comfortable. I feel balanced and poised. "They're running a half-size too big though, try the next one down. Can you get her the half size down?"
As I await my new size, I am promptly scolded by PR for interrupting her interview flow but it is no matter. I am high on everything that she is saying. She touched my foot! She cares about me! I think we're really friends!
The correct size of the Carrie is indeed better. As I pivot before the mirror, I'm falling in love. Suddenly, she's back. "Seeee? Aren't they amazing? How do you like them?" I tell her that they are amazing and that I love them. She tells me I have to get them. Q tells me I have to get them.
I got them.
*You can shop the SJP Collection exclusively through Nordstrom starting at midnight pacific time on February 28th. It's also worth noting that the complete collection includes flat sandals, as well as 1970s-inspired metallic heels, lace-up gladiators, espadrille platforms and of course, plenty of pumps. (You can snag the Carrie for yourself right here.)