Sarah Jessica Parker Gives Women a Right to Shoes With New Line

Check out these classic TV episodes about shoes.

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FILE - This Feb. 6, 2013 file photo shows actress Sarah Jessica Parker at amfAR's New York gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. AOL is making its most substantial dip into original video programming with new series with Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hank Azaria and Nicole Richie. The Internet company unveiled 15 new digital series Tuesday, April 30, in a presentation to advertisers in New York. AOL is making a push into original programming in the wake of similar efforts by YouTube, Yahoo and Amazon.  Parker will produced a docudrama on the New York City Ballet titled “City.Ballet.” Paltrow and Tracy Anderson will host the Ryan Seacrest-produced series “Second Chances,” in which they interview women who've overcome hardship.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)
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FILE - This Feb. 6, 2013 file photo shows actress Sarah Jessica Parker at amfAR's New York gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. AOL is making its most substantial dip into original video programming with new series with Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hank Azaria and Nicole Richie. The Internet company unveiled 15 new digital series Tuesday, April 30, in a presentation to advertisers in New York. AOL is making a push into original programming in the wake of similar efforts by YouTube, Yahoo and Amazon. Parker will produced a docudrama on the New York City Ballet titled “City.Ballet.” Paltrow and Tracy Anderson will host the Ryan Seacrest-produced series “Second Chances,” in which they interview women who've overcome hardship. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)

Talk about life imitating art! "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker is channeling her inner Carrie Bradshaw with her latest business venture. No, she's not becoming a newspaper sex columnist like her iconic character, but Parker is set to launch a shoe line.

Any "SATC" fan worth their weight in cosmos knows Carrie had a bit of a shoe addiction. One of the series most memorable episodes, "A Woman's Right to Shoes," had her butting heads with an old pal over a pair of stolen $485 Manolos. In real life, the actress will partner with George Malkemus, the longtime CEO at Manolo Blahnik, for the SJP line for Nordstrom, which will also include bags and trenches.

Parker told Vogue the line will feature "new colors together that people don't typically do… beautiful combinations that you wish existed in your closet," and she says the bags will echo retro styles, "taking away the bells and the whistles and hardware and really making it about the bag."

The actress credits her six-year reign on the HBO series for her vast knowledge of footwear: "Because I got to play that role, I wore a lot of shoes, and by default, I learned an enormous amount," she said. "It's hard to -- no pun intended -- walk away from that."

See a clip from the "Sex and the City" episode "A Woman's Right to Shoes":

Carrie Bradshaw isn't the only classic TV character who has had the blues over shoes.

On the 2001 "Friends" episode "The One With Monica's Boots," Monica (Courteney Cox) bought a pair of insanely expensive boots that Chandler (Matthew Perry) demanded she return. While Monica admitted "they're a little more than I normally spend on boots…or rent," she promised that she would wear them all the time. "They're very practical," she argued. "You can wear them with dresses, with skirts, with pants…"

Chandler's retort: "You can wear them with shorts on a street corner and earn the money to pay for them."

The couple agreed to disagree, but after several painful wearings, Monica realized these boots weren't made for walkin'. "The guy who made these hates feet and wants to see them die! They're killing me -- one toe at a time!" she screamed. Unfortunately, returning the blister-making boots wasn't an option: "The soles are already a little scuffed up, and the insides are filled with my blood," she said.

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In 1962, "The Twilight Zone" episode "Dead Man's Shoes" had a vagrant (played by Warren Stevens) snatching a pair of expensive shoes from a mob-hit victim. But when he puts the shoes on -- hello, Cinderella! -- he took on the polarizing personality of the dead gangster. This being "The Twilight Zone," the bum died, too, and his body was dumped in the same spot as the original dead man, and another bum proceeded to steal his shoes, and... well, you get the picture. Watch the entire episode here.

The 1994 "My So-Called Life" episode "So-Called Angels" featured guest star Juliana Hatfield as a teen runaway who played guitar on the streets. Angela (Claire Danes) found her hanging out in the school music room, where the girl told her that she dreaded going back outside. "It's because of my shoes. See? They're worn clean through," the homeless girl said, revealing her holey heels. Angela gave the girl a pair of boots (her brand new ones, in fact, but hey, it was Christmas time), and on Christmas Eve, the shoes came back to haunt Angela's mom (Bess Armstrong) -- literally.

Here's a clip from "So-Called Angels":

Speaking of angels, in 1991, Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) found his calling (or so he thought) after he had divine intervention. The "Married With Children" episode "God's Shoes" had the shoe salesman laboring 40 days and 40 nights to create the perfect pair of shoes. Claiming he met his maker after a fall out the window, Al described God's fabulous footwear: "They were perfect… Close fitting, surrounding each toe individually, probably a soft worked kid leather," he said. Then he rattled off his own set of commandments: "Thou shalt have shoes with toes stitched in, thou shalt have socks attached to yon shoes, and thou shalt have a lot of other stuff that will come forthwith."

In the end, the shoes weren't all that divine, but Al had a new idea: a combination shoe store and burger joint, where customers eat while trying on shoes. The not-so-heavenly motto: "If you're not shod, the meal's on God."

Check out this clip from "God's Shoes":

The AV Club cites the 1993 "Seinfeld" airing of "The Shoes" as the episode that helped turn the water cooler show into a bona fide hit. Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) was in a tizzy over people commenting on her pair of pricey Botticelli shoes. "So I bought a pair of shoes at Botticelli's! I'm not allowed to shop there?" she asked. "I don't understand, why is this woman talking about my shoes? Why are my shoes a topic of conversation? She is talking about my shoes! She is discussing my shoes! It is nobody's business where I buy my shoes…I wanna know why my footwear is your conversation!" (Sheesh, take a chill pill, Benes!)

Of course, Jerry Seinfeld shelled out a pretty penny for his own kicks over the sitcom's nine-year run. Complex.com even catalogued a complete guide to his sneaks, logging 49 different types of Nikes. You can see the gallery here.

And a 1970 "Bewitched" episode featured Darrin #2 (Dick Sargent) receiving a pair of snazzy shoes from a sneaky leprechaun (commissioned by troublemaking mother-in-law, Endora, of course). "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" regular, Henry Gibson, played the leprechaun in "If the Shoe Pinches," which had Darrin donning the hexed shoes and instantly turning into a lazy bum. Hey, if the shoe fits…

Watch some of this "Bewitched" episode:

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