Television

Kristin Davis: Sorry about the heels

The Sex And The City star said she feels ‘guilty’ about the show promoting heels so vigorously
Published: 4:04 AM, March 4, 2014

LONDON — If the characters in Sex And The City (SATC) taught us one thing, it was that a woman is never properly dressed without a pair of high heels.

Yet a decade after the show ended, its star Kristin Davis has an apology to make. The actress, who played Charlotte in the hit series, said she regrets that SATC encouraged women to squeeze their feet into four-inch- high stilettos.

“I do feel guilt about the heels,” said Davis, who admitted that she now wears flats as often as possible. “It did seem we were trying to say to women, ‘You should be wearing heels like these’.

“But we definitely weren’t. Were they beautiful shoes? Yes. Were they appropriate for the characters? Yes, that’s what women like that wear.

“But it became a bigger picture thing, where it seemed women should be wearing them every day.”

The 49-year-old actress told the Sunday Telegraph: “I wear heels so rarely now. It hurts when I do — you have to get in training for them and it takes a lot of practice.”

SATC, which ran from 1998 to 2004, fetishised towering heels from designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin. The show turned Blahnik into a household name, and sales rocketed after a pair of his peacock blue satin heels was featured in the 2008 SATC film.

The designer was not wholly enamoured of the publicity. He said in 2009: “We had a very good year last year, thanks to those stupid satin shoes ... If people talk to me about Sex And The City, I get sick.”

Davis’ comments follow a recent admission by fellow SATC star Sarah Jessica Parker that she had caused permanent damage to her feet by always appearing in heels.

“I literally ran in heels. I worked 18-hour days and never took them off. I wore beautiful shoes, some made better than others, and never complained,” Parker said. However, after twisting her ankle on the set of the film, I Don’t Know How She Does It, she was given some stark news by a doctor.

“I went to a foot doctor and he said, ‘Your foot does things it shouldn’t be able to do. That bone there —you’ve created that bone. It doesn’t belong there’. The moral of the story is, the chickens are coming home to roost.”

Nevertheless, Parker has capitalised on the show by bringing out her own shoe range. It features both stilettos and flats. THE DAILY TELEGRAPH