Sarah Jessica Parker’s feet damaged by years of Sex and the City high heels


All those fabulous designer shoes Sarah Jessica Parker wore in Sex and the City have ruined her feet! Maybe I’m not so jealous of Carrie Bradshaw after all.

The 47-year-old actress told Net-A-Porter that logging in all those hours wearing cute shoes on the streets of New York have taken their toll.

“For ten or so years, I literally ran in heels. I worked 18-hour days and never took them off. I wore beautiful shoes, some better made than others, and never complained,” she said.

Sarah had to be treated for a twisted ankle on the set of I Don’t Know How She Does It, and she attributed the injury to wearing less expensive shoes in order to portray a working mom “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. It’s sad, because my feet took me all over the world, but eventually they were like, ‘You know what, we are really tired, can you just stop — and don’t put cheap shoes on us?'”


Sarah isn’t giving up high heels for good, but she doesn’t have to run around in them for 18-hour days much anymore, and she’s vowing to stay away from the cheap shoes.

Even though Sarah’s high heel mileage may be more than the average women, studies have shown that wearing high heels even three times a week for just a few years can cause negative effects on a the body.

According to a study reported in The New York Times permanent damage done to knees, hips, back and tendons can occur in women young as 25 years old:

The scientists found that heel wearers moved with shorter, more forceful strides than the control group, their feet perpetually in a flexed, toes-pointed position. This movement pattern continued even when the women kicked off their heels and walked barefoot. As a result, the fibers in their calf muscles had shortened and they put much greater mechanical strain on their calf muscles than the control group did.

  • jean

    I dont believe for a second it has anything to do with the price of the shoe, S.J.Parker, you stuck up snot.

    • Jenn

      She could be blowing smoke out her ass, but I have found that some of my more expensive shoes are more comfortable then my cheaper ones. Buy a pair of Louboutins and you can tell a difference in them and some knock offs from Charlotte Russe. Maybe it is all in my head, but at the end of the night my feet hurt less in the Lous then they do in the cheapies, but some of that has to do with the amount of support and shape of the shoe.

      • Geniya

        “my feet hurt less” but they still hurt

        • Jenn

          They hurt because a long night in heels will hurt my feel no matter what shoes thy are, but they still feel better after a night in some more expensive heels then they do in heels from Target or Charlotte Russe.

          • Geniya

            enjoy deforming your feet a bit slower since you have $600 heals.

  • Charla

    I’m sure it doesn’t matter if the shoes are cheaper or not. It’s more about your foot being at an unnatural angel for 18 hrs a day.

    • Geniya

      foott suiside

  • Maybe by “cheap” you mean “poorly made”

  • Geniya

    why does everyone thinks she looks like a horse. Farrah abraham is a horse

  • Sascatchulokino

    I thought her feet would have been damaged from all those year’s racing in the Kentucky Derby!!!

  • jeff

    She just needs a good farmer to shoe her properly.

  • Sweet Venom

    I’ve heard of this happening. My ex’s mother wears heels whenever she goes out and she has foot problems now. Something with the bones not being damaged or something.

    • burkey

      yea theres plenty of bad results from wearing high heels. it puts an unnatural amount of stress on the balls of the feet, and usually for a prolonged period. sometimes the extra stress can cause little bone growths or spurs. also, like the article mentioned, the position your foot is in is basically the equivalent of walking around on your toes so your calf muscles get tight and shorter while the small muscles on the front of the ankle and leg get weaker and that muscle imbalance is not good for the ankles.. which is also why dancers who are up on their toes alot can sometimes have the same issues. im a physical therapist and a former dancer so i’ve had lots of experiences with this fun stuff lol

  • Damn her hands look so gnarly :/