“An Urban Shoe Myth” – The Famed Shoes of the ’90s!

Manolo Blahnik FW13 Campari 105 in Black Patent Leather

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As many of us may remember from Sex and the City‘s series 4, Carrie Bradshaw brought fame to these Mary Jane pumps over the last decade when she found these in Vogue‘s accessory closet. They were deemed “An Urban Shoe Myth” as they were sold out so quickly after they were conceived in 1994. This shoe was Manolo’s and probably the world’s best seller for practical everyday wear. They came in various heel heights and different colors to suit everyone’s preferences. Not only were they well made, they were also extremely comfortable. They were certainly the “it” shoes of the ’90s and will continue to be a forever classic in the world of shoes!

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Modeling pictures:

Outfit reference:
Wool, silk, and leather blazer – Helmut Lang
Silk and cotton tank – Club Monaco
Waxed jeans – Hudson Jeans
Jewelry – Tiffany & Co, David Yurman, and Links of London

Wardrobe tip:
I usually gravitate toward black outfits, but I don’t demonstrate these attires as much on my blog because black tends to be very difficult to capture on camera even for professionals. However, they can also be a bit harsh and daunting in real life depending on your style. So to balance its raw, edgy fierceness (especially with these motorcycle jeans and leather accents), wear something slightly feminine like a silk top or as demonstrated here – a pair of Mary Janes – sweet and ultra feminine with its grown up high heels updated by Manolo.

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For me, any woman MUST own a pair of Campari’s – or multiples for shoe addicts like me! That’s why these are my second addition after my nude 90’s which I bought in 2010. I wore my nude Campari‘s so much that I’ve pretty much exhausted the life out of them. My cobbler has repaired them so many times, that finally he said that there was something that he couldn’t do – fix the scratched leather at the toe point because you can’t just patch on a piece of leather here. So I waited for a long time, and finally found these babies for 67% off at Neiman’s Last Call!!! I could not believe that these classics were available when they are NEVER discounted in the stores. Good things happen to those who wait 😀

Here are some pictures comparing my new shoes and my old ones. Again, heel height 105 vs 90.

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As much credit as I want to give Sarah Jessica Parker, I actually did not fall in love with these shoes because of her. It was British Vogue‘s stylist Emma Elwick-Bates who was featured in one of Net-A-Porter’s fashion videos in 2011 (Magazine 120). She was in full on action styling models and running around, rocking these Campari’s. Here are some screen shots that I took:

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Last but not least, I just have to link to this Youtube video featuring SJP as Carrie at Vogue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXSlUAS2MNw&feature=youtu.be

 

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