Everyone knows the wonderful scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy finds out the key to getting home was on her feet the whole time. The Ruby Red iconic slippers that graced her feet simply needed to be clicked together as she recited the magic words, “There’s no place like home.”
I, like many young girls born after the making of this movie had my very own pair of dazzling red shoes, which I wore every chance I got. The only downside was the constant pleads from adults to click my heels together and recite the infamous line. I may have been 6 but the fashion statement I was making was something serious and I was not to be toyed with.
Unfortunately, I grew out of those beautiful shoes and moved on to my teen years which were filled with converse and the fear of being viewed as a bit too extra. It wasn’t until the summer after my first year at the Fashion Institute of Technology that I realized letting your style flourish is the sure fire way to success.
I educated myself about the fashion world, and of course binged every episode of Sex and the City – movies included – to figure out what I wanted my style to say about me. I went on to follow many stylish people on social media just to make sure I drenched myself in all things style. To my surprise one of my fashion icons, Sarah Jessica Parker, posted that she was having a pop-up shop for her shoe collection I’d been drooling over for months (I don’t like to buy shoes without trying them on). I dragged my friend to East 52nd street on a rainy day in November to find the shoes that had been calling to me every time I scrolled on Instagram.
The Sparkly Mary Jane Pumps. The shoes that reminded me of both my child hood and my future fashion goals of adult hood were staring me in the eyes. I. Was. Hypnotized. “Would you like to try them on?” said the lovely sales women watching my eyes grow bigger with desire. I nodded my head and told her my size.
Cinderella, Dorothy, the Queen of England with a bit of Carrie Bradshaw is the only way I can describe how I felt when I effortlessly slipped into these Italian leather, perfectly-fitted-to-my-feet shoes. Absolutely Magical. I felt both elegant and childlike. These shoes embody what it means to be a 20-year-old woman fabulously figuring things out. I may only be going to classes but my shoes say, “Yes, that’s my seat right next to Anna Wintour. Thank you.”
These shoes are for the spring, summer, and fall. Honestly, you could through on some thin socks and risk a toe or two in order to wear them in the winter. They’re definitely worth it.
Luckily for us all, SJP recently re-opened her pop-up shop at 6 West 52nd Street between 5th and 6th Aves. Go check it out and see if you’ll be able to spark a long lasting love affair much like my Mary Jane’s and I have!
Photo Credit: SJP Collection