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Dr Liz Allen discovers Carrie Bradshaw’s $2,125 Manolo Blahnik shoes at Vinnie’s op shop for $35

Fashionistas are in a frenzy after Carrie Bradshaw’s iconic $2,125 wedding shoes are discovered at a charity op shop for just $35

  • An Australian lecturer got more than she bargained for in a Canberra op shop
  • She discovered an iconic pair of $2,125 Manolo Blahnik heels for just $35
  • The legendary shoes were worn by Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City film
  • Sarah Jessica Parker’s character wears them for her engagement and wedding 

A shopper got more than she bargained for while browsing in a charity op shop when she discovered iconic designer heels worth $2,125 for just $35.

Dr Liz Allen, a demographer at the Australian National University who researches trends in Australian society, spotted a pair of size 38 satin blue Manolo Blahnik shoes on a rack in a Vinnie’s store in Belconnen, Canberra.


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The handcrafted stilettos, made in Italy, are the same style as the ones Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw wore for her engagement and wedding to Mr Big in the 2008 Sex and the City film.

The jewel-encrusted ‘Hangisi’ pumps remained the world’s most searched for bridal shoes online for more than nine years after the movie was released. 

Astounded by the find, Dr Allen posted a picture of the shoes to Twitter where she was inundated with delighted responses. 

ANU demographer Dr Liz Allen spotted these size 38 satin blue Manolo Blahniks on a rack in a Vinnie’s store in Belconnen, Canberra

The stilettos are the same as the ones Sarah Jessica Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw wears for her engagement and wedding to Mr Big in the 2008 Sex and the City film

The stilettos are the same as the ones Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw wears for her engagement and wedding to Mr Big in the 2008 Sex and the City film

‘They’re definitely the proposal shoes!’ one woman replied.

‘I’ve thought about these shoes all night,’ another added, while a third joked: ‘And I thought my $2 Skechers were a bargain.’

A fourth said: ‘I don’t wear high heels, but I want these.’

But while dozens swooned over the pair of heels, others were skeptical about the authenticity.

‘Pity they’re fake,’ one woman claimed.

‘You can see here how the label is sewn in with neat, even stitches, not just tacked at the ends,’ she added alongside a photo of her own pair of Manolo Blahnik heels.

‘The marks on the sole are quite different, e.g. lower case for “handmade in Italy”. The finish is off too. But whatever, who looks at your shoe soles?’

One shopper who shared a picture of her own Manolo Blahnik heels (pictured) claimed the shoes from the op shop is fake, as she pointed out how the stitching on both pairs are different

One shopper who shared a picture of her own Manolo Blahnik heels (pictured) claimed the shoes from the op shop is fake, as she pointed out how the stitching on both pairs are different

The Manolo Blahniks usually cost $2,125 but were marked just $35 in the Belconnen op shop

The Manolo Blahniks usually cost $2,125 but were marked just $35 in the Belconnen op shop

Women wondered if the mystery donor of the shoes (pictured) might be former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who is known for her fashionable footwear

Women wondered if the mystery donor of the shoes (pictured) might be former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who is known for her fashionable footwear

Others wondered who might have donated such an iconic piece of pop culture history, with some suggesting Australia’s former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who is renowned for her fashionable footwear.

‘Can’t help but wonder if they might have belonged to Julie Bishop,’ one woman wrote.

Her comment is a reference to Carrie’s voiceover on Sex and the City which often begins: ‘I couldn’t help but wonder.’

It wouldn’t be the first time Ms Bishop has given shoes to charity, having donated the red satin pumps she wore to announce her resignation from cabinet in August 2018  to an exhibition at the Museum of Democracy in Canberra.

The blue Manolo shoes are the same size as the red pumps, though 38 is one of the most common women’s shoe sizes and does not mean they belonged to Ms Bishop.

Unfortunately for eagle-eyed bargain hunter Dr Allen, 38 was not the right fit but Tasmanian ABC journalist Erin Cooper has offered to buy them off her.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk