Friendship, Footwear, and Cosmopolitan: Twenty Years of "Sex and the City"


Once upon a time, there lived a girl who lived in the brightest, most diverse, fashionable place on the face of the earth: New York. Her name was Carrie. Carrie Bradshaw. Carrie was a writer who worked on her famous weekly column for The New York Star, Sex and the City, which explored the world of love and sex within New York City. She also had three best friends with different personalities and backgrounds. There was Charlotte, the traditional friend who grew up in “Episcopalian Connecticut” and came from old money, Miranda, the lawyer who graduated from Harvard and worked to get where she was, and Samantha, the hedonistic and sexually frank one of the quartet. One thing these four girls had in common was their love for designer goodsmore specifically, designer shoes. Their designer of choice was no other than Manolo Blahnik. Little did Carrie and her friends know that their love of Manolos, their lives as single thirty-year-old women in New York City, and their unconditional love and friendship would inspire countless women and men to leave behind their small town lives, pack their Samsonite bags, and head to New York in hopes of finding romance, intimacy, and expensive footwear.

Today, it has been twenty years since the show Sex and The City first aired on HBO. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty old just thinking about it. In just a couple decades, we’ve evolved in our ideologies pertaining to love, sex, femininity, and friendship. Gone (or so we like to think) is the idea of sexual orientation being a black-and-white issue. Also changed are the way we view members of the LGBTQ+ community and how women are viewed in the workplace. It was these four fictional women who started conversations that ignited movements and shaped the way the new millennium viewed women.

Many people will agree that Sex and the City is one of the most influential shows in American history following the footsteps of classic TV sitcoms such as All in the Family and The Jeffersons. I couldn’t help but wonderwhat was it about this show that inspired so many of us to become so emotionally invested in the lives of these four women? Was it that they represent what many of us want to be? Or are we simply just so tired of own lives that putting ourselves in Carrie’s Manolos or Samantha’s Gucci is just what the doctor ordered?

Like most aficionados of the show, I tend to classify myself as which character I identify with most. While most of us would love to be Carrieperhaps due to her amazing shoe collection, cheap Upper East Side apartment ($750 a month for a studio apartment in NYC? Imagine!), and her three loyal best friends—the majority of us simply don’t fit the Carrie criteria, and that’s okay! Maybe we’re the Samantha’s of the world, fashionable, assertive, and fearless, or more like Miranda: assertive, confident, and practical. Of course, you could even be a Charlotte by being whimsical, optimistic, and loyal. Personally, I’d like to think of myself as Carrie, but if I’m being honest here, I think I’m a mix of all the ladies. 


Yes, I admit it. I can be fearless like Samantha, assertive at times much like Miranda, a bit too optimistic like Charlotte, and ultimately resilient like Carrie. Overall, what I’m saying is, perhaps the reason why this show is talked about to this day lies in the fact that each character represents a part of ourselves. While we may or may not have access to stunning Manolos, affordable Manhattan apartments, and the hottest restaurants in town, the one thing we have in common with the four women is what we want out of life: friendship, love, extensive shoe collections, and affordable apartments. It’s these four things that have led to so many people falling in love with and getting “carried” away with SATC. The show proved that yes, those four things are out thereyou just have to get out of bed, buy those expensive royal blue kitten heels, grab your best friends, and enjoy a refreshing cosmopolitan. 


By Kevin Martinez

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