Sarah Jessica Parker Pairs a New Hybrid Shoe Trend With...Sally Rooney's New Book?

With all due respect to her accessories, it's Parker's advance copy I really want.

Sarah Jessica Parker on set of And Just Like That with Sally Rooney's new book
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Fans of Sex and the City and its spin-off, And Just Like That..., have always known Carrie Bradshaw is a bona fide fashion girl. (Do I have to mention the Manolos or the Fendi baguettes?) Filming AJLT's third season in New York City, Sarah Jessica Parker showed that her most iconic character is also a bit of a literary darling. In addition to being photographed in her favorite hybrid shoe trend of the summer, Parker-slash-Bradshaw was also spotted with her hands on Sally Rooney's new (and unreleased) book.

Let's start with the familiar: the fashion. Parker was seen filming outside of a brownstone apartment on Tuesday, July 2, in an outfit she previously wore for another shoot in June. Then and now, the look's high point was a pair of stark white, hybrid Mary Jane-pumps by Maison Margiela. Parker paired them with a semi-sheer long-sleeve tee and a distressed denim skirt, also by Margiela.

Sarah Jessica Parker in character as Carrie Bradshaw wearing a khaki skirt and margiela mary jane pumps

Sarah Jessica Parker was spotted filming season 3 of And Just Like That... while re-wearing a pair of Mary Jane pumps she previously filmed in, in June.

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Between the first day of filming back in June and her latest sighting, Parker didn't change up her outfit all that much. She wore her hair down, her face free of heavy makeup, and her hybrid Mary Jane heels unadorned. In her arms, Parker also carried an unexpected accessory: a tiny gray kitten. (Plot points involving the cat, TBA.)

Running up and down the stairs of the set's townhouse, Parker make the towering shoes look as natural as slippers—not an easy feat in a market dominated by actual flats and Mary Janes. Of course, Carrie Bradshaw is the last character who would abandon heels entirely, no matter what's happening in the zeitgeist.

Hybrid shoe trends are becoming a fixture in Parker's wardrobe, on and off set. Last week, she wore a pair that combined a ballet flat's curved toe with a lower pump heel and a Mary Jane strap. Days later, she filmed yet another And Just Like That... scene wearing a pair of single-strap Mary Jane heels. Those were outfitted with a sparkly crystal strap—and complemented her twist on the capri pants trend.

Sarah Jessica Parker in character as Carrie Bradshaw wearing a light sweater green skirt and margiela hybrid shoes

Sarah Jessica Parker was filmed wearing her hybrid heels for several takes, including some where she cradles an adorable gray cat.

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Kitten co-stars and towering Mary Jane heels are a lot for one outfit to handle. Still, Parker's on-set look wasn't done there. The real star of her accessories lineup would make noted fashion bookworm Kaia Gerber jealous: She was photographed carrying a copy of Intermezzo, the fourth novel by Irish author Sally Rooney.

Sally Rooney's novels are the It Girls of contemporary literature, and ones that flesh-and-blood It Girls love to be seen reading. They aren't simply best-sellers. Normal People's blue and green cover was a fixture in street style in 2019, even ahead of the soulful Hulu adaptation starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal. Before Beautiful World, Where Are You came out in 2021, early copies were trophies in cities like New York. Celebrities including Taylor Swift, Emily Ratajkowski, and the aforementioned Kaia Gerber have all recommended Rooney's sparse prose and mercurial narrators in interviews.

Intermezzo, the book Parker held in her hands on set, is Rooney's fourth and highly anticipated book. It's also only available for readers to pre-order until its official release in September—meaning Parker pulled some strings to get a copy.

Sarah Jessica Parker on set of And Just Like That carrying sally rooney's book and wearing hybrid mary jane pumps

Sarah Jessica Parker was also photographed flipping through Sally Rooney's novel Intermezzo between takes.

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Wearing designers straight off the runway is a flex Parker has made many times before. (See: the sheer Simone Rocha dress she wore weeks earlier.) Reading soon-to-be-blockbuster books before they're released is a new kind of insider moment for the star—and one that anyone with an active Goodreads account will envy.

Parker-slash-Bradshaw's summer read won't be available for immediate purchase until September 24. You can, however, shop her equally-covetable hybrid shoe trend from the picks ahead—and pre-order the book for a matching moment when it's finally available.

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Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.