role has left its mark on her – and on us. Seated in a small Italian restaurant in New York's SoHo district, our neighbor stares at the petite actress, despite her casual attire of grey cotton blouse, jeans rolled at the hems and, yes, high heels. One expects nothing less, but Parker tells me extra inches are a rarity these days. "For ten or so years, I literally ran in heels. I worked 18-hour days and never took them off. I wore beautiful shoes, some better made than others, and never complained. But then I did I Don’t Know How She Does It, and I was very thoughtful about my whole wardrobe and said, you know, [Kate Reddy] could not afford really good footwear. So I got [lower priced] shoes and the bottoms weren’t leather, they were plastic, so I slipped a couple times, twisted my ankle. I went to a foot doctor and he said, 'Your foot does
things it shouldn't be able to do. That bone there... You've created that bone. It doesn't belong there.' The moral of the story is, the chickens are coming home to roost. It's sad, because my feet took me all over the world, but eventually they were like, 'You know what, we are really tired, can you just stop – and don't put cheap shoes on us?'"
Eventually, I shoo Parker out into the cold evening, knowing she is late for her 'date' with son James Wilkie and that she is a woman who hates to break promises, to her children especially. She fusses about getting me a taxi, then with a hug and assurances of connecting me with the publishers of a book she says is “the greatest book of 2013, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – if [the author] doesn't win the Pulitzer and the Nobel then everybody needs to rethink everything”, she rushes out the door. I watch as she hops off the sidewalk, stiletto landing assuredly on the tarmac, and feel confident that Parker will be running in heels for years to come. As long as they're beautiful ones.
“For ten or so years, I literally ran in HEELS. I never took them off”
Jacket by Theory; pants and pumps by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane; cuffs and bracelet by Carolina Buccicredits
Creative director: Jo Baldwin. Hair: Serge Normant at Jedroot. Makeup: Leslie Lopez at The Wall Group. Nails: Gina Eppolito. Fashion assistant: Sofia Catania