SARAH JESSICA PARKER
She’s known for being a down-to-earth star who’s careful with her money, but Sarah Jessica Parker has one serious weakness – shoes.
‘I have far too many shoes – I mean really, really, really too many shoes,’ says the Sex And The City star.
‘I’ve been wearing Manolo Blahniks for 16, 17 years. I’m not proud of my habit, but it’s what I do with my disposable income. I can run a marathon., I can jump puddles, I can do anything in heels – the higher, the better.’
SJP dates her shoe obsession back to her childhood, when her hard-up mum bought her just two pairs of shoes a year and dressed her in jumble sale outfits at 60p a go. ‘That’s why I have such a weird relationship with money,’ she says.
‘It’s why I can be profligate or super-frugal.
It comes from this desire to save yet, on the other hand, when I have been working so hard I think – why can’t I have another pair of those Manolo Blahniks?’
She is estimated to have around 100 pairs of the shoes, which range from $300 to $1,000 and she wears them at all times, even though they give her bunions and Achilles injuries.
‘I’ve virtually destroyed my feet, but I like what a high heel does to a person,’ she says. ‘My feet are so abused by shoes that they’re numb. They’ve given in.’
She came to New York City with $35 in her pocket and made $2.90 an hour.
Now she pulls in $43 million a year with an estimated net worth of $315 million.
Second only to J.K. Rowling, the brains behind the Harry Potter books, Madonna is the highest-paid woman in England.
When it comes to shopping, she has invested her wealth in homes around the globe and extravagant art collections. Madonna and ex’s Guy Ritchie’s week-long wedding extravaganza in Scotland included $1,000-a-night rooms for everyone for a week.
She paid for Jimmy Choo’s publicist Marilyn Heston to deliver eight pairs of the designer’s wedding pumps to Scotland for her to choose from on her big day and on a daily basis she has an array of shoe designers at her beck and call.
The queen of pop spends more on private Pilates sessions annually than a minimum-wage worker makes all year.
Instead of shopping in stores, Madonna browses through special ‘look books’ that designers send her. She has been known to spend $60,000 in a single flip-through.
When it comes to designers, Madonna is a fan of close pal Stella McCartney and her favourite trousers are ‘my low-rider linen pants that Stella McCartney made for me.’