An Australian Twitter user caused a flurry of excitement on Wednesday when she posted about a bargain find at a Vinnies op shop in Belconnen, Canberra: designer Manolo Blahniks shoes worth $2,125 for a steal at $35, The Guardian reports.
And not just any pair of Manolo Blahniks, but the same blue satin jewel buckle pumps that Carrie Bradshaw wears during her proposal and marriage in the 2008 Sex and the City film.
Dr Liz Allen, a demographer at ANU who is better known for her research papers on trends in Australian society, said she went to the Vinnies charity shop to find a replacement for her Hush Puppy sandals from the $8 shoe rack but was caught by the special shoes on the top shelf rack.
“I saw a sparkle in the corner of my eye,” Allen said.
She posted the discovery to Twitter where she said it “exploded” with comments from people from all corners of the country.
Twitter users were quick to draw her attention to the Sex and the City connection.
Speculation abounded in the comment section as to who the donor could have been, with Dr Jenna Price suggesting Canberra resident Julie Bishop, who is renowned for her fashionable footwear.
It wouldn’t be the first time Bishop has donated her footwear to charity, having given the sparkly red satin heels in which she announced her resignation to be displayed at the Museum of Democracy in Canberra.
Comments on Twitter questioned the authenticity of the shoes as genuine Manolo Blahniks. There was a suggestion that they could be a Marks and Spencer copy.