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We’re not quite sure anyone can rock a shoe with confidence quite like Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker---so when we chatted with Carrie Bradshaw herself at the actress’s Las Vegas pop-up shop for her SJP capsule footwear collection for Zappos Couture, we had to know the secret to how it’s done. Turns out, Parker wants you to forget about trying to be Carrie and just do you.

“I don’t have any hard and fast rules about shoes,” she told us while chatting inside the Shops at Crystals at the Aria Resort & Casino. “I feel like this whole idea of what’s right to wear and what’s the wrong thing is such a personal experience. Whatever makes you feel good and super confident and really capable has nothing to do with what I might think suits me. What makes a great shoe is what makes you feel good, and for some women, that’s a Converse high top.”

And don’t worry if it takes a while to find pairs that make you feel damn fabulous, says the actress. “It takes a long time to have enough confidence and really believe it and do it, but the truth is, you feel best when you do what you want to do,” said Parker. “You feel confident and powerful when you dress in a way that tells me who you are rather than trying to dress like someone else who you think is confident and powerful. The shoe that makes you feel good is what makes a powerful shoe. There are a myriad of varieties to fill that definition.” So, next time you’re shoe shopping, know SJP is on your side.