SJP's new trainers have divided the internet

And the MC office

And the MC office

I've always been a fab of Sarah Jessica Parker's style, both on and off screen. When she first launched her shoe collection in 2014, I was all for it. The collection itself was all beautiful pointy shoes with trademark grosgrain detail that Carrie Bradshaw would be proud of.

But she's just launched a pair of 'sneakers' (or trainers for us non-Americans) and I just can't get on board with those. Why? Because they're. Not. Trainers. By any stretch of the imagination.

Let's just take a look at them, shall we? Here is SJP, showing them off, twirling around and executing her finest pas-de-bourré to prove how sports-appropriate they are.

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They're very pretty for sure, the glitter finish is eye-catching and the t-bar is stylish. But it's a glorified ballet pump and certainly does not warrant the 'first sneaker' label, does it?

But perhaps I'm a purist when it comes to shoes, because another Marie Claire staffer vehemently disagreed with me, arguing, 'SJP is never going to be seen wearing a pair of bloody Adidas Stan Smiths, is she? The mere fact she's traded in her signature Manolo Blahnik skyscrapers for a heelless pump certainly justifies her calling them a ‘sneaker' in my eyes. You couldn't get a more Carrie Bradshaw approved pair of sneakers.'

And it's not just the MC office these shoes have divided, the whole world wide web is confused too.

One user wrote, 'These are so pretty, but do they qualify as sneakers?'

Another stated, 'Omg I've been wanting glittery sneakers but then thought it might be too kiddish then I saw these!'

Well at least we can all agree they're pretty, right?

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.