Minnesota podiatrist joins fashion, function with new shoe design
Meryl Streep, Jessica Alba, and Oprah, the appropriate response is a Minnesota mother, a podiatrist who says she loves fashion but hates painful shoes.
“I’m distracted (when I’m uncomfortable),” said Marion Parke. “I’m not my full self because I’m thinking about how sore my feet are. You’re talking and all I hear is, ‘Heel pain, heel pain, heel pain.’”
A talk on high curves, at last, instructed Parke why: Most designer shoes have no insole support, driving all the weight on the ball of the foot.
“I said, ‘Wow. All of these problems sound just like the complaints that women have when they wear high heels,’” Parke said.
There were lots of complaints, and when Parke began practicing, she heard them every one of them, four years before leaving her Twin Cities podiatry clinic to make shoes consolidating art and science.
“Women themselves can be both beautiful and smart,” said Parke. “Why can’t we do that in the footwear world, too?”
She could, and she did, sketching designs, hiring patent lawyers and cold calling operators, all to launch what’s presently her namesake brand.
Parke’s shoes are made in indistinguishable Italian manufacturing plants from the world’s most celebrated shoes—like Gucci, Prada and Jimmy Choo—made with the best calfskins, best tanneries, and same $500 sticker price, yet with one major contrast: Marion Parke shoes, she says, are as practical as they are trendy, with therapeutic evaluation padding regularly utilized in prosthetics, and her protected insoles that give security and curve bolster she says is the way to comfort.
“The quality and the craftsmanship is second to none,” said Parke. “You’re able to redistribute your weight and put less pressure on the ball of your foot. I do feel like this is something women are looking for actively every day.”
What’s more, they’re discovering Parke, with her shoes currently worn by stars and included in many top magazines, all gratitude to footwear—and a way of thinking—she expectations will lift ladies, three creeps one after another.
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