Meet Designer Marion Parke
A few weeks ago I made a new (fancy) friend on Instagram. No, seriously, we are friends now! After posting a this photo in a pair of Marion Parke shoes that were gifted to me by Hampden Clothing (my favorite!), Marion Parke (THE Marion Parke) DMed me and we started to chat like we were old friends! She asked how I liked her shoes and I went on and on about HOW comfortable they were.
I’m super particular about shoes as of late. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older and I’m just over my feet hurting all day every day or what, but I pretty much have a zero tolerance for shoes that hurt. I told her this and then she told me a little about her story…
The Most Comfortable Heels…By an Actual Doctor
Marion started her career as a podiatric surgeon and saw a space in the market for luxury shoes that actually fit a woman’s foot. I told her I knew I loved her the moment we started chatting, and after I found this out, I understood why. She legitimately KNOWS a woman’s foot and has made shoes, beautiful shoes, that are not only stylish and sophisticated, but incredibly comfortable!
I was so excited to hear this for so many reasons. Recently, after an 8 hour stint running around New York City in a pair of 4.5″ heels, my middle toes on my right foot went numb for over a month. Yes – completely numb and it really freaked me out! My mom is a former ballerina and has had foot surgery to correct similar issues. Since I’m in the same boat with the same dance background I’ve felt the need to take better care of my feet as well. Both she and I love our sky high heels and neither of us will give them up, so I loved hearing more about Marion’s passion.
Before our conversation ended we exchanged information and decided to move our relationship to the next level and into e-mail! 😉
After our chat I immediately called my mom to tell her all about the new shoe line and designer/doctor I had just met. My mom was OVER the moon and immediately went online to check them out. She told me, “Ashley, I know these shoes are a luxury, but they are prettier and cheaper than surgery!” And I had to laugh! She ended up getting on the phone with their customer service to ask them a few questions related to her super-high dancer arches and surgery history. They were able to point her in the correct shoe direction. This made me fall in love with the Marion brand even more.
Great customer service is totally the way to my heart.
My next stop was you guys!! I have been so excited to share with you this new (new to me) brand and to have you start thinking ‘Marion Parke’ the next time you have a special occasion that requires a very special shoe! I think this would be such a great shoe for your wedding, or if you are always in wearing black pumps for work, these would be a great investment piece that would get you through those long days.
This post is totally not sponsored (although, Marion.. I’m down if you are! 😉 ) I just genuinely wanted to tell you about an amazing woman who is doing serious things in the fashion industry! She’s a mother of two (with one on the way), a doctor, a luxury shoe designer, and most recently Forbes noted her a ‘designer to watch’! And, last but not least… we’re friends! 🙂