Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Marion Parke: Shoe designer and former podiatrist

Marion Parke is a shoe designer and former [podiatrist determined to fill a niche in the market for "wearable" luxury heels. The former foot doctor and has called upon her years of experience practicing as a podiatric surgeon to create anatomically correct luxury high heeled shoes (her heels are never designed over 85mm or 3,3"). According to the designer, her Italian made shoes support the human foot.

Parke claims her knowledge of the anatomical structure, and function of the human foot gives her a distinct advantage over her rivals when it comes to designing her stylish footwear range. She incorporates subtle tilts and wedges into the shoe in-socks which help stabilise the elevated foot.

Marion Parke’s SS16 collection proved very successful with the fashionista and, she hopes her new collection, SS 17, will have the same impact.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Redneck Boot Sandals

Redneck Boot Sandals are traditional cowboy boots carved and redesigned like a sandal with a toe post and straps.

The boots started as a joke when former deputy sheriff, Scotty Franklin, decided to marry cowboy boots with flip flops in 2012. Using his pocketknife, he carved his first pair of boot sandals on a pair of old boots. Walking around Springfield, Mo he not only met with admiring glances but people offered to buy his boots. So he decided to go into business, working in his garage and using only “basic tools”. At first Franklin worked on a design process taking commissions. Soon the business was so successful he was able to buy a leather sewing machine and other professional tools. He continues to do most of the initial cutting at home and outsources jobs to two local cobblers.

Since the beginning of this year he has fulfilled 1,000 orders and employs a total of eight staff. Orders are placed through the brand’s website and customers ship their own boots for the remanufacturing services, which cost $75, plus $25 for shipping and handling in the continental U.S. To date Texas is where demand for the cowboy-boot-sandals is highest but orders for the novelty Americana footwear come from all over the world. The Redneck Boot Company supports a local charity and donates to Isabel’s House , in Springfield, for child abuse and neglect.