By Meggen Harris
March 28, 2023
As seen on Forbes.com
Shoes and bags can completely transform an outfit. Investing in well-made accessories with timeless designs ensures you will have these items for years to come. Now that it is spring and the warmer weather is right around the corner, I tapped into seven brand founders to see which shoes and bags from each of their brands they feel are must-haves perfect for spring (and well beyond).
When it comes to footwear, I can no longer tolerate shoes that hurt my feet. One of my favorite shoe brands that (dare I say) are beyond comfortable, is Marion Parke, who was a former podiatric surgeon gone shoe designer. I have written about her several times in the past because I love her shoes. So, I had to include a pair of her shoes in this round up.
“The SS23 collection takes inspiration from both demure and strong feminine colors in powder pink, magenta and capri blue,” Parke tells me of her latest spring collection. “We’re also experimenting with the high summer materials of linen and rattan in a few of our best-selling styles. In terms of trend, platforms are back in a major way in everything from platform pumps to platform slides.” When I ask Parke what some of her must-haves from the collection are she responds, “A few shoe wardrobe staples are a flat metallic sandal that can be worn from day to night, an easy-wearing block heel city sandal, and a high summer rattan sandal. A few styles from the newest collection that fit the bill are the Ramona metallic sandal, the Imogen sandal, and the Adele platform wedge.”
As far as the shoe that I think is the must-have for the season, I opted for the brand’s classic pump in bone linen. It is the perfect color for spring and summer, and it is much more forgiving than a white pump that quickly shows scuffs and marks. I know from having so many pairs of Marion Parke shoes, that I will undoubtedly have these for years to come and they will always be in style.