Marion Garrett Parke '00
Alumni Achievement Award
Founder and CEO of Marion Parke Shoes
Marion Parke '00 is an American podiatric surgeon and luxury footwear designer. Motivated by her vision for footwear with intelligent design, her brand seamlessly blends thoughtful structure with an elegant, yet edgy, style.
In her podiatry practice, Marion has treated countless stylish women seeking beautiful footwear with considerate construction. In response to this need, she launched her namesake collection in the Spring of 2016. Her footwear quickly garnered editorial and retailer interest. She was named a finalist for the Accessories Council’s prestigious Emerging Designer Award in 2015 and received Fashion Group International’s Rising Star Award in Accessories for 2018, an honor bestowed upon major names in the fashion industry when their businesses were emerging.
The MARION PARKE footwear collection is carried at exclusive retailers and has been featured in a variety of digital and print publications including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Fast Company, Forbes, Glamour, Harper’s BAZAAR, InStyle, Town & Country, VOGUE, W, The Wall Street Journal, WWD, and more. Locally, Balliet's carries the collection.
Marion and her family have deep roots at Casady including her husband, Dr. Will Parke ’99; her siblings Braden Garrett ’86 and Lizanne Garrett Reger ’01; and her sisters-in-law Betty Jane Harvey Garrett ’86, Laura Parke ’02, and Lindsey Parke Ridgeway ’04. After graduating in 2000, Marion attended the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Zoology. She then attended Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine for her D.P.M., Podiatric Medicine/Podiatry. She completed her residency for foot and ankle surgery at the Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, Florida, in 2012.