Mary-Kyri Pallaras : Don't walk this way
Mary-Kyri Pallaras
Don't walk this way
Mareta, December 3, 2007
Mary-Kyri Pallaras
Mary-Kyri Pallaras


The Mary-Kyri story began with her childhood fascination for high-heeled shoes. As a girl she was obsessed with her mother’s collection and often dressed up in oversized heels and way too much make-up to perform for the family. Her teenage passion grew to an addiction for designer label stilettos and an overdrawn monthly credit card! It was during these years, that she set her sights on becoming Australia’s own version of Manolo Blahnik.

Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Roujia
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Roujia


Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Adore
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Adore


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Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Allure


Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Symona & Elara
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Symona & Elara


Mary-Kyri completed a Diploma in Fashion Design, Clothing and Textiles at the Marleston Design Institute in South Australia in 2003. On completion of the Diploma, she was employed in a number of design roles within the fashion industry, but shoes were her passion.

Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Enchara
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Enchara


Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Cavana Backstage, 2006
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Cavana Backstage, 2006


Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Elara
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Elara


During the last year Mary-Kyri (28 old) has been taking the fashion world by storm with her innovative, stylish and unique footwear collections which she herself designs. All her shoes, which cater to the top end of the market are made in Italy which is reflected in their high quality. As she put it they are “Designed in Australia, Made in Italy and wrapped with Love”.

Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Genova
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Genova


Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Nicia
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Nicia


Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Lisav
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Lisav


It’s not only Kylie Minogue, Princess Mary, Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchet who have fallen in love with Mary-Kyri shoes. Mary-Kyri is a passionate and dynamic businesswoman who has been profiled in numerous national magazines and newspapers, also speaking at a number of business seminars.

Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Oliviera
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Oliviera


The designer has developed a reputation for producing beautiful, unique, high fashion stilettos that are also extremely comfortable, made entirely in Italy.

Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Enchara
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Enchara


Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Clemona
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Clemona


Mareta: What do you love about living in South Australia?

Mary-Kyri: The relaxed lifestyle and atmosphere. The coastline is quite beautiful.

Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Cavilla
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Cavilla


M.: What are the advantages of being involved in the South Australia fashion community?

M.K.: Opportunities to develop great relationships as there are not many of us here compared to Sydney or Melbourne.

Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Phina
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Phina


Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Lichena
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Lichena


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Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Medistaz


M.: What’s your career highlight?

M.K.: Kylie Minogue walking on the streets of Manchester, England wearing my favourite design of Mary-Kyri Shoes. Having the photographer contact me and tell me that he loved my design and will be on the watch for other celebrities wearing my shoes. Also being featured in high fashion national magazines such as Vogue, In Style, Cream, Curve, Cosmopolitan, Harpers Bazaar, etc.

Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Toliza
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Toliza


M.: What advice could you give to someone considering starting a business in South Australia?

M.K.: Enjoy and be passionate about what you do, when you begin your own business you live, love, eat and breathe it. The passion and love for you business is what pulls you through the very difficult times.

Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Pariz
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Pariz


Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Zachara
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Zachara


M.: What’s on the agenda for the future?

M.K.: Sales begin in the UK, Ireland, USA, Middle Eastern Countries and Russia next month. Conquer the international market. Give myself one massive pat on the back as my new MARY-KYRI Handbag Summer 08 collection will launch interacting with the shoe design next month on the international market.

Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Vernise
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Vernise


Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Ursula
Mary-Kyri Pallaras_Ursula


www.mary-kyri.com