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Chie Mihara

For Chie, shoe design has never been about simply producing eye-catching pieces. Having studied fashion in ‘Kyushyu Design Gakkuin’ in Japan, followed by accessory design in ‘F.I.T’, New York, Chie moved on to an internship at Eneslow, an orthopaedic shoe shop. There, she realised her true dream- to create stylish shoes which, above all, guaranteed the foot supreme comfort. This dream came true when Chie was recognised as ‘Trend Setter of the Year’ 2008 by Drapers Footwear Awards.

Chie Mihara launched her shoe line in Elda, Spain, in January 2002 in order to offer women something different, footwear designed by woman for women, with a priority placed on design and comfort. "We’re mothers, workers-all of us women!" she said, "and we should have shoes that will match our needs. We want to look feminine, beautiful, attractive but without giving up comfort". Drawing on vintage influences ranging from 1930s femininity to 1980s humour, she began taking details from the past and reworking them to reflect contemporary aesthetics and modern fashion. Her distinctive footwear quickly gained a following devoted to Chie's unique approach to comfort and style.

Eight years later, Chie Mihara has over 800 clients worldwide, including luxury department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus in the U.S.A, Selfridges in England, Isetan in Japan, and Au Bon Marche in France. In 2008, she opened her flagship Chie Mihara store in Tokyo.

Instantly recognisable on the shop floor, Chie Mihara’s tremendously artistic and creative designs have earned the brand pride of place alongside masters of the designer shoe. Notably, Selfridges now regards Chie Mihara as its foremost line, a move copied by other leading boutiques across the UK and Ireland.

Chie's goal in designing footwear is to create styles that are feminine, fun, and truly comfortable. Every Chie Mihara shoes features an anatomical foot bed that Chie designed specifically to accommodate a woman's foot. She draws on facets of her multicultural background when creating her collections: Brazil informs the feminine details; Japan influences her design approach; the U.S.A contributes practicality; and Spain is the source for the high quality of construction. Chie wants women to visually and emotionally connect to her shoes, while she takes care of the practical side with careful attention to architecture and craftsmanship.

Price range: €70-€160

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