Chie Mihara’s goal in designing footwear is to create styles that are feminine, fun, and truly comfortable. Every Chie Mihara shoes features an anatomical footbed 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 arquitecture and craftsmanship.
Distinctive Footwear from Spain
Chie Mihara launched her shoe line in Elda, Spain, in order to offer women something different: footwear designed by woman for women, with a priority placed on design and comfort.
We’re mothers, working women, active women! and we should have shoes that match our needs. We want to look feminine, beautiful, attractive but without giving up comfort.
”We’re mothers, working women, active women! and we should have shoes that match our needs. We want to look feminine, beautiful, attractive but without giving up comfort.”
Drawing on vintage influences ranging from 1930s feminity to 1980s humor, she began taking details from the past and reworking them to reflect contemporary esthetics and modern fashion. Her distinctive footwear quickly gained a following devoted to Chie’s unique approach to comfort and style.
Chie Mihara has now over 1000 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 Le Bon Marché in Paris.
Chie and Francisco
“I’m the heart and Francisco, the brain… without him, this project of brand would not be possible!”
History and studies
The second of three sisters, Chie Mihara was born in 1968 to Japanese parents in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
At 18, Chie moved to Japan to study fashion design at the Kyushu Design Gakkuin and work for Junko Koshino as a design assistant. She then moved to New York and studied accessories design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, focusing on shoes and handbags. While in NYC, Chie worked at Eneslow, an orthopedic shoe store, learning about foot anatomy and common foot problems, and worked as a shoe and bag designer for Sam & Libby. At age 27, she moved to Elda, Spain and worked for Charles Jourdan, a french luxury line of shoes.
Chie married at age 29 and has three children, and founded the incomparable footwear line, Chie Mihara, in 2001.
What makes Chie Mihara shoes different?