Born in Brazil to Japanese parents, Chie Mihara studied fashion and accessories design in Japan and New York. After graduating from F.I.T. in New York, she did an internship at Eneslow, an orthopedic shoe store, and then worked at Sam & Libby as a shoe and bag designer. At 27, she moved to Spain where she worked for Charles Jourdan.
Chie launched her own line in Elda, Spain, in 2002 in order to offer women something different; footwear designed by woman for women, with a priority placed on design and comfort. Drawing on vintage influences ranging from 1930s femininity to 1980s humor, 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.
Chie’s goal in designing footwear is to create styles that are feminine, fun, and truly comfortable. Every Chie Mihara shoe features an anatomical footbed that Chie designed specifically to accommodate a woman’s foot.