Chie Mihara - Interview and Giveaway!

We've been fans of Chie Mihara ever since the wonderful team at Surgery PR introduced us to her wonderful shoe collection back in March, so we're delighted to pair up with the lovely designer and run a very exciting giveaway for South Molton St Style followers.

For those new to the brand, Chie and her team make every pair of shoes by hand - employing Spanish craft-workers who were left unemployed as machines took over the industry. She also recognises that a woman really needs to fall in love with a pair of shoes, check out her wonderful list of love letters on her website from happy customers who feel she does exactly that!  You can read our initial (more in depth) overview here for more information on a very unique talent. Below are our favourite pairs from her most recent collection, retailing from £180:









We caught up with Chie last week, to talk about her AW11 collection (which we love)...

Chie, we've been an admirer of your designs for a long time - where do you get your aspiration from?
From people, from observing our needs, our desires, what drives and motivate us. Design is about communication. I want to really fulfill womens' needs with comfort, a design that makes her dream and a quality she can trust.

It's lovely to see true craftsmanship in the way you make your shoes, tell us more about it.

The shoe making in Spain is so old that generation after generation pass their knowhow, and makes very high quality footwear. Its very important for me the care and love workers have for shoes here in Spain. They say that shoes run in their blood!

You've lived in some amazing places, is there any particular place that you feel as inspired you most as a designer?

Not really, but I'm aware that having lived in many different places gives me a sense of not caring where I'm from, I am myself, not a country or a culture.

If you could be the Creative Director for any other fashion brand/house - which one would you choose and why?

That's a funny question Because I never thought of it...but I love what Valentino is doing now and unquestionably Miuccia Prada has all my admiration...even though I know I could not do as good a job because I'm very individualistic. I'm not good at team work when it comes to designing...

Have you had the 'I've made it' moment yet? If so, what made you get it?

I've made it? The moment I think that way is the moment I start to die!

If you could pinpoint one moment, when have you felt most proud of your achievements so far?
Every collection is an achievement, every mail received by a happy customer or a fan is a super achievement!

We love your AW11 collection, do you have a favourite pair?

My collection has about 160 styles every season and I always include a theme that "pushes" the collection a little further. Which not always is well sold, but for me is the vital to present it. This season was about men's shoes from the 70's, alongated, smoky, jazzy type of shoes on shiny leather.

Whats next for Chie Mihara shoes?

Looking forward for a new store somewhere in Europe


Now kids, we've got something special for you!!! Chie has kindly donated a pair of any style of her shoes for one lucky follower.  To win, you must do one of two things:

Follow our blog
If you are a Google Friend, you must follow this blog and write a comment telling us which is your favourite pair of shoes from the AW11 collection.
If you aren't a blogger, please follow South Molton St Style on Facebook here and write on the group's wall which pair of shoes you like the most from her AW11 collection.
The winner will be selected by Anna, Steph and Chie on the last day of the month, so think creatively and dare to impress! Remember to keep posted with the giveaway via our Twitter @ SMS_Style too!
South Molton St Style


Kate said...

Love, love the Ortiga shoes! Dying to win them! xx

Domestic Diva said...

I love the Incas and the Fenomenos. So fab!

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Verena Hafner - musings of a fashion stylist said...

The Darrer! I'm in love! My search for the perfect pair of brogues is well documented on my blog. I always thought I wanted the most classic I could possibly find. Boy, was I wrong. These are minimalistic, modern and very, very beautiful. Off now to fantasy-pair them with items from my existing wardrobe...

(Oh, and I follow on bloglovin.)


Lily said...

I am in love with the Yakitoy !! They are the perfect pair of classic pumps and would look amazing with SO many different outfits...and be wonderfully comfortable as well :)


Liz said...

I want the Incas! Perfect with denim or as seen with skirts and tights! Seeing as how she makes handmade shoes, does she make them big enough to fit my massive glamazon feet? (i.e. size 9?)


Noelani said...

Yay, I didn't miss the giveaway! I love the nacho booties and have been a fan of Chie's for quite some time. I follow via bloglovin but will get on the google follow now too;)

KatGotTheCream said...

It's the Darrer style for me. Perfect dress up, dress down shoes!
Following your blog!!

Whitney said...

I was not able to post on Facebook, so I came back to this post.

I searched through the site and was extremely impressed with the craftsmanship of these shoes. The "pizca" style is timeless and fashionable.

I often blog about vintage/timeless fashion, and the "pizcas" are just that: classic shoes for a classy woman.

Thank you for the giveaway.


Sarah said...

It's a toss up between Darrer and Ortiga, but marginally I prefer Darrer. They're the perfect pair of classic, timeless shoes; they'd go with so many outfits! I think they're brilliant for the androgynous look. Dying to win them!

Great post! I love your blog, keep up the good work!

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo

Kausar Kamarul said...

oh i cant decide between the Fenomeno and the Ortiga! both are to die for! but if i had to choose, i'd go for the Ortiga. the red made it irresistible. was never much of a heels person, but oh man, these totally converted me. i am now a heels lover.
i daresay this is one of the best giveaways i've ever seen. real cool. :D

Unknown said...

These shoes are so sublime, I love them all, but I would choose 'Incas' as my favourite choice.

Jade x

Faith J. said...
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Faith J. said...

WOW! I have always admired Chie Mihara as being some of the most unique and beautiful shoes I've ever seen; they really speak to me. They have an old soul, their shapes reference the past and yet they feel very modern and fresh.

It was hard to choose my favorite when I looked at the A/W collection on the website, but I can't resist the cognac/grey colorblocking of the Anoak shoe! It has to be my favorite!

I am a Google Friend Connect follower! Thank you for the chance to win.
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Terra said...

These are all so beautiful. I love the idea of a handmade shoe.. cobbling is an incredible skill & artform.
I'm in love with the Enara, partially because the style is just simple perfection, but also because I immediately was reminded of a TV character I love, Inara, from Firefly.
I may be too late to enter the contest, but whooooa did you ever get my attention with your beautiful collection!

jrgazette said...

Fenomeno. Fenomenal.

kingaroo said...

Ohhh...I love Chie Mihara. I've been following her designs since 2006 or so... it was between the red FLOK and the Darrer for me. So hard to choose! I think I will have to go with the FLOK! :)

Jac said...

LOVE Chie Mihara! Shop the fall collection at CITY SOLES in Chicago! <3

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