MIA Shoes, originally known as MIA Clogs, was founded in 1976 when pop fashion turned to a more relaxed carefree style. Expanding on the traditional Swedish clog for the hipster crowd, the company became the top-seller of Swedish clogs in the United States – selling more than 20,000 clogs per week well into the early 1980s.
Over the years, with new, fashion-forward styles and classic favorites, MIA Shoes has grown into a footwear powerhouse appealing to women of all ages with playful sandals, modern heels and classic boots that are comfortable and on-trend.
In 2014, MIA launched its leather-crafted Heritage Collection, signaling a return to the comfortable, and casual styles that have earned MIA Shoes worldwide acclaim for high-quality, trend-savvy footwear. The new line, which artfully blends Americana and utilitarian influences, features a wide range of styles from flats and block-style heels to wedges, booties and boots.
One year later with its 40th anniversary approaching, MIA has come full circle, trending back to the Swedish clogs that catapulted the company into footwear fame in the late 1970s. The new line features modern as well as classic, original MIA styles.
While styles have changed at Miami-based MIA over the years, the company’s leadership has remained a constant. In addition to CEO and founder Richard Strauss and his wife, Maria,
the company’s fashion and marketing director, most of the company's top-management and designers have been with MIA Shoes for nearly twenty years. Today, the closely-held family business includes a Miami corporate office, New York showroom, east and west coast distribution and an e-commerce site. MIA Shoes are sold at major department stores and boutiques nationwide, as well as through online retailers.