• As you are reading this, I’ll be on my way to the Accessories Market to pursue some of my favorite shoes of this super colorful Summer 2012 collections, including Michal Miller’s Nico Shoes. Not so long ago sweet Ellie Malin, wrote to me: “I will never understand how one small country has so many incredible shoe designers. My feet are so jealous!” I couldn’t agree more!
    Well, Michal Miller is one of the quiet ones, however each and every season, her designs make some noise and I mean that in a good way! I was curious to learn more about her world so… Lets get on with my One On One with her.
    Take it away, Michal!
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I’d love to hear about you, your journey, how it all began.
After graduating from Film & Television and East-Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University, I wasn’t sure what I wanted my day-time job to be like. Both majors didn’t have provide too many job opportunities in Israel.
One day I was walking my dog in Neve-Tzedek and came across an ad for a school that was about to open for footwear design and manufacturing, I was intrigued and signed up for the first course that opened.
The rest, as they say, is history…
Can you describe your work process for me?
Each collection starts with a fundamental inspiration. For example, my Summer 2012 collection was designed not long after I gave birth to my son. I was of course inspired by the whole process of pregnancy, birth and the symbiosis and harmony between two entities living off and feeding off each other. After I have my basic sketches and ideas for the collection I start looking for materials that would translate my ideas into reality. I begin a second process of design, only now with the materials I’ve acquired. Then the sketches go to the modelist, who turns them into 2D patterns. Together with the factory we make a preliminary sample, try it on and then the process of changing and fitting, until we reach the perfect fit and design. Then the design is ready for production and goes through cutting, sewing, forming on the last, placing the sole and heels and the final finishes before going into the box.
Each pair is handmade and goes through various craftsmen until it reaches the final destination.
Which materials do you work with?
All shoes are made of leather (upper and insoles) and the soles are made out of non-slip rubber.
What is the most unusual piece you have ever designed?
In school we had a project to make shoes inspired by a villian. I made black and white leather men’s moccasins that looked like the face of Hitler.
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What’s next? What is your dream?
To keep on growing and becoming a household name, and to expand the business worldwide.

I’m curious to know where does your inspiration come from?
I’m inspired by my day to day life, nature, watching fashion and faces on the streets. My studies in university are also a constant inspiration – old films, Eastern aesthetics…
Can you tell me which designers inspire you?
Too many to list… at the moment I’m in love with Céline and it’s creative director Phoebe Philo and I always liked the swedish and Japanese designer’s aesthetics.
Can you tell me which web sites and blogs you visit regularly?
Before I had a kid, I would sit for hours roaming the web for inspiration. Now I go to the basics – Style.com, The Sartorialist, Jak & Jil and the Israeli blog I love Josh.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Sleep on it!
If you had an extra hour each day what would you do with it?
Probably have some time for myself – take a bath, a massage, go for a date with my other half. Stuff our busy schedules don’t allow at the moment.