Eileen Shields' shoes have been described by British Vogue as "delectable … that rarest of things: high concept, yet completely unpretentious." Shields' 'edgy but beautiful' design philosophy melds sensuous silhouettes - where luxury and feel mean everything - with an eclecticism that sees flats, platforms, heels, and boots sumptuously rendered in key combinations of materials and colors. Eileen Shields footwear is for the intelligent, stylish woman who loves craftsmanship with modern sensibility.
Born in New York, Eileen Shields grew up in Ireland and, after graduating from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, worked for Donna Karan International in New York for over a decade. She launched her own collection in September 2004 and the EILEEN SHIELDS label is now available in over 60 high-end boutiques and department stores globally. Since 2007, Shields has collaborated with Maria Cornejo, producing the footwear collection for Zero+Maria Cornejo.
Counting Angelina Jolie, Courtney Cox Arquette, Drew Barrymore and Halle Berry among her many customers, Shields has also been commissioned to custom-make shoes for Eva Longoria for 'Desperate Housewives', and had her shoes featured in the 'Sex and the City' movie. Shields' most rewarding moments, however, are walking past strangers on the street wearing shoes from her collection!
In 2009, Shields was a finalist in the Fashion Group International New York - Rising Star Awards for Accessories and won the Irish Tatler International Woman of the Year Award.