Every legacy of success begins somewhere. For Ciciban, that place was the small border town of Miren nestled in at the foothills between Italy and Slovenia. It was the year 1908 and a remarkable tale of enterprise had begun. A group of local shoemakers and cobblers joined together in Miren to form the Adria Cooperative. The cooperative produced handmade footwear for children and adults and sold it through its own network of twenty retail outlets in Italy and Slovenia.
As the misfortunes of Second World War swept through Europe, they had all but halted shoemaking efforts in Miren. In 1947, some of the original Adria Cooperative members re-united and restarted operations under the name Jadran Shoe Company. A few years later, Jadran Shoe Company merged with the Ciciban Shoe Company whose principal product was footwear for the smallest of customers. The new company, called Jadran-Ciciban, eventually dropped the word Jadran from its name and continued operating only as Ciciban.