Friday 26 August 2011

The Poet Sandalmaker of Athens

Thanks to a tip from Alma who, I think, was tipped by Sophia, I found time among the archaeological must-sees to visit the Poet Sandalmaker of Athens.

Stavros Melissinos inherited the business from his father (the first poet sandalmaker) and in its time their shop has been visited by the King and Queen of Spain, John Lennon, Jacqueline Onassis, Kate Moss, Sophia Loren.

On arrival you're presented with a menu of sandal types (some are named after their most famous patrons) to choose from.  I went for the gallico: simple, ankle strap and three straps across the toes.  The sandals are then taken away and adjusted to fit you.  While you wait you can take in the shop, crammed with sandals, naturally, but also mementoes of past customers.

All this for a bargainous €28.

Melissinos Art, 2 Aghias Theklas St (just off Monastiraki Square), Athens

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