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by Santorini Dave • Updated: October 27, 2022
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Olgianna Melissinos Hours and Information
- Hours: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm. Thursday and Friday 10am-8pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
- Website: melissinos-sandals.gr
- Location: Normanou 7
- Telephone: +30 21 0331 1925
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Social Media: Instagram, Facebook
- Nearest Metro: Monastiraki
Olgianna Melissinos Sandals in Athens
This charming and traditional shop is owned by the hospitable and charismatic Olgianna Melissinos and her husband Hristos. Olgianna is 3rd-generation leather sandal-maker who inherited her craft from her father Stavros Melissinos, known as the “Poet Sandal-Maker.” (In addition to his sandal-making, Stavros also wrote poems and plays, many of which have been translated and sit in respected libraries abroad.) Their historic family business was established in 1920 by Stavros’ father, Georgios Melissinos, and at that time was a small-scale shoe factory that made luxury rubber soled shoes and climbing boots. In 1955, Stavros took over the family business and created a fashion sensation with his ancient Greek sandal catering to famous customers such as Sophia Loren, Jackie Onassis, The Beatles, Maria Callas, Anthony Quinn, Jeremy Irons and Barbara Streisand to name a few.
Today Olgianna and Hristos carry on the tradition of creating authentic leather sandals inspired by ancient Greek designs while keeping contemporary needs in mind. Sandals, as well as a variety of bags, backpacks, and belts are all handmade by Olgianna and Hristos with genuine leather from the island of Crete. They maintain a small on-site workshop, but most goods are made at their nearby factory. In-stock sandals can be adjusted to fit, and custom sandals can be made to order – Olgianna and Hristos are more than willing and happy to create whatever design you want. Women’s, men’s, and children’s options and international shipping are available, and online shopping is offered through their website.
Located just 200 meters from Monastiraki Square on the corner of Normanou and Ifestou Streets, Olgianna Melissinos Sandals is easy to find. Follow Ifestou street under the “Athens Flea Market” sign beside the metro station on Monastiraki Square and take the first right. Open year-round.
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