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by Santorini Dave • Updated: October 4, 2022
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The Poet Sandalmaker Hours and Information
- Hours: Monday 12pm-5pm. Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm. Closed Sunday.
- Website: melissinos-art.com
- Location: Tzireon 16
- Telephone: +30 210 321 9247 or 210 924 0857
- Email: email@example.com
- Social Media: Instagram, Facebook
- Nearest Metro: Acropoli (Line 2)
The Poet Sandalmaker of Athens
This cozy and colorful shop just east of the Acropolis Museum is owned by the charming Renaissance man, Pantelis Melissinos; gifted 3rd-generation leather sandal-maker, artist, musician, and, like his father before him, poet and playwright.
The historic family business was first established in 1920 by Georgios Melissinos, and located on 89 Pandrossou Street, at the foot of the Acropolis next to the Ancient Agora of Athens. In 1955, Giorgios passed the shop down to his son Stavros, who created a fashion sensation with his ancient Greek-style sandal – catering to such famous customers such as Sophia Loren, Jackie Onassis, The Beatles, Maria Callas, Anthony Quinn, Jeremy Irons, and Barbara Streisand. Stavros is Athens’ original poet-sandal maker; many of his poems and plays sit in respected libraries in Greece and abroad.
Since 2004, the shop has moved locations, and Stavros’ son, Pantelis Melissinos, carries on the family tradition of sandal making, having inherited not only his father’s fine craftsmanship, but also his creativity. He is an accomplished painter, poet, and playwright. Pantelis’ shop has catered to a celebrity clientele that includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Lily Tomlin, Bob Saget, Jill Biden, and Mick Jagger.
Sandals and a large variety of purses and bags are all handmade here by Pantelis and his apprentices with genuine leather from the island of Crete. Women’s, men’s and children’s sandal styles are available; special orders for feet with specific requirements can be accommodated. Custom-made sandals can take a few days depending on the style, but in-stock sandals are adjusted to fit on-site. Pantelis offers no shipping and no online shopping, though there is an online brochure you can look through to get an idea of the sandal you want before you go in.
Due to the shop’s fame and the custom nature of its offerings, it can get a little busy, but it’s fun to while away the time in the shop’s eclectic waiting area, perusing Pantelis’ artworks, being entertained by his dog Poy-Poy, and meeting fellow travelers who have also come to see the famous poet-sandal maker of Athens.
Located in the historical neighborhood of Makriyanni, 170 meters east of the Acropolis Museum, and approximately 1km from Monastiraki and Syntagma squares.
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