Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker, Athens

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Buy custom-made leather footwear at Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker. Pick from a number of designs for men and women, from classic flip-flops to strappier styles. The shoemaker will measure your size and create a pair to suit your feet alone--all in a matter of minutes. Other than sandals, you can browse handmade jewelry and art pieces. Bring cash, as they do not accept credit cards. For Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker and beyond, use our Athens holiday tool to get the most from your Athens vacation.
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  • This shop is well-known because of its' famous clients. But, to my opinion, the prices are extremely high comparing with the very good quality leather sandals produced in Bodrum, Turkey. 
    This shop is well-known because of its' famous clients. But, to my opinion, the prices are extremely high comparing with the very good quality leather sandals produced in Bodrum, Turkey.  more »
  • I went to this shop while out wandering Athens. I had read about it and thought this was a perfect thing for me. I was approached when I entered the store and it was pretty crowded. I tried a... 
    I went to this shop while out wandering Athens. I had read about it and thought this was a perfect thing for me. I was approached when I entered the store and it was pretty crowded. I tried a...  more »
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  • Let me start off by saying the sandals are great quality, and an awesome customized souvenir to take home after a trip to Athens. However my experience definitely fell short of the excitement I had going in after reading the many rave reviews online. I went in during off season, and there wasn't any other customers being attended to during the time I was there. The employees were VERY quiet, and didn’t say much to me when I was there, mostly just the occasional “try this on”, which I found made the experience feel a little rushed and awkward. Melissinos has a few employees there customizing and putting together sandals which is very interesting to watch. The whole process is definitely very exciting, but unfortunately the lack of personality in the room definitely was disappointing. Melissinos himself cashed me out, but while I was there that was the only part of the process he was there for. Overall it was a very underwhelming and awkward experience for me. However I do love my sandals and have put many walking miles in them since purchasing them and they have held up quite nicely even after accidentally getting caught in the rain in them. While in Athens I also stopped onto Olgianna Melissinos’ sandal shop, and I had a much friendlier and equally personalized experience. With VERY similar-if not the same quality sandal. So if you’re looking for an alternative I HIGHLY recommend her shop.
  • My wife and I purchased some sandals here. They were custom made to fit our feet. The people working there were very knowledgeable and did a great job. Absolutely love the sandals.

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