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Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker

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Psirri / Gazi
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Address: 2 Agias Theklas, Athens 105 54, Greece
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+30 21 0321 9247

"The Poet Sandal-maker of Athens". A shop that remains a place...

"The Poet Sandal-maker of Athens". A shop that remains a place for poetry, art and custom made sandals. Among its clients: some of the biggest names in art and show-biz including The Beatles, Jackie Onassis, Barbara Streisand, Rudolph Nureyev, Sophia Loren. Now in a new location at: 2. Aghias Theklas St, Monastiraki - Psirri where Stavros Melissinos keeps creating his wonderful sandals and poetry with his artist son Pantelis.

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Beautiful Real Leather Sandals that Last!!

I got two pairs of these handmade sandals and they just get better with time. I've had them for decades. Real leather lasts nearly forever.

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Boston, MA
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Boston, MA
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I got two pairs of these handmade sandals and they just get better with time. I've had them for decades. Real leather lasts nearly forever.

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I must say, you need an eagle's eye to spot this place and if you were not searching for it, I'm pretty sure you would do a Dion Warwick and 'walk on by.' I am really pleased with my flip flops and am looking forward to cracking em out this summer - nice to have something made traditionally so pop... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent 3 hours here and love every minute of this experience. We left with 4 pairs of sandals. Can't wait to show them off!!!

1 Thank my0000
Kiev, Ukraine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Very interesting small leather goods shop and workshop. In a higher season full of tourists, but we came in march, so I was happy to talk to owner Pantelis, make a photo and buy 4 pairs of sandals 😄 highly recommend to visit and to feel the spirit of Greece. And buy yourself a pair or more, of sandals!

1 Thank Maryna G
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Summary: This place is over-rated and is a tourist trap!!! Don't buy into to it. We read all the reviews online prior to our cruise and thought it was a good spot to check out. Little did we know that it's more of a tourist trap and you better off spending your TIME and MONEY experiencing Greece than wait 1... More 

2 Thank Doitup
melissinosart, Owner at Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker, responded to this review

Dear Doitup,We are sorry you got upset because you thought we didn’t give your order priority over the orders of customers that were already ahead of you. But, as soon as you walked into our workshop we, attentively, helped you try all the pairs of sandals you wanted to try. About three quarters of an hour later you decided on... More 

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you are looking to buy a good pair of quality sandals at a reasonable price, you definitely have to visit Melissinos. The store is very small and always busy. Since they fit the sandals while you wait, you must allow at least an hour.

1 Thank KarenM1_10
Reading, PA
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

I have several pairs of custom made sandals which I have bought here over the years.I have a wide foot and most sandals are too tight for me. The beauty of having custom made sandals is that they are made to fit your feet. This time I got a pair which were made of brown leather with gold decorations -... More 

2 Thank luvroma2
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Can't believe that my fiancé and I spent one hour here, but we had a great time hanging out with costumers and staffs. This place is not hard to find and it opens Monday to Sunday 9:00 to 20:00. First, we picked a few pairs to try on according to their brochure. After we tried them on, the staff made... More 

1 Thank Mel L
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 October 2016

I have visited Melissinos Art - The Poet Sandal Maker twice now on two separate trips to Athens. Both times I have been there I have had an amazing experience! I have really flat and skinny feet and it is nearly impossible to find a pair of strappy sandals that actually fit my feet and aren't loose! At this shop... More 

1 Thank tidybeckles
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Went at a recommendation from a friend who visited Athens 7 years ago and whose sandals are still receiving compliments. Told some fellow travelers on a Gate 1 tour and we went first thing in the morning. Laid back and friendly, we had a great time. 1 of the gals I was with had true custom experience as her size... More 

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Psirri / Gazi
Side-by-side neighbourhoods Psirri and Gazi provide some of the city’s prime nightlife. The almost claustrophobic streets of Psirri feature an interesting blend of original small businesses with the restaurants, cafés and bars that have recently sprouted up. The central artery of Agion Anargiron Street has lively places to eat or drink. Further west, you can visit the peaceful ancient cemetery of Keramikos, then cross busy Pireos Street to find yourself in Gazi. With the huge Technopolis performance and art complex converted from old gasworks at its heart, you really have to come at night to appreciate this maze of bars at its best, although a daytime stroll will allow you to admire the excellent street art.
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