STAVROS MELISSINOS
Poet Sandal Maker of Athens.

His shop remains a crossroad of poetry, art and home of the Ancient Greek craftsmanship of sandal-making. His poetry & craftmanship have attracted some of the biggest names in art and show-biz including: The BeatlesJacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, Barbra Streisand, Rudolph Nureyev, Anthony Queen (Zorba, the Greek Tycoon), Garry Cooper, Sophia Loren.

The designs of Stavros Melissinos Sandals, much like his poetry, are influenced by ancient Greek mythology and history and are based on the footwear of such notables as SocratesPlatoPeriklis and Helen of Troy.

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A portrait of Stavros Melissinos by his friend Gioulio Caimi (Romaniote painter)

Take away the Glories and the Honours
The granite palaces of this vain world
And only give me the smile of Pain the tear of Joy
And I will erect a thousand palaces in me in which to live.

S. Melissinos (an excerpt from ‘The Athenian Rubaiyat’)

These are the chairs where THE BEATLES sat (John Lenon’s chair on the far right).

EXPERIENCE LIFE AS A MODERN APHRODITE OR A NEWLY BORN APOLLO.

Wear your hand made (from start to finish) leather sandals, made by Pantelis Melissinos, son of Stavros Melissinos ``The Poet`` and then hit the road that leads to Mount Olympus - home of the Gods and their modern counterparts (today's international celebrities), who've been wearing Melissinos' sandals since the 1950s.

Peter O’Tool (in the center) wearing a pair of Melissinos’ sandals in this William Shakespeare production of The National Theatre, from the 1970s.

This is a photocopy of Barbara Streisand ‘s Travellers Cheque. Her favourite style “Spartan” -which she bought on Sept. 9th, 1989- had also been Sophia Loren’s favourite model..

The sandal business is now run by his son, Pantelis Melissinos

3rd generation sandal maker and 2nd generation poet. Pantelis is also a painter and a musician.

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STAVROS MELISSINOS

``A Minor Legend in The City of Legends``
Jason Schoonover - journalist

Bio

A Sandal making Poet

Stavros Melissinos was born to a historic family..

STAVROS MELISSINOS - The Poet - Sandal Maker

MELISSINOS: “A MINOR LEGEND IN THE CITY OF LEGENDS” by Jason Schoonover 1978 – CANADA HERALD TRIBUNE

The House of Melissinos - Byzantine Nobility

A noble Greek family of The Eastern Roman Empire..

PANTELIS MELISSINOS - Artist Poet & Sandal Maker

His hand made sandals have been walking, for years now, the streets of Athens, Rome, Paris, London, New York..

PUBLISHED WORKS

The Demons live in Hades, the Angels in the Skies,
O roaring laughter’s heard above, below, sorrowful cries;
And since we’re between those two, unseen but mightly powers
Red wine we drink to cheer up these wretched minds of hours.

Excerpt from the “Athenian Rubayiat”
English translation by Pentelis Melissinos

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TESTIMONIALS

COMPLETELY AUTHENTIC AND LEGENDARY CRAFTSMANSHIP

Bailey Gray
July 25, 2017
testimonial author
Completely authentic and legendary craftsmanship made by the sweetest man, carrying on his family tradition of leather sandal making. Such a joy to spend time talking with him, full of Ancient Greek Myths and inspiring stories. This man studied art at Parsons in New York and now makes the most beautiful sandals in his shop full of his beautiful art in Athens. Thank you for my new favorite shoes!

YOU MUST MAKE THIS ONE OF YOUR STOPS

George Klimes
August 29, 2017
testimonial author
If you go to Athens, you must make this one of your stops. Within walking distance to the Plaka and the Acropolis, you can knock out 2 things at once. The staff is knowledgeable and can fit just about anyone - I pushed the limit but they made it work!

THIS STORE WAS FANTASTIC!

Angie Pryce
May 4, 2018
testimonial author
This store was fantastic! We were lucky to arrive when very little people were in the shop and had 2 pairs made in less than 20 minutes. Poi Poi is also a cute addition to the shop.

LASTING MOMENTO

Amy Merrick Spencer
July 17, 2017
testimonial author
I can't think of a more authentic and lasting momento of a trip to Greece than beautiful pair (or two) of handmade sandals. The quality of leather and craftsmanship is far superior here than those in the cheap souvenir shops. Each pair is customized to fit your feet. My fitter was very attentive and helpful.

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STORE: 

Address: Agias Theklas 2 Athens 105 54, Greece
Τelephone: + 30 210 3219247
Mobile: +30 694 45 97 307
Email: info@melissinos-poet.com

GALLERY (BY APPOINMENT ONLY): 

Address: 16, Tziraion St. & Athanasiou Diakou St Athens 117 42, Greece