Sandals are a summer wardrobe essential and Greek designers are leaders in creating these sensible yet stylish shoes that can effortlessly be worn from day to night!  

We’ve rounded up our favourite Greek sandal brands that produce elegant flat shoes; handmade by highly skilled local craftsmen, using traditional, and in some cases centuries-old techniques. 

Elina Linardaki

This Athens based brand was created in 2014 by a mother and daughter duo and has now become an internationally known luxury made-to-order shoe brand- featuring pom-poms, semi-precious stones; as well as bold and colourful embellishments. 

Kyma Sandals

These traditional Greek leather sandals are inspired by the beauty and aesthetic of the Greek islands. Handmade in Athens, using a range of vegetable tanned vachetta leather, KYMA sandals are designed to be worn from a casual day at the beach through to evening drinks by the sea. 

Ancient Greek Sandals

Established in 2012, Ancient Greek Sandals are a modern footwear label for both men and women. Inspired by traditional Greek myth and style, the label is focused on creating wearable and laid-back sandals using local artisans and traditional techniques. Each sandal is handmade using sustainable, natural, and chemical-free vegetable-tanned leather. 

Valia Gabriel

These carefully handmade sandals are created using the finest leathers from all around the country, with each pair reflecting minimalist lines and earthy tones. The design blends together classic and modern elements, creating timeless shoes that can be worn for many seasons. 

Olympian Sandals

These handcrafted luxury Greek sandals are made of quality leather and are well designed, using traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Each pair is uniquely inspired by original ancient Greek culture, art, and mythology and blended with modern designs.

Sandalaki

Inspired by the minimalism and simplicity of the Greek lifestyle, Sandalaki (based in Thessaloniki) designs sandals that combine Ancient Greek tradition with modern touches. Each pair is exclusively handcrafted in Greece using the highest quality and traditional techniques by local craftsmen.

Melissinos 

Melissinos in Monastiraki, Athens has been a favourite sandal destination for celebrities including Sophia Loren, Jackie O, The Beatles, Barbara Streisand, Jeremy Irons, Sarah Jessica Parker and Leonard Cohen. Established in 1920 by Georgios Melissinos, whose son, Stavros aka ‘The Poet’, took over in 1954 and who passed it onto his own son Pantelis (Poet & Artist), in 2004. 

Main Image by Valia Gabriel 

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This article was written/ edited by a team member of IN+SIGHTS GREECE.

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