I first came across this little shop on a hasty winter evening, while I was rushing to a class. I instantly loved the window display, where dozens of colorful handmade pairs of shoes were arbitrarily placed. Even though the shop looked approachable, I only ever window-shopped every week before my class under the impression that any handmade pair of shoes would be rather expensive.
It wasn’t until the end of spring, that I decided to go for it. I was motivated by the hordes of customers which lined up and, to my surprise, the prices were honest. It is a family-run business and the owners are very agreeable. They discuss with clients what to decide on their desired sandal style and they can give many examples of mixing and matching materials, colours, sole etc. I found out that designing one’s shoes is very exciting, it’s like breaking the rules of fashion.
In the shop you will mostly see sandals in an ancient-Greek style adorned with all kinds of accessories, including fruits and flowers. Since there is a long queue of pending orders, it takes some time to receive custom-made items, but they also ship their products. Good thing is that they maintain a stock of other leather merchandise such as bags, tobacco cases, wallets, so there are items available to appreciate and purchase. After all, it’s all handmade and traditional.