The story of the “Poet Sandal Maker” begins when Gheorgios Melissinos opened a small shoe factory in 1927, and in 1954, when he passed away his son Stavros took over the struggling business. Slowly Athens became a tourist destination and famous people started to come especially to Stavros to buy their genuine Greek sandals. Over the years famous names such as Barbara Streisand, Maria Callas, Jeremy Irons, Sophia Loren, Jackie O and the Beatles have bought their sandals here. There still stand the chairs that the Beatles sat on in the store. Greek sandals are a genuine and practical souvenir to Bring back from Greece, so why not get yours from this world renowned store in the heart of historic Athens. The prices range from 13 Euro to 27 Euro depending on the size.
However this store is not famous only for the sandals but for their maker. Stavros served in the Greek army, studied film and electrical engineering, but his first love was literature, and although he took on the family business of sandal making he never stopped writing. He is a world renowned poet, and has had 10 books published and translated. His most famous work is Rubayat, a poem celebrating wine, which has become a Greek classic and is studied is several major universities around the world.
Where:2, Aghias Theklas St, Monastiraki – Psirri, Athens.
Getting there: From Syntagma Square walk down Ermou Street, past Kapnikarea Sq, till you reach Athenas St on your right, Aghias Theklas Street is the 2nd right after Athenas Street.
Web site:Milissinos Poet