Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker

Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker, Athens: Hours, Address, Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker Reviews: 4.5/5

Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker

Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker
4.5
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Monday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Celebrity Poet Sandal Maker to the Stars, Pantelis Melissinos (3rd generation since 1920) handcrafts unique, classy & bespoke leather sandals (based on ancient Greek models and his own designs) for celebs, royals and lovers of beauty. He has made sandals for King Felipe of Spain (at the request of his mother Queen Sophia), Salvador Dali’s alter ego, famous singer Amanda Lear, Joe Biden’s family, poet-musician: Leonard Cohen and his band and crew, Hollywood celebrities: Bob Saget, Lily Tomlin and Sarah Jessica Parker, popular British comedienne: Dawn French, comedian: Richard Ayoade, Japan’s superstar: Satomi Ishihara, Mick Jagger and his girlfriend, fashion designer L’Wren Scott and their entourage, CNN’s Richard Quest, fashion designer and TV personality: Kimora Lee Simmons, celebrity athlete and singer, prince Hubertus Von Hohenlohe, famous movie director Brian De Palma and the list goes on. MELISSINOS ART – THE POET SANDAL MAKER 16 Tzireon St, Athens 117 42, Greece
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The area
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Neighborhood: Thissio / Makriyanni
Named after the well-preserved Thission (ancient temple of Hephaestus), Thissio is blessed with a small wooded park and some less frenetic streets that offer numerous quieter places to stay and eat. Largely pedestrianized Apostolou Pavlou Street runs between the Acropolis and forested Filopappou Hill, well worth climbing for more great panoramas, until it merges with Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This leads to the up-and-coming area of Makriyanni, whose centerpiece is the magnificent new Acropolis Museum. Opposite the museum is the entrance to the southern slopes of the Acropolis, while the eponymous metro station nearby is at the top of Makriyanni Street, another strip of touristic cafés and restaurants.
How to get there
  • Neos Kosmos • 7 min walk
  • Syngrou Fix • 8 min walk
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

4.5
264 reviews
Excellent
194
Very good
47
Average
12
Poor
4
Terrible
7

A Scott Cunningham
Saratoga Springs, UT133 contributions
Apr 2012 • Family
My family (me, my wife, and our 1 year old) visited the Poet Sandal Makers shop. We had read about it many places, and it just so happened that it was located within walking distance of the BEST hotel in Athens called A for Athens (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g189400-d2191599-Reviews-A_for_Athens-Athens_Attica.html)

We both got sandals, and they are so very comfortable...at least after wearing them for a few days and the leather becomes more smooth.

The prices are reasonable, and the sandal maker (i forget his name) is really a nice guy. A great experience, and wonderful keepsake to have from this trip!
Written August 2, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

A Scott Cunningham
Saratoga Springs, UT133 contributions
Apr 2012 • Family
My family (me, my wife, and our 1 year old) visited the Poet Sandal Makers shop. We had read about it many places, and it just so happened that it was located within walking distance of the BEST hotel in Athens called A for Athens (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g189400-d2191599-Reviews-A_for_Athens-Athens_Attica.html)

We both got sandals, and they are so very comfortable...at least after wearing them for a few days and the leather becomes more smooth.

The prices are reasonable, and the sandal maker (i forget his name) is really a nice guy. A great experience, and wonderful keepsake to have from this trip!
Written August 16, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

luvroma2
Reading, PA2,028 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
These custom made sandals are the best. They have a large variety of styles and they will adjust them to feet your feet. They are still in the same location but if things change with their landlord, they may be moving to a new location near the Acropolis Museum.
Written June 2, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Skye1207
West Palm Beach, FL1,162 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
After reading through the reviews on TripAdvisor, I could not wait to go here! We practically added Athens as a stop on our trip solely to get sandals from here. Both my husband & I had plans to purchase sandals from here; we were not merely browsing tourists.

I was very disappointed when I arrived. We came during the downtime following lunch; only a couple other customers were in the shop.
One particular man served us the whole time & he was rude, impatient, stubborn, & disrespectful. He repeatedly refused to honor my requests, such as when I asked for one size bigger than he felt I should have on the sole of my sandals (I prefer for my foot not to stretch from stitching to stitching). He was obviously frustrated with us & wanted to get us out of the store. After crafting my shoes, I pointed out that one strap was significantly tighter than the one on the other foot. Instead of going to make adjustments - as he was doing for other customers - he simply grabbed the strap & pulled hard with his hands, forcibly stretching & creasing the leather. I was so shocked & disappointed. I have no idea what my husband & I did to ruin his day other than walk through the door, ready to make purchases. People tell us we are kind, friendly people. Several times, we looked at each other in amazement, wondering why we were being treated so horribly. We bought simple sandals on the higher end of the price range. The other staff were disinterested & irritable, too - practically tossing our shoes into our hands once they were completed.

Honestly, I have no idea where all these TA reviews came from that praise the amazing service. Only the owner, Melissinos, seemed to treat customers well, but he mostly sat around & made little effort to speak to anyone unless they were buying handfuls of pairs.
Written June 10, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Skye I read your review about our establishment and was rather hurt and surprised, because during your recent visit in our workshop, with your husband, you were both smiling the whole time and never complained about any rude treatment on the part of my assistant. I would have welcomed any complaint, since I am always trying to make our customers feel at home, as you have read in the numerous reviews (on the Trip Advisor website) by our many satisfied customers. I remember you having great fun, trying various pairs of sandals and having two pairs of them custom fit to your feet’s measurements, as seen in the photographs that you took in our store and which you have posted on your Trip Advisor pages. In one of them, my assistant is literally down on the floor, custom fitting a pair of the Prince style to your husband’s feet. The fact he stretched the leather strap by hand is part of the sandal making procedure since ancient times, it does not mean he was trying to avoid using the tools of the trade, or some extra time to please you. Furthermore both of you, very politely and with very big and sweet smiles on your faces, you asked me to autograph your sandals, at the end of your session at our store, and I did it with great pleasure as you remember. And now that is why I am very hurt and very surprised because you did not tell me how you truly felt, right there and then. Pantelis Melissinos /Melissinos Art, The Poet Sandal Maker
Written June 15, 2015
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Nicolette M
Johannesburg, South Africa141 contributions
Oct 2014
So firstly unless you're one of the famous clientele you are not seen to by the namesake of this shop. Instead a lovely man from India (yes no Athenian blood) tends to your needs whilst the owner sits on motionless and uninspired. It appeared he really did not want to be there and made the experience quite overrated. The sandals were lovely but no different from the other hundreds of places you could get from elsewhere in Greece.
Written November 2, 2014
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luvroma2
Reading, PA2,028 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
If you are interested in genuine leather, handmade sandals, you must visit this shop in Athens. The "poet-sandal maker" - Pantellis Melissinos - has hundreds of ready made hand crafted sandals in stock, but he can also make custom sandals in a variety of styles, if you are going to be in Athens for a few days.

We were happy to see that his shop was quite busy, even in the midst of the economic crisis in Greece. He makes beautiful sandals which are priced very reasonably, especially considering the workmanship. Highly recommended for a long lasting souvenir from Greece.
Written May 19, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

beachgirlinmemphis
Memphis, TN143 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
This is definitely a tourist destination. The shop was packed when we were there and all, like us, had American accents - guess we'd all seen the same guidebook. I guess the shop would have had an authentic feel if it wasn't packed with other Americans. The shop is very small (clautrophobic?). We were never sure if they waited on people in any particular order - many customers who arrived much after we did left much quicker, but maybe their sandals didn't need as much special fitting - who knows? The whole process of picking out shoes, having them fitted, and remade took a little over an hour. The sandals are premade and they're actually just loosening straps and regluing/nailing after they're fitted. The shoes are cute, but still new so I'm not sure about the quality - I am a little concerned that the nails will eventually start pushing up into my feet since they're not in any way covered (like commercially made shoes). There was also excess glue on the leather which I had to pick off. I was really looking forward to this experience but I guess I just wasn't as impressed as others seem to have been. The shoes do exactly fit my feet, but they appear of average quality and the experience just wasn't that great. At least the price was not unreasonable at 30 euro.
Written June 13, 2014
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kemedilo
Phoenix, AZ139 contributions
May 2015 • Friends
As a travel junkie and a literature buff, I knew I had to visit Melissinos. The shop is great. A little hidden, but the perfect eclectic mix of old leather, random posters, and a friendly dog. The staff was very helpful. They fit my sandals right to my feet and explained to me how to care for them. I also told them I was purchasing a pair to bring home to my brother, and although he wasn't there to get the exact measurement, they were more than helpful in preparing a pair for him. They knew what they were doing! His pair fit perfectly, and both of us have a new favorite pair of summer sandals. The quality for the price cannot be beat! Love my Melissinos sandals!
Written June 25, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

David L
Cambridge, UK18 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
OK, you are in Athens so you need to have sandals. Yes you can go to any shop, and they are plenty, and you will have a good quality leather sandals. Or you can go to see Pantelis Melissinos and have your sandals fitted to your feet (no matter their shape) and for the same price. His models are originals, you won't find them anywhere else.
when you enter the workshop, you are given a booklet with the models available. shoes the one you want and your shoe size (careful it might be different to your normal size, Greece has different numbers for sizes). Try your sandals and then whilst you have still the sandals on, your measurements will be taken they will be fitted to your feet directly in the shop. Don't worry if it's a bit tight, the leather will stretch.
Written July 9, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

TitoH82
Charlottesville, VA18 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
People hear "custom made" and they are sold. One overlooked aspect about custom sandals is that hours of wearing the sandals makes them custom made. That process can be a little uncomfortable, so don't be disappointed when Melissinos sandals start out rough. I hated mine for the first couple days, but now Iike them. The shop is in a dirty alley, but the owner and employees are very nice and attentive.
Written June 27, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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