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Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker

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Yavuz M wrote a review Nov 2019
Mugla, Turkey940 contributions112 helpful votes
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This shop is well-known because of its' famous clients. But, to my opinion, the prices are extremely high comparing with the very good quality leather sandals produced in Bodrum, Turkey.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from melissinosart, Owner at Melissinos Art -The Poet Sandal Maker
Responded Jan 8, 2020
Dear Yavouz, I am afraid you are comparing sandal prices in two completely different worlds, namely: 1) EUROPE, with its high living expenses, owing partly to its very strict laws, rules and regulations, regarding (what is considered as) top standards, high quality and environmental safety. and: 2) TURKEY, which is still a more easy-going, relaxed and flexible economy, the way Greece was about forty years ago and which of course is something that most Greeks miss so much and wish they still enjoyed. The tanning methods, for example, in Europe are considered to be very environmentally-friendly, but they are also much costlier. “Shortcuts” are not allowed. You cannot use chemicals that are viewed by European authorities as environmentally-unfriendly. All leathers must be vegetable tanned. Also, our prices are a bit higher, not only because of our high quality leathers, but also, because of the amount of time we spend, adjusting each pair to each customer’s feet. This is something that low-price or even expensive sandal outlets do not do, here in Europe -with the exception of a few places that offer sandals much, much pricier than ours.
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MN2CA wrote a review Oct 2019
Los Angeles, California77 contributions37 helpful votes
I went to this shop while out wandering Athens. I had read about it and thought this was a perfect thing for me. I was approached when I entered the store and it was pretty crowded. I tried a pair on that was rubbing on my foot. The guy said they could widen the shoe but that wouldn’t solve the issue, as widening it would only make it not fit elsewhere. When I asked for a different style, it took a while and then the guy handed me a size at least 2 sizes too big. At that point I couldn’t get someone to help and exchange them for the right size. I put my shoes back on and left. I easily found other souvenirs to purchase on my trip.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Responded Jan 7, 2020
Dear MN2CA Given the fact that your feet were rather wide, we tried our best to show you how our models would look on you, in case you decided to have sandals made completely to measure, by having us trace your feet and getting all the appropriate measurements. So, we let you try on a few different sandal styles, in sizes closer to the width of your feet. Your feet were wider than the average person, who wears the same (lengthwise) size as you do, so, all the sandals in your size (lengthwise) were way too narrow for you. Your feet, if I remember well, were about two centimeters wider, on either side, when you tried to put on a pair in your size. So, we offered to make you a special order by tracing your feet, but I think you did not have the patience to wait for your turn (there were other customers ahead of you) and you left.
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rickysmom wrote a review Oct 2019
Yuma, Arizona53 contributions81 helpful votes
I only just found out about this shop shortly before we left for Athens but I was determined to go. I wanted an affordable "souvenir" to bring home. For 65 euro I got a semi-custom pair of sandals that I love. The shop is very small but they are moving to a larger space nearer the Acropolis. The first time we tried to find the shop we got lost and it wouldn't have mattered anyway because they are closed on Sundays. I wish we had gone there when we first got to Athens because with a week lead time I might have been able to get my sandals more personalized. (And maybe more than one pair.) So we made our way to the shop and were handed a catalog that listed the available styles which you choose from and give your size. A worker comes back with a pair of soles that will match that design and make some measurements. I tried a few pairs and then remembered that we had walked by the new shop which already has a window display so I ended up with a pair that I had never even considered. I went with the "Jeremy Irons" because I asked if a flower decoration could be added to the toe loops and was told yes. I had seen the flowers in the other shop window. We were told to return the next day at noon. Here's where it got a little disappointing. We arrived a little before noon and the security gate was down with a sign that read the store was too crowded and to come back at 1 PM. I think appointments should be honored. We finally got into the store and a woman was trying to negotiate to get her sandals done that day after being told they would take a month. She wanted the work on everyone else's sandals to stop because she was leaving Athens that day. Too bad sister! Everyone has to wait their turn and I was glad my sandals weren't going to be further delayed. After what seemed like forever my sandals were brought out and they looked exactly the same as they had the day before meaning the straps weren't attached. It was still just the sole. Sad face again. Measurements taken, straps glued. Another fitting for comfort and to measure the toe loop for flower placement. After that everything was nailed into the soles and I was good to go. Big smile! I know others have complained about the nails, the comfort, whatever. Mine are perfect. I love these sandals. They are really a unique and personal item from our trip. I want more! Well done!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Rachel Eaton wrote a review Sep 2019
Kentucky71 contributions6 helpful votes
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We returned to Melissinos for the SECOND time (once before in July 2017) because I love their sandals so much that I wanted another pair! The sandals are custom made and excellent quality! You pick the style you would like and they custom the fit just for you! The shoes are handmade and the BEST souvenir you can bring back from Greece and enjoy at home! I've already gotten several compliments and had many people back home ask where I got them! I can't say enough good things about Melissnos and HIGHLY recommend them as a MUST Do for anyone visiting Athens! I was honored to have Mr. Melissino work on my sandals and wear them with pride! They are my favorite sandals and I actually bought two pairs this last time since I wore my first pair (from July 2017) so much!!! *Note that they are moving locations in November and will be located near the Acropolis!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Hanna wrote a review Sep 2019
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I was recommended this shop by a cousin who purchased sandals at Melissinos 10 years before. She raved so much about how she still wore them and how well they were made, that I had to go. It’s a very small shop and the three men that work there make the experience. They are very detailed to ensure that the shoe is custom fitted to you. The craftsmanship is well done and you can watch the shoemaker working on your sandals right in front of you! This shop has been there for three generations and you can see the hard work and love that is put into every sandal. Definitely recommend! It’s a special experience.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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