The Spartan sandal (also known as the gladiator sandal) is a flat sandal which was worn by every ancient Greek (not to mention Cleopatra), and which has recently returned to fashion. According to legend, the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus all wore these shoes, which were made in Crete and had magical powers. A shoe designer for Balenciaga and Vuitton, Christina Martini returned to live in Greece in 2011 and launched a natural-leather sandals line inspired by traditional models, with her partner Nikolas Minglou. It was a gamble, but it paid off.
They sell over 80,000 pairs in 500 outlets worldwide. Braided, laced, flip-flop style, with platforms, on heels, even in PVC, each pair is made by local artisans using centuries-old assembly techniques. The sandals actually come with a small buckle shaped like wings, a nod to Hermes, the messenger of the gods, and each model has a name suggestive of mythology.
Ancient Greek Sandals
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