If I had to choose one piece of footwear that would define summer for me, then it would be the flat Mediterranean sandal – artisanal design, natural tan leather, fit for travels, but with a style that can still capture your most feminine side when worn in the city. What can work just as beautifully with blue jeans (nude and washed denim is a perfect match for summer), as it does with an elegant knee-length pleated silk dress (you get tired of wearing pointed flats or heels on 35+ degrees) or a kaftan over a bathing suit (I don’t wear Birkenstocks and hardly wear any other type of slide-on sandal, and I never wear flip-flops, not even to the beach)?
Ancient Greek Sandals (whose co-founder is Christina Martini, former Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton shoe designer) are handmade locally, in Greece, by skilled craftsmen using traditional, centuries-old techniques. Did you know that the word sandal derives from the Greek word sandalon? According to an Ancient Greek myth, the gods and goddesses had their sandals made on the island of Crete by a gifted sandal maker, who enriched each pair with magical powers. Famous for having made the flying sandals for Hermes (the Olympian god of trade and travel, and messenger of the gods), the sandal maker also embellished them with his personal signature: a “golden wing” buckle – a detail beautifully adopted by Ancient Greek Sandals. The brand, inspired by ancient Greek Gods and myths, pottery, jewellery and sculpture, distinguishes through a raw, yet delicate and feminine aesthetic, evoking a carefree air and desire for lightness… the very summer style I’m always aiming for. Everything about this special brand fills me with enthusiasm, from the story behind it, to the chemical free, natural tan leather of the sandals, which is said to age beautifully with time and wear.