Christina Martini, designer of Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton, has made her own ‘magical’ sandals. Born and raised in Greece, Martini has designed 31 styles of Ancient Greek sandals. “Our idea was to make our sandals look like they were archaeological finds but with a modern twist”, says Martini. The sandals are designed with vegetable-tanned leather and are handmade which makes them look like the goddess Aphrodite has brought them down as gift for us to enjoy.
The word sandal has Ancient Greek origins and comes from the Ancient Greek word “sandalon”. The Ancient Greeks had different types of sandals to help them distinguish between actors, philosophers, horsemen and hunters. There was also a myth that in the beautiful island of Crete there lived a gifted sandal maker who enriched each pair with magical powers. The gods and goddesses had their sandals made from him.