I bought these sandals five years ago in Athens and wore them for the first time yesterday for all of three minutes. They are the worst pair of sandals I have ever bought. In. My Life. They are promptly going in the donation bin. But here’s the story behind them:
After lunch, I went to find The Poet. He is a famous, published poet – his works have been translated into English, French, German, and Italian. His best known work, The Rubaiyat (a tribute to wine and life), is on the curriculum of a number of American universities. His day job? He makes sandals! His name is Stavros Melissinos, and he’s touched the feet of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Sophia Loren, Jackie Kennedy, Rudolph Nureyev, Anthony Quinn, George Pappard, Gary Cooper, as he fitted them for his sandals which are based on ancient Greek designs and are as famous as his poetry. He is actually retired now, but his son Pantelis, also a poet, runs the family business now. I hadn’t intended on buying any sandals, but I was caught up in the experience of being in his presence.
(Excerpt from my travel blog from Athens.)