Walk like a Greek god in these san­dals

Saunter in tra­di­tion­ally made leather san­dals from the Balkans

Northern Living - - CONTENTS - TEXT ALYOSHA J. ROBILLOS PHOTOGRAPHY PA­TRICK SEGOVIA Com­mon Thread. Power Plant Mall and Green­belt 5, Makati City. Face­book.com/Com­monThreadPH. Instagram.com/Com­monThreadPH

Greece is syn­ony­mous to many things beloved by both tourists and lo­cals: sun-bleached ruins, Greek yo­gurt and suc­cu­lent sou­vlaki, seem­ingly end­less coast­lines that run the length of the Aegean Sea, and of course, san­dals made in tra­di­tional Greek fash­ion.

Greek mythol­ogy even speaks of a tal­ented san­dal-maker sought out by gods and god­desses who de­sired fancy footwear made of pre­mium calf­skin and pre­cious met­als. The crafts­man, said to have resided in the is­land of Crete, en­chanted each pair he made with magic.

Al­though sans sor­cery and spells, the same Greek crafts­man­ship is now avail­able lo­cally through a brand that spe­cial­izes in leather slip-ons and san­dals. Aptly called Hel­las, which is what the Greeks call their coun­try in their na­tive tongue, the la­bel’s de­signs are as sim­ple and straight­for­ward as its name.

Hel­las shoes come in ba­sic, eas­ily mixed and matched neu­trals—white, nude, tan, and black—and are 95 per­cent hand­made, us­ing tra­di­tional san­dal-mak­ing tech­niques passed from one gen­er­a­tion to the next. A unique blend of leather shav­ings and com­pressed la­tex keeps soles ul­tra­light, while the wider widths are able to ac­com­mo­date feet of all shapes and sizes.

True to its promise of care­fully craft­ing san­dals “from the finest leather pieces of the Greek is­lands,” Hel­las uses only calf leather to as­sure dura­bil­ity, com­fort, and lux­ury in­spired by myth and magic.

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