Ancient Greek Sandals SS17
Ancient Greek Sandals are handmade locally by skilled craftsmen using traditional techniques that have existed for centuries. The chemical-free, natural tan leather used, ages beautifully with time and wear. A raw yet feminine aesthetic distinguishes this new sandal brand. The idea was to create a flat sandal, which feels light, nude, soft and sexy. The clean round toe sole is deliberately kept light and almost disappears when worn; hence emphasizing the beautifully detailed and often intricate design of the upper part of each style. The ‘golden wing’ buckle is a trademark of the brand.
Born and raised in Greece, co-founder and designer, Christina Martini is a BA (Hons) graduate in Footwear Design and Product Development from the prestigious Cordwainers College (2000). Christina previously worked as a shoe designer for Balenciaga (2008-2010), Louis Vuitton and Iris srl. Her business partner and co-founder Nikolas Minoglou, was born in London and raised in Greece. An MBA graduate from Babson College (USA), in 2006 returned to Athens and took over the family’s well established footwear business, before joining forces with Christina.
This new classic group consists of three new styles that can be worn anytime from beach to bar essentials for every wardrobe. These solid upper sandals are available in vachetta leather, pony or nubuck.
Since the first season, cut out details have been Ancient Greek Sandals’ DNA. For pre collection S/S17, four new delicate styles have been introduced which are inspired by ancient Greek ceramic vases in the form of a sandaled foot. From the easy slide Venus, to the more intricate gladiator style Dione, all are available in vachetta, nubuck or metallic crosta.
COLOURS / MATERIALS
New earthy tones such as cappuccino and khaki have been added to the AGS classic colour palette, whereas a more fun fuchsia and a classic raspberry complete the colours of the iconic vachetta leather. Nubuck, which is introduced this season, is available for all styles of the collection in a romantic light pink, khaki and black. Pink and khaki are also available in the popular pony skin. Snake is available in selected colours only: raspberry and black. As a novelty this season, all the natural wooden structures are replaced with a dark chestnut colour. Vibrant hues including red, yellow, pink and green are prominent throughout the collection making a statement as solid block colours, or as accents and decoration.
A more masculine group has been developed for this season, sandals with large pieces of leather, with straps going through, cover and hold the foot firmly. From slides to mid gladiator, these styles offer a more urban look.
The success of the Eleftheria sandal with delicate braids led to the creation of two more ‘sister’ styles. Amalia and Yianna are both available in solid classic tones or mixed colours such as platinum with black, natural or silver. The alter ego of these three braided styles are their clean version in flat vachetta in many colours.
Five styles of beautifully bejeweled sandals form this new evening group. Antique symbols engraved on metal pieces, spirals and coiled metallic lines give shape to these feminine, sandals where leather is used only when absolutely necessary.
In Greek Mythology, Clotho, Atropos and Lachesis are the three Fates who were supposedly the ‘weavers’ of life for all the mortals. The three styles of this group take their names as they consist of woven mixed media straps made out of leather, woolen threads, strings and metallic beads. This bohemian group is available in all black or natural with off white elements.
A new ‘Colour Blocking’ group is introduced this season, mixing three key vachetta tones together to create a bold stripe combination. Metallic tones of silver, gold and pink metal extend this group further, creating a sophisticated finish.
THE BLOCK HEEL
A new construction, this season is ‘the block heel’. This vintage inspired heel takes us back to the Mediterranean holidays of the 70’s Jackie O’ in the island of Scorpios or Maria Callas in Portofino. Four classic styles plus one new moccasin style are available in our trademark vachetta leather or soft nubuck combined with dark wood.
Following the success of the denim collection, this has been extended to include a tie-dye denim fabrication and patchwork denim group, which combines both light and dark to create an updated collection. Furthermore, the addition of braided denim styles adds extra diversity to this vast group.
For the first time, Raffia details have been added to key Ancient Greek Sandals styles. Multicolour or toned blue, woven raffia stripes decorate classic leather or denim styles such as Clio, Thais and Eleftheria, while intricate woven raffia flowers add a more tropical feel to the group.
For the first time Ancient Greek Sandals has developed a closed toe slide, featuring a different shape and construction from the sandals; the slipper group consist of the plain style, Pasoumi available in wide colour palette including denim, and Lysistrata, a slide loafer available in solid colours as well as colourblocking combinations.
Ancient Greek Sandals is exclusively available in Rustan’s Makati.