From Greek, mythos: "legendary lore, telling of mythic legends; a legend, story, tale," and -logia: "study."
Our goal and desire through MYTHOLOGIA is to introduce and share with the rest of the world a small piece of the Greek culture while sustaining and supporting Greek craftsmanship and artisanal jobs within Greece. With great attention to detail and respect for the beauty of the Greek culture, everything is handmade in Greece, from the product itself to the packaging, using materials and delivering styles that reflect the spirit of their ancestral counterparts. Growing up in Greece, our inspiration is drawn from our country, its culture, its history, its art, its landscape and colors, as well as Greek myths and stories that we were taught as kids, to create timeless, elegant designs that are alluring in their own simplicity.
MYTHOLOGIA sandals are lovingly made by hand on the island of Crete by local Greek artisans who've been perfecting their techniques through generations.
Quality is what we strive for, paying close attention to every detail in all stages of the sandal making art. We believe in quality over quantity or quick trends. We believe it's all about the process of making and refining to make perfect, creating timeless beauty that's only enhanced by wear. We believe it's about the pleasure of buying a well-made pair of sandals with a classic design and enjoying it for a long, long time.
The Ancient World of Greece
Ancient Greeks developed shoemaking into a skilled art. By 500 B.C.E the average Greek citizen could tell much about the people that passed in the street by the style of sandals they wore.
Early Greek sandals were made from a stiff leather or wooden sole to which leather straps were attached. Much of the individual style of these sandals was created by the different ways the leather straps wrapped around the foot and ankle. Wealthy people wore soft leather sandals, sometimes dyed in various colors. The very wealthy sometimes even had gilded sandals, or sandals painted gold, in which the leather was covered with real gold. Some shoemakers carved designs or placed nails in the soles of their sandals in various patterns, so that the footprints of the wearer left a distinctive mark.
Shoemakers became respected citizens in the Greece of the fourth and fifth centuries B.C.E, and their craft was believed to be watched over by the god Apollo- god of the sun, music, poetry, and healing, among others. Sandals themselves were sometimes given magical powers in the myths of the time.