Get Ancient Greek Sandals’ and Lalaounis’ Ophions on Your Feet Now



A sandal collaboration between a jeweler and shoemaker means cute new kicks for collectors

Designer and creative director Maria Lalaounis of Lalaounis has a new endeavor that would make Achilles proud. Maria runs Lalaounis—founded by Ilias Lalaounis—with her three sisters Aikaterini, Demetra, and Ioanna, and celebrates their Greek roots in a new collaboration. The Lalaounis jewelry brand designed 24k gold-plated bronze accents for six pairs of Vachetta leather sandals made by Ancient Greek Sandals (AGS) in the Ophion collection.

The shoes are already being sold online at Net-a-Porter and Goop, as well as a few brick-and-mortar outlets. And Lalaounis’ adornments, not surprisingly, feature Greek-theme designs like snakes because of the Hellenic connection.

“Snakes are so extensively seen in jewelry and the decorative arts of classical and Hellenistic Greek art and have been a source of inspiration for many Lalaounis designs,” explains a company representative. “Their fascinating shape and symbolic nature were perfect for complementing beautifully Christina Martini’s (AGS’ designer) elegant leather sandals.”

Wholesale orders can be placed at a minimum of 40 units, and sandals range in retail price from $285 to $780. And while no manufacturing production limit exists, the obvious cute factor of the kicks will likely lead them to fly quickly off of shelves. 

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Agapi Snakes sandals in white Vachetta leather with 24k gold-plated bronze accents, $450

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Rhodes sandals in black Vachetta leather with 24k gold-plated bronze accents, $650

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