In Greek mythology, Hermes’ winged sandals carried him “as swift as any bird”. Ancient Greek Sandals’ playful, fashion-led versions have carried this 100 percent Greek company all the way to Hollywood and the White House (famous fans include Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie). Creative director Christina Martini—who once designed shoes for Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton—has refined and embellished the “tourist sandals” she loved to wear on Greek island holidays. You can now scoop up a pair of these long-wearing leather lovelies for yourself at the brand’s first flagship store, opposite the National Historical Museum. Since its 2012 debut, the label has matured beyond the much-copied “Ikaria” winged style (though every pair still sports the signature winged buckle). High-grade, chemical-free leather is twisted, woven, thinly sliced or braided; shaped into irresistible slides, chic micro-wedges, feminine lace-ups, or elegant updates on traditional sandals. Stay purist or rev it up with slinky collaborations with Greek jewellery designers such as Ilias Lalaounis and Ileana Makri. The two-storey boutique also carries men’s and mini-me children’s ranges, alongside some exclusive styles and goodies you’ll only find here (like limited-edition tan totes and leather candles scented with the essence of Greece).