Handcrafted Leather Sandals, Made in Athens
Laiik (/lay-ik/) is a DC-born, Greek-made footwear brand reinventing the classic Greek sandal for conscientious women who want responsibly made, luxury footwear at an accessible price. Raw yet refined, Laiik’s handcrafted sandals combine Greece’s renowned shoemaking heritage with a clean, modern aesthetic that defies trends and seasons. Each pair of sandals is handmade with integrity in a small, family-run factory in Athens, Greece, which employs 30 craftspeople. Laiik only uses vegetable-tanned vachetta leathers processed with natural tannins extracted from trees and plants to minimize its impact on the environment.
Where does the name come from?
“Laiik” comes from the Greek word, “laiko”, meaning of the people. Growing up in the foreign service, the founders chose the name as a tribute to the people from many different cultures who shaped their lives. With no fixed address and always on the move, Niko, Marika, and Helene made their home with the people who welcomed them into their families and communities — from DC to Damascus. Laiik is about making everyone feel welcome, and giving people who wear their sandals the confidence to feel at home, wherever their feet may take them.