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In Other Shoes – Greek Children’s Shoes

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These shoes immediately put a smile on my face! So festive!

“Greek Children’s shoes. Given to me on January 24th 1958 by dr. H. Hadjissarantos, Athens. In Greek they are called “tsarouchia”. They are made from hard leather, but do not have soles. Black leather rim. The toes are bend upwards like poulaines, supporting huge, red, yellow, and blue pom pons! The colours change from region to region. These are probably from Epiros.” – Søren L. Tuxen


Tsarouchias are still worn today, for instance by the guards in front of the Greek Parliament Building. Check out the guards’ spectacular choreography in the video below:

If you are also into shoes, you can read more about Tuxen’s collection in this post.

// Emma Louise Pedersen


Photo: © 2007 Photo/Media Department of Moesgaard Museum.

Byline portrait: © 2015 Line Beck,

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