Presidential Guard Tsarouchi

Description : The so-called presidential guard of the shoes are used by the presidential guard, but mostly for parades and decorative purposes. It is made entirely with leather. The sole is rounded at its sides and sewed by hand.  There is an option of using special nails.

Sizes : No 38 - No 48.

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Black Tsarouchi

Manufacturing : Traditional with Vardoula, sewed sole and special nose mounted in the nose of shoes tied to the pon pon, so as not to irritate the foot of the dancer and without moving the pon pon from its original position.
Alternatively, we use special rubber soles, always using Vardoula, which is cheaper to make. You won't like to wear any other shoe if you try once our shoes.

Sizes : No 38 - No 48.

Color : red, brown, black.

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Red Tsarouchi

Manufacturing : Traditional with Vardoula, sewed sole and special nose mounted in the nose of shoes tied to the pon pon, so as not to irritate the foot of the dancer and without moving the pon pon from its original position.
Alternatively, we use special rubber soles, always using Vardoula, which is cheaper to make. You won't like to wear any other shoe if you try once our shoes.

Sizes : No 38 - No 48.

Color : red, brown, black.

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Dance Shoes with Laces

Type : With laces.

Description : There are many kinds of men’s dance shoes. We have included the island shoes and shoes with laces which could be used by several dance glubs.

Sizes :
Νο 39 - Νο 48.

Construction materials : Genuine Leather.

Price : 50 euros including VAT.

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Crete's Stivania

Description : Authentic Crete's stivania with perfect sense of wearing, made of high quality genuine leather. The upper leather is out of calf, the inner leather is out of goat and a sewed leather sole.

Sizes : Νο 37 - Νο 48.

Price : 170 euros including VAT.

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Dance Shoes with Laces

Type : with laces.

Manufacturing : The women’s shoes with laces are used primarily by LUCEUM of Greek  women and have a waterproof upper leather, a special bottom cotton in midsole, with nonslide soles.

Sizes : Νο 35 - Νο 42.

Height of the heel : may be 3.5 or 5.5 cm.

Price : 45 euros including VAT.

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Dance Shoes with Ankle Strap

Type : with ankle strap.

Manufacturing : We use special dance shoetree, and midsole made of special cotton material, for a comfortable and pleasant sense and special nonslide sole for endless hours of  relaxing dance. You won't want to wear other dance shoes ever, if you dance once with our shoes.

Sizes : Νο 35 - Νο 42

Height of the heel : may be 3.5 or 5.5 cm.

Price : 45 euros including VAT.

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Workshop

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The workshop is at the same location with the first workshop. There we made ​​rustic shoes, gournotsaroucha, ladies shoes with ankle strap, women's laced shoes, pontian sellachia with gampalia and other custom made shoes. For the construction of the shoes we use the best materials and the best forms for comfort and effortless dance.

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The Museum

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Next to the handicraft we have a small room where the visitor can see old tools and old shoes, and very old machines. The machine emvolo was manufactured in 1835 from English company HOVER and still works in our showroom. You can see old shoes from many parts of Greece starting with silk shoes from Alexandroupoli and ending in stivania from islands and Crete, as well as shoes from Korea, Netherlands, Bulgaria and Turkey.

In our small museum tour, you will be informed about the multiple role of shoes in our life (use, love, social).

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Our History

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The history of the name Kogias starts in 1910. The founder was Antonios Kogias who thanks to excellent art became known beyond the borders of Thessaly. He used to make tsarouchia, gourounotsaroucha and other local shoes.

Please note here that, during these years the village Kastania was a village with several workshops shoes, tailors, merchants and blacksmiths. The local school had over 200 students.

Antonios Kogias succeeded by his son Evangelos who in 1971 moved his handicraft in Karditsa for the simple reason that the village people slowly left for big cities. We all remember the Uncle Vangelis and his handicraft in Koumoundourou street who repaired shoes and made shoes and from time to time he was making a pair of tsarouchia. Later on, due to livelihood, he was also involved in the shoe trade. In 1980, dance groups gradually began to appear, and the need of making traditional shoes arose.

Today, Elias son of Vangelis, continues the art of making shoes. He moved back his handicraft in Kastania where once his grandfather Antonios founded the first handicraft.

Today the handicraft makes tsarouchia, gourounotsaroucha, women shoes with ankle strap and laces, slippers mostly used in islands, as well as Cretan and Pontic stivania. Under the instructions of an old Cretan shoe maker, our stivania does not have anything to envy from the stivania of the good original shoe maker of Crete.

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The Area

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Kastania is a village that has become a tourist resort, built at an altitude of 800 meters on a site full of trees. It occupies the northern slopes of the mountain peak Tsouka Itamos and is 25 km from Karditsa.

It is an ideal destination for summer and winter tourism, is a gifted by nature geographical location, which attracts leisure any time of year if you visit the village.

In the village there are rooms to let  and Community hostel which has 23 beds.

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