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.