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Description

  • Mephisto recommends ordering up a full size for this style since it runs small (for example, if you are a size 6, you may want to choose a size 7).
  • The Helen sandal is a perennial favorite. What color is missing from your collection?
  • Leather, patent, or nubuck uppers are made with the finest materials for ultimate breathability and durability.
  • Adjustable buckle for a personalized fit.
  • Cork footbed lined with leather that softens over time for proper heel, arch, and foot support when walking.
  • Rubber outsole.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
    • Heel Height: 1 in
    • Weight: 8 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 36 (US Women's 6), width B - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Fit Survey:

78% Felt true to size
  • 2% Full size too large
  • 4% Half size too Large
  • 78% True to size
  • 11% Half size too small
  • 6% Full size too small
86% Felt true to width
  • 86% Felt true to width
  • 12% Felt narrower than marked
  • 2% Felt wider than marked
83% Excellent arch support
  • 83% Excellent arch support
  • 16% Moderate arch support
  • 0% No arch support

Item Information

  • Mephisto recommends ordering up a full size for this style since it runs small (for example, if you are a size 6, you may want to choose a size 7).
  • The Helen sandal is a perennial favorite. What color is missing from your collection?
  • Leather, patent, or nubuck uppers are made with the finest materials for ultimate breathability and durability.
  • Adjustable buckle for a personalized fit.
  • Cork footbed lined with leather that softens over time for proper heel, arch, and foot support when walking.
  • Rubber outsole.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
    • Heel Height: 1 in
    • Weight: 8 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size 36 (US Women's 6), width B - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Customer Reviews

Mephisto Helen

Average rating is 5 out of 5 from a total of 1,661 reviews.

Top Positive Review

16 people found this review helpful.

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I just want to update my review of the Helen. I was so excited about the look of the sandals that I immediately wrote a review, but after I read the manufacturer recommendations on the shoebox lid, I had to return them for a larger size. Mephisto wrote that the best fit needs approximately 6-7mm of sandal in front of your toes and the same amount of footbed behind your heel. After the initial excitement of looking at the Helen in sand cobra (it is truly glam!) on my feet, I realized that the size 9 (I normally wear 9½) was too small as there was not enough footbed in front and behind my feet. By the way, I know the size of 7mm-it is the width of my wedding band and a little bigger than a 1/3 of an inch. I love absolutely love Zappos! I ordered the size 10 Helen the same evening I got the too small size 9 and got the 10 the next day! Of course, I returned the size 9 with a quick and free mailing label from Zappos from my printer. To reiterate, a size 9 would take a size 9, a 9½ would take a size 10. If you are a half size, order up, not down. These sandals are stunningly beautiful!

Read more » « Show less June 19, 2012 by Iris B
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Top Critical Review

1 person found this review helpful.

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I wore these on a trip to Italy. Felt like I was walking on a wood board and made my feet ache. The leather between my toes cut my foot and no matter how I adjusted the shoe, the shoe kept pushing my foot back due to my high arch. Horrible and expensive mistake.

Read more » « Show less June 29, 2013 by Anonymous
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Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Please pay attention to the sizing suggestions on this sandal. I did, and happy I ordered a size up. I normally wear an 8.5 but ordered a 9 per the suggestion on zappos. The 9 fits me perfectly, I don't think the 8 would have fit the length of my foot. I bought this in the waxy black color and it looks just how I expected it to. These sandals do have arch support, I think overtime they will form to my foot better, but I think they will take some wearing in before that happens. The only negative about this sandal is that it does feel a little heavier in weight, but it doesn't bother me too much. It might if you don't like wearing a slightly heavier sandal in the summer.

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt true to size

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

Moderate arch support

  • - customer
  • from MN
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Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Extremely comfortable sandal! I debated between this one and the Birkenstock, and decided on the Helen -Mephisto is more narrow and less klunky looking. And the footbed is much more comfortable! I ordered both the size 7 and 8 and decided to keep the 7 as the 8 was just a bit big overall. I usually wear a 7.5 but unlike the other reviews that suggest sizing up if you are a half size, I feel like the half size down was best for me. I love the off white! I plan to order the black pair very soon!

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt a half size larger than marked

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

Moderate arch support

  • - customer
  • from Daytona Beach FL
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Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Oh my gosh! These are my first pair of Mephisto shoes and definitely will not be the last! I was torn between these and Berks. I am so glad I chose these. A tad dressier. To me more comfortable and the arch is perfect. I have always had issues with my feet smelling with summer sandals. No smelling here! I think it's because of the holes I. The heal. It allows it to breathe. I wear an 8.5 shoe. I ordered the 9 and they fit perfectly. I wear these every single day!

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt true to size

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

Excellent arch support

  • - customer
  • from OH
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Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I have had a pair of Mephisto Helen's for about 10 years and have loved them way past their predicted life. I wore them daily in Europe and they have been my standard footwear during summers. This pair is significantly narrower than my original pair. So disappointing! I do see that Mephisto makes a Helen Plus which is wider - I will try that model.

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt a half size smaller than marked

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt narrower than marked

Poor Support

Great Support

Excellent arch support

  • - customer
  • from Santa Fe, NM
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Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I have been a fan of Mephisto for years.The Helen sandal has that wonderful cork bed that molds to your foot while its underlying shape provides support. My only concern is with my new pair I have the strap cinched down to the smallest size and these are brand new. I did not have to do this on previous pairs until the sandal loosened with wear.

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt true to size

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

Excellent arch support

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