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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.
  • Made in France.
  • 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
84% Excellent arch support
  • 84% 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.
  • Made in France.
  • 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 1,611 reviews.

Top Positive Review

13 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: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I've been a long time wearer of Mephisto Helens and this is another wonderful pair. They have great arch support and are all around good walking shoe for summer

I'd also recommend: Naot, Merill

Fit Survey

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Great Support

Excellent arch support

  • - customer
  • from Lincoln, california
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Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I tried the Mephisto brand because I always saw the shoes beautifully displayed at a retail store I used to frequent. I do not have any orthopedic issues. I just love comfortable shoes, especially when I have a lot of errands to run that require a lot of walking. I would describe Mephisto as a high end Birkenstock (due to the price point and style). Mephisto sandals are so comfortable. They feel great and they look nice, too, particularly on people who are casual dressers but still wear nice clothing. They are a mature, sophisticated shoe on even a young woman. Unlike a previous reviewer, I never noticed any problems with the smell of my shoes. Quite the opposite. Fit wise, it is my experience that they pretty much run true-to-size. At best, you may need a half-size larger. (Thankfully, Zappos has no-hastle returns!) If I had to choose Mephisto vs. Birkenstock, I would definitely choose Mephisto, but Birkenstock is also a good option, just not my preference in this instance.

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Runs Small

Runs Large

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Felt true to width

Poor Support

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Moderate arch support

  • - customer
  • from Los Angeles, CA
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Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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This is my second pair of the Helen sandals. I love them! They are my everyday comfy sandals & the Silver Nairobi is my favorite. They are padded & super comfortable & they last & last!! Great quality. It's hard to find a good supportive sandal like this that is also good looking!! And this one is!! I get complements all the time wearing these. They've got a luminous look to them & are pretty! I normally wear an 8 in sandals but these I wear a 9 to fit properly with a little toe room. This time the inner leather around the toe area was a little rough, so they'll either wear in or I'll put some kind of tape/bandaid to soften it a little,. But they are worth it. Best shoes ever!

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt a full size larger than marked

Runs Narrow

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Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

Excellent arch support

  • - customer
  • from Phoenix
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Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Great shoe! My 5th pair, so something must be working! I have Plantar Fasciitis and flatter than flat arches, so most sandals are out. These are perfect! I even wear them in the house all winter instead of slippers, which lack support.

Fit Survey

Runs Small

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Felt true to size

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Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

Excellent arch support

  • - customer
  • from Seattle
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Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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Most often a "40" is translated into a size 9, so that's what I ordered. But it was a whole size too long, so I have exchanged it. I gave the shoe 4 stars rather than 5 because of my personal preference for a slight heel - when I wear a flat shoe for a long time one ankle, once broken and never properly set, begins to ache. But if you can wear flats, these will be fine. I also liked the soft toe thong.

Fit Survey

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt a full size larger than marked

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

Great Support

Moderate arch support

  • - customer
  • from Boston area

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