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Mephisto Helen Reviews

1342 reviews
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Overall Rating:

76%Rated 5 stars

8%Rated 4 stars

12%Rated 3 stars

4%Rated 2 stars

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Customer Fit Survey:

78% "Felt true to size"

87% "Felt true to width"

86% "Excellent arch support"

1299 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 7/14/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

The most comfortable sandals you'll ever buy. I have wide feet and a very high instep and after having foot surgery this is the only sandal I can wear. Great arch support. Lots of great color options. After a while they loosen up but that's no problem because you can just adjust the strap! I've worn Mephistos for years; however, since my surgery I've had to switch from the Ularia to the Helen. Mephisto sandals are the best and last forever. It's just a matter of finding the right one for you!

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43 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 6/29/13
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:3 stars!

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.

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June 25, 2015

Anonymous

from Texas

I bought my first pair of Helen sandals in the mid to late 1980s. Since then I have only owned 3 pairs that have been my daily foot ware for the spring, summer and fall in Texas and on numerous trips across the country and overseas (yes, well over 10 years/pair). The bottom starts out stiff but become more flexible by manually bending before wearing them. They are comfortable, have good arch support, snuggles my foot in at the sides, durable and look great! The leather on these cut into my toes at first, so I softened up the edges using a nail file making them good to go right away. Mephisto has a service where you can mail them in to be resoled and re-corked, which I have done twice since buying my first pair.

Brands I'd also recommend: Noat

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 25, 2015

Carrie H

from Ohio

I owned these same shoes about 10 years ago and wore the heck out of them. I couldn't believe the same model was still available here at my lovely Zappos! They mold to your foot. By far the most comfortable sandal you'll ever wear. I'm a believer in you get what you pay for - spend the extra $ on these - you won't be disappointed. I'm a size 6 and they run pretty true to size - although their sizing is different than the normal scale.

Brands I'd also recommend: Born

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 20, 2015

Bohemian360

from Connecticut

These sandals were very comfortable from the first day. The arch support is good for a lot of walking. The style is a bit chunky for me but that tend is cycling back. I've already used them for walking all day in NYC and there's no break in period or rubbing. They fit securely on your feet and are adjustable. I have a slightly wide foot and they're wide enough. I'm usually a size 10-10/12 and the 41 was perfect.

Brands I'd also recommend: Golden goose

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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June 19, 2015

Anonymous

from Minneapolis, MN

Extremely comfortable and stylish. Many said to order down as they run big. I am a 10-10.5 and ordered a 41 and 40. Turns out a need a 42! I have very narrow feet and these fit well. I would say they are more narrow than average. A wide foot would spill over the edge! Going out of town tomorrow and thought I'd be safe ordering these two sizes and now I can't bring them. Bummer. Thankfully, Zappos returns are slick!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 18, 2015

Lorna K

from CA

I'm a size 9 and usually order size 40 in European sizes. These fit perfect and are very comfortable. I'm wearing them today!

Brands I'd also recommend: birkenstock

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 17, 2015

Kathy b

from Cincinnati

Love these shoes! All day comfortable right out of the box. Nice support.

Brands I'd also recommend: Birkenstock

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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June 15, 2015

Anonymous

 

I've never owned before any Birkenstocky sort of sandals so I was a bit hesitant to order these, however I'm traveling to Japan for 2 weeks and I need me some comfy sandals. After reading reviews I decided to order these. Normally wear shoe size 8.5 and ordered 9 on these and they are fine. The leather does 'cut' in my big toe a little bit but I used a nail file to soften the edge and I'm hoping with some tear and wear this will help to soften the leather. I got them in black patent leather. The only thing that surprised me was that the buckle is made of plastic. I was expecting it to be made of metal. Hope it doesn't break. I hope they are as comfy as they look and as everyone says they are, can't wait to use them for my upcoming trip! :)

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 13, 2015

Anonymous

from Raleigh, NC

I have always had a challenge finding stylish shoes or sandals that were also comfortable since I have flat feet and have had multiple foot surgeries including bunions and neuroma. I have had this style sandal in black and it has been comfortable enough to wear walking all day and has lasted for years. I finally treated myself to a new pair and love the textured brown. I love these sandals!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 11, 2015

Sarah S

from Vermont

I LOVE these shoes! They are so comfy and stylish. I always feel great wearing them. It did take a day of wearing to get used to the strap across my foot, but now they feel great. I ordered a number of Birkenstock options, and this pair, and these are the ones I kept! Love!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 9, 2015

Anonymous

 

Love this shoe and have many pairs. They are handmade, so there will be inconsistency in the height of the arch or the length of the strap. Wish Mephisto could improve on this. I have made several exchange of the same size b/c of this. Thank goodness Zappos makes this so easy.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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June 9, 2015

Anonymous

from San Diego, CA

Very comfortable! I'm a size 9.5-10 and the 41 fits perfectly, the 40 would have been too small. They're less clunky and more feminine than the Birkenstocks I tried on, very cute in a cool casual way. Don't need a break in period, they're ready to walk in.

Brands I'd also recommend: alberto fermani

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 9, 2015

Gwendolyn L

from Cincinnati Ohio

Most comfortable shoe you'll ever wear! I have two other colors. They last for many years.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 9, 2015

Anonymous

from Florida

Best sandal ever. I have flat feet and an unstable pelvis from childbirth. These are the only sandal I can wear due to the amazing arch support. I own several pairs of this style. I bought the desert buffalo color and it's beautiful. A great warm brown with nice texture. I wear a 37 and the 37 fits true to size.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 7, 2015

Janet

from AK

I bought these sandals just before a trip to Italy, but I ended up not taking them. After ordering, I read all the reviews and got nervous about the sizing, and was worried that they were too small. I had ordered my typical size of 37 for European sized shoes/sandals. After I got over to Italy I came across a Mephisto store in Florence and according to their sales people, who do nothing but sell Mephisto brand, found that the next size up was way too large and my 37s were perfect. I know they are supposed to cradle your feet but I was not sure what that entirely meant. Anyway, since being home I have been wearing them constantly and I love them! I have not had any issues with blistering and they have been good to go from the beginning. The next time I travel I am taking my Mephisto sandals! As a matter of fact, while over in Italy, four other people in my group purchased Mephisto brand sandals since they had heard from a Podiatrist friend, and me, that Mephisto is a great brand.

Brands I'd also recommend: Birkenstock, Dansko or Sanita

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 7, 2015

AK

from NC

I love my Helens! My foot doctor recommended these for my problem foot that needed an unflexible bottom and support throughout. These fit the bill. I will say that each pair fit just a little bit different. Even same size of the same style fit just enough different for my foot to be picky. You won't regret this purchase. The patent holds it shape in the upper and doesn't stretch out as much as the nubuck.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 7, 2015

Anonymous

from Durham, NC

This was the first time I have purchased and wore Mephisto sandals. I needed something with arch support or my back hurts after long walks in regular flip flops. These are great. I do wish they were a little more cushiony but at least I can walk for hours with no back problems. I bought the nubuck black leather sandals. I returned the regular leather to a store since it was very thick and rough between my toes. However, the nubuck leather is softer than the regular leather between my toes. Definitely recommend.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 6, 2015

Anonymous

 

These are nice looking, but they were very uncomfortable from the beginning and they did not break-in after several wears. The leather is very stiff with sharp edges. I would steer clear of the patent leather ones.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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June 6, 2015

Darlene C

from Nebraska

Honestly, I was disappointed in this sandal. It is my 2nd pair of this style & the lower strap is very uncomfortable unlike my 1st pair. Otherwise, I love the quality, the style & the color.

Brands I'd also recommend: Dansko, CC Resort & Fit Flop

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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June 4, 2015

Anonymous

from Boise, Idaho

The color on these shoes, the "waxy red" is absolutely beautiful, however, more of a metallic looking almost coral color and not as bright as they looked in the picture. I needed more of a true red and will be returning these. If I could afford to buy multiple pairs of these sandals, I would keep this color. It is really pretty, just not the color I needed.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 3, 2015

Anonymous

from Waterbury, CT

I have worn the Helen for years. This new color is AWESOME. The fit is SLIGHTLY tighter on the straps, I think they don't stretch as much. LOVE them and feel very snazzy in them.

Brands I'd also recommend: birkenstock

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 2, 2015

MMoore

from Texas

Have 2 other pairs of exact show in different colors. Not sure why but these were not right from the minute I put them on. Arch was different and uncomfortable. Love the shoes usually but this pair had to go back. Otherwise, my other 2 pairs are a 5 star!

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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May 29, 2015

Susan

from Florida

This is the most amazing sandal. I don't know what Mephisto does, but it is perfect. I've tried to wear other brands, but NOTHING comes close to the perfection of Mephisto Helen.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 28, 2015

Debra

from Cincinnati

I ordered up which left me with the desired space past my toes, but it placed the arch at the wrong spot. If I moved my foot back onto the arch, my heel was flush with the back which I do not like. I was very hopeful given the many positive reviews; I ordered two colors. Neither is going to work. A note, however, one pair fit better although I ordered the same size. I liked the brown embossed look.

Brands I'd also recommend: Alegria, Ahnu

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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May 28, 2015

Anonymous

from Portland, OR

Super comfortable--not in a plush way, but in a "I can walk all day in these and my feet and legs feel great." Bought the pewter color--great for my summer wardrobe (blacks, whites, greys for the most part) and less Bohemian looking than the brown leather ones (which I also have but rarely wear now that I have the pewter).

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 28, 2015

Lorian

from AZ

First of all, I love Mephisto's as they are a perfect fit for me. I order two style of the "Helen" model - this boa design and a pretty grey/blue/green and the green sparkles - much cooler than it sounds. Anyway, really happy with both!

Brands I'd also recommend: Naot

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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