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Mephisto Helen Reviews

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Overall Rating:

76%Rated 5 stars

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Customer Fit Survey:

81% "Felt true to size"

85% "Felt true to width"

90% "Excellent arch support"

1221 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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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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November 6, 2014

Anonymous

from New Mexico

Nice sandal and I live the off white color as it goes with everything. I kid size up as suggested and that was a good thing. My second toe is longer that my big toe and always have trouble accommodating those two digits. I also had a little trouble walking in them the first few times as I found myself catching the front and tripping on carpeted surfaces (the extra length maybe?!). The post between the toe irritates me from time to time as my foot slips back a bit. So I'm still "breaking" them in as I do not wear them every day. Great arch support and I get many compliments when I do wear them.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

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Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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October 22, 2014

Anonymous

from Arizona

Right out of the box review: I usually wear 7½ in flats and shoes. I ordered an 8 in these. They fit great. The brand recommends making sure you have some space above your toe. I did not do that. I could have sized up, but that would have been too big. For now, they are pretty comfortable. I do not know how they would wear after good amount of use and if I made a bad decision. But let me emphasize. They do look like slippers. Zero fashion points. Worse than Birkestocks. I use them as slippers indoors. I would never wear them outside and would be embarrassed to be caught wearing these in public. They might work if your style is mom/granny style. Or you are into lounge wear. Or super casual. They creak a little. I hope that goes away soon. Lots of people have been complaining about needing shoes that travel well for hours at a stretch or are made for walking. I highly recommend Chole Haan Nike Air Tech flats. Or Oxfords with rubber soles. Lots of brands make them. I guess in the slippers category, this is as good as it gets.

Brands I'd also recommend: Chole Haan

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 17, 2014

Arleen S

from San Diego County

I have been wearing these best fit and feel sandals for over 17 years now. I can only afford one every 2-3 years, however I still have and wear every pair purchased.

Brands I'd also recommend: Purchase these. You will not be sorry.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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October 11, 2014

Anonymous

 

I bought what I think is this exact same sandal (made in Portugal) in about 1988, branded as Land's End from their catalog. The sandal was comfortable and wore like iron, but now 26 years later it was time to replace them. I started looking about 2 years ago and found these but was reluctant to pay 3 times more (!) than what I paid in 1988. I finally bit the bullet and bought them this summer. Overall, I am pleased, especially since my left foot is a 1/2 size bigger than the right and I have extremely high insteps. Although The Air-Relax midsole is very comfortable, for my smaller foot, the adjustable buckling strap on the new sandal initially cut into my instep and the thong seemed to rub between my toes. I finally realized with the help of the printed info from Mephisto that I had to loosen that strap so my heel fell into the heel cup appropriately, even though there is quite a bit of extra room up in the toe area. They did take longer to break in than I remember the old pair, but then my memory 26 years later isn't as good as it used to be. At any rate, they are much more comfortable now after making adjustments. After the edges of the leather straps soften up a bit more, I am confident I'll have this pair for another 26 years - they'll probably outlive me.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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October 6, 2014

Susan P

from United States

These shoes were super good looking on my foot, arch support hit in the right place, length was perfect, but my toes and edge of foot hit the side edges of the shoe near the toes. Because of the shape of the shoe, they were hitting the edge which was "sharp" not rounded. Just not quite enough room for the width of my feet to fit into the rounded space for toes. Too bad.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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October 4, 2014

Kathleen B

 

Love the comfort of these shoes. They are high quality and well worth the price. I have them in three colors. If you suffer from sore feet after wearing sandals all day in the summer give these a try.

Brands I'd also recommend: Earth

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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October 3, 2014

Jennifer E

from Boulder, Colorado

I love these sandals! I started wearing them several years ago and now buy a replacement pair annually -- they're the only sandal I wear all spring, summer and into fall. They are very comfortable right out of the box, and work dressed up or down. I suppose my only complaint would be that as they age, I find it's harder to walk on uneven surfaces in them because sometimes I'll slide off of the shoe. (I find they loosen up in a way that simply tightening the strap doesn't really solve.) But that's truly a minor complaint -- this is hands down my favorite sandal!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 1, 2014

Anonymous

from Edmond, Oklahoma

After playing several rounds of shoe bingo with Birkenstock Gizeh & Mayori, these Mephistos are the best. I have a stress fracture & neuromas and must wear these type of shoes for awhile. I am usually a 6.5 or 7 and found both the Gizeh and Mayori to run a little too small in the 36 & a bit too big in the 37. I also have a high arch. I kept the Black Patent Mayori with the toe ring because it wasn't so painful in the arch. The Gizeh hurt between my toes & rubbed my outer foot in the wrong places -- that being said, I still liked them better than the Mayori, but the toe-ring shoe felt better. Zappos was out of my size (37) & color in the Helen Mephisto, so I had to find it locally. The foot bed is not as arched & it is much more comfortable than the Birkenstocks (both styles). The straps are comfortable & not as stiff as the Birkenstocks. Width-wise they fit me without rubbing the side of my sensitive left foot. I tend to run narrow, and these are perfect. As another reviewer stated on some of these type shoes, they tend to feel like you're walking on a plank, but if I had a redo on the caboodle of the shoes I've tried, my vote goes to the Mephisto Helen for more overall comfort, less break-in and ability to wear out of the box; if you can wear the Birkenstocks they're probably more stylish. And, as always, my vote goes to Zappos for great customer service and selection.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 30, 2014

Jen

from Midwest

Probably worth a try to see if they work for you. For me, the footbed was too narrow (The outside edge of the cup heel rubbed my foot and my little toes tended to hang over the edge). However, at the same time, the straps were too loose (I had the adjustable strap at it's tightest just to hold the shoe to my foot, but at the same time the toe strap and other strap was not even touching the top of my foot it was so loose.) I normally wear an 8 medium in a sandal. In these I needed a 9. I liked the shoes and wanted them to work even at this expensive price, but they just didn't fit me well.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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September 25, 2014

Katie

from Gainesville, GA

I love my new shoes! They fit perfectly and look great! I bought them because I have planters fasciitis and the support these provide is great! They are a tad on the small size so order larger than you normally do.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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September 18, 2014

REBEKAH P

from Dallas, TX

Very comfortable. Would have kept them but I decided they were not the look I wanted. They made my feet look too chunky.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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September 14, 2014

M M

from TX

Had bought and returned Birkenstocks. Very disappointed. After reading other poor Birkenstock reviews the Mephisto Helen was mentioned as a better option. And read a lot of reviews about the Helen Plus and decided to just go with the Helen. Best sandal ever. No real break in time. I put a little oil on the toe piece just to make sure it did not rub a blister but really was not an issue.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 12, 2014

Ruthie

from New Jersey

I love these shoes and have 4 pairs in different colors. They have saved me when I had severe arch pain and allowed me to walk for miles. I cannot walk barefoot anymore so I live in these shoes both indoors and out. My only complaint is that I have one particular pair, the silver strap style, where the soles are NOT non-marking. They mark up my hard wood floors all the time and so I am constantly cleaning up after myself. I called customer service at Mephisto and they denied that this could happen. I offered to send them a video of it happening, they were not interested and said I could mail them in and they would take a look at them, but would not replaced them if it was true, so why would I bother?

Brands I'd also recommend: dansko, birkenstock

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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September 10, 2014

Jeanne

from Santa Ana

I own six pairs of these and will buy more in the future. I have wide feet in the toe box area, but with these shoes a medium fits just perfectly. The cupped edge helps to keep you foot firmly in the foot bed and the arch support is divine! They are the most comfortable show I have ever worn. I use my old ones in the garden or to take the dog for a walk and in the winter I wear them with toe socks. I have my eye on the dark green ones.

Brands I'd also recommend: Clarks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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September 10, 2014

Anonymous

from USA

Love these shoes! I have flat feet and was having trouble with shin splints and arch pain. These have helped remedy that problem. Also, for comfortable shoes, they are super cute. I have them in black and also that tan/gray color, too, and I wear them all the time.

Brands I'd also recommend: Hoka One One sneakers

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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September 9, 2014

Ana c

 

Not the same as it used to be! They have changed the insole of the sandal and it is narrow. The big toe does not rest comfortably like it used to. Such a shame, this shoe was so comfortable!

Brands I'd also recommend: at a loss because Mephisto was my comfortable brand

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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September 5, 2014

Gale L

from United States

Love this shoe and having been purchasing it in a variety of colors for several years. EXCELLENT arch support and my go-to summer shoe choice. The angle of the strap from the toe over the top of the foot is very flattering. Also, Zappos is a fabulous company with excellent customer service!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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September 5, 2014

Anonymous

from Washington, DC

Comfort shoes are back in! This Mephisto was my way of embracing the trend while getting good arch support and a little pastel python pizazz. The shoe has a slightly padded footbed (I think more than Birkenstock) and the strap across the top of the foot is adjustable. They took minimal breaking in- I'm super pleased.

Brands I'd also recommend: Birkenstock

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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September 3, 2014

Patty P

from Vermont

When trying to replace the no longer made black Naot Tahoe, I ordered this sandal, along with a black Birkenstock thong model and a Tahoe in brown. This sandal is perfect! Had it been uncomfortable, I would have settled for the brown Naot...I still love the style and fit of the Naots. But this model in black is actually more comfortable which I thought impossible. The Birkie was a sad third place.

Brands I'd also recommend: Noats are great too.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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September 2, 2014

Mizjay

from Virginia

One afternoon my neighbor arrived and had on these shoes. Although I had plenty of shoes like these, there was something so unique that I raced to my computer and ordered myself a pair. They fit perfectly, and were so comfortable that I wore them all day while shopping. The reviews helped make my decision to have a pair of them. The fit (size 5) was perfect...perhaps, because I have worn this type of shoe for years, the transition was easy, and I have received compliments from people I don't even know. They're great for showcasing my bright summer nail polish!

Brands I'd also recommend: Birkenstock

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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August 31, 2014

Deb S

from Bend, Oregon

The strap that fits between my toes is the not bothersome at all, I thought it might be. It keeps sandal snug yet very comfortable when walking. I have a high arch and these work perfectly.

Brands I'd also recommend: Keen, Merrill

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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August 26, 2014

Susan B

from St. Louis, MO

LOVE the shoes, but almost returned them. I have narrow, flat feet and had to have another hole punched in the band to hold my foot. The strap now goes ALL the way to the base of the shoe, but doesn't drag.

Brands I'd also recommend: Naot, Birkenstock

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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August 17, 2014

Kathleen C

from Rochester, New York and Fort Myers, Florida

The ONLY shoe I have worn in the last 15 years is this style of Mephisto. I have walked in London for ten hours and never one twinge from my feet. I have strolled over the cobblestones in Dublin and never an ache. I am grateful to the shoemakers for their expertise. Every year I order two pair and never tire because they are so comfortable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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August 14, 2014

Brenda

from Elk City, Oklahoma

I love these shoes. I have a very narrow foot and they fit perfectly. What impressed me the most was Zappos customer service. I ordered a size 8 and had to return them for a size 9. I packed them up entered the return information that same morning and received the size 9 shoes the next afternoon couldn't believe the turn around service.

Brands I'd also recommend: Birkenstocks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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August 13, 2014

Anonymous

from Virginia

Very comfortable shoe, very good support, very nice looking. I am frequently getting compliments on the shoe. Can wear the shoe with many different outfits.

Brands I'd also recommend: NAOT

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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