Mephisto Helen Reviews

1588 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

28%Rated 5 stars

36%Rated 4 stars

36%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

78% "Felt true to size"

86% "Felt true to width"

84% "Excellent arch support"

Additional 1443 Helen Mephisto Reviews

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May 30, 2003

Denice L

from Salem, Oregon

Don't Leave Home without These shoes! I purchased my first pair of Helen in 97 and just bought another pair. They are the best sandals. I also own a pair of Birks and hardly wear them now, these are much better and much more comfortable. When I want a comfortable pair of shoes, these are the ones I pack, these shoes have been with me in South America, Europe, Asia and back home again, as I said "Never leave home without them!"

Brands I'd also recommend: Josep Siebel

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 15, 2003

Sandy S

from Omaha NE

The best - This is the best sandal I've ever owned. It has a footbed that is second to none. The best part, is that it's great for falling arches, but it looks stylish. Lots of colors, too!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 14, 2003

Nyzilla

from Washington, DC

Sleek, stylish comfort -better than Birkis! I *adore* these sandals. I bought my pair almost four years ago when I was looking for a sandal that would be comfortable enough for all the walking I do, but designed with a bit more flair than the stereotypical clunky, strappy Birkenstocks. The black patent Helens were calling to me...and I haven't regretted the purchase. Super-comfortable, great arch support, and the style and color dress up and down, looking just as great with shorts and t-shirts as they do with floaty summer dresses. I'm still happily wearing them years later, and the uppers still look great and the soles are in surprisingly good shape for all the walking they've done. Even a teething pit bull puppy chewing through one of the straps couldn't keep them down -- the nice folks at the shoe repair shop stitched the chewed ends back together, almost as good as new. These aren't cheap, but with a little care, you'll be able to get years of comfortable, good-looking service out of them...just don't leave them out around teething pups! ;)

Brands I'd also recommend: Lizard

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 26, 2003

Anonymous

from Minnesota

Better than Berks - I own about 8 pairs of Berks and now 3 pairs of Mephisto's. I doubt I'll ever go back to Berks. This shoe -"Helen" is great, comfortable, and I love the arch support.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 23, 2003

Sherry

from Los Angeles, Ca

Simply the best sandal ever! I have worn the 'Helen' for years. Comfortable, durable and beautifully styled.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 8, 2003

Anonymous

from East Coast

BB's review. Most comfortable, versitile, best looking, softest suede, best fitting sandals I've ever wore.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 31, 2003

Anonymous

from Seattle

My favorite sandals! I have bought a pair of these every spring for the last several years. From the first day I wore them, I found them the most comfortable sandals I have ever owned.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 5, 2014

Barbara j

from South Carolina

I have worn these shoes for years., I think these are slightly more narrow and have less arch support than the ones I have purchased in the past. My hope is that the manufacturer is Not starting to cut corners. If this becomes a trend, I will not buy their product.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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January 15, 2014

Anonymous

from Miami FL

I have worn this style/model shoe forever... this is at least my 6th pair (I wear them year round, pretty much every day). I have a very high arch and always loved the pronounced support. But I am disappointed that the arch support in this shoe I just purchased seems to be less robust than prior. I wonder if they are changing the specs, or if manufacturing quality is changing. Also, I need a 40EU/10US, though in most other shoes I wear a 9.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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August 8, 2012

Felicia R

from Southern California

Even though I gave the Helens (I bought the Desert Buffalo and Black Waxy) only four stars overall, they are the top of the line for comfort sandals. The four stars are because (1) they are very expensive; (2) they roll my feet slightly to the outside; and (3) the toe-hole caused blisters to the top of my big toe until I could get the leather softened enough (I finally had to take a nail file to the bottom edge of the leather of the toe-hole). However, negatives aside, the arch support is excellent (I have very high arches, and the Helen fits them perfectly). Other than the blister mentioned above, they are incredibly comfortable to stand in or walk in for long periods of time. And while their style is definitely a cut above the standard aging hippie Birkenstock look, the Helens still appear a little... searching for the right word... non-urban. But their comfort level trumps their looks when you're going to be moving your feet. Last, but not least... I'm short, so I love that the Helens add a safe extra 1-1/2 inches to my height! Felicia Rose Levitt, author of The Road to Aradell (a Sexy Complicated Love Story).

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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May 29, 2012

Anonymous

from Brownsburg, IN

Ordered on Memorial Day, received them the next day. Love the look and they feel like a dream except there is a problem. I have a medium-sized bunion on my right foot. It isn't usually an issue. The strap on the Helen hits just at the top of the bunion. After wearing around the house for 30 minutes the leather is already digging into my foot. I have med to wide width foot. Wide width shoes are too wide, but if you ask me, my feet look a little like Fred Flintstone's. I really hate to return the sandals, but I fear if I do any serious walking the strap will start to cut into my foot. Hard to rate since I feel the shoe is terrific. It doesn't ' work for my right foot.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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May 10, 2012

Pam C

from MA

Love this sandal, the only problem I had was it cut into my toes. Hopefully will soften up in time, in the meantime I will wear a band aid for cushion. They also ran a little narrow for me but will get used to them. A size larger would be too big. Good arch support, I have plantar fasciitis so they were good for me. Love the casual style. Cute with jeans or casual skirts and capris.

Brands I'd also recommend: Merril

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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May 8, 2012

Allison W

from Austin, TX

This shoe is absolutely adorable! I ordered the snakeskin print and it is extremely fashionable. I am 21 years old and would wear these anywhere. They were too narrow for my foot though. I have a wide toe-box area and I definitely see my pinky toe falling off the edge. That just doesn't look good! I didn't realize that the Helen Plus shoe is the same shoe but in a wide. I've ordered that so I hope it works! I just wish Mephisto made the Helen Plus in a cute pattern like snakeskin.

Brands I'd also recommend: Birkenstock

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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April 2, 2012

Anonymous

from Singapore

These sandals are very comfortable, stylish, and versatile to wear. I can wear them with shorts for a casual look or wear them with a summer dress for all-day city touring. If these came in other interesting colors, I may buy another pair.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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March 15, 2004

Anonymous

from San Francisco, CA

I just bought this sandal and it is so comfortable. I am a 7 1/2 B and a 7 fits perfectly. I have painful heels and this is just wonderful. I have not hiked the mountains with them, but I feel I could wear them forever. Worth the money.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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April 3, 2003

Cathie

from South Florida

Cathie - I have very long toes and thought that the ridge would pose a problem. Not so. The only problem I have with the Helen is that the buckle and subsequent strap has brused the top of my right foot. There does not seem to be enough "give" in the sole to prevent this. Other than that, the arch support is phenominal, which is the main reason I bought a Mephisto shoe. I give you 5 stars for arch support. Love the style - it's casual and also somewhat dressy.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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March 4, 2016

Anonymous

 

What a disappointment, though I can't say it was unexpected -- just about every manufacturer is cheapening its products to increase profits. In comparing earlier versions of Mephisto sandals to this current model, I noted less cork, padding, and arch support, and likely fewer/thinner inner layers. My older Heidi/Hana sandals still cushion and cradle my feet, where as these felt flat and hard -- like walking on cheap composite board. I also found the diagonal strap to be quite loose, as if it was made for a high-instep foot. The gladiator model fits much better in this regard. Sigh. There are few sandals on the market that not only support but also look contemporary. No wonder these still sell in their sub par state.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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August 28, 2012

Michelle G

from Beverly, Ma

I have to say I don't love these. I find them very heavy and rather stiff. The suede bottom isn't as smooth and comfortable as that of Naot and after a while of walking in them my feet feel rubbed by them. I plan to only buy sandals from Naot from now on.

Brands I'd also recommend: Naot

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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June 28, 2012

DJR

from Seminole FL

Shoe leather was very stiff, why can't someone make a softer sandal with a toe-ring.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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June 14, 2012

Anonymous

from portsmouth, nh

The leather upper in this sandal was incredibly stiff and uncomfortable. Because of the nature of the footwear, it would never soften and become comfortable. I had to return them.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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March 27, 2012

Anonymous

from New Jersey

Really liked the looks of this shoe but the shape of the insole just did not fit my foot at all - arch was in the wrong place. Terribly uncomfortable without even taking a step in the shoe. If this shoe causes you pain, try Alegria instead.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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February 3, 2012

Eichholz

from Clearwater, FL

I already own this shoe in another color and find it to be comfortable and a very good fit. Unfortunately, this pair does not fit the same. The right shoe seems to be wider than the left, so I will return them.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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November 16, 2011

Anonymous

from Staten Island, NY

I love the look of the sandals but I can't walk more than 2 miles/day in them or I will get blisters the balls of my feet. Also, after a few months, the cork bed is cracking. I must admit I am disappointed, the other reviews are so good. Overall, I still wear them every day when I don't walk too much but I had hoped they would hold up better to daily use. Regarding the size, I am a 38 in Europe, so I went by that size. In the US, I am a size 7, occasionally 7.5, and I have a widish foot.

Brands I'd also recommend: Birkenstock

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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September 16, 2011

La P

from Corpus Christi

These are way too glossy! And, they felt a little smaller than the first ones I bought even though they were the same size. I purchased my first pair at a local store and they are unbelievable comfortable. I thought I'd order these, since they were quite a bit less than other colors, but the gloss on them makes them look like patent leather. Not sure why M decided to create glossy colors...who wears these glossy ones. They are not dressy sandals!

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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September 15, 2011

Anonymous

 

I bought this shoe hoping for extreme comfort and also to put on quickly when running out the door. However, the band going across with the adjustable strap cuts into my foot and caused blisters. When worn a full day it bruises that area, also. I have tried adjusting it, but it is not a comfortable shoe. It is, however, easy to put on.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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