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Mephisto Helen Reviews

1258 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

0%Rated 5 stars

32%Rated 4 stars

36%Rated 3 stars

20%Rated 2 stars

12%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

81% "Felt true to size"

84% "Felt true to width"

90% "Excellent arch support"

Additional 1113 Helen Mephisto Reviews

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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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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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Moderate arch support

 

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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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June 29, 2013

Anonymous

 

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.

Brands I'd also recommend: Orthaheel

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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June 26, 2013

Anonymous

 

This is a poor imitation of the same shoe (style) I purchased 2 years ago. The size 39 was over 1/4" shorter than my other pair with less cork thickness. They must have changed manufacturer - definitely not the same quality shoe.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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March 28, 2012

Anonymous

from Phoenix, AZ

I have worn Mephisto Helen for more than 12 years and have always loved them... until the last purchase I made. My feet stink every time after wearing them and they have literally disintegrated (both pairs, purchased at the same time) within 6 months. Extremely disappointing given that they have been my all-time favorite for years, but I won't order them again.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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February 28, 2012

Anonymous

from California

I purchased two sandals the same size that are similar to each other like Mephisto or a Birkenstock that has a molded foot bed. The Mephisto was a half to a full size smaller to the other sandal. I returned the Mephisto and kept the other.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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September 2, 2011

Anonymous

from Indiana

Glossy leather is scratchy and uncomfortable. Beware if you are happy with the nubuck or other soft leather.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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July 23, 2014

Barb C

 

These shoes have been part of my life for 10 years, but this pair did not fit properly. I could barely get my toe into the proper place and the cross band was way too tight. I am hoping it was an aberration because this is a favorite sandal for a number of reasons.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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March 30, 2014

Anonymous

 

Beware! If you have Helen sandals that you love, but are a few years old and need to replace them, this shoe is not the same as it was. I ordered the same size as I did 2 years ago, but it was a full size smaller and narrower than my old pair. I held them up to the old pair to compare and was shocked at the difference! I haven't tried the Helen Plus, yet, and am not likely to, because I already own brown and black and I will just keep wearing them until they fall apart, because the old Helens are the most comfortable sandals I've had in recent years, due to severe overpronation. I really hope they go back to the old sizing - because of all of the colors, I would then order one in almost every color! I've never been so disappointed with a shoe!

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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December 22, 2002

Anonymous

from Milwaukee, WI

don't end up at the foot dr! Stay away from this sandal if you have a narrow foot.! They're great looking but a real problem for someone with a less than wide foot. I wore this sandal almost daily last summer and I ended up with some serious foot problems. I acutally visited a podiatrist for the first time in my life! I suggest the Elka for someone with a less than narrow foot. Not as stylish but definately comfortable.

Brands I'd also recommend: Elka

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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