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Mephisto Helen Reviews

1685 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

82%Rated 5 stars

8%Rated 4 stars

6%Rated 3 stars

2%Rated 2 stars

2%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

77% "Felt true to size"

86% "Felt true to width"

83% "Excellent arch support"

1623 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 6/19/12
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

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!

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62 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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August 1, 2017

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CT

from Los Angeles

I love Mephistos sandals! I've tried a number of comfort sandals but return to this brand. The support is incredible--I've worn them all day while on vacation, through walking tours on hard pavement, spending days at Disneyland, and just running errands. They're a somewhat more stylish footbed--perhaps narrower?--while still accommodating my wide foot requirements due to the adjustable strap. I enjoy how well the sandals conform to my foot. I'll keep watching for additional colors and styles to refresh my wardrobe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 23, 2017

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C.

from Walnut Creek, California

This is such a classic style, you really can't go wrong. The straps are strong but flexible so no blisters on the tops of my feet. I've had 3 pairs and can walk comfortably all day. If I had my choice, though, I'd prefer the insole on the black styles to be black -- looks a lot nicer.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 22, 2017

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Jackie S

from MD

Let me start by saying I gulped when I placed the order for this shoe...never spent this much for a pair of sandals! With that said they are worth every dime :-) The shoe feels as if it was custom made for my foot and they are much cuter in person than in the picture. I wear 39 in Dansko and the 39 was perfect in the Mephisto Helen. I have always been a bit of a shoe freak but as I've aged I need stability, support and comfort over style...happy to say didn't sacrifice the style in this case. I've already purchased another pair of Mephito sandals and wish I could afford more!

Brands I'd also recommend: Vionic, Romika, Dansko

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 21, 2017

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Anonymous

 

Wonderful sandal. Very supportive I'm just getting over a bout with plantar fasciitis and these do not make me flare. Really holds your foot in place. I now have 3 pairs. Fight true to size. I wear these and fitflop and oovos.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 20, 2017

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MNDEER

from MN

Please pay attention to the sizing suggestions on this sandal. I did, and happy I ordered a size up. I normally wear an 8.5 but ordered a 9 per the suggestion on zappos. The 9 fits me perfectly, I don't think the 8 would have fit the length of my foot. I bought this in the waxy black color and it looks just how I expected it to. These sandals do have arch support, I think overtime they will form to my foot better, but I think they will take some wearing in before that happens. The only negative about this sandal is that it does feel a little heavier in weight, but it doesn't bother me too much. It might if you don't like wearing a slightly heavier sandal in the summer.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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July 17, 2017

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Anonymous

from Daytona Beach FL

Extremely comfortable sandal! I debated between this one and the Birkenstock, and decided on the Helen -Mephisto is more narrow and less klunky looking. And the footbed is much more comfortable! I ordered both the size 7 and 8 and decided to keep the 7 as the 8 was just a bit big overall. I usually wear a 7.5 but unlike the other reviews that suggest sizing up if you are a half size, I feel like the half size down was best for me. I love the off white! I plan to order the black pair very soon!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 15, 2017

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Jennifer Z

from OH

Oh my gosh! These are my first pair of Mephisto shoes and definitely will not be the last! I was torn between these and Berks. I am so glad I chose these. A tad dressier. To me more comfortable and the arch is perfect. I have always had issues with my feet smelling with summer sandals. No smelling here! I think it's because of the holes I. The heal. It allows it to breathe. I wear an 8.5 shoe. I ordered the 9 and they fit perfectly. I wear these every single day!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 14, 2017

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Diana

from Santa Fe, NM

I have had a pair of Mephisto Helen's for about 10 years and have loved them way past their predicted life. I wore them daily in Europe and they have been my standard footwear during summers. This pair is significantly narrower than my original pair. So disappointing! I do see that Mephisto makes a Helen Plus which is wider - I will try that model.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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July 12, 2017

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Anonymous

 

I have been a fan of Mephisto for years.The Helen sandal has that wonderful cork bed that molds to your foot while its underlying shape provides support. My only concern is with my new pair I have the strap cinched down to the smallest size and these are brand new. I did not have to do this on previous pairs until the sandal loosened with wear.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 5, 2017

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Anonymous

 

These are the most comfortable sandals I've ever owned. I would never consider a sandal when walking long distances or for travel, but these have proved me wrong. Didn't take any time to break in and they go with all kinds of summer clothing including shorts, skirts/dresses, capris and jeans. The black seems to be a little more versatile. Love them and want to buy another color!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 3, 2017

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Anonymous

 

I'd given up thong sandals because arthritis made my feet unsteady in them. However, I recently dislocated my baby toe and couldn't stand to have anything touch it, so I shopped Zappos for a sturdy thong and found these Helens in a nice subtle red color. Skeptical about them running a size small, I ordered my regular size and the next size up. The bigger ones were perfect, and they were comfortable right away except for a slight irritation where the thong rubbed. I was able to take visiting friends sightseeing in them and managed to walk comfortably even with the bum toe. Love these sandals! They cost more than I would normally spend, but I've learned they're worth it!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 2, 2017

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Anonymous

 

Super cute shoe, but I had to return them because my toes hung over the edge. I wear a 12, but my 2nd, 3rd and 4th toe are quite long. Because of the shoe's design, the 12 was still too small.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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July 2, 2017

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Anonymous

 

These are extremely comfortable! I have severe plantar fascia pain but these are one of the few sandals that I can tolerate wearing. If you have no feet issues you will absolutely love them. They are light weight, the footbed is nice and soft, and well made.

Brands I'd also recommend: Birkenstock

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 1, 2017

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Wanda

from spring, tx

this is my 4th pair of these awesome comfortable sandals, I wouldn't go through a summer of vacationing with out a pair of these, we do a lot of walking and site seeing on our vacations, and these are the most comfortable sandals I've ever worn when doing a lot of walking, Id give these a 10 star if they had one, buy these you will not be unhappy, they fit well, and you'll be ordering more like myself, 10 ***

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 30, 2017

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Anonymous

from Boston area

This style has been popular for many years due to the comfort they provide. They are my favorite sandals because I can wear them all day without tiring or having my feet hurt. I have several pairs and love them so much, I wish they had a winter version!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 28, 2017

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CJ

from LA

I ordered these because of the insane amount of good reviews. I choose size 38 as i am always a size 8 in shoes. It ended up they were too small length wise but the cross strap and adjustable strap fit perfect. Excited to start wearing these I immediately order the 39. I slide my foot into it and the length is perfect but now the cross strap,the one that doesn't adjust, is way too loose. I can easily fit two finger widths between the cross strap and the top of my foot. Sadly these had to be returned. Maybe I received a weird pair. It seems strange that the cross strap between neighboring sizes would be so different. Oh well the search continues for a stylish/comfortable walking sandal.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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June 25, 2017

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Quinn M

from Pgh pa

These save my knees! I have had 3 cal replacement and I have a lot of pain. My dr saus I need to wear supportive shoes at all times. If I do not wear these around the house I get knee pain. I find these more comfortable than Birkenstocks! I would size up! Runs small for me.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 24, 2017

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Anonymous

 

This is my second pair of Helen's. I purchased a pair in the grey etna finish a few years ago and loved them! I also bought the waxy brown leather this year. All of them are consistent in size, fit and support. The only other shoes that are comfortable for me are Birkenstocks. I think the Mephisto brand has more stylish selections without sacrificing comfort. I also bought a pair of Adelie in the camel leather. Love those too!

Brands I'd also recommend: Birkenstock

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 23, 2017

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Anonymous

from New York

Turning 50 sucks, and one of the accommodations I've had to make is to make sure I don't hold up the group on our frequent brewery crawls and city tours. My new fashion role model is Heidi Klum, and she wears Birks a lot, which led me to Mephisto's. Mephisto's seem a bit more slimline than the Birks, and the configuration of the straps makes my legs look a little less cankly. Out of the box these were comfortable enough to walk around NYC, even in the rain, and on some paved park trails up and down steps etc. I'm loving them! I got the black waxy finish. I sent back the silver because it was seriously shiny metallic, not the rustic luxe kind of finish I was hoping for. I am a 9.5 and ended up getting size 40.

Brands I'd also recommend: Dansko, Ecco, Josef Seibe

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 23, 2017

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Anonymous

 

Best summer casual sandals. Look good. Trim. Only get better with each wearing. Forming to your individual foot. Love them. Have them in several colors. You can walk in these all day and your feet and legs will not get tired.

Brands I'd also recommend: Wolky

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 21, 2017

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Anonymous

 

My neighbor raved about these shoes, so I bought a pair. I love them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 20, 2017

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Anonymous

from Dartmouth, MA

Just received the Mephisto "Helen" yesterday and immediately tried it on and read the accompanying information provided in the shoebox about the soft-air technology design of the sandal. When I first started to walk around the house in them my feet felt differences immediately and I wasn't sure if my feet would adapt to these differences. But I did like the way my overall walking was affected. I tried them on again later in the day and decided I would keep them on to see if my feet would acclimate to this new "technology". By the end of the day I really liked the way my feet, legs and knees felt. I love the color (Camel Nairobi)as it will go with so many things and adds a little touch of glamour to the sandal. I am looking forward to wearing these sandals often. MY first Mephisto purchase.

Brands I'd also recommend: Naot, Dansko, Reiker, SAS

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 19, 2017

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Arizona g

from Prescott

I have been buying these same shoes for years and keep coming back.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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June 19, 2017

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LaQueta A

from Oregon

My husband has been an avid Birkenstock user for more than 20 years. When I decided to purchase some sandals we started with them and I found the pre-determined footbed area didn't work for me in any size. (If you've tried a Birk you know there are ridges in the toe area, for instance, which my foot found fatiguing. Also the "zero" heel area made my back hurt and the arch was in a weird spot for my foot.) After trying to "break them in" for a year, I was done. I came across these and WOW what a difference! I love that these have no pre-determined foot areas (per-say). The cork having a suede lining makes them instantly comfortable against your skin. The adjustability of the top strap allows me to break in this portion (being leather) without any waiting period. In fact, I wore these straight out of the box and never had any issues at all. There was NO "break-in" period. The real hit for me on these though was the impact it has had on my back and feet. I have various foot issues, including a particularly high arch. Additionally I have severe scoliosis and sustained a back injury in my youth (fell through a roof and cracked my tailbone) which combined make life painful at times. Usually at the end of a long day of walking I am in pain from the sole of my foot clear into my jaw (no exaggeration), but with these sandals I am pain free! It has changed my life! I just bought another pair in black so I have a secondary option for other outfits. These are cute. I don't feel like I look like I'm wearing an old lady support shoe at all. (I am in my 30's.) My only complaint is at some point it won't be summer and I'll have to return to regular shoes. :)

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 18, 2017

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Karen

from Alaska

I love Memphisto and this is my second pair, I love the brand for comfort totally. But with that said I wish the color was true to description, red scratch IS RUST! It was not a blue red like I had hoped, it's been over a month of me trying to find a comfortable RED sandal. I kept it cause $150.00 I want a sandal. I can handle the earth tone color, it's just not what I hoped for.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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