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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Love these Mephistos. I had a pair in black and still use them in the house (my puppy chewed on them!) - they are so comfortable I couldn't stop wearing them. So had to have another pair to be stylish around town so got the silver. LOVE these! :) Your feet will thank you (post-surgery too!)
I thought Mephisto had a little softer insole but it wasn't any softer than my previous Berks. Therefore, the two stars from me. I have a lot of arthritis in my arches so I need a little softer arch with good support.
I adore these shoes. They have been wonderful in my battle against plantar fasciitis, providing ample arch support and wonderful cork cushioning. I normally wear a size 8 sandal, but having read warnings that these run short, I tried both 8 (38) and 9 (39). The 9s (39s) fit like a glove (or maybe I should say a sock). Every morning, I limp to them for that "ahhhhh" moment of relief. They slide on and off with ease, yet they stay on firmly when walking. I think they are perfection!
I love this shoe. I ordered the color bronze star and absolutely love it. It looks great with a tan and is neutral enough to wear with many colors. This shoe is well worth the price. I have a narrow foot and was afraid it would look loose and floppy, but it doesn’t at all. I wear a size 6 and the 36 fits perfectly.
I bought this you because I have a horrible ankle problems. It was a shoe that looked stylish for the summer and I could get away with wearing sandals yet having great arch support for my feet . This shoe is very comfortable! It was a great buy!
I don't know how I made it before Mephisto Helens! I have 5 pairs, and will probably buy 2 more. I wear them everywhere, and they are so comfortable. Even my podiatrist agreed that I have terrible feet, so to find a show that is actually wearable all day is wonderful!
I would buy these for the look, even if I had not had three foot surgeries and could wear any old shoes. These are the only sandals I wear, and believe me, I have tried all the “comfort” brands. I bought the silver to be my summer dress shoes—- they are my seventh pair. I am never without two or three pairs of these, and I don’t know what I would do if they ever stopped making them. Even my podiatrist approves, and he is a tough sell when it comes to anything but athletic shoes.