The Mephisto Helen: The Most Comfortable Women's Sandal
Mephisto Sandals Are a Great Investment
This is my review of Mephisto's Helen sandal. It is the most comfortable women's sandal I've ever worn, and the most popular shoe model that Mephisto has ever made.
I'm not sponsored to write this review, just moved to rave about a product that makes walking a pleasure, even though my mobility isn't as 'fluid' as it used to be. These sandals are durable and age well, which is extraordinary in fashionable women's footwear.
The Top Reasons I Love My Mephistos
- They're versatile.
- They use Soft-Air technology.
- They're well made.
- They're easy to clean.
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1. So Classy They Go With Every Outfit
I used to wear the latest fashion in shoes, flip-flops, high heels and sandals. I was young and my body didn't hurt. After I was injured in a car accident, walking became painful, putting extra strain on my knees, feet and back. Orthopedic shoes helped relieve the pain, but I thought they were ugly, and it was hard to feel beautiful.
About 10 years ago, a friend suggested I try Mephisto sandals because he had been wearing Mephisto shoes comfortably for years. I tried on a pair of Helen sandals and felt like I was walking on air! They felt good and looked attractive. I haven't parted with them since.
Helen sandals come in more than 30 colours—from patent-leather black and neutral beige to bright pink and pale, patterned blue. Their wide range of colors and materials makes it easy to find a style suitable for daywear, evening and even special occasions.
- They're perfect to travel with and easy to pack. One or two pairs will cover all occasions.
- They're appropriate for work, especially with painted toenails.
- They're practical and sporty, and can be worn to the beach.
- They can even be dressed up for going out in the evening during the summer.
2. Mephisto Soft-Air Technology
Mephisto's Soft-Air technology and construction make their shoes extremely comfortable. They are great for people with mobility problems. They're well made, and hug the foot tightly to provide support and stability.
The video below demonstrates how the flexible Soft-Air mid-sole reduces shock from walking, thereby protecting your feet, joints and back.
3. Price and Durability
My Helen sandals are a reliable value-for-money purchase. They're durable, lasting for years (sort of like the Mercedes of shoes), so the initial investment of around $150 becomes more reasonable over time.
Like all high-quality items, they are expensive. Fortunately, each pair lasts me about three summers. When wearing them I am 100% comfortable all day and evening. Not only does their durability make them an economical investment, but I really don't want (or need!) to buy a different shoe.
I'm not light on my feet, by any means, and I've worn the pair in the picture below every day for three whole summers! They don't look worn out, do they?
4. They Are Machine Washable
Unlike some of their competitors, Mephistos can be washed in a washing machine. It's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions. When I wash mine, I always make sure to:
- Use mild detergent.
- Use warm water (no hotter than 30°C or 86°F).
- Use the gentle cycle.
- Let them air dry.
Pros and Cons of the Helen Sandal
The cork footbed offers both arch support and cushioning.
The brown leather sandals can stain with perspiration.
The strap adjusts, allowing for a custom fit.
Low-quality imposters are sold online, so make sure to buy them from an authorized retailer.
The rubber sole is slip-resistant.
The customer service in some Mephisto stores could be better.
The footbed is contoured and shock-absorbing.
The strap is soft and flexible and doesn't cut into the skin.
The sandals are not bulky, so they slip into the smallest luggage bags.
The construction helps people who suffer from plantar fasciitis.
The arch support is great, even if you have high arches.
History of the Mephisto Brand
When sport and leisure first became trendy in the 1970s, French designer Martin Michaeli wanted to make casual shoes that were fashionable enough for the city. The first Mephisto shoes were created, and it soon became a worldwide brand.
The first Mephisto shop opened in Germany in 1984, and by the next year, 80% of their production was exported. They entered the US market in 1987, quickly followed by Canada.
By 1998, Mephisto was offering 600 models through 18,000 points of sale worldwide.
In 2003, Mephisto presented its first sportswear collection, with accessories and leather goods, marketing itself as a lifestyle brand.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
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