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Mephisto Helen Sandal Review : Incredible Arch Support in a Stylish Sandal

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The lovely Mephisto Helen sandal comes back year after year in new colors, textures and patterns.  Its classic style and superb support make it a crowd favorite among comfort shoe lovers. And if I may say so, it edges out Birkenstock just a smidge in the style category with its studded, sparkling upper.

The Mephisto Helen sandal features Soft-Air Technology: a shock-absorbing midsole that relieves pressure on joints and spine. The cork and latex footbed is contoured with anatomical support for heel, arches, toes. The adjustable instep strap allows for a customized fit and the Caoutchouc rubber outsole won’t break down, crumble or mark up your floors (plus it provides even more shock-absorption).

Personally, I love the close fit of the Mephisto Helen sandal. It doesn’t slap my heel when I walk and stays put on my foot. The arch support is excellent, the footbed soft yet not too flexible (perhaps a good choice for toes with hallux limitus/rigidus?). The slight elevation of the rubber outsole provides more lift than my Birkenstocks–my heels feel protected from hard pavement and floors.

About the toe thong post…I thought it would bother me, but the nubuck leather is soft and after a few wearings, I don’t notice the toe post.

The Euro size 40, or 10 fits my 9.5-10 foot best. I have a medium width foot, but I imagine these would work for a slightly narrow or wide foot too since the instep strap is adjustable.

The Mephisto Helen sandal is available in euro sizes 35-43 for $104-149 from Zappos, The Walking Company, and DSW.

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13 Responses to Mephisto Helen Sandal Review : Incredible Arch Support in a Stylish Sandal

  1. Kristen says:

    Those are killer sandals. Hope they feel as good as they look!

  2. Renee says:

    those look awesome, too bad they are way out of my price range.

    • Kirsten says:

      I understand Just the regular Mephisto Helen is more affordable at $130 AND you can find a pair on ebay for cheaper, I’m sure…

  3. valleycat1 says:

    these will also be great for those of us with tailor’s bunions. now I just need to save up my pennies….

  4. Libby Wilkie says:

    I’ve just read several reviews of this shoe on Zappos. Seems that the rhinestones fall off pretty quickly for many people. Do you have any comment on this? I love my two pairs of Mephistos (recent convert as of a year ago!) and want to buy these but am hesitant.

    • Kirsten says:

      OH my gosh, they do. I just looked down at my feet because I’m wearing my Helens around the house and I’m missing 5!! I had never checked before. Go with the plain Helens and save $40.

      • Ellie says:

        That’s too bad. I had a couple of pairs of Helens with the sparkles 4/5 years ago, and did not have that problem. The regular ones do come in metallic colors if you want some sparkle, though.

  5. Pennie says:

    Kristen,
    Please HELP! I bought a pair of Helen sandals. I have Plantar Fasciitis and the foot bed felt great! I wore them only to lunch and back home and the next morning felt like the bottoms of my feet were on fire. I had hot spots, my heel pads felt like they were getting huge blisters as well as the sides of the outside of my feet. It has been three days and although my feet are feeling better, my heels are still pinching and burning. Did you, or have you heard of anyone, who has had similar issues with this shoe? Again I love the foot bed, but if I have to go through this pain or risk getting blisters all over the bottoms of my feet,’I’m afraid to wear them again. I did call the company and they told me they have never heard of anything like this happening to anyone in all their years of service. I know its not an allergic reaction as they suggested because I walked around the store wearing them and had no problems.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Kirsten Borrink says:

      I have mine on right now. I wonder if foot sweat and the leather lining caused friction? Maybe? I know they do fit snug, so maybe just a little friction caused the blisters? I do love the support, but am going through a nasty bout of plantar fasciitis and even my Helens don’t fix it. Do you wear Birkenstocks? They have same leather lined footbed over cork-latex midsole. Wondering if you’ve had reaction with those?

      • Pennie says:

        Kristen,
        First, I’m so sorry you are dealing with Plantar Fasciitis as well.
        I was trying on the Birkenstocks when the sales person suggested Maphisto due to the softer footbed and the fact that the Birkenstocks were wide on my feet and the between the toe strap was hurting. When I stepped into the Maphisto, I loved it.
        I did not feel like my feet were moving around or any friction was being caused in the sandal. I mean, I have gotten blisters many times in the past from ice-skating boots, hight heels, hiking boots etc. and I could feel it comming on, But I didn’t notice anything while wearing them. It was after the fact! I don’t know. I just want to find something I can wear besides my Asics with SuperFeet!

    • Celesul says:

      Ooh, that’s happened to me with a pair of very cute and otherwise extremely comfortable Born sandals. I tried to make them work, but I eventually gave up. Huge blisters in improbable spots on the bottom of my foot are dreadful.

      I think it’s the combination of a mild fitting issue that causes the bottom of the foot to rub and material that is grippy enough to grab at the bottom of the foot without holding it in place. You could talk to a cobbler about covering the walking surface with a different material.

  6. Shelly says:

    I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Mephisto Helen sandals. I passed a women in Victoria B.C. one summer who was wearing them and thought they were so cute that I just had to ask where she got them. That was 6 or 7 years ago and I’ve ordered several pair since then. Love all the colors and finishes. I love how they stay on your feet. Their adjustable strap is perfect for when the leather stretches a bit so they still feel secure. I suffer from plantar fasciitis as well and have bad knees but I can walk around all day in these and have little to no discomfort at the end of the day. I just ran across this review and ordered the beige Helen spark. Didn’t see the comment about the rhinestones falling out easily but guess I’ll give it a shot. Maybe it won’t be as noticeable with the lighter color. But these little ladies are my summer go-to-sandal every year and I highly recommend them. Also, a side note if you’re comparing them to Birkenstocks (which I used to wear)….I was told that the cork footbed with Birks mold to the shape of your foot which isn’t good if your feet pronate or have other issues where as Mephisto’s foot beds stay firm, keeping your feet in the best position. I can personally attest to this.

  7. Kathy says:

    I have been wearing this particular sandal over 10 + years. A few years I I had to throw them out bc I wore them totally out. They were so comfy. The last couple years Ive developed heel pain, knee arthritis and arthritis in my toes. I just ordered more. My feet can not wait to slip into them.

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