The Most Comfortable Womens Sandals

Mephisto Sandals

My feet in Mephisto sandals
My feet in Mephisto sandals | Source

Why Mephisto's Helen Sandals are the Most Comfortable Sandals

This is a favorable product review for 'Helen', the most comfortable womens sandals and the most popular shoe model that Mephisto ever manufactured.

I'm not sponsored to write this review by anyone, just moved to rave about a product that aside from the way it looks, makes walking such a pleasure - even though mobility isn't as 'fluid' as it used to be. The sandals are durable and age well, which is extraordinary in fashionable women's footwear.

The reasons I'm rating Mephisto 'Helen' sandals so highly as the most comfortable womens sandals are the following:

  • the soft air technology involved in it's construction makes them extremely comfortable (so for people like me with mobility problems they are a great physical aid). The Mephisto SoftAir video is below, which shows how the "flexible SoftAir mid-sole reduces the shocks from walking" thereby cares for your feet, your joints and your back.
  • the design is classic so you never feel never out of place
  • there's a large range of colors and leather types, so the sandals are suitable for day wear, evening and even special occasions
  • they're durable, lasting for years (a sort of Mercedes in shoe), so the investment price of $135 a pair of sandals becomes reasonable through time
  • they're easy to keep clean because they are machine washable

Please see the photograph here of my very comfortable feet in a pair of Helen sandals. I'm not light on my feet by any means and I've worn these sandals every day through three whole summers (from about May to October each year)! Yet they do not look too consumed do they?

Soft air walking shoes

Sandals Hug your Feet

How the soles of the sandal and the thong unite
How the soles of the sandal and the thong unite | Source
Sandals hug your feet.
Sandals hug your feet. | Source

Review - You Never Feel Out of Place

I used to wear the latest fashion shoes, flip flops, high-heels and sandals. I was young and my body didn't hurt. After a car accident my body hurt a great deal and it really has never gotten over that hurt. My mobility is impaired and walking is painful; it puts a strain on my knees, my feet and my back. Orthopedic shoes helped relieve the pain but I felt they were ugly on my feet and that felt like a loss of beauty.

One day about ten years ago a friend suggested I try a Mephisto sandal because he had been wearing Mephisto shoes comfortably for years. I tried a pair of Helen sandals on and I felt I was walking on air!

  • They felt good and they looked really attractive. I haven't parted with them since. Being such a classic design, they cut across fashion trends with a great look of their own
  • They're perfect to travel with - since one or two pairs will cover all occasions, so no space taking shoes in your luggage.
  • They're so obviously well made they are smart for wearing to work (especially with painted toe nails). They hug the foot tight, enclosing your whole foot, snugly
  • They're practical and sporty for wearing to the beach
  • They even dress up for going out in the evening during the summer

My feet in my Helen Sandals in Summer

The sandals look elegant even though they are casual
The sandals look elegant even though they are casual | Source
My feet in sandals in the summer
My feet in sandals in the summer | Source
Helen sandals look good with casual clothes and pants
Helen sandals look good with casual clothes and pants | Source

Large Range of Colours

Helen sandals come in more than 20 colors to chose from - patent leather black, to neutral beige and brown - from bright pinks to pale patterned blue.

How Many Pairs of Sandals do You Pack?

How many pairs of sandals and shoes do you take with you on your summer holiday?

  • Between 1- 2 pairs
  • Between 2 - 4 pairs
  • 1 pair only
See results without voting

What They Cost

My 'Helen' sandals are a reliable value for money purchase. Each pair costs approximately $135 (though there are reductions on Amazon occasionally. Please see the ads).

Like all very good quality items they are quite expensive, but they last me about three summers and I am 100% comfortable in them all day and all evening long through the warm weather. Over time, they are an extremely economical investment since I really do not need, or want to buy another sandal, or shoe.

Machine Washable

They wash well in the washing machine;

  • a gentle warm wash (no hotter tan 30° or 86° farenhiet)
  • no tumbler dryer
  • sun dry (not too hot a sun)

A Selection of Review Comments

Favorable reviews
Not so favorable reviews
The cork footbed offers arch support and cushioning
The brown colored sandals stain with perspiration
Adjustable strap so you can custom fit
There are Chinese fake ones on the market so buy them from a source you trust
Rubber non-slip sole
The personal service in Mephisto stores is a bit of a let down at times
Contoured (shock absorbing) foootbed
 
Rubber sole absorbs shock
 
The strap is soft and doesn't cut into the skin
 
Not bulky, so they are easy to pack
 
Help people who suffer with plantar fasciitis
 
The sandals hug your feet and support your arch, even if it's a high arch so your toes don't need to hug the shoe to keep them in place
 

Did You Know?

The 'Helen' womens sandals have been in production since 1990.

Mephisto Store

Mephisto Sotre in Rome center
Mephisto Sotre in Rome center | Source
'Helen' shoe display in the store
'Helen' shoe display in the store | Source

The History of Mephisto Leisure Shoes

When sport and leisure first became trends in the 1970's. Mephisto became a world famous brand with it's brand of casual shoes that could be worn in the city too. The company had begun in France (where its headquarters and creator are still based) a decade earlier - when the first Mephisto shoes had been created by Martin Michaeli.

The first Mephisto shop opened in Germany in 1984 and by the next year 80% of Mephisto production was exported - capturing firstly the USA market in 1987. A subsidiary opened in Canada subsequently

By 1998 Mephisto was offering 600 models through 18,000 points of sale worldwide.

In 2003 Mephisto presents its first 'sportswear' collection with accessories and leather goods making it a lifestyle brand.

'Helen' went onto the market more than ten years ago!

Please rate the most comfortable womens sandals here.

Maphisto 'Helen' Sandals are the Most Comfortable Womens Sandals

5 stars for Mephisto 'Helen' Sandals

© 2012 Penelope Hart

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

The most comfortable pair of sandals that I've ever worn are Birkenstock, which are German. By the looks and sounds of the Mephisto they could almost be the same shoe. I'll have a look for these next time I'm shoe shopping.

Great review!


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

Birkenstock's a good sandal too. I'm sold on mine though.

So nice of you to comment and I'm really pleased you liked the review. Phew!!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Thanks for this look at Mephistos. I always struggle with an ankle injured years ago so am always looking for just the right shoe. I'm looking forward to giving this brand a try.


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

The Helen sandals will help with that ankle pain for sure. Thanks so much for commenting.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

These do look like a more glamorous sort of Birky (Birkenstocks) and I must say I’m very tempted to get some for next summer though sadly mine won’t be bought from a shoe shop in the centre of Rome :)

I particularly like your black patent ones, GL … and the bronze ones.

Thanks for bringing them to our attention with this super review!


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

I think you should get a pair then AngieJardine! They are easy to buy online and well worth it. You will LOVE me for them. Please come back when you have them on and tell me how you feel.

Thanks for your kind comments. Very appreciated.


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

What lovely toenails you have! The do look comfortable and I am intrigued that you can machine wash them. I'll look out for them next Summer.


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

So please the toenails are a hit - you could buy them from Mephisto Internet shop if you can't find them!

Thank you for commenting.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Ok, do you think they would work for super flat, super wide feet? The only shoes I have been able to wear for a long time are the CrocsRx. Mega ugly, but the only ones that fit and allow mobility.


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

My feet are super wide and they fit well and flat feet would be helped.

You need to try them on so looking for the Mephisto outlet near you has to go on your agenda. I think that's the best thing to do though the cut of the shoe is a wide cut. My friend with really skinny legs and feet doesn't buy them because she says they're cut wide. Hope it works out for you because as you can see they look nice.

Thanks for sharing here.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I looked at them at Amazon. None said 'wide'. I will go look for a store. Thanks!


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

They don't say the wide, but they are made in comfortable widths for women with 'feet' that have done a couple of years real walking!


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Great review GoodLady! I'm a Birkenstock sandal girl, but may have to give these a try. Always in the market for nice and comfortable sandals and my feet are hard to fit. Thanks! Voted up.


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

Thanks GlimmerTwinFan. My feet aren't an easy fit either, but these particular sandals are a super comfortable fit. Hope you like them.

Appreciate you comments greatly, thanks.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Loved the review and found it very useful. I'll be looking for them for my next pair-they sound so comfortable. I liked the added video and table with reviews as well. Congrats on the win. :)


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

Yes, the video does a good job of explaining how their soft air technology works. Many thanks for your comments and I do hope your new Helens will give you as much pleasure as mine do.


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Good review. I'm interested in more comfortable shoes as I had a bunion op last year and am now trying to look after my feet (though I never abused them with very high heels or narrow shoes). It's very important to have shoes that look good as it boosts your morale (and 'sensible' shoes do just the opposite!). Amazing that they're machine washable too. Voted up and useful.


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

Thank you.

Appreciate your votes very much.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

I've never heard of these before. They look similar to Birkenstocks, but sound as if they would be softer, so I will be on the lookout for them.

Congrats on your win!


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

They are in another league! Much, much more calf and back (and obviously knee) supportive. Thanks for your comments.


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tandaa 4 years ago from UAE

Interesting review for a product you love. They sure seem very comfortable on your feet. I'll check them out as I've not heard of them before. I also like the design style of your hub, very interactive. How did you manage to put line breaks, and graphics in between paragraphs? Any link even on help I can check out


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

I made the line breaks on windows' paint' then uploaded them as a photo! No graphics.

Many thanks for your comments and I hope you find the shoes, if not, you can get a pair online very easily. They are worth it.


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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

These sandals sound awesome! Some comfy shoes might make the feet feel great but aren't so pleasing to the eye. I love that these Mephisto sandals offer both style and practicality. Perfect!


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GoodLady 3 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

I never take them off Om! They are just great and there's a great selection of colors too.

Many thanks for share here!


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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

I love reading about footwear (of course as well as wearing them) and thanks for introducing Mephisto sandals. I've never seen them before. Thanks again. Voted up and useful. :)


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GoodLady 3 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

I noticed you have some great Hubs on footwear, so I'm pleased you discovered these shoes, which are amazingly comfortable. Thanks so much for your comments and votes.

Appreciated idigwebsites


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

I tend to have problems with certain shoes but I have never given Mephisto a try. Now you have peaked my interest! Thanks for sharing.


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GoodLady 3 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

Thanks so much for stopping by. They really are great sandals, you wont be disappointed. All the best.


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janices7 3 years ago

I wear my Crocs sandals pretty much all summer long and they're very comfortable, lightweight and affordable. Another one to add to the list :)


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GoodLady 3 years ago from Rome, Italy Author

Thanks for dropping in with shoe share janices7.

Appreciated.

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