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Shoes are shoes, right? The Mephisto shoe company’s 50+ years of history pioneering shoe styles would beg to differ. They offer an incredible lineup of luxury sandals, hand-crafted casual footwear, and some of the most comfortable shoes around.
Mephisto is an international brand that continues to unroll shoe styles that are mimicked by lesser brands. Their soft leathers, cushioned footbeds, and no-nonsense soles are designed for all-day wear without sacrificing style.
That means a workday, a holiday, and even a special occasion can all be traversed from the comfort of you Mephistos. Enough banter; let’s take a look at some of the most popular Mephisto designs.
The James Leather Sandal by Mephisto is a wide-style design of smooth leather that’s designed as much for comfort as it is for style. This sandal features a removable footbed, “allover padding,” and the straps are self-gripping to provide practical support for everyday life. The James sandal is a jaw-dropping blend of style, luxury materials, and comfort-first design.
The Peppo Boot by Mephisto is a Norwegian-stitched, water-resistant, lace-up masterpiece. If you’re familiar with Mephisto—it’s likely because of this boot. While the price tag is enough to turn away the average buyer—the true shoe connoisseur immediately senses the presence of greatness. This smooth leather design is meant for comfort, style, and utility as evidenced by is shock-absorbing footbed, elegant hand-stitched design, and non-slip rubber sole.
Fiorine (Mobils Collection)
The Fiorine Sandal is an incredible marriage of comfort, style, and utility. Much like Mephisto manages to make the Peppo boot so stylish, so to have they found a way to bring style into a very functional and comfortable sandal design. The Fiorine is a recent addition to the wildly popular Mobils collection by Mephisto. This sandal is designed for all-day wear and features Soft-Air Technology designed to help one’s foot breathe more easily.
Mephisto got their start in 1965 when founder Martin Michaeli setup shop in Mephisto, France. The initial success of Mephisto was found through their moccasin style. Very quickly, Mephisto was able to expand distribution into nearby European countries such as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
In the early 1970s, Mephisto begins distributing on an international scale. They target the casual outdoor market and their Originals line becomes an overnight success. In the mid-1980s, Mephisto opens its first retail location in Germany but remains, largely, a whole-seller to other companies around the world.
By the 1990s, Mephisto had established a foothold in Canada, The United States, China, and even Russia—celebrating its 350th retail location. Their catalog featured more than 600 models, with the endearing Mobils collection coming into light. Today, Mephisto has been in business for more than 50 years, has over 800 retail locations, and continues to pioneer the casual footwear market.
The Mephisto shoe company has a rich history during which they’ve evolved from one man’s dream to one of the best shoe brands in the world. They have a collection of comfortable sandals, stylish casual looks, and a catalog of hundreds of other inspired designs. If you’re a shoe fanatic like I am it’s certainly worth your time to dig through the Mephisto catalog.