Mephisto Tarek Review
Did you know that Mephisto’s shoes were at first targeted for the elderly people? Yes. They were specifically designed for the much older generations in order to provide the best comfort, security, and fit. Senior citizens have different needs (most commonly movement related) than the younger generations, and they need different shoes to move around.
But, the founder of the Company, Martin Michaeli saw a lucrative opportunity in these types of shoes. He decided to take the technology and expand the offerings to many other customers. Young, old, men, women, children… It didn’t matter. Everyone loves a good quality shoe, regardless of age, gender or race. Today the Mephisto shoes know no limits and the company appeals to all ages. Today, 80% of Mephisto shoes are exported from native France. And today, the Mephisto shoes are sold in more than 80 countries around the world.
Nice progression for shoes that were solely designed and marketed to pensioners, don’t you think? But for now, let’s have a closer look at the Mephisto Tarek sandal.
Let’s find out the shoe’s strengths and weaknesses up close in this review.
Smooth leather upper
Soft air midsole
Shock absorbing outsole
But what the ultralight outsole does is combines the extreme suppleness with the much needed and incomparable lightness in order to provide an excellent shock absorbency with every step. And let’s not forget that special shock-absorbing heel protects the spine, vertebra, and joints. Walking on rough terrain, causes jolts and blows to the entire body, and why put your body to so much pain and discomfort when you can walk around without a care in the world?
Well, it’s true they’re in dire need of shoes that will protect their body, but Mephisto made a great conscious decision to apply that same technology to shoes that were designed for just about everyone. Younger people have orthopedic and other health problems as well, and the soft-air midsole resolves all of them. The soft-air midsole will take good care of your legs, back and posture without even noticing, and the anatomical design of the footbed makes sure that the footbed follows the natural contours of the foot. What you’ll get in from having the footbed at all times is having stability at all times.
And you know what the best part of the footbed is? The fact that is removable and easily replaceable. That’s right. You can easily change it and insert a footbed that suits best for your foot
All you have to do is put your trust in the shoes. The Tarek is simple shoe without any fussy detailing, but it does have hook-and-loop fastener on the instep that not only looks sophisticated and elegant is very practical as well. The fastener will allow you to adjust the shoe to a perfect, individual fit without worry of your feet being sore, cramped and with lots of painful blisters. The lining on the inside of the upper is also made from very soft leather, which only amps up the comfort, but if you take a good look at the upper, it consists of four horizontal stripes that are joined by one vertical long thick stripe. The stripes allow the foot to get the much-needed aeration and the room that’s left in the upper allows the feet to move freely without any restrictions.
Why? Well, all the elements of the shoe find each other and form a unity that delivers comfort without much fuss. The rubber outsole transforms the flexibility and the lightness into comfort and so does the soft-air midsole. But there’ no way we can underestimate the soft leather upper that hugs the feet from above and allows them to breathe, move and remain pain-free at all times. Teamwork at its finest.
But don’t for a second think that the midsole is the better option here. The outsole adds plenty of support from the bottom of the shoe, with the flexibility, lightness, and the fact that’s it’s made with 100% natural rubber. Nothing can replace the natural material, and Mephisto has been using nothing but the best materials for more than 5 decades.
The person that’s making it and the ingredients that’s he’s using. If the person that’s making the pizza doesn’t really know what’s he’s doing and he uses cheap knock-off ingredients then that pizza will taste horrible. Same here. If the materials used in the making of the shoes are cheap and low quality, then the shoe will feel (not taste) horrible. Luckily the team behind Mephisto knows how to make quality shoes, and the materials that are used are all natural and high quality. High-quality leather and high-quality rubber are the essentials. Everything else is a bonus. And here there’s plenty of that too.