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.
Every single shoe that bears the name Mephisto is made with the finest natural materials. The outsole is always made from natural rubber, and the Tarek sandal is no exception from that rule. The outsole consists of 100 % natural rubber, which means that much like the other materials used in the making of the shoe are chemical and additives free, and don’t contain hazardous materials that can be dangerous or that could cause health problems to the person that’s wearing the shoe.
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?
Another great feature that graces the Mephisto shoes is the soft-air midsole. Made with the fantastic soft-air technology the special midsole reduces the shock that’s a result of walking. It also protects the back, the vertebrae, and joints of the person that’s wearing the shoes, and it does that for a lengthily period of time. Did we mention that the shoes were first made exclusively for senior citizens?
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
A smooth leather upper is always the best option for a shoe, and Mephisto loves using the best options for their products. The Tarek model by Mephisto is an open slip-on shoe (it’s sometimes called a closed sandal
) and it’s an extremely flexible, extremely lightweight shoe that requires little attention. The shoes will do all the heavy lifting for you and your wellbeing, and you won’t even know that they’re on your feet.
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.
When it comes to the comfort of the shoes, Mephisto
doesn’t make compromises. The high comfort standards stem from the days that these shoes were made solely for the senior citizens, and when the demographics were expanded, the comfort requirements did too. Frankly, every single part of Tarek model is responsible for the comfort, and it’s hard to pinpoint which one is more deserving of that praise.
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.
The flexibility of the soft air midsole and the fantastic ultra-light outsole are the main culprits for the support of this particular Tarek model my Mephisto. Why? Well, because both parts of the shoe are made with special technology and special materials that provide support throughout this shoe. Every inch of this shoe. And the best part of the midsole is that it contains a footbed
that’s easily removable and replaceable. Different people need different arch support, and when you have the option to replace the footbed that suits you best, take it.
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.
Speaking of those high-quality materials, mentioned earlier, well, they do wonders for the durability of not just the Tarek model, but any other model that has the Memphisto stamp of approval. Why? Let’s put it like this. Imagine that you eat the best pizza of your life. The quality of that particular pizza, compared to any other run of the mill pizza really comes down to the two distinct things.
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.
Generally, the most flexible shoes on the market are athlete shoes, but when you have a sandal that’s made with natural rubber and real leather, then you best believe that the shoes are going to have some flexibility to them. The rubber outsole works wonders in this particular part of the review, and plenty of the satisfied customers on the Mephisto’s official web-page have singled out the flexibility
as one of the sandals’ best qualities. It improves the walking and the posture of the person that’s wearing the shoes, and the flexibility works in the durability’s favor. When you have stiff, rigid and unpleasant shoes, it’s more likely that there will be tearing and early damage to the shoe, but when the shoe is made from flexible and pleasant natural materials, then the flexibility is going to be on point.
Sadly the flexibility doesn’t translate easily into stability, and the stability of the sandals is one of the very few flaws in the Tarek model. Sure the leather upper is locked down with hoop and loop which accentuates the stability from the top part of the sandal, but the bottom part is marked with a very flexible and loose outsole that although it gives the shoes the comfort, sadly it deprives them of stability. The stability in this particular model is provided, but not enough to be considered satisfactory. A redeeming quality for the stability portion of this sandal is the fact that there’s a shock absorption in the heel of the outsole, but otherwise, the outsole is not that grand in providing the stability.
The airflow is however grand and satisfactory. Seriously. This is one of the shining examples of shoes that allow the airflow from every part of the upper. The leather itself allows air to circulate in and out of the sandal. The leather also has fantastic moisture-wicking properties, but the fact that this shoe is a sandal is the actual bonus when it comes to the airflow. The cutouts in the upper’s surface allow the air to penetrate and the actual to be exposed to the air and external influences. The airflow shouldn’t be too much of a concern for you since it’s present from every inch of the sandal.
For such a great shoe, it’s really unfortunate that this particular sandal comes in only 2 separate color options. The standard black and a lighter hazelnut version. The black version of the sandal is the most sought after and bought, but the customer that left reviews regarding the shoe nave noted that the hazelnut looks amazing also. Both of the colors are neutral colors and they pair well with just about every color on the palette.
The simplicity and clean lines that grace the design are only matched by the quality that resonates from the Tarek sandal by Mephisto. Made with effortless style, timeless features, and high-quality materials, the Tarek model is durable, flexible, comfortable sandal that is perfect for the long summer days (and nights). It’s designed to help you gain a better posture, restful legs and all amount comfort. It looks amazing on more mature, confident men that love to feel the breeze between their toes and love to feel comfortable in that area also. The style of the sandals accentuates the versatility of the shoes and therefore more options for you. The Tarek sandal will become your constant companion and the best ally in your shoe closet. It’s a great purchase.
With a price tag that reads 239 dollars, the Tarek sandal by Mephisto is a pretty pricy shoe. However, if you do decide to purchase the pair, the initial shock form the price will quickly go away, once you feel the comfort that these shoes have to offer. They’re a great investment.
You’ll love every minute that your feet spend in the Tarek sandals. They’re comfy, versatile, flexible a super lightweight. Although they come in only 2 color options and with a much higher price tag, the sandals are a great purchase. They’re made to last and to give you the best comfort possible. Made with high quality and all natural materials, the sandals are a true revelation for every confident, stylish and practical man out there. They’ll become a constant in your shoe closet and a true favorite.