Mephisto Twain Review

  • Casual meets classy with the Mephisto Twain.
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Moccasin fans may recognize the name Mephisto; the brand first gained a following due to their gorgeous moccasin styles. Simple values and beautiful craftsmanship are two things Mephisto has in spades. If you are looking for a cool slip-on that still has a ton of class, the Twain could be perfect for you. Its slick appearance and truly next-level comfort features will have you jumping for joy when you try the Twain on. This style by Mephisto is a fantastic high-quality casual addition to any collection.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • All-Leather Upper
  • Removable Insole
  • Shock Absorbing Midsole
  • Soft Lightweight Outsole
  • Twin-Side Gore
  • Sharp Appearance
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No Lacing
Brand

Brand

Mephisto may not be known by every person on Earth, but the people that do know them to know they mean business. The brand started in France and took Europe by storm with moccasin-style footwear that didn’t skimp on quality. Since then, their reputation has grown with their catalog. Mephisto has a true craftsman approach to shoemaking, something is seen less and less in many brands these days. It is a relief to know that you will be purchasing from a brand that not only has integrity but one that makes sure each pair of shoes has integrity as well. Long-lasting, stunning styles with a range of materials meant to wrap your feet in comfort are in constant supply from Mephisto. The Twain embodies all their most important elements, and people will love how this fits and feels. Mephisto fans already know they can expect only the best from the brand, however, this is a great choice for those new to this company because it isn’t likely to disappoint. Simple lines and the straightforward approach to comfort that Mephisto is known for gets showcased in the Twain.
Breathability

Breathability

Materials are a crucial factor in breathability when it comes to non-athletic shoes. While synthetic options specially engineered to create airflow are awesome for athletic styles, when it comes to more straightforward looks, you need materials with a natural appearance and natural breathability features to help the air flow through them. This Mephisto offering recognizes the need for materials like a luscious leather for the upper and lining of the shoe. The leather lining helps to increase breathability due to the nature of the leather itself. The outside both looks great and functions well for air flow. The Twain would be a phenomenal option for warm weather as well as transitioning into fall and winter. Gore opens up the style to help create a little more space between the shoe and the foot without affecting the fit. Since the Twain is all leather and has a nice sheen, it is a really versatile option for several different looks and outfits. For anyone into expanding their closet or footwear choices, a simple and comfy option such as this Twain might be just what the doctor ordered.
Comfort

Comfort

There are so many things to consider when looking for a comfortable shoe, and the Twain fulfills nearly all of them. A midsole that adapts and works with the foot’s natural movements and needs is totally necessary, and this pair by Mephisto offers just that. Their midsole is very light and soft on the foot, they even named it after air to show its similar qualities. The leather lining is supple and breaks in incredibly well, as will the rest of the shoe. Shock absorption helps to eliminate the pain of walking. Mephisto wanted to make a smart-looking slip-on that aims to eliminate the pain of walking. This may just look like attractive casual design, but it actually was really made to embody the comfortable types of shoes we want from a high-quality brand. Mephisto goes far beyond just a leisure shoe with the Twain, they created a memorable and gorgeous slip-on hybrid style that will feel as great as your favorite pair of sneakers. It is truly rare to see something like this perform so well in both fashion and function.
Durability

Durability

Having already gushed over the materials, you are well-aware by now this Twain is made with only the finest ones. Their durable leather upper will last an extremely long time with the proper care. Even if you are not the type to want to maintain a leather shoe, its staying power will still shine through, just to a lesser extent. A big part of durability is reinforcement. On sneakers, you see panels and overlays all the time to help increase durability, but rarely see them on a slip-on such as this one. Fear not! The Twain has them in spades! All around the shoe where the upper meets the base actually has a reinforced panel. This will help avoid splitting or the shoe coming apart from typical wear. Not only that, but it will greatly help protect the upper from scuffs and tears, unrelated to actual structural issues. The outsole is extremely durable as well, and due to its shape and function being to help the foot roll with each step, even less tension is added to the shoe that may have an effect on its longevity. Crucial factors in durability include even the midsole and insole of the Twain. Its insole is fully removable or replaceable. This is great for multiple reasons, especially since you can remove and replace it for a better support option if need be. What we are considering here though, is that a removable insole can more easily be cleaned and maintained to extend the life and health of the inside of the shoe. The leather lining does very well in reducing bacteria and creating a healthy shoe environment, so this is really just the icing on the cake.
Fit

Fit

Anytime there is a slip-on, it is common for a lot of men to knowingly want to pass it up regardless of quality. This is for one reason and that is because many men have feet that don’t agree with a slip-on shoe in terms of fit. Men have naturally wider feet, and though they are less affected by wider feet due to weight fluctuation or pregnancy, they can still struggle with comfortable slipping into a footwear option. The Mephisto Twain does have gore that helps to get the foot in and out of the shoe and provide a bit more wiggle room for a comfortable fit. However, gore alone isn’t going to accommodate someone who struggles to wear fully closed shoes without adjustable closures such as laces. If you are someone who loves a slip-on or know someone who feels most comfortable in this style, the Twain will be well-received. If you are not sure about the width or are worried about the upper adjusting comfortably to your feet, the brand has other footwear with different closures that would be a better fit for you. There is nothing inherently wrong with the Mephisto Twain in terms of fit, this is just something to think about if the style itself has created problems for you or the intended wearer in the past!
Midsole

Midsole

Often times when looking at leather casual options, the midsole isn’t really spoken about at all, whatsoever. Unless the shoe is athletic or athleisure, midsoles aren’t even mentioned. Luckily, the Mephisto Twain isn’t like other casual leather pairs. Their midsole is designed to be incredibly light with a high energy return. That means hours of comfortable walking and wear, no matter what. If you really want something that won’t be a pain after a long day of exploring, but still want to look dapper during your excursions, the Twain is that ideal hybrid of fashion and function. Their midsole is made of their Soft-air technology. Every part of you is protected from discomfort, from your feet to your hips. Your legs, ankles, and feet won’t bear the brunt of the pressure and strain from walking, something that is unexpected in a mostly flat-appearing design. Cool leather casualwear is not hard to come by, but a pair that pays this much attention to their practicality is!
Price

Price

When you get a shoe of this caliber, you can expect it to be slightly higher in cost than its competitors. However, to many people’s dismay, this shoe is a bit more expensive than even a high-quality slip-on may be expected to cost. Since many people don’t know the Mephisto brand super well, it can be a hard sell when the first run in with their footwear is expensive, but it really is because their quality is so far beyond similar fare. If you are someone who values their shoes and maintains them well for a long period of time, it is completely worth it to buy the Twain. Their materials and construction are extremely high-quality and their company is dedicated to their products. It is unlikely you will be disappointed when you buy something from this brand. It can be a risk when you’re shopping, especially online, to shell out a lot of money for an unfamiliar item, so any hesitation is understandable. The Mephisto Twain is a beautiful pair of slip-on sneakers, but it may not be in the cards for everyone to take home due to the price.
Shock Absorption

Shock Absorption

When a style appeals flatter, you generally don’t expect it to have much shock absorption if any at all. Surprisingly, this design from Mephisto has fantastic shock absorption. Not only is the midsole specifically created to reduce shock, but there is an additional factor added in that many other shoes, even sneakers don’t have. In the heel, there is a “heel protector”. This is constructed similarly to a heel cup like you might find in many athletic shoes for stabilization. Instead of being a shape simply meant to hug the foot, it instead helps to eliminate the reverberation from your heel striking the ground. This creates a really soft step when you’re walking. The Twain was made for a casual look but serious comfort when on your feet for a long period of time. It is designed as a walking shoe but looks so much more versatile than some of its sportier counterparts.
Style

Style

Leather is definitely in when it comes to casual wear. Leather has always been a really classic material that amps up the sophistication of a number of styles. This design of footwear is great for both low-key errand days or carefree day dates. There is nothing you won’t feel or look ready for in this Twain. The sleek lines and slim profile are totally deceptive to the amount of support and comfort within the shoe. Slip-on sneakers are in for both men and women, young and old. If you are looking for something a bit different to add into your casual wear, and don’t want to just fall back on another athletic option or an uncomfortable hybrid sneaker, then the Twain is going to be a great fit for your needs.
Weight

Weight

This style looks like it would be relatively heavy, and like it could really weigh you down while wearing it. It actually isn’t, at all. There are a few factors that lighten up this pick. You wouldn’t expect it to be so lightweight due to the leather upper, but they offset the weight of the leather with an incredibly airy outsole. The outsole helps to make walking comfortable and it won’t feel heavy when walking in them. The midsole is also as-light-as-air. The heaviest part of most upscale casual options is often the outsole, so just being able to lighten the load there with such a versatile material makes all the difference. This wouldn’t be as light as a barely-there canvas slip-on, but for its design and materials, it outperforms others that have a similar make!
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Anyone who loves looking fresh while still feeling functional will be incredibly pleased to discover the Mephisto Twain. The look and feel of this incredible slip-on will blow any comfort-lover away. Though this shoe is definitely expensive and a bit less accommodating in fit due to its lack of laces, the positive features far outweigh perceived negatives. The Mephisto Twain will make you feel like you’re wrapped in luxury, and its shock absorbing abilities will give you extra skip in your step!