About Mephisto

An Investment in Comfort – Purchasing a pair of MEPHISTO® Shoes, Boots or Sandals is an investment in the health and comfort of your feet, back and legs. The materials, construction techniques and quality components used to make every pair are never compromised. It is not uncommon to get years of wear from a pair of Mephistos. Furthermore, when refurbishment is needed, most of our styles are completely recraftable and can be restored to their original specifications.

Since 1965, THE GOAL HAS BEEN THE SAME: TO CREATE AND MANUFACTURE THE WORLD'S FINEST WALKING SHOES. TRUE TO ITS HERITAGE, MEPHISTO SHOES ARE DESIGNED AND BUILT TO BE PERFECT. TO MANUFACTURE A PAIR OF MEPHISTO SHOES, IT TAKES MORE THAN 140 DIFFERENT OPERATIONS AND MORE THAN 90 MINUTES OF ASSEMBLY.

Technically Superior - While maintaining our high standards of handcrafted excellence, Mephisto is also a leader in innovative technology. Our designers and engineers are never satisfied and continue to search for ways to improve the comfort features of our footwear and make the "finest" even "finer".

FROM WOMEN'S DRESS SANDALS TO MEN'S SNEAKERS, MEPHISTO OFFERS THE ULTIMATE IN LUXURIOUS COMFORT AND QUALITY BUILD. AND FOR THE ADVENTUROUS "SOLES" OUT THERE, MEPHISTO HAS DEVELOPED A COLLECTION OF BOOTS THAT STAND UP TO THE ELEMENTS AND PROVIDE NEEDED STABILITY AND COMFORT FOR THE TRAIL AND THE STREET. FROM SNOW BOOTS AND RAIN BOOTS TO FASHION BOOTS, MEPHISTO GOES THE EXTRA MILE TO ENSURE TOTAL SATISFACTION FOR THE WEARER.

IT IS NO WONDER MEPHISTO CUSTOMERS ARE SO LOYAL. WHEN PEOPLE EXPERIENCE MEPHISTO HAND CRAFTED QUALITY, THEY DISCOVER TRUE VALUE IN ATTRACTIVE, LUXURY FOOTWEAR.


HISTORY

Mephisto, Inc. is a manufacturer of shoes and sportswear based in SarrebourgFrance. Founded by designer Martin Michaeli in 1965, the company's success was founded on its moccasin model. Today Mephisto is a major shoe producer, with more than 2800 employees and 100 million pairs of shoes sold per year.

1965 With his savings from the time he spent in the USA, Martin Michaeli sets up his company Mephisto in France and creates the Mephisto shoe. The moccasin becomes the spearhead of Mephisto. Its distribution starts in Germany, Austria, Belgium as well as in Switzerland and spreads from there over the whole of Europe

1973 Martin Michaeli applies for his first patent with respect to a unique shoe manufacturing method.

1975 Mephisto Becomes an international brand. Sport and leisure becoming a strong trend in wide sections of the population give birth to a revolutionary concept of casual shoes for outdoor activities and also for the city : the “ORIGINALS” lead to a worldwide success.

1984 Opening of the first Mephisto Concept Store. The first retail store to sell only Mephisto products in Aix-la-Chapel / Germany.

1985The company exports 80 %  of its production. Martin Michaeli receives from the French state the “Oscar de l’Exportation” for the outstanding dynamism of his export business.

1987 Mephisto enters the U.S. The company becomes more firmly established in the USA by setting up a subsidiary in California.

1989 A subsidiary opens in Canada. The strong orientation towards nature, comfort and quality has set excellent standards for the success of the MEPHISTO brand in this country.

1991 Mephisto Toronto opened its doors in Summerhill.  This is the largest Mephisto in Canada.  Our knowledgeable staff will take the time to properly fit you in the ideal Shoe, Sandal or Boot. 

1994 Martin Michaeli receives for the second time the “Oscar de l’Exportation” for the excellent performances of his company in the foreign trade.

1995 Opening of the 150th MEPHISTO-SHOP. France’s President François Mitterrand decorates Martin Michaeli with the “National Order of Merit”.

1998 MEPHISTO offers a variety of 600 models, and this through 18.000 points of sale –  among them 350 Mephisto Stores – in 50 countries of the world. Launch of MOBILS by Mephisto, the extreme-comfort brand for the specialized shoe- and orthopedic retail.

1999 Martin Michaeli is elected “Entrepreneur of the Year” among more than 5000 French companies. The French shoe retailers elect Mephisto “Best Footwear Brand of France”. The first Mephisto Stores open in Russia and China.

2000 Martin Michaeli receives from President Jacques Chirac the highest decoration which France can grant : he is promoted “Chevalier of the Legion of Honour”.  Mephisto becomes for the second time “Best Footwear brand of France”.

2001 The American magazine “Footwear Plus” gives Mephisto the “PLUS Award 2001” for outstanding design in the domain of men’s comfort shoes.

2002 Martin Michaeli launches a new outdoor lifestyle brand :  “ALLROUNDER by MEPHISTO”. The shoes, following the urban hiking trend, are immediately loved and adopted by young and old alike.

2003 Mephisto presents its first sportswear collection which, together with the accessories, leather goods, care products,socks, etc., makes Mephisto a lifestyle brand.

2004 Mephisto is awarded for the third time “Best Footwear Brand of France”

2005 More than 660 MCS worldwide. Sales in 62 countries. The company Mephisto, one of the most important shoe factories of Europe, celebrates its 40th anniversary. Privately owned by the Chairman of the Bord, Martin Michaeli, and his children, it employs worldwide 2800 people for the production and the distribution.

2006 The SOFT-AIR TECHNOLOGY is being integrated in all Mephisto shoes and vigorously communicated globally.

2008 Launch of the new brand SANO : fitness- and wellness shoes with the 2-zones technology (Power Stimulator and Multi Vibration System). The international SANO advertising campaign  make these shoes bestsellers.

2010 The opening of the 75th Mephisto-Shop in China brings the number of Mephisto-Shops worldwide to more than 800.

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