I’ve been on the fence with the Mephisto Lise because it’s a wedge…and a slide. Anyone that has lived through the 90s will probably tell you that sometimes with slides, your foot slides right through when you walk, and a lot of times, wedges are heavy. They say adding a pound to your foot is like carrying ten on your back, or something like that, don’t quote me. Also, Mephisto shoes cost a little more than other shoes. You have to save up. The upside of a wedge is that it gives you height without impeding your ability to charge across a lawn and keeps you solidly above rain puddles.
Recently, I ponied up, and am here to report that the investment is worth it if you can find the right size. The shoe looks and feels high quality and well made. Mephisto uses natural cork from their own plantation, rubber for the wedge portion, and leather for the upper. It’s pretty hard to find a wedge made with all of these materials these days. Mephisto shoes are made in France in half sizes starting with US 5 (EU 35), which some reviewers say runs a little small for US sizing (a great thing if you have small feet!).
The Lise is not heavy! The Lise is immediately comfortable! They feel very lightweight on your feet, not quite like wearing air, but better than wearing any of the other shoes I own. Trying on the Lise made me realize that none of the shoes I own fit properly or are truly comfortable. If you have an ideal heel height of around two inches–or even if you don’t–you would probably agree. The cork wedge platform lends a decent amount of height while feeling sturdy. I didn’t want to take them off.
Then my friend said the Panthera colorway I chose (according to the receipt, their website calls this option “brown”) combined with the slide design that is the Lise was too Elle Woods for work. They were so comfortable I didn’t care. I swore I would wear them to work anyway. I tried them on with very neutral colored outfits. Eventually, I relented. Maybe if it wasn’t silver and Panthera and a slide, but all together it was as if RuPaul and Elle Woods were mushed together into a shoe. I love it. You can definitely sashay shanté all day in the Lise! I’m ready to work it in this wedge, girl, but I think my friend is right that work isn’t ready for me in these shoes. They do have other, more muted colors to choose from, and I probably should have stuck with one of those. What do you think about a wedge like this for business casual attire? It almost seems too casual to me, which bums me out because they are so comfortable. I don’t think anyone else agrees because Panthera is already almost sold out.
The other thing about the Panthera color is that I think it leans cool. You might be thinking, of course it is cool, it is silver, but some silver shoes I’ve seen seem more neutral. I think this one definitely will be more flattering on cool undertones. Maybe because it is more shiny than matte? I don’t know for sure.
Size-wise, some reviewers thought the Lise ran a half size small. I would say for me it’s hard to say because of the EU sizing. It may run a little small but definitely not a full half size. I would say go with the closest size to your normal size, keeping in mind that leather tends to stretch over time.
Another reason I like Mephisto is because they say that 85 percent of their shoes can be refurbished. It’s not 100 percent because sometimes they don’t have the materials in stock anymore to fix some styles, so I think of it as there’s an 85 percent chance that Mephisto will be able to repair the style I purchase today later on when they need repair–not a guarantee, but better than most other brands. They do things like replace outsoles, footbeds, stitching, heel liners, laces, and refinish and condition for a fee that varies depending on what you want done.
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Image credit: Richard Child.
What is a panther? It’s confusing because people in North America call cougars panthers while people in Latin America call jaguars panthers and people in Asia and Africa call leopards panthers. The latter two are in Panthera, the genus of cats that includes lions, tigers, bears–no, not bears–jaguars, and leopards, but cougars are in the genus Puma, which means we think they are less related than the other cats mentioned here, possibly because their skull is shaped differently than the other cats, although Wikipedia doesn’t explicitly say that (it does say that the Panthera cats are grouped together because of “common cranial features”).