Mephisto 'Bonito' Walking Shoe (Men)
Bonito walking shoe
Great comfort for long walks and all day on your feet. This is the second pair I have like this. When they need repair you can send them back to Mephisto for repair and restore on the leather.
Bought these at the Chicago Nordstrom from Mr. Line, a very knowledgeable gentlemen who spent quite a bit of time helping me find shoes that fit. That is my greatest problem, finding a shoe that fits properly. Never had any luck with ordering shoes without first trying them on.
Anyhoo, back to the review..
Having spent the better part of a day walking around Chicago, my feet were tired. But from the first time I put these on my feet felt happy. It was like I hadn't even been walking for hours, and that sold me. There was no "new shoe" or "needs breaking in" feeling.
Today I wore them all day at work and even took them out to our walking track (asphalt) and put a good two miles on them. Usually when I get back my feet are tired and hot, but not this time. Felt like I could have taken another couple of laps. This is making me want to try out the Mephisto dress and running shoes.
These shoes have a generous toe-box (a plus for me) and as such might fit loose for some feet.
The sides are cut low enough they don't bite my anklebone.
The only concern I have is arch support. The standard insole is well designed but my feet are nearly flat. I will probably buy a more supportive insole for the shoes. The insole is replaceable by the way and Mephisto makes several variations. Wouldn't consider this a deal breaker.
I do agree the leather is thin. These will make a good casual shoe for most of the year but you might need a thicker sock in winter.
Bought the black (with grey stripe). If it wasn't for that stripe these could easily pass for a dress shoe and even then the stripe is barely noticeable so you know I'm going to push it. :)
Ok, but not great
Comfortable but nowhere near as good as the Idwal that Nordstrom seem to have dropped, though it is more dressy. The Bonito is a straighter shoe than other Mephistos, ie it doesn't curve like a foot does, so if you have sticky out feet these shoes exacerbate the look. The leather, especially at the toe, is much thinner than other styles, so I found I couldn't wear them on a chilly day, though they're great on a hot day.
Apparently these shoes are not for all foot types, but they are perfect for me and are really quite comfortable.