Based in France, as soon as the company was founded, the company’s founder Martin Michaeli created the Mephisto shoe – moccasins. After it became an immediate success, the company grew aggressively and set up distribution networks across Europe. By 1973, Michaeli patented his unique Soft-Air technology that is now present in every Mephisto shoe. The company found an ardent fanbase in mods, soul boys, teddy boys, scooterists, hipsters, skinheads, and suede heads.
During the ‘80s, the company expanded into American markets while branching out to produce women’s footwear and accessories. In the 21st century, the company has its presence felt in over 800 countries through overseas distributors, resellers, and various online platforms including its own.