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.


Martin MICHAELI applies for his first patent with respect to a special and unique footwear manufacturing method.


MEPHISTO becomes a world-famous 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.


The first MEPHISTO-SHOP open their doors. The very first exclusive MEPHISTO shop opens in Aix-la-Chapel / Germany.


The 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.


MEPHISTO captures the American market. The company becomes more firmly established in the USA by setting up a subsidiary in California.


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.


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


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 orthopaedic retail.


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


MEPHISTO is awarded for the third time “Best Footwear Brand of France”.

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