For my birthday I got my first pair of tieks. I have seen them all over instagram, people wearing them while traveling saying how awesome they are but no real review on them. I am really picky on shoes I wear to walk great lengths in (ie Walt Disney World) and was a little skeptical. How could a ballet flat be that awesome? At the price point its hardly a matter of “hey lets give it a try and see how it goes.”
I did a lot of research on the shoe, but I am a big believer in outside party reviews. I couldnt find any but thought the story of the shoes was sound enough. From the tiek website: Each pair of Tieks is crafted from the finest leathers (or vegan textiles) and specially treated to be flexible yet durable. In total, it takes three days and over 150 steps to create a single pair of Tieks. There are no shortcuts in creating the world’s most versatile ballet flat.
Ok, lets talk about MY shoes. The shoes come in a super cute teal box (like the bottoms of the shoes) with a flower bow that can double as a headband. I love versatility. Better than that though there is a personalized handwritten note in the box as well. The handwritten note is a seriously sweet touch. Something you just will never get from a giant chain is that level of personalization.
The shoes themselves can fold in half and fit right inside the box. This is great for traveling because they take up less space. You can also fold and unfold these shoes as often as you want with no damage to the shoe. My flats were the beautiful clover green. All flats are genuine leather and honestly I have never owned something thats 100% leather so I had no idea what to kept on the feel of the shoe. When I put them on they were truthfully a little tight and I was skeptical. I didnt love them right away but figured I would just wear them the day and see what happened. I walked around a little that day and felt like I was wearing socks in a good way. The shoes were a little squeaky, but were so soft and comfortable on my feet it didnt bother me. I wore them to work a few time and they fit like a glove after the initial break in day but the true test was to come at Disney.
I walked around the parks on 3 pretty hot days (over 85 degrees) and had zero blisters, heel pain, back pain. Ok on day 3 of wearing I did have heel pain but thats also after walking around for 6 days so thats to be expected. The shoes do squeak and do stick to my feet a little but there were no blisters to speak of. They slip on and off so easily I actually wore these on the 15 hour drive home rather than the slip on tennis shoes I had packed. Thats right, these were more comfortable than the sketchers slip on shoes I brought just in case the tieks didnt work out. Oh and a note on why I mention the heat…I have tried wearing cute shoes to Disney before in the heat and everytime the bottoms of my feet get so hot they blister. I dont think this happens to everyone but being a runner I just cant have blisters on the bottoms of my feet. This would have been a total deal breaker. Normally I dont like hot Disney days but was happy to have it for idea testing conditions. Yes I am weird 😉
You really need stylish shoes to eat and drink around the world! My only complaint about the shoes are these: they squeak and they arent the most stylish flat (meaning they are a little shapeless). I dont care really about either of those because there are so many gorgeous colors and prints neither of those things matter. I still think the price point is slightly high, but I do intend to buy another pair 😉 I will definitely be wearing these on my next trip to Disney and will hopefully have the metallic pewter pair in time for London!
In case you cant tell, I am convinced these are the perfect flats and cant wait to get a rainbow of colors for my closet! Each new color I get I am throwing away my normal flats at home, thats how much I love these shoes. Now I have to start saving my pennies for the next pair!
CHIME IN!!! Do you have a pair of tieks? What color would you get for your pair? Any cute shoe you love for really long walking days?
*Disclaimer- I was in no way paid for any of this. The shoes were a gift but from my dad and he paid for the shoes. While I wish Tieks knew who I was they dont. I just wanted to share my opinions on the shoe for others like me wanting to try them out but a little weary because of price.