Friday

First impressions review: A week in Tieks


When I first saw Tieks in a Pinterest ad (a plague on your house, Pinterest, you temptress), I fell in love. The company says it has reinvented the ballet flat. Foldable yet sturdy flats with brilliant teal soles and supple Italian leather. So many gorgeous, vibrant brights, creative prints and classic neutrals.

I spent several months debating whether I could ever justify spending $175 on a pair of shoes, especially ballet flats. Ballet flats are, counterintuitively, notorious foot killers. And the most I've ever spent on shoes was maybe $80, once, for a pair of black stiletto booties I've worn a million times. And that was easily double the most I've ever spent on a shoe before or since.

But I read review after glowing review, lurked on Instagram, heard about the excellent customer service, and lost sleep dreaming of that fuchsia leather. So I decided to take a calculated risk.

Even though Tieks says to size down if you wear a half size, reviews advised me to size up, especially because of my wide soles. Excellent advice. My size 9 shoes fit my size 8.5 feet perfectly right out of the box.


The first thing I noticed about my Tieks other than how insanely cute they were was that they had substantial soles. These are not like the foldable flats you get at the drugstore that are basically socks to stumble home in with your heels in the tote (although Tieks do bring a tote for that purpose). These are legit shoes. I've worn them every day since I got them, walked several miles up and down hills through the city, and stood in them in a crowded bar. My feet felt pretty good and I got no blisters.

I love that the heel isn't elasticized, which can cause irritation, yet really conforms to my foot. The material feels so soft and luxurious to slip my feet into. The only place I've had trouble is along the top, which dug into my foot near my toes a bit, but that's loosened up.

The soles and the rest of the shoe are really easy to keep clean with just a quick wipe with a slightly wet paper towel.

My one real complaint is how easily scuffed these are because I'm a klutz. I already have a couple of scuffs along the toe, so I'll have to add to my investment and get some pink shoe polish.

Oh, and they squeak. The only way I've remedied this a touch is by putting baby powder on the bottom of my foot to reduce the noisy friction. Because squeak-squeaking flats sound much less sexy than click-clacking pumps.

So are Tieks worth it? That's entirely up to you. I made sure to get a color I thought would work really well with my wardrobe, so that I can wear these constantly and get my cost per wear way down. These are definitely the best ballet flats I've ever owned. My Tieks are beautiful, comfortable and versatile. I love them so much that I'm planning to save up for another pair. I love the Galactic Green, Matte BlackChestnut and Electric Snake versions, even though the ones beyond the basic $175 colors are outside my price range.

Tieks are my new favorite shoes. I feel so chic in them. Which are your favorite shoes, and how much were they? What are your favorite investment pieces?

3 comments :

  1. I'm so glad you posted this! I've been having the exact same issues - the elastic cutting into the top of my foot (just on the right foot, interestingly), and the squeak! I was googling how to remedy the squeak when I came upon this post. I am going to try the baby powder. I have the feather grey tieks and just ordered the ones in matte black. I have been stretching out the top, and that seems to be working slowly. Thanks for posting!

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  2. I'm so glad you posted this! I've been having the exact same issues - the elastic cutting into the top of my foot (just on the right foot, interestingly), and the squeak! I was googling how to remedy the squeak when I came upon this post. I am going to try the baby powder. I have the feather grey tieks and just ordered the ones in matte black. I have been stretching out the top, and that seems to be working slowly. Thanks for posting!

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  3. I too have experienced the squeaking. Not sure if I will keep mine but want to if the squeaking will go away.

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