This review about Tieks flats is a little bit different from other post for some reasons:
1) I am young man that wear flats as his everyday shoes. Well, it is not a secret that for me ballet flats has become my favorite kind of shoes for many reasons mainly because I love colorful shoes, second, l hate to wear close shoes with socks unless it’s winter and I don’t have choice, I love the comfort that my flats provide to my feet, I have flat feet and I must do feet exercises to reinforce my arches (Honestly with my former men shoes it was bothering to unlace, take them off, and remove socks three times a day ) and finally I do a lot of activities that require to slip off my shoes often. So flats, sandals and mules have become a nice comfortable option.
2) My first experience with this brand wasn’t as expected. My first experience with this famous brand wasn’t as I expected because my first pair a cute black matte flats, had the elastic too tight that they tended to close like a clam that gave me pain in the top of my foot and I am pretty sure I didn’t break them in for more time before wearing outdoors. That was a huge mistake because I couldn’t return them to Tieks, but as some of my girl friends wear same ladies shoe size than I , I sold them to one of them and for her they worked better, so I could recover a good part of my money.
3) I loved the colorful range of this brand of ballerinas, and I wanted to give them a second chance. As a ballerina flats wearer I was still curious why this cute flats didn’t work the first time, so I bought two pre-owned pairs of Tieks to test them before decide to invest in this expensive brand again. I wore them constantly for about seven months as they were broken in I didn’t have problem with them, no blisters no smelly feet just a pair of beautiful flats that feel like slippers. The colors are cobalt blue and gold. This could be a good option if you don’t want to spend a lot of money and then you can test them and know if you like them and overall if you find them comfortable.
These are the pics of my pre-owned Tieks:
After getting positive results in terms of fit and comfort, then I saved the money from my birthday’s gifts along with a gift card from my cousin, so I bought a new pair of Tieks in navy blue, I prefer neutral colors at first when trying a new brand of shoes and then if I like how they look on my feet and if I find the comfortable to wear for long period of time (6-7 h/day).
Let’s start my review:
First impression, I loved how nicely the packaging of this shoes is
I found the bag for the heels and the small pouch practical to keep your shoes protected and also your good in your hand bag. Really I like they box and the handwritten letter to me despite being maybe their only or among their few male customers, it’s a really nice detail that counts a lot as a client.
After opening white box, I discovered the beautiful turquoise box, and after reading the nice hand written letter to me , I opened the blue box to pick my new Tieks:
This is how they look on my feet:
I really like how this cute flats make my feet looks slender and in my case my feet and Tieks doesn’t look like some ladies said “Alien feet”, haha I am lucky to have small average feet for a guy.
This is the point that divide many ladies and guys that wear flats. After reading many wonderful and helpful reviews from ladies that had tried this brand I could said that 50 % find them comfortable right out the box and the other 50% find that this flats need a break in period and from this percentage some of them send their Tieks back because they didn’t find them comfortable or they hurt too bad. And I don’t blame them, I also had some pain on my feet the first days when I wore them.
The main issues for me were: in the left shoe the flats pinched my big toe and in the right shoe the elastic where the bone of my big toe starts hurt bad and left a red mark in that part of my feet, you can see how my feet was the first days of trying this cute flats:
Despite the red marks I never got blisters when breaking in this flats and something that I love of this flats is the cushioned heel cup that doesn’t dig into my heel, like my Lucky brand flats or Hush Puppies Chelsea flats.
If you need extra cushion in the ball of your feet, I found this video from Jessica Petite Style Script, and her great blog:
that offers a solution for this issue:
Something important to tell you is that Tieks doesn’t have arch support (I think most ballet flats don’t have it except for few brands) and in my case I have flat feet so I add a arch support that help me to make more comfortable my Tieks.
The inner support that Tieks has in my case is fine for my feet. If you have worn Puma Ferrari Drift Cat III sneakers, Tieks insoles feels like this casual sneaker. But as a customer I would like that my Tieks would have more cushion in the heel area or add a kind of hide heel and arch support for more comfort.
Conclusion: For comfort this flats are fine for me when when I will walk or standing for 5 or 6 hours on my feet.
In my opinion they need extra cushion in the heel and ball of the feet areas and arch support. But if you have average arches you will find them comfty. High arches will have also some issues with this brand.
Ladies and gentlemen , with this flats you will develop at the beginning a hate-love relationship, but the more you wear them the more comfortable they’ll become. It’s a question of patience and persistence but after that period of time you will find them more comfy.
Breaking in period:
In my case I found that this flats need a long period of break in, personally it took me almost a month to wear them in many different ways to make them more comfortable so I wrote a post HOW TO BREAK IN YOUR TIEKS where I describe what I did to break them in reducing the pain and bothering zones of this flats.
After wearing alternately for a month I could said that they feel now more like my ballet slippers but with a sneaker sole, so I tested them when going to the grocery store carrying some heavy bags and I feel comfortable when walking with them. Of course I only wear them twice or three time a week at max because my feet need flats with more heel or cushion in the heel and ball of the feet areas.
Again a subject of discussion, sizing, because this brand doesn’t offer half sizes, and you cannot try them on at any shoe store. Risky decision for many of us. Tieks recommends:
- Wear a full size?
That’s your Tieks size! If you wear a 7, get a 7 in Tieks.
- Attention half sizes!
Many women who wear half sizes can comfortably size up or down. We typically suggest going down unless you have a wide foot or sometimes size up.
In my experience I usually wear women shoe size US 9.5 or 10 depending the brand. As a gold rule that my Mom always told me: your shoes should have a gap about the size of your own thumb between your big toe and the end of the tip of the shoe in order to be comfortable, avoid ingrown nails, bunions, stress fractures and also in summer our feet tend to get swollen so they’ll increase their size. Therefore I chose size 10. Personally with flats with elastics I prefer to let that distance in my shoes to get some room to avoid the reasons cited above, and this is the gap that I have in my Tieks:
Even with this gap my Tieks don’t slip off when walking fast as the elastic hold my feet well. They show some toe cleavage but it doesn’t bother me at all. As reference my feet measures 10 1/8″ long by 3 1/2″ width and my Tieks soles measures 10 3/4″ length and 3 5/8″ at its widest part, so you can get an idea of the sizing of this shoes.
Unless your feet is really narrow and tiny, size down, if not personally I recommend to size up to avoid painful issues if you are between sizes.
Well in my opinion I could say that this flats are well made and have good quality leather, so after trying the cobalt blue and the gold flats (I’ve been wearing this color 3 times a week after my job for going to evening courses) no stop for 7 or 8 months and my navy ones for 6 months twice a week and as the former owner of my cobalt and gold Tieks, Jen, told me that:
“I wore the cobalt Tieks less regularly, maybe once every three weeks or so for two years.
The gold Tieks I had for a year and a half and wore 2 times a week, except for
During the winters.”
If you make the addition of time, the cobalt blue flats are almost 3 years and they still look in good condition and the gold flats despite all the scuffs are 2 years but with a very constant wear from Jen and by me.
You can see some scuffs in the heels of my pre-owned flats:
in my experience this flats are made to last and the 3 pairs, that I currently have, have held up really well. Metallic colors tend to scuff easily and show wear faster but the soles and structure of my 3 pairs are still in good condition, as shown in the pictures:
Verdict: this brand of flats are durable and well made, but keep in mind that are handmade and in some pairs manufacturing flaws could occur in those cases, don’t hesitate to contact the Tieks customer service.
Breathability (or in other words: does this flats get smelly quickly?)
I wear all my flats barefoot, with Tieks my feet get sweaty in summer cause they don’t allow your feet to breath very well so the insoles of my three pair have dark foot marks but for my surprise they are not smelly, just the insoles of the gold ones have a very light odor but only when I stuck my nose on them, I slipped off these flats to take my yoga or dance courses and nobody has complained (yet lol) or I notice a strong bad odor from them.
If you are concerned or if you notice that your Tieks are a little bit sweaty and smelly I found these tips, from a nice blogger Jessica, very helpful and practical, you can check her video here:
or this other tip from another nice blogger, Katie, to eliminate odors and friction in your Tieks:
Here is the link: https://www.asprinkleoflife.com/2016/05/an-honest-tieks-review/
By the way I always wear my flats barefoot and Tieks are not the exception, and all people’s feet sweat but the Tieks’ insoles are made of good Italian leather so they don’t get smelly easily as shoes that have manmade insoles.
I will be honest this flats are really expensive, the classics are US $175, but taking in count that they are handmade and the quality of the materials is far superior than other many brands that I tried before, I think these facts could justify in part their price. Maybe just my Tory Burch minnie travel flats and my Frye Carson flats have the same quality of leather and in consequence have similar range of price. These flats are obviously an investment, and I believe that a comfortable pair of shoes is always worth the money … divide that cost by the number of days & hours that you wear them and the cost is pennies per day.
If you want to test this brand without purchasing them full price there are always pre-owned Tieks at eBay, Etsy, Poshmark, and Lyst a good price.
I also wrote a post about “Flats that have similar look and comfort as Tieks but more affordable where I describe other brands that I have in my shoe collection that are really comfortable but more affordable with a respectable quality and also beautiful.
Where I can buy a pair of Tieks?
They are just sell online at their site: Tieks.com
Do Tieks squeak while walking?
Yes, they squeak , but just at the beginning and I think is only in the inner shoe because my feet rubs against the insole. After 2 weeks the sounds disappeared.
Which colors would you suggest to purchase?
I suggest to start with the classics and neutral colors such as chestnut, camel, ballerina pink, navy or black. Then you can move to other colors and textures. Personally, I try to avoid the metallic colors cause they scuff easily, the leopard or animal print because the leather is not as soft as the classic ones and the patent ones because as I read in other blog they are harder to break in. But It’s only my opinion. I never tried the vegans so I can’t give you an answer how they feel.
How you keep your Tieks?
I keep them open to air them well after wearing again.
How many hours do you wear your Tieks per day?
I can wear them between 5 to 6 hours /day.
Do you wear often your Tieks?
I can wear them 2 or 3 days per week at maximum, and if I wouldn’t walk miles or standing on my feet more than 5 hours, because as I have flat feet I need other flats or sandals (Birkenstock in my case) with more support in the heel area.
Do you recommend this flats for people with plantar fasciitis?
Definitely No. Please if you have some problems with your feet consult your podiatrist before purchasing any kind and brand of ballet flats. Save your feet and money for more complex health issues.
Tieks refund policy:
If you live in the U.S, trying this good quality brand is not a risky business, so if you find that you feet is in a lot of pain after one week of wearing them even with socks don’t hesitate to ask for the upper size to compare both pairs on your feet, in the worst of the cases if neither of the two shoes are enough comfortable or don’t meet your expectations you can return them and get a refund, ALWAYS REMEMBER that you should wear your Tieks at home in case you want to send them back.
But if you worn them outdoors and you don’t find them comfortable or you have a lot of pain while wear them or just you don’t like the color or how they look in your feet, you can sell them at eBay, List, Etsy, Tradesy and you will recover a good amount of your investment because this brand is always in high demand.
If you live outside U.S., like me, the shipping fee and custom taxes are high(almost CAD $40 using FedEx), and also if you need to sent your Tieks back it will cost you at least CAD $ 22. In this case as I said before if you are in between size , size up to avoid return expenses. I tried to provide the most information I could describe based in my own experience along tips from other blogger about this brand to help you to take a better decision when considering to get and try a pair.
Do you recommend Tieks?
Yes, I recommend them for the quality, durability and beauty of the shoes BUT keep in mind that in some cases, they will need a good break in period of time to become more comfortable. I also recommend them only if you have the budget to purchase a pair or if you are committed to wear them very often to see the return of your investment.
If you live outside the U.S. I suggest to try a pre-owned pair or if one of your friends have a worn pair maybe you can ask her to try her Tieks if you both wear same shoe size, before making the big investment.
After trying at least 50 brands of flats I conclude that there aren’t perfect shoes, and that comfort depends of every person’s feet.
Improvements that I suggested to Tieks:
- Add more cushion in the heel area and ball of the feet
- Place a less tight elastic in the shoes, especially in the toe area
- Add an arch support
- Make half sizes
Disclaimer: I am not associate or sponsored by Tieks or with any other company or blogger, I paid full price for all my Tieks and it’s only my solely opinion about this brand.
I hope my review will help you to make a better decision while thinking to purchase or not this brand of flats. I will do an update of my navy Tieks in the next few month to see how they resist the everyday wear. I here are some pics of me wearing my Tieks:
I want to thanks specially to the nice bloggers: Jessica, Susan, Ame, Philia, Susan, Jenna, Ruth, Brianna and Emily that send me their tricks and kind responses to my questions about this brand
If you have Tieks let me know what you think about them
Thanks for visiting my blog and have a nice day !!