Tieks by Gavrieli is a ballet flat company taking women’s feet to a new level of comfort. I had seen a few of the YouTubers I watch talk about them a year or so ago, and was immediately intrigued. The idea of a super comfy ballet flat was like music to my ears. Because I have CMT, it is a very rare occasion that I will be in heels, so flats are a necessity in my wardrobe. Could Tieks be exactly what was looking for? I began my research.
The first, and probably most depressing thing I noticed was the price tag. Be warned friends, Tieks are NOT cheap. We are talking a price range of $175-$295 ( and one pair that is $345) depending on the pair. Now, I am learning that my unfortunate shoe reality (due to my medical condition, not a shopping problem) is that I will forever have to spend more money on high quality shoes for my messed up feet. It’s because of this fact I didn’t run away quite yet.
Generally, ballet flats are, well…flat! We’re talking like the sole of the shoe is just a straight piece of material with no give and little cushion. Because of this, true ballet flats can get uncomfortable pretty fast for even the most normal of feet. I might not have normal feet, but I know I have been there. The pain of true ballet flats after being on my feet for a few hours really keeps me from wanting to wear them. I’ll stick to my comfy gym shoes, thank you very much.
Tieks are different. There are two rubber cushions on the split sole design of the shoe that adds comfort to every step by putting padding between your feet and the ground. These pads are also non-skid, making them a less slippery flat to walk in. Tieks also are very flexible and bendy, unlike some flats that are stiff and hold to the shape of the flat bottomed sole. The back of the shoe is cushioned rather than being just elastic, so there is no extreme tightness on your heels. This design in and of itself, is the top reason I think these flats are so comfortable. Finally, a ballet flat that has some give to it and lets my foot have a say in how things go.
I decided to take the plunge. I ordered basic black in a size 9 and two days later they were at my door.
The first thing I noticed is the packaging: It’s amazing. It’s so bright and cute, and so small considering there is a pair of shoes in there. It’s definitely a package with colors that could brighten up any day.
The reason the box is so small is because these shoes are marketed to be a compact, toss them in your purse shoe that can easily be a comfortable replacement to the heels you might be wearing. The split sole design also allows them to fold over and take up a small amount of space. Tieks were designed to be the comfort dress shoe that doesn’t compromise style. They even come with a little compact bag to hold your Tieks as well as a foldable tote to carry your other pair of shoes in. They have thought of everything, and it’s all in that tiny box.
Tieks are made from 100% , soft, full grain leather. Leather stretches and molds to the wearer once it’s been worn in a bit, so you are supposed to buy Tieks a little tight. I thought I was making the right choice in the size 9, but it turned out they were a tad too big.
You can see on the left photo the size of the gap in my shoe. They felt fine at the time, but knowing that the leather would stretch with wear, I got worried. After dropping that kind of money on a pair of shoes, I was hoping I could try the next size down (Tieks only come in whole sizes) without too much fuss.
This brings me to the amazing customer service that can be found at the Tieks company. I emailed customer service saying that I wasn’t sure the size 9 was right for me and that I would like to try the size 8. The response was quick and shortly after I got a response, I got a shipping email saying that the size 8 pair was already on it’s way! The way their policy works is as long as you don’t step foot outside in your Tieks, they can be returned. Even more impressive: they will let you have the two sizes you are debating between at your house so you can compare them. You then have two weeks to decide and send back the pair you don’t want before your credit card is charged for the other pair. Considering how quickly they showed up, two weeks is more than enough time to make your decision. Just remember not to leave the house in them until you’re sure of which pair you want to keep. The customer service was efficient, kind, and incredible.
The size 8 pair was a bit tight, but that is exactly what you want in a pair of Tieks. I started wearing them around the house for starters to break them in a bit, and after about 4 days of reasonable wear I could tell the tightness was wearing away and they were getting much more comfortable.
The final verdict: Tieks are by far some of the most comfortable ballet flats I’ve ever owned. While I still can’t do an 8 hour day of walking in them, I attribute that to the Muscular Dystrophy rather than the shoes. A few weeks ago my husband and I went out on the town in Tokyo to celebrate our anniversary, and I wore my Tieks the entire night, which was about 4 hours of walking to a bus stop and walking around the area, and my feet only complained a tiny bit by the end of it. For me, this is an epic win.
Are they worth it? In my opinion, 100% yes. The price tag is hefty, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t at least 5 more colors that I’d love to add to my collection at some point: Basic brown, mint green for spring, an amazing silver, and of course, the prettiest bold purple, and a few more. Tieks makes my effort to stay stylish and comfortable a little bit easier. I’d recommend these to many people.
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Since this post I have obtained several more pairs. See what I had to say about my favorite nude pair.
Friends with Muscular Dystrophy, take note. I don’t currently wear braces, and there’s not room for them in these shoes. They will not work for everyone, but if you do get around okay without braces on occasion, these are quite comfortable to wear.
I want to know: Do you own a pair of Tieks? What’s your opinion; are they worth the hype (and the price) or not?
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This post is not sponsored. I bought my Tieks with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are my own.