Tieks by Gavrieli-Review. Are they Worth it?

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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.

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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.

Tieks Box

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.

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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 Inside

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.

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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.

Tieks circle

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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150 thoughts on “Tieks by Gavrieli-Review. Are they Worth it?

  1. nguyennews says:

    I do not own a pair of these, but man are they pricey. I’d pay for comfort though since I can’ find too many ballet flats that do not hurt after walking around for some time. Great review. Thanks for sharing!

    • divaandthedivine says:

      Yeah, the price tag is a bit of a killer. Sometimes, comfort is worth the extra price (at least I think so). Thanks for reading!

      • cathy says:

        The “Best” Flats I have bought (and will continue to) are Jambu. I wore them everyday for at least 8 hours a day walking around in Paris for two weeks. Not once was I complaining about my feet. I have high arches, and tender feet…never stopped me for a sec. In the evenings they are light and flexible, I just brought them along in my purse and switched to them if we wanted to take a long evening stroll.

    • Lynne says:

      Love them…love them! I am a teacher and owned many flats. However, Tieks are the most comfortable, well made flat that I have ever worn. It’s definately worth the price for these shoes. I’m on my feet for at least 7 hours a day. I am surely going to purchase additional colors!

    • Tbtbtb says:

      That’s good because I wouldn’t pay that much for a pair of flats, with that price you can buy a nice pair of flats and tennis shoes (which is what people should be wearing anyways if they plan to walk so much). There’s other brands that are just as comfortable for cheaper, but tieks have created a basic fanbase that will buy them for the price…err I mean comfort. (#everythingexpensiveplease #look@mydisposable$Income$) lol jk but not jk about buying cheaper just as good options or tennis shoes instead.

      • NikkiSharif says:

        I just bought 2 pair (matte black & white rose) and I’m in love. If you know of some cheaper options that are cute & of good quality do tell. I have comfy sneakers (cost about the same as Tieks) but I’m not the type of person to wear them with a suit nor do I like carrying additional pairs of shoes if I don’t have to. I love my feet and would hate to damage them, so if I have to pay a little extra for quality & comfort I will. We all have those things we’ll pay more for & great shoes happen to be a necessity for me.

        • Kay and Elle says:

          I have found the Born Julianne flat to be incredibly comfortable. I used it for travel and any time I want something nicer looking than a tennis shoe. I wonder if anyone has compared the Julianne to the Tiek. The Julianne is about $90.

          • Esmer says:

            I wish I could say the say the same about the Julianne. I bought them and could not wear them longer than 3 hours at a time. I bought a black pair of Tieks and fell in love. My feet can’t be happier. I am not on my second pair of Tieks and I do not regret paying a bit more for comfort. I love Born shoes but the Julianne simply didn’t cut it for me. Glad they worked for you.

        • fabularburb says:

          I am a bargain shopper. I mean like buy used shoes on eBay type of person but I also have a size 12W foot (curse of the tall girls). I have looked at nearly every lower priced alternative to Tieks and I’m not finding anything that comes in higher sizes. Tieks are sized all the way to 13. For those of us poor girls who have been wearing mens sandals for years this is reason enough to rejoice. I haven’t ordered yet, but I’m about to.

          • Rachel B. says:

            I totally feel you there! I don’t have a size 12 but I wear a 10 and suffer from hallux abductovalgus with bunion and hammer toes (correctable with surgery and 12 weeks – yes 12 weeks off my feet completely – wtf?!? who has 3 months to take off???) But suffer in silence because I am pre-law and work for an attorney so I spend multiple 10+ hr days per month in Court and ugly flats aren’t an option it’s either pretty shoes (UNCOMFORTABLE) or flats. I usually opt for flats but that causes lower back, hip and knee pain and usually I go through a new pair in 8 weeks or less. I can’t wait to try tieks. I think they will be great for my ugly feet πŸ™‚ I hope to order next week πŸ™‚

          • divaandthedivine says:

            12 weeks off of your feet?? I can’t even do 12 hours without getting up to do something! Best of luck with everything.

      • Meredith says:

        I bought my first pair, after saving for over a year. Just because I bought them doesn’t mean I have a disposable income. I’m all about being a bargain hunter, but I feel you can splurge on yourself every now and then. This brand has certainly lived up to their price tag.

  2. beutytraderevue says:

    I bet those are comfortable. Well, they would have to be at that price. I just have a hard time wearing shoes in that style because my arch is weird and then it rubs wrong across the toes. Thank you for sharing.

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I have a hard time wearing a lot of shoes for the same reason. At first I wasn’t sure the price tag would necessarily mean comfort. I mean, look at the people who drop $500 on a pair of stilettos. Those can’t be comfortable πŸ˜‰ These, however, are actually worth the money. Thanks for reading!

  3. Angie Kritenbrink says:

    I’m very tempted by these, but I have had some of the foldover ballet flats in another brand (Corso Como) and wearing them outside on the pavement does kind of break down the leather after a while since they don’t have full soles. I still love them but I don’t wear them outside as much (I tend to slip them on in the office a lot though).

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I can’t say I’ve pounded the pavement for miles in these shoes, but for the times I’ve walked though downtown situations, they aren’t showing any signs of breakdown yet.

      Thanks for reading!

    • divaandthedivine says:

      $800? I sure hope they were coated in gold or something. Bummer they were so uncomfortable. For that price you should at least be able to enjoy them.

  4. BStephens says:

    Hey, I was wondering about the flexibility of the split-sole. I am in a wheelchair after being in ICU during my leukemia treatment and am still battling “drop-foot” which makes it hard to wear flats. When I push up out of the wheelchair most flats (Toms included) fly off of my heel due to the rigid sole. I know you cannot tell me for sure if they will work for me, but I’ve wanted Tieks for a long time now πŸ™‚

    • divaandthedivine says:

      While I can’t promise you that they’ll work perfectly, I know they have a lot more flexibility than most flats. I can stand on my toes and they’ll stay on just fine because of the break in the sole. I know they’re quite an investment, but I’d say they’re work a shot for sure πŸ™‚ I hope that helped.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I had drop foot at a time un my life. I found a few flats with ballet ties that were cute and light. That helped a lot with my shoes falling off. I hope you feel better soon!

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  6. ToryBri says:

    Great review. Since I first became aware of the Tieks brand I’ve wanted a pair (or two, haha) The known comfort and the amazing colors are very appealing. The only thing that has stopped me from getting a pair is the uncertainty of the sizing and the shipping. Since I live in Canada the shipping isn’t free and if they need to be returned because they are the wrong size it’s even more expensive. The price of the flats doesn’t bother me, it’s the shipping. I do have a small collection of the Tory Burch Minnie travel flats which are just like Tieks and about the same price range. (If you are interested in reading about the Tory’s Minnie travle flats I did a post on my blog here. https://davisbe.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/tory-burch-minnie-travel-ballet-flats/ )
    I’m hoping on my next visit to the United States to finally try a pair of Tieks.

    Great post, thanks for sharing.

    • Courtney says:

      I have had my pair of black Tieks for a year and they have held up with moderate wear. I am rough on shoes, and I do wonder if they colors would hold up as well as the black. They are definitely still comfortable though.

    • moofarb says:

      I have 4 pairs — the oldest pair is just over 4 years old, and I have worn the heck out of that pair (Metallic Pewter, goes with practically everything in my closet). I walked several MILES in them in Las Vegas, as one example. 4 years of three-season wear (I live in Colorado), and I’d say I definitely got my money’s worth. They are breaking down a bit on the inside, and are a little scuffed on the very outside edges (the parts that scrape the ground if you roll your feet from side to side), so I think I’ll be replacing them next spring, but otherwise … damn, I have loved these shoes! πŸ™‚

      The other thing is that the leathers wear differently, depending on the finish and materials. The Obsidian Black pair is a patent leather — I have found it to be more durable than the Metallic Pewter leather. Leopard is different as well — seems to not tolerate the dry Colorado climate as well as the other two; I probably should have treated those with a leather moisturizer or something. The other pair I have is the Brentwood vegan style — because those are woven, they pick up dirt a lot easier than any of the others. Need to spot clean those.

      Honestly, though … I am always thinking about which pair I want to get next … I’m sold until someone makes a more comfortable, stays-on-your-foot, can-walk-all-day-in-these, lasts-more-than-two-years ballet flat. πŸ™‚

      • divaandthedivine says:

        I just got my first pair of patents (the nudes). Shoes will obviously show their wear and tear eventually, but 4 years of almost flawless wear is amazing. Thank you for your feedback!

        PS, I am also always thinking about which pair to get next. πŸ™‚

      • CarolAnn says:

        Wow, thank you for that review. I have been toying with buying these shoes for a very long time. If they last 4 years, they are absolutely worth the price!!! Do you think the patent hold up better than the classic? I love the coral patent, and the camel classic. Cannot decide. Maybe I should just buy them both!! :o)

        • divaandthedivine says:

          I don’t notice much of a difference between the patent and the matte. I wear my matte pair a lot more than my patent pair, and while they do feel a little looser than the patent pair, they hold up fine.

        • Martha says:

          CarolAnn — they both hold up great, just differently. My classic ones (Metallic Pewter) are prone to scuffing; the Obsidian Black patent are not as prone to that. And as Diva said, the classic loosen up more, but they’re not slipping off my feet or anything. I’d go with the one you think you’d wear the most right now, and go from there (but heck, buying both would be fun, too!) … πŸ˜€

      • franpmd says:

        Hi, Moofarb! I’ve been thinking about getting the Metallic Pewter for some weeks now, but I’m afraid it might be a tighter fit? My size 8.0 California Navy fit beautifully out of the box (I’m a 7.5 wide).

        • Moofarb says:

          Hi franpmd — I have the California Navy too — the leathers seem to me to be very similar, although it’s kind of hard to tell because the Navys are new (maybe 2-3 months old) and the Pewters are almost 5.5 years old. πŸ™‚ I’d get them and see how they are when you walk around the house — can’t hurt, since the return policy is so great. πŸ™‚

    • Yuri says:

      I’ve had my first pair Camel in Classics for over 2 yrs now which i wore for 3 seasons each year. It still is in good condition though i see some stains on the leather due to wear. I say They held up pretty good.

      I also walked in them for miles and miles for 10-12hrs a day when on vacation overseas. They were comfortable! That’s why I keep purchasing them. I don’t like wearing running shoes unless I’m working out. So, Tieks are a keeper for me! β€πŸ™‚

  7. Pamela says:

    I purchased a pair of Tieks in the fall for a trip to Italy. I was looking for something cute but comfortable and practical. My other shoes never made it out of my suitcase! They were on my feet 12 hours a day and were just as comfy at the end of the day. Almost a year later they have held up exceptionally well. Mine are obsidian black so the crinkle finish really doesn’t show any wear or tear. I’m about to purchase a second pair. Well worth the investment!

    • Erin says:

      I am so glad you said this. I do a lot of traveling and it is unreasonably difficult to find cute, stylish flats that go with everything and will tolerate a lot of walking and sightseeing traveling. I refuse to wear clunky sneakers and while Toms are comfortable, I just find them kind of… ugly (aside from the ballet flats, which are adorable, but impracticable because the canvas fabric gets wet so easily). The price of these is a little… insane for ballet flats, but I suppose if I could get a neutral color that will go with everything, they’ll be worth it!

  8. Marci says:

    I LOVE my Tieks! Actually, I own several pairs and have given them as gifts. The shoes are comfortable for my bunions. The customer service is superb.

    • Pj says:

      Well I just drolled over the electric snake size 11.. my 8 year anniversary is the 27th of this month, it would be an amazing blessing, can’t justify price tag with 2 young children, as I am now a stay at home mom..

      Yes my bunion says..lol
      Pj Jackson

      • divaandthedivine says:

        The electric snake is pretty awesome. I’m not one for a lot of animal print, but I love the look of those. The price tag is hefty, but they’d be a great reward for a stay at home mom. Maybe someday. πŸ™‚

        • bridget says:

          Hi Susie! I purchased a black matte pair in October 2015 to try. It took several wears to break them in, but I had no bunion issues while wearing them. I just had to get my feet used to wearing flats again πŸ™‚ I liked them so much, I ordered two more pair (tiek blue patent and leopard) πŸ˜€ Tieks are my favorite shoes for style and comfort! I can’t wear heels, so these fit beautifully. Are they expensive up front? Yes. Do I regret buying them? No. I work in a hospital outpatient clinic, and am on my feet ALL day. They’ve been comfortable for me to wear on the job, which is saying a great deal. Are they my Danskos? No. But Danskos don’t style well with skinny pants lol

        • bridget says:

          Hi Kelly! My tieks definitely had a break-in period, as others have stated. However, I’ve had no bunion pain from regular wear of my three pair. Yes…since October, I ordered two more pair and love them πŸ™‚ Like any shoes, if worn too long (I’m talking 12+ hours), I’ll have general discomfort. I work in a busy outpatient clinic in a hospital, and can wear tieks the full day with no problems. The leather cushion and excellent grip on the sole make a huge difference in quality that I have no hesitation paying more for up front. Can’t wait to get another pair…black patent! Happy shopping! πŸ™‚

          • AngD says:

            Did you get any blisters with your Tieks? I got the beige pair and after reading this review wonder if I should have bought the next size down but everything I read before said if you wear a wide get the next size up. I wore them outsize and so I can’t return. I love them except I did get a blister in the front top actually.

          • bridget says:

            Hi! My tieks have not given me any blisters or corns. They’ve become more comfortable the more I wear them. I usually wear an 8 1/2 and my feet are wide, so I ordered size 9. They’ve been a great fit for me!

        • bridget says:

          Hello again Kelly…I realize my reply is similar to what I typed above LOL! As far as specific bunion wear, my tieks are just flexible enough to feel like I’m barefoot. The top of the shoe does not rub across the joint; my right foot gives me the most problems, especially when I go running. I’ve worn my tieks for 3-6 miles a day and my feet are fine. I hope this is helpful! πŸ™‚

      • Mary Ellen Scherer says:

        I am a normal size 8 with a bunion on the left foot and a narrow to B width. I ordered the size 9 Cardinal Red Classics because I hate tight shoes. They are fabulous. The bunion does not disappear but the shoe is amazingly comfortable around it. So soft and overall flattering.

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I find them to be quite comfortable, despite my feet difficulties. Thankfully, their customer service is great, so as long as you don’t wear the shoes outside, you can return them within a certain window.

  9. Nicole Porpora says:

    Great review!! I have a pair of Tieks (Romantic Blush) and I have had them about a year and a half and they still look brand new. And I wear them A LOT. I am a ballet flat girl, I seldom wear heels, and these are the best flats there are. They are so comfortable all day long and look so beautiful all the time. I wear them to weddings and special events as well as every day and they look amazing every time. Their customer service is really such a huge selling point too, not too many companies now days care about their customers like they do. The price tag was hefty, but You know what they say, “Buy the best, and you’ll only cry once.” So go ahead, buy your perfect pair of Tieks!

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I love that you are so happy with every aspect of your Tieks! They truly are some of the best in the ballet flat business and their customer service is second to none. I love your quote. I’ll have to remember that later. Thanks for reading.

      • divaandthedivine says:

        Their guidelines say 8, but based on my experience, 7. The good thing is if you order the wrong size, the return/exchange process is SO easy.

          • divaandthedivine says:

            This is only based on my experience, but I go the size down in Tieks because they stretch out after a bit of wear. Breaking them in tends to be a less than great experience, but once they’re broken in they fit and feel great.

    • divaandthedivine says:

      Oh I have a list of like 16 colors that I want. Asking for tieks gift cards might be the way to go. That’s definitely on my Christmas list this year. Maybe then it won’t feel like you need to justify the pretty lilac ones. Ps, they’re on my list too πŸ™‚

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  11. Kellie Prince says:

    I want a pair, but I’ve flat feet, and ballet flats (as they have no arch support) have always been a bad decision. These, however, seem to be quite different from the usual ballet flat. Are they supportive enough for flat feet?

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I also have pretty rough foot problems, and flats in general are painful for me. I have found that Tieks definitely feel a lot better than regular flats. I firmly believe the difference is in the 2 sole design. I’d give them a try. Their return policy is great. As long as you don’t wear them outside, you can return them after trying them on a time or two to see if you like them. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

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  13. Melissa says:

    Thanks for your review- Very helpful!! I have been on the fence for a while now. I’m going to take the plunge and purchase the basic black pair for now.

  14. Beige says:

    Do you know if they work for wide feet? I have small feet (size 6 1/5), most of my flats are uncomfortable because my foot is wide. Do you recommend a half size down (size 6) or a half size up?

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I have slightly wide feet at the ball of my foot, and they work for me, but for specific cases, I would suggest emailing the company. I know my mom, who wears a double wide shoe, doesn’t think Tieks will work for her, and thats okay, but I am wondering if you ordered a 7 (Tieks do not come in half sizes) if they would work for you. A few things to note:
      -It takes several wears to break Tieks in properly, so the tightness you feel the first time you put them on is totally normal.
      -Their return policy is awesome. As long as you don’t wear them outside, you can give them a chance and see if they work for you.

      Again, those are just my thoughts, but I’d email the company to ask further about sizing. πŸ™‚

  15. Nancy says:

    I just discovered Tieks. When I saw the price though, my heart broke. But now that many of you have mentioned that you have bunions, I have one on each foot, I am having second thoughts. If I can walk around Disneylan all day in a pair of comfortable, cute shoes all day, I just may have to buy a pair!

    • divaandthedivine says:

      They are quite comfortable. There have been many reports of women wearing them in situations like work all day, a night out, and events like Disney land. Personally, I wear gym shoes to Disney, but I have super high maintenance feet. I imagine they’d work quite well.

    • bridget says:

      I have a bunion on each foot…and there’s no pain like bunion pain. Once my first pair of Tieks arrive (hopefully this week!), I’ll be able to assess and evaluate πŸ™‚

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  17. Esmer says:

    After reading your review I am definitely going to try them. I have my eye on the taupe color! I have a wide foot and was on the fence about them not working for me but after reading all the comments I think I should be okay! Thank you for the review!

    • divaandthedivine says:

      The taupe is absolutely beautiful looking, isn’t it? I want a pair in that color as well. I’m glad I could help you decide to make a purchase. They’re great!

  18. Amy says:

    I have back problems so I try not to wear any shoes that don’t have support for long periods of time especially flats. Everyone mentions how they are comfortable for your feet, but what about for back problems would they help for that?

    • divaandthedivine says:

      Personally I have never noticed any back pain with them, which actually could be an answer to your question, as I am someone who has back pain frequently. I know that I DON’T hurt when wearing them, so that’s a plus.

  19. Sarah says:

    I just received Tieks as a gift and am thrilled! Unfortunately they are a size too big so I need to exchange them. I am very interested in exchanging them for the Greystone pair on their Vegan line. Any advice on switching to a Vegan Tiek over a original Italian Leather Tiek? Do they wear out faster?

    • divaandthedivine says:

      Congrats on getting your first pair. That’s very exciting! I know that exchanging is not a problem. Just contact Tiek’s customer service. However, I have never tried the vegan pairs, so I have no idea how they feel or wear. Maybe someone else reading here has an answer?

      • Martha says:

        I have a Brentwood vegan pair, and I’d say it’s hard to directly compare, since I didn’t buy them at the same time as a leather pair … but I will say this, they wear well for being fabric shoes, they do get dirtier easier (of course), and if you are the type who turns your feet on their sides (like me), you’ll notice more dirt and a little fraying. All in all, though, I’ve been pleased and haven’t had to get them professionally repaired or anything. πŸ˜€

  20. Isabel says:

    Thank you for your review, it helped me in keeping my new Tieks. I bought them because I have a couple of friends that own a pair and loved them. I have issues with my feet so I wanted to know what the fuss was about. I will indulge on a good shoe because of this. I didn’t know they were supposed to be snug when I tried them on, I almost returned them. I decided to do some research, your review was the first to come up. I too, bought the Black Matte shoes. I have been wearing them at work on carpet for the past few days and I have noticed they are forming to my feet and stretching out. I will give them a day or two more until wearing them outside just and make sure they have been broken in. I wish Tieks would add this tidbit to their website. I do love the packaging, it made me feel special and the personalized note was a nice touch. Thanks again!

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I’m glad you discovered that they’re supposed to start snug. It definitely takes a few wears that are a bit uncomfortable to get them broken in properly, but once they are, they’re fabulous!

      Thanks for reading!

  21. Makismom says:

    I love the colors and styling of the Tieks, but I find the sizing advice a little odd… 99% of the time I wear a size 7 shoe. I ordered a 7 in Tieks, and they felt tight, which seemed about right, because the leather stretches. They were still uncomfortable, so Tieks Customer Service suggested that I wear them with thick socks around the house. I did for a while, and thought they were a little better. Still didn’t love them, but had worm them outside by then, so… Really wanted another pair in another color, so this time I ordered an 8. Yay! Even though Tieks suggests to order your regular size, or size down, in my case, going up one worked better. I have hunted all over the internet to figure out if I was the only one having this issue and managed to find one other blog post that noted if you have long toes (!), then you may need to size up! Oddly, I have very long toes, so I guess there it is. Love the Tieks now that I have figured out the best size for me!

  22. Melissa Jacobs says:

    I was introduced to Tieks last summer. I’m a stylist with Stella & Dot and after attending our national conference in Orlando, tieks offered us a discount, so I bought a pair. I fell in love with the Cardinal red. When I got them, the left one felt funny, so I didn’t wear them right away. Well, I’m a procrastinator so they sat in my closet for a year before I finally contacted CS and asked them if they could send me another pair. AND THEY DID! After a year! AMAZING! Well, the second pair were perfect so I returned the 1st pair and have been wearing the 2nd pair with no issues. I love them, super comfy… Can’t say enough good things about this company. AND the packaging is super cute too, as you mentioned. I’ve recommended them to several people.

    • divaandthedivine says:

      So glad you discovered you love them. I just got a bracelet from Stella and Dot not too long ago. Love it! Thanks for reading.

  23. sandy says:

    Thanks for the review have been debating these because of the price for a while now. Wanted to ask how it feels on the back of your heel- most ballet flats i’ve tried have some type of seam there or tend to slip on my heel so I end up with blisters or I usually end up buying heel cushions that stick to the back of the shoe to prevent the rubbing raw. Did you have any issues like that with these flats? Thanks again.

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I have my black pair on as we speak, and I am having no problems at all. Keep in mind there is the “break in period” where they are tighter and less comfortable, but once they’re broken in: perfection

  24. heat Dennis says:

    I happened upon your article on Pinterest, I too have muscular dystrophy and recently bought a pair of tieks this past summer, I agree with what you said.
    I love my tieks. They did take some wearing in but now they are great.

    • divaandthedivine says:

      It’s great to hear from another Muscular Dystrophy patient! I’m so glad they worked for you as well as they did for me. Thanks for reading.

  25. mary says:

    You need not pay that much for a well made, comfortable (I have chronic heel condition too) & stylish shoes. please people. really.

    • divaandthedivine says:

      Some people find it worth it, some don’t. I just know that I am a huge fan of the brand and haven’t found something to match yet. Thanks for reading.

      • bridget says:

        Agreed, diva! Value is relative, and when it comes to my feet, I will pay up front for good shoes. Pay now or pay later is my motto because I’d rather buy something one time. I’ve had cheaper flats in the past, and the soles were thin; I could feel every bump in the sidewalk. The heel or toe gave me painful blisters. Not any more! I have thoroughly enjoyed my three pair of tieks thanks to helpful reviews like yours. I don’t see myself purchasing any other flats. A well made, comfortable shoe does cost more. I made my feet a priority and haven’t regretted it one bit. Thank you diva! πŸ™‚

  26. Katie says:

    I’m going to be really honest, I didn’t read all the thoughts at this time so I might be double asking this question. Have you heard anything about how Tieks would work for someone with a high arch? (When I stand on my toes, my ankle goes in front of my toes.) I’ve seen these and they are adorable but the split sole makes me incredibly nervous for arch support


    • divaandthedivine says:

      I personally can’t give you information on that specific situation, but I have flatter arches and pronate (my foot and ankles roll inward as I walk) pretty badly and these still work fine for me. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

    • Mary says:

      My arches are pretty high, Katie (I generally put inserts with arch support in my shoes). I have a couple pairs of Tieks & have no issues with discomfort. I would agree with the whole wear them around the house for a few days to stretch them out assessment though!

  27. Jule says:

    Hi, I’d like to know how the tieks “breathe”, if that makes sense. I have a pair of Lucky flats that are just ok, as far as comfort goes, but they make my feet sweaty. I don’t get sweaty feet in any other shoes that I wear so I’m curious how these do.

    • divaandthedivine says:

      Hi! I don’t seem to have a problem with sweaty feet (and in dress shoes, I often do). If my feet do sweat, it’s definitely not enough for me to notice, which is huge.

  28. christian says:

    thank you for your thoughtful review! as i’m stalking their website, i keep turning my ipad to my husband and hinting. when he noticed the price tag, all i got were raised eyebrows and ‘i like the teal blue ones.’ i was wondering if you or your readers know how these are for someone who has plantar fasciitis? after struggling for years, i finally have mine managed (little to zero pain first thing in the morning), but will never be rid of it completely. i wear danskos at work and birkenstocks at home- NEVER bare feet. and ‘regular’ shoes occasionally and for short periods before i start to feel it in my heels. any thoughts? thank you!

    • divaandthedivine says:

      While I can’t speak to your problem specifically, I know that I usually have a problem in any shoes other than gym shoes for extended periods of time. I can last the longest in my Tieks with little to no pain. While it isn’t always an all day lasting power, my feet can stand Tieks for a lot longer than any other dress shoe I’ve tried. Hope that helps.

    • Tieklover says:

      I struggled with PF for over 6 monrhs. I bought a machine to massage, new tennis shoes, physical therapy and my Tieks are why I could put the machine away! I do have many pairs & wear one every day, but not consecutive days, so they can rest. They take come work to break in & mold, but worth every step! I suggest taking a trip at the zoo on an eighty degree day. It helps to naturally mold them in the warmer weather. I walked 30,000 steps a few weeks ago in my Cardinal Red & if I put them on now, they would feel brand new. Condition and rotate. The more you keep them soft and supple, you’ll get more life.

  29. Jenny Claire says:

    Love your review!! I want a pair of Tieks so badly! I think I could justify it if I had a coupon code – Does anyone know if Tieks ever offers a promo or special?

  30. Huyen says:

    Do they need time to feel comfortable? I have a pair of yellow; I love the style and the color. I wanted to add more colors to my collection. However, my Tieks hurt my feet every time I wore them. It hurts on the back of my ankle, and on the bridge of my feet (near the big toe). At the end of the day, my little toes hurt too. Does anyone have the same problem? Did everyone wear the Tieks all day long?

    • divaandthedivine says:

      Yes, I personally found that they were incredibly uncomfortable the first several times I wore them out, but after awhile, they really start to take shape to your foot and end up being a lot more comfortable. I’d say give it a good solid 5+ full day’s wears.

      • Amy says:

        Did they give you any other problems besides in your feet? I just wore mine the first time today and they were not comfortable and felt like any other cheap pair of flats

  31. Ruth says:

    I am a very “sensible” woman when it comes to clothing, makeup, etc. I wanted a nice pair of flats that I could just slip on and go. So I read and read all the reviews about these flats and finally convinced myself that if I bought just one pair and they felt as good and lasted as long as the reviewers stated…well, they would be worth it. That was how I justified spending $175 on a pair of shoes. I have had them now for a week, and they are the most uncomfortable shoes I have ever worn. They are so tight on one spot, near the top of the big toe, that I can’t wear them for very long. I have tried wearing heavy socks with them, stuffing them with socks when I’m not wearing them, and still, the tightness is there. Yesterday I wrote to customer service and I was happy that they wrote back so quickly, but her suggestion was to either buy a pair of shoe stretchers or “visit my local cobbler” for help. Seriously? Really? I just paid $175 for a pair of shoes and you suggest I go and spend MORE money? My feet are not wide…my feet are not misaligned. What am I doing wrong? I so wanted to love these shoes but now I’m feeling guilty that I spent so much money on a pair of shoes I can’t wear. Has anyone else had this problem?

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I found that eventually (it took some time and solid wear while they were in the uncomfortable stage) they broke in nicely, but it definitely took solid days of longer hours of wear for it to happen. If you only wear them for an hour, they won’t break in.

    • divaandthedivine says:

      Personally, I don’t know. I checked the site to see if I could find direct answers to that question and I can’t. Maybe email the company?

  32. Lisa says:

    How do they wear in rain or with a little moisture on the ground? I hate wearing flats when it’s raining and my feet get wet. I also didn’t know if that would ruin the shoes or not. I am looking for a good pair of cute travel shoes and am hoping this is the answer!

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I’m honestly not sure, as I don’t wear them out in the rain much, BUT I did wear them one particularly snowy/mixed rain day and they seemed to manage that just fine.

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  34. Lauren says:

    I ordered a pair, tried them on and they didn’t fit. The company didn’t care, wouldn’t return/exchange them and provided some of the worst customer service I’ve ever experienced. If anyone is thinking of spending their money with this company I would highly recommend against it.

    • divaandthedivine says:

      That’s a bummer that you had such a bad experience. As long as you don’t wear the shoes outside (which is in the rules on their site) they’re usually really good about returns and exchanges. Try breaking them in a bit, as I find Tieks do not fit well until they’ve been worn for a little while (like days, not hours).

  35. Nichole says:

    For those of you who can’t return your worn Tieks, but don’t like them, consider selling them on Ebay or Postmark or another used clothing site. They often will sell for near retail price so long as they’re not majorly worn/damaged. Just an idea to try and recoup some of the $!

  36. themice117 says:

    I would love to try Tieks for traveling, but I wear my shoes down on the outside heels. (supination, or some call it over-pronation). We do a lot of walking on vacation, so I’m reluctant to spend so much on shoes only to find I’ve worn them out quickly.

    Anyone have any experience they can relate regarding this? TIA.

    • April says:

      Don’t spend the money!!! Mine have held up horrible. I have only had mine two months, and they look terrible. I can’t wear them with my nice clothes anymore. They have scratched and torn easily. I have NOT been hard in them, have worn them very carefully to only places like work (in an office), out to eat, and to friends houses. I don’t know how others who wear theirs ALL the time, don’t have the same issues. While they are the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever owned, they have held up with minimal wear the worst. It’s sad because I was super excited and loved them the first couple times I wore them until I noticed a scratch and rubbed area at the toe. I will spend my $180+ on better quality shoes in the future.

      • Evleyn says:

        I had the same experience. I have mad mine for 3 months and the entire edge of both shoes is scuffed. I emailed the company and they said I should take them to a shoe cobbler or clean them well and they would see if I could get a discount on another pair. Not spending my money on a shoe I was expecting much more time out of before they started looking old. And they have had minimal expose to the outside. I wear boots to work and change into them in the office.

    • AngD says:

      Once the initial wearing in period was over, they have been amazing. I literally wear mine every day. I’m a busy mom and wear mine for daily errands. I’ve even given up my tennis shoes. I haven’t worn them again on vacation yet as the first time I tried was the week I bought them and hadn’t broken them in. I just bought my second and third pair and I was very careful to start breaking them in at home just to make sure and have started wearing the second pair (black) out. My first pair are the beige and they honestly still look like new. I am rough on clothes and shoes so I was worried about spending this amount of money on shoes, but so far have been very happy with my investment. I will be taking them on multiple vacations this fall so we shall see how they hold up. While I will also be taking the trusty tennis shoes (Disneyworld needs tennis shoes), I plan to have my tieks as well.

      • bridget says:

        I’m rough on shoes as well, and have worn my matte black as well as leopard pair of tieks on two vacations (hello miles of concrete sidewalks in Cincinnati and mud in Muir Woods)! They held up wonderfully and were comfortable for all day wear. I also wear them to work almost every day. The leather still looks great. I no longer wear sneakers because they’re not a versatile style like ballet flats.

  37. Monica says:

    I have drop foot from possible CMT. Because of the drop foot, all of my flats don’t stay on my feet. Do your Tieks stay on pretty well? Or do you have issues with them slipping off your feet?

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I find that they stay on great, actually. I bought them a size smaller than normal, which is what I do with most shoes that run the risk of slipping off because I don’t have the toe strength to keep the shoes (like slip ons and flip flops) on. The Tieks stretch out, which is great, so after some wear, they’re no longer tight, but just stay on well.

  38. susan says:

    Just got my first pair in mail! I got the Obsidian black. I have a chronic pain disease and have a very hard time finding comfy shoes. I love the brand Allegria but I’ve had an impossible time finding a cute flat that I could wear with skirts as well. I’ve ordered and sent back several pair of shoes over the last yr that hurt my feet. I’ve read reviews on Tieks over a year and was hesitant because of the price and how flat they are. Usually need more arch support. Praying they work! Packaging is adorable!

  39. Marilyn Moore says:

    I have a narrow heel – and the rest of my foot is medium. I would love to find a pair of ballet flats that would stay on my foot and not blister my heel because of the sliding up and down. Do you think this shoe would work?

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I can’t relate to the narrow heel thing, but I know they fit me well and my feet are a bit oddly shaped.

  40. Pam says:

    Didn’t work for me. Terrible Chafing. I tried 3 sizes but kept irritating at rim on upper part of my foot where my big foot starts. The marks took days to go away. I wanted to like them but the pain they caused had me return all of them. Try them indoors first for a few days to make sure they work (if not can return if only wear indoors).

    • AngD says:

      I did take me a good week to get them to work. I swear I was ready to give up on mine now I literally wear them every day. But same spot is what initially gave me problems.

  41. Ang says:

    I have to be honest in saying I hated my Tieks the first three or four times I wore them. True, the box is cute and I kept it because it is so fancy. True, the shoes smell wonderful like a plush leather easy chair. True, the hand-written note is a cute touch. But I was buying shoes, not a fancy box or a friendly note. I wanted the SHOES to be amazing. The first day I wore them, it felt like my feet were on fire…literally. I had paid so much for the shoes, I didn’t want to give up. Plus, they are so darn cute. Even now when I wear them, my feet hurt at the end of the day. Every day is a little better and I am waiting for the day that my feet finally aren’t killing me after wearing the shoes so I can join the ranks of those singing their praises. But for now, I never, ever recommend the shoes and when people ask me, I am brutally honest. I wish someone would have been honest with me because I might not have bought the beautiful bits of leather loveliness.

    • AngD says:

      I feel your pain. I was the same way with mine. I would say keep trying. I have learned with mine there is a definite break in period. Now I literally wear mine every day. I own three pairs. The oldest pair is lovingly worn in. Second pair is now comfy. Now I have to work on the third pair. I learned my lesson after the first one and i break them in at home.

  42. AngD says:

    Just wanted to add an update about my first pair of tieks. I bought them last June and the stitching on the inside started coming undone for some reason. I reached out to the company and they asked me to send them pictures. Which I did. They ended up repairing them free as they concluded it was not normal wear and tear. What a fantastic company. They even sent me a free shipping label so I didn’t even have to pay shipping.

  43. Jane Green says:

    I have a very narrow foot, AA, and struggle finding flats that fit. I’m an 8.5 in a closed toe shoe and 8 in an open one. Going down a half size usually helps with the width problem. But should I go up with these shoes or down so they won’t fall off my skinny feet? Any advice will be appreciated.

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