My husband went above and beyond with my Mother’s Day gift this year.
He asked for a list of ideas a few weeks before and I and included Tieks ballet flats on there, not really thinking that he’d actually get them. I was quite surprised when I opened the package to find that iconic blue box.
I had heard of Tieks a few years ago and had the same thought that I think every person does when they see them – “Are they really worth it?!” At $175 a pop (!!!!$$$$$), they better fit like a glove and not have a single flaw.
First, let me say this. They are expensive. Let’s just get that out there. That is A LOT of money to spend on a pair of shoes. And more than I would normally spend on a pair of shoes. Or both of my children’s entire summer wardrobes. Combined.
That being said, I believe in investing in a few high-quality items that you love versus many lower-quality items that you don’t like as much. And, if they’re as great as everyone says they are, then I’d argue that they’re worth their prime price tag.
What’s all the hullabaloo about?
Let’s start with why they were appealing to me. As a stay-at-home mom, I spend a lot of time on my feet. This has become increasingly apparent to me since owning a FitBit. According to it, I average 4-5 miles a day, and when I started to think about it that way, I felt like it was time adult-up and get some real shoes that take care of my feet and my (aging) body. Gone are the days of the $3 Old Navy flip flops.
I wanted a shoe that had good support, but I’m not quite ready to wear tennis shoes every day. Or orthotics. I wanted the feel of a Grandma shoe, but the look of a hip Mom shoe. From the looks of the shoe and the sounds of the reviews I read and heard, Tieks fit the bill. Some people describe them as “super stylish”. Now, I’m no fashion editor, but I think that’s stretching it a bit. They are classic and simple. Which is exactly what was appealing to me. I can wear them and feel put together, but they’re practical for running around my house and town all day. No fuss.
My husband doesn’t do wrapping paper or gift bags, so he handed me the small white box in which they were mailed and said “Happy Mother’s Day”. I opened the outer packaging to find a small blue box and a bright yellow flower on it. The flower was a little much for me. I’ve read that some people use them as headbands for their daughter. I’m not going to do that. But if that sounds appealing to you, let me know and the first person who asks can have it.
The Tieks were folded in half with one tucked into the other. Josh was skeptical. His exact sentiment was “how can something that can be folded like that have any support?!” I didn’t have an answer, but I took them out and promptly put them on.
How do they fit?
Obviously, everyone’s feet are different, so how they fit is going to be dependent on each person’s foot. I have extremely high arches, which makes any kind of flat hard for my feet. I bought some Cole Haan flats (similar) on clearance 2 1/2 years ago, and they were better for my arches than any of the other $10 flats I had previously owned. The Tieks put those Cole Haan flats to shame. The best way that I can describe the comfort as far as support goes is that it feels like a tennis shoe, but doesn’t look like one. #win
What about socks?
Josh and I sat on the couch and watched Netflix for almost half an hour and I didn’t take the shoes off. I just didn’t think to. As we were shutting off the TV, I realized that I still had them on, which is notable because I have never, in my life, worn a pair of shoes for more than three minutes without socks. I can’t do it. I have the sweatiest, clammiest feet, and no socks is just not an option for me. I don’t know what it is about Tieks, but my feet could breathe in them. And not just enough that I could tolerate going sock-commando, but so much so that I didn’t even realize that I was wearing shoes with no socks.
I cannot overstate what game changer this is for me. I wore my Tieks the entire next day (11,000 steps and 4.5 miles, according to FitBit) with no socks, and at no point were my feet clammy. That, in and of itself, is reason enough to only wear these shoes for all of my days.
So…….are they worth it?
Day 1 in my Tieks was a typical Thursday around these parts. At home in the morning with the kids, cleaning and playing. I ran errands Thursday afternoon, and then the kids and I went on a short walk to my in-laws’ house for my mother-in-law’s birthday. These flats were so comfortable that I forgot I was wearing them. I’d catch a glance of them throughout the day and think “Oh, yeah! I forgot I got new shoes!”.
VERDICT: Tieks are the quintessential Mom-shoe. And I mean that in the best way. They have all the practicality that a mom on-the-go needs, but they’re not frumpy. After one day, I give them a resounding Thumbs Up! I may review them six months down the road to see how they hold up.
What do you think? What’s appealing about Tieks to you? Is the price the biggest drawback?
A note about sizing: Tieks don’t come in half sizes, and they suggest that you size down. I normally wear an 8 1/2, so Josh ordered and 8 per their suggestion. My toes go right to the edge with little room to spare, which makes me nervous, but after wearing them all day, they didn’t feel too small. I’m guessing that they also stretch slightly because of the leather, so that’s probably why they suggest to order a size smaller if you’re a 1/2. And a ballet flat that’s too big wouldn’t work.