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Tieks Review – Frugal Novice

Tieks Review

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Tieks_Box

Like any other girl, I love a good pair of shoes. More specifically, though, I love a great pair of flats that will not kill my feet as I go to work, as I grocery shop, as I go out on a date with my husband, or as I chase after my three kids.

Tieks first drew my interest last year after I saw ads on Facebook (they clearly targeted their ads to the correct demographic, because I think I clicked over to their site after seeing the very first ad). I loved the signature blue accents – the soles of the shoes, and a stripe down the back of each one – and was really curious about how a shoe with a split sole would work for me.

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When I went to shop at their store, which they cleverly named “The Boutiek,” I spent a good bit of time just scrolling through all the options – there are a ton. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do something really bold, like a red, or if I wanted to get something more neutral that I could wear with a wider variety of outfits.

In the end, practicality won out and I went with chestnut – but I still get to have some fun with the pops of blue.

As you can see above, the box that holds the shoes is pretty small. Like, so small you might think there’s no way shoes could be inside. But they’re there, folded up and waiting neatly for you.

Tieks_Folded_Box

Part of the appeal of Tieks is that they’re compact; they come with a bag to house them in, so you could easily carry these along with you in your purse and put them on if you need to switch to more comfortable shoes, for instance (they also come with a larger bag for you to put your other pair of shoes into once you switch to your Tieks).

Tieks_Folded

Once you unfold the shoe there’s a bit of a bend to it, but these are pliable and fit right to my foot once I put them on. And, sigh… I really do love that blue stripe on the back. So cute.

Shoe_Back_Tieks

 

Tieks_Bottom

Tieks_Wearing

So, you’ve seen how they look, but style is only half of the equation. How did they feel, you ask?

In a word, comfy.

I have had many shoes that leave blisters on my feet the first time or two I wear them, but my Tieks were comfortable from the very start. You can slightly see the impression of my big toes, but the shoes didn’t feel tight at all and I know that over time the leather will stretch out a bit.

Tieks_Toe

I was really impressed with the quality of these shoes. Tieks aren’t cheap – for my budget, they’re somewhat of an investment shoe. I read some other reviews talking about how well these hold up, though, and I feel like these are flats I’ll wear again and again for years to come. The Italian leather is supple and soft, the color is really rich, and they’re comfortable to walk around in all day long.

I had wondered how the split sole would fare comfort-wise, and I really didn’t notice it at all. I also wondered if the blue soles would get dirty quickly, but here’s what they looked like after two days of wear:

Tieks_Bottom_AfterWear

I really love my Tieks, and I’m glad I added these to my collection. Part of what I’m learning as I get older is that purchasing fewer high-quality pieces is a wiser choice than purchasing a bunch of cheap things that don’t last long at all. Quality over quantity, friends!

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  • Ceegee Fuller November 6, 2014 at 10:03 am

    LOVED this review, I agree with every single word, I too enjoy my Tieks!!! I dsicovered them a couple of years ago and now they are the only shoes in my closet!! My first pair were the cardinal red after much debate of whether to go bold or keep it neutral and I found myself matching up what to wear from my closet to be able to put them on every day! Happy Tieking!!!!!

    • Christi November 9, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      Now I’m thinking I need a pair of red ones too! The chestnut is a pretty great color, but red is so fun!!

  • Sharon Maxwell-Yamamoto November 7, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I also got Cardinal Red as my first pair, over two years ago and now I have ten pairs. I wear them almost every day when I’m running out the door, only wearing boots and heels for going out in the evening. Sometimes I put an arch support in them, which is the only thing they lack. They hold up amazingly well and none of them look worn at all. I use cleaning wipes on the blue soles after every wearing, and a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works even better to keep the soles looking new. I like the metallics, so Paradise Blue is probably my favorite of the ten, and I am hoping to get their new Silver Screen and Rose Gold Glam soon. Aren’t they fun?

    • Christi November 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      That’s a good idea to slip an arch support in if you’re wearing them for a lot of walking – I’ll have to remember that! Thanks for the Magic Eraser tip, too. I can easily see how you ended up with 10 pairs – the color choices are amazing! I love the silver screen… but I do think I’m going to have to get a red pair before long. :)