Tieks by Gavrieli – Are They Really The Perfect Travel Shoe?

Tieks by Gavrieli

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Fabulous, luxurious, foldable ballet flats

Starting at $165

Hello, lover!

But Ange, you must be saying as I did when I saw the price tag, why would I want to pay $165+ for flats?!

First of all, Oprah does. And you know if Oprah is doing something, that means it’s more than good enough for the rest of us, am I right? (Put it out of your head that Oprah could afford to buy up all the Tieks in existence and just stick with me for a second…)

I’m sensing you want some more concrete evidence that Tieks are the fabulous, foldable, absolutely-ideal-for-travel shoes they claim to be.

Good news. I tried them out so I could help answer just that question.

Savoring the moment

Opening my Tieks was an event!

I waited several days with the nondescript white box sitting on my desk so I could really savor the process of digging into my new luxury shoes. Before I even made it to the shoes, I was smitten by the adorable turquoise box – tell me what girl doesn’t get a little fluttery about a turquoise/blue box — wrapped with a cute flowery bow.

Not sure if it was designed to be a cat headband, but that’s the first thing I thought of…

Don’t be fooled – she is a slave to fashion

More than just shoes. The Tieks aren’t the only thing you get in the blue box, y’all. They come with a handful of useful accessories like clips to pin up the ends of your pants for the walk home. I would’ve saved the backs of many a ruined pair of work pants in NYC if I’d only had these.

There’s also a bag to store the heels you’re inevitably going to shed after a couple of hours – dancing at a wedding, milling about at a cocktail party with Oprah – whatever. You just plop the villainous high heels in the bag, slide on your Tieks, and go on your merry Gangnam-style-dancing way.

More than just shoes!

So many choices! The hardest part of this whole process was choosing from one of 39 available colors, so I phoned a fashion friend – my BFF La La La Lauren – to help me choose from the rainbow. I never in 100 million years would’ve chosen an animal print without assistance – I have a nagging fear of ever resembling a Jersey Shore cast member – so naturally I was leaning toward sophisticated, grown-up black or grey. That’s me, always living on the very edge of fashion risk-taking.

Under Lauren’s tutelage, I ultimately decided on the giraffe Tieks. (It’s faux giraffe, just in case you were wondering.)

 

Turquoise soles = the perfect shoe to wear on a Turquoise Holiday?

Super duper high quality. Y’all know I’m a mega bargain hunter and DIY gal. I will spend hours, days even, searching for the best deal on a flight and I rarely pay full price for anything. That said, I am willing to fork over cash for comfort and durability, so the fact that my Tieks will last for many, many miles make it worth the price.

The other comfy but not cute flats I’ve been traveling the world with need to be replaced every 3-4 months while Tieks take three days and 150 steps to craft out of leather and possibly some sort of Elfin shoe magic. 

Beware: Tieks are compact and thus easily snagged by little sisters!

Versatility. I have a strict 3-shoe rule when traveling long term: a pair of flip-flops, a pair of athletic shoes and a pair of close-toed flats. This means I have to select those three pairs very, very carefully. The close-toed flats have to be casual and comfy enough to wear on a walking tour but dressy enough to attend a dinner with the former South African president. (Yes, that happened! If only I’d had Tieks then, I wouldn’t have had to hide my shoes under the table all night!) I love that I can wear my giraffe Tieks anytime or any place and they fit in.

Comfort. The most important aspect of any shoe for me is comfort – regardless of price. Tieks have a split, non-skid rubber sole and are made of that soft, hand-stitched leather.  The turquoise split sole makes them easily foldable and flexible, molding to the shape of the foot.

I wish I’d known about Tieks when I was living in NYC – they are absolutely the perfect commuter shoe.

Love Tieks sassy branding!

Who wears Tieks? Well, obviously Oprah and I have Tieks in common now, among so many other things — but also big city gals with public transit commutes, anyone who travels for business or pleasure and stylish ladies who put a lot of mileage on their tootsies.

Interested? Get started at Tieks.com – the only place to buy these travel friendly shoes. And check out Tieks on Facebook, too. Happy shopping!

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No cats or giraffes were harmed in the making of this post. Thanks to Tieks for sending the shoes. I’m a fan! 

 

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50 thoughts on “Tieks by Gavrieli – Are They Really The Perfect Travel Shoe?

    1. Angie Away Post author

      I do that, too – always wear the biggest ones like the tennis shoes or boots. But on the off chance I don’t have to bring either of those, I can see Tieks being a perfect shoe to wear when going through security – easy on and off!

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    1. Angie Away Post author

      They definitely won’t rip – they’re so, so durable & sturdy! I do worry that the lighter colored ones could get dirty, so you won’t catch me wearing mine anywhere muddy or nasty!

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      1. AD

        Actually, they do rip. I got mine (I got two pairs: black obsidian, and the gold) about a year and a few months ago, and about 8 months in, the sides, like a little ways closer to my ankle than my pinky toe (if that makes sense) had holes – in both pairs! The stitching also came loose in the inside of one of the gold ones after a couple months, so I have a string hanging out that I always need to tuck in. They definitely have their good sides – comfortable, convenient…but I won’t be spending the money again. I know you can find 1000 rave reviews and no negative ones that I’ve found, but my experience wasn’t that great. I loved them in the beginning, but within a few months of normal wear, they were like any other flats – stinky and not as cute as they once were.

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  1. Beth

    These shoes seem like they would be really great for traveling. However, I just can’t imagine paying that much for a pair of flats.

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    1. Beth

      Although, I’m pretty cheap when it comes to shoes. I’ve only spent over $100 on shoes twice in my life, and both times it was on leather riding boots.

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  2. Jashshea

    Just got mine last week – I went with the grown up metallic pewter (though I had my heart set on Ruby Red) and absolutely love them as an around the town all event shoe. Planning to use them as dancing shoes at my wedding, so they’re being put to good use already!

    Reserving judgement on “best travel shoe ever” until I actually travel in them, but I wouldn’t mind a little more arch support if I’m going to be doing a ton of walking.

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    1. Beth

      Jashshea,

      I wondered about the arch support in the shoes. I have high arches, so I can’t imagine that they would work for me.

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      1. Angie Away

        I have very, very high arches and haven’t had a problem with the arch support at all. I supposed everyone’s different, but it hasn’t been an issue for me.

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  3. Beachpotatoe

    I own tieks. They are very cute… But after wearing them for a couple of hours I had bad pain in my heels. I even ended up going to a doctor and had to wear sport shoes for three weeks. Next month I tried to wear tieks again and same thing happened. The soles are so thin than you can feel the payment. I’m surprised that people are not complaint about these shoes. They offer no arch support and are very light like a shell. If you feet feel good wearing them very likely later you going to develop feel ailments. Save some money and buy a good quality Italian shoe. It might cost you more but at least you will not end up wearing granny shoes till the rest of your life. Of course every person has different feet too. But you need to know the risks associated with wearing shoes like tieks.

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    1. AD

      I just commented above regarding the quality, but this is another excellent point. I never had worse foot pain than after I wore these on a night out. It would kill me to walk down stairs the next day! I guess that’s true of any flat, but for $195 I expect more. In their defense, it does say right on their website that they offer no support, so at least they’re honest. I found some really cute Clarks since then that are kind of like ballet flats, except they have great support and are great for a night out where you’ll be on your feet all night. I can’t justify $195 for shoes that are only meant to be worn for an hour at the end of the night once a week or so.

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    2. Susy

      I love flats in fact I live in them everyday. Tieks seemed a really cute good option. Finally I got a pair in size 10 (I usually wear 9.5 or 10) but as Beachpotatoe said this flats are not really good for your feet, I had ankle pain for 2 days after wearing the Tieks for 3 hours, the stifness of the midsole along with the tighness of the leather creates a tension in the muscles of the top of my feet :( unfortunately I wore my Tieks outdoors so I couldn’t return them, instead I sold them on internet and with the money that I got I purchased a pair of Michael Kors city ballets, more comfortable and without any pain on my feet, they feel more like slippers, I prefer to try flats at the store, get the right size and decide at the moment if they are comfortable or not. Other brand that works for me is Sam Edelman Felicia, really cute comfy flats that cost half the price of Tieks.I feel sad that this cute flats didn’t work for me.

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  6. Teach20

    I am assuming that these can’t be worn when the ground is wet? Big downfall for Minnesotans who deal with rain and the spring thaw … which is often perfect flat weather!

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  8. Jen S

    I am wondering how they are holding up. I am considering purchasing a pair, but worried about the durability. Have read many blog reviews about opening the pretty box and wearing them a week, but how about now? Any update?

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    1. Angie Away Post author

      I’m wearing mine right now, actually! They’ve held up perfectly. I did get my giraffe ones quite dirty in Morocco but wiped them clean no problem once I got home. Now I’m the proud owner of a red pair, too. Can’t complain…

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    2. Jashshea

      I wore my metallic pewters Saturday for a quick jaunt to the mall. When I got back outside, we’d had a freak snowstorm and I had about 1.5 inches of heavy wet snow to slog through to get back to my car. Most flats would dissolve in that scenario, or at least get spotty/ruined. My tieks were completely unaffected (and luckily I had a pair of show boots in my car so that I could clear the snow off the car). This made me love my Tieks even more!

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  9. Janine

    What do you use to protect the giraffe leather? And any recommendations on cleaning product or technique? Mine are getting a bit gray…

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    1. Angie Away Post author

      I just wipe mine with a damp cloth. Mine got a bit gray in Morocco but the cloth did the trick!

      haven’t done anything to protect them, though I don’t wear them in super wet conditions if I can help it!

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  10. Carrie Harvey

    I am planning a 2 week trip in Italy where I will be walking all day. Do you think these would be a good choice for a lot of walking? Thanks for the advice.

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    1. Angie Away Post author

      I wouldn’t hesitate to wear mine, though if I were you I’d buy them and wear them around a bit before deciding. Every foot is different!

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  11. pamela

    Hi I’m from singapore and I’m interested to have a pair of teiks but I don’t know where to get it from here. Anybody have any idea where can I get it here near singapore or order from the us? Big thanks.

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      1. mims

        The arch support was what I was interested in! thanks for mentioning that,?not sure if I want to pay that much for no support? how should I do sizing if I have to put in an arch support? also, dont like not trying on before purchase, as I go tween 8-81/2 ?

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    1. Lo

      Hi Pamela, You can only get them directly from Tieks, and they can ship internationally. At least that’s what their website says.

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  12. Lisa

    Hi, I’m going to order a pair for a trip to Peru. I normally wear an 81/2. Should I go up or down in size?

    Thanks!!

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  13. Meredith

    Angie, I am also going on a 3 month long trip where I will be walking constantly and I have flat feet so my Toms and plain flats just won’t cut it. Do you think these have any support? Do your feet hurt at the end of the day?

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  15. Lauren

    Ouch.Sigh. I knew it was too good to be true at any price. I know i’ve only had them for one day and I will try to wear them for a few more days but not sure they will stretch. NO ARCH SUPPORT IS A BIG DEAL. TIEKS 2, at a lower price should definitely have them.sizing needs to be changed. i’m usually a 7.5 and the 8 is snug. Good for Oprah but I don’t have this kind of money. Kind of disappointed.
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    1. Esther

      If you are looking for a stylish and sophisticated foldable flat, take a look at FlipSlips on Kickstarter. These shoes fold sole-to-sole, which makes them compressible and clean. Just wondering if you ladies have an opinion about design principles for a compact shoe that goes in a purse—shouldn’t it address the problem of compactness and hygiene?

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  16. Donna

    I am looking to purchase my first pair of Tieks; I love pretty flats and we travel a lot, so it makes sense. My dilemma is what size to order? Almost everyone describes them as too tight, seemingly by a half to a full size. I wear a true 8… if I order the 8 will they be too small; or will a 9 be too loose? Why in the world couldn’t they just make half-sizes…..
    Suggestions, please.

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    1. Angie Away Post author

      Get the ones you think will work… if they don’t fit, it’s super easy to return them and get the next size up if you need it. That’s what I did the first time and it was so simple.

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  17. elle

    Any idea how these would do on wide feet? I’ve had several foot surgeries that have changed the shape of my foot leading me to have trouble with shoes being too narrow at the mid foot and towards the toe (in the place where most women’s feet narrows). I have read great reviews about Tieks, but since they don’t offer wides I was wondering how they were in this area. Wondering if you or any commenters here can help…thanks

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    1. AD

      I know I am very late on this as I just found this page, but I also have wide feet, and they really aren’t good for us. I believe my wide feet are why mine shredded and wore away on the outside edges – because the leather is rubbing against the sidewalk if your foot is a little wider than the plastic part on the bottom of the shoe.

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  18. el

    I’m sorry, but after having received my pair of Tieks…there’s not much I can say other than that the leather appears to be good. There is no support…..not much padding either. I don’t find them comfortable. They are def not worth the money. Having said that, the company is great and with free shipping, so try them for yourself. IMHO they are waaaay overpriced.

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  19. Gail

    Yes, they do rip and tear. I have two pair (blue and black). One has done fine, the other, stuck in a rainstorm, rip to shreds in the back leather part and the bottom leather teal rubber pads unstitched from the shoe. I contacted Tieks and they said they cannot repair them. My blue ones are fine, the black ones I cannot even wear anymore.

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  22. Mary

    I just received my Tieks yesterday in size 8. I wore them for 4 hours yesterday and my big toes were throbbing. I normally wear a size 81/2. Should I have ordered a 9?

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