Fabulous, luxurious, foldable ballet flats
Starting at $165
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.
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…
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
No cats or giraffes were harmed in the making of this post. Thanks to Tieks for sending the shoes. I’m a fan!