In a former life (one of those lives I wasn’t even aware of) I must have been a researcher because these days it seems like even the simplest thing has me running to the internet, scoping out all the pros and cons. This includes restaurant reviews, new items at the grocery store, the best method for killing mold on my cucumber and squash plants and especially when it comes to spending money…big money on beauty and healthcare products and pricey clothes and shoes.
I recently discovered the term “fast fashion” and after reading “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” by Elizabeth Cline, it really made me stop and think. The how, why and what I buy is for another blog post but for now it’s sufficient to say her book made me take a really hard look at my clothing decisions; which then led me to put time and effort into researching my upcoming shoe purchase rather than running to the mall and buying a half-dozen pairs simply because they were cute.
Needing a pair of shoes that were versatile, comfortable and well-made (and not flip-flops) I had checked out Tieks a while back but just couldn’t commit…that was until I did my homework and read everything I could find online, about these sassy shoes with the light Tiek blue sole. And while there are literally thousands of blog posts and YouTube videos, I wasn’t convinced until I found Ruth and her fabulous website, Viva Veltoro. This amazing lady has literally written everything you could possibly want to know about Tieks and more! She has even taken the time to do comparison photos of similarly colored Tieks so you can see the subtle differences in shading.
Based on all her hard work, I was ready to buy my very first pair of Tieks. It’s funny, even though I currently don’t own and frankly can’t remember the last time I owned a pair of navy blue shoes, that was what I selected for my maiden pair of Tieks. Christened “California Navy” I figured I would get a lot of wear out of them with jeans and denim capris and crops; and I wasn’t wrong.
The ordering process is super easy. Tieks are only sold on their website and never go on sale so you don’t waste time with price comparisons or searching for coupons. I ordered on a Monday and they were delivered on Wednesday. Yes, the box is cute. The flower is cute. The extra bags are nice. But I was more concerned with the fit. I wear a 6, ordered a 6, and a 6 is what fit. They were a little tight across my toes. But I know years of wearing nothing but flip-flops has caused my feet to get a bit flatter and wider. While I have seen methods online on how to stretch your Tieks, I simply wore mine around the house for a couple of days. That said, if your Tieks don’t fit and you haven’t worn them outside, email or call Tieks, tell them what other size you want to try and they will get it in the mail right away. In fact, Tieks will even allow you to keep both pairs (only being charged for one) until you decide which size fits best. Just remember to return one pair within the time limit so you aren’t charged for both.
Except for the little tightness across my toes when I first worn them, they were/are super comfortable. No pinching or pain around my heel, my feet don’t really sweat in them, overall they are an exceptionally comfortable pair of shoes.
While Tieks is very vocal about their ballet flats being made from Italian leather, they aren’t in fact very forthcoming as to where their shoes are actually manufactured. In fact, nowhere online could I find anything saying exactly where they are constructed. When I called Tieks I was told “Brazil, Italy and China” with design and leather from Brazil and Italy, assembly in China and finally packaging in Los Angeles. And while I wish Chinese labor wasn’t involved, I have read enough to know that in today’s manufacturing climate, it is almost impossible to have something made in the US, regardless of cost. Which is pretty sad…and a future blog post topic.
Bottom line: if you are searching for comfort Tieks is the way to go. And while mine are still super new, based on the hundreds of reviews I have read, I have no reason to doubt my Tieks will last me for years to come. Also, if you have any questions whatsoever concerning Tieks, check out Viva Veltoro. IMHO, she is the leading online expert when it comes to all things Tieks.
Already own a pair of Tieks or are you considering purchasing your very first pair? I’d love to know your thoughts!