A couple of months ago I wrote about my first pair of Tieks. I had done my homework; spending hours online checking out all the accolades everyone seemed to have when it came to these trendy shoes with the light blue soles. I had to do a bit of searching but FINALLY found one blog post where the author described how disappointed she was with her pair. In reading the comments I found many others who also found Tieks not to be their cup of tea and how difficult it was to find anything online that was less than complementary.
Up to that point I had worn my navy blue Tieks a couple of times and while they were comfortable, they still weren’t “OMG! I can’t feel my feet! These shoes are so amazing comfortable!” At the end of the day my toes felt squished and there was a red circular line around the base of my toes. So back online I went and discovered many wearers use heavy socks to stretch out the toe box . I hesitated wearing the shoes with the socks as I was afraid it would stretch out the entire shoe, so I rolled the socks up, stuffed them deep inside the toe box and left them alone for a couple of days. HUGE difference! Much better fit now. I also inserted mole skin in the toe box to keep my “toe bumps” from being as noticeable.
As I am slowly weaning myself off from “fast fashion” (more on that in a later post) I decided I needed a pair of quality flats in the brown/tan/bronze category. Tieks offers a beautiful metallic bronze that intrigued me. But before I could order them I discovered Tory Burch Minnie ballet flats. Very similar to Tieks in that they too fold in half and come with a nice bag for when you need to get out of your heels and slip into something way more comfortable.
I decided to order both the metallic bronze Tieks and the Tory Burch Minnie in royal tan since both offer free shipping and free returns and do a side-by-side comparison. The Minnies were delivered first and as soon as I opened the box I was in love. Leather as soft as a baby’s butt. Super rich, more of a brown than actual tan color. I even loved the signature gold double T medallion, which I wasn’t sure about…I was concerned it would be a bit too ostentatious considering my “go-to” daily wardrobe is a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans and a Eileen Fisher tee-shirt. Then I actually wore them and it only got better. Super comfortable with no pesky breaking-in period.
The metallic bronze Tieks showed up the next day and while I did like the color, this size 6 pair (the same size as my navy Tieks) didn’t fit. Like “I don’t even think the sock trick will work” uncomfortable. It is my understanding that each pair is handmade which I assume accounts for the slight size discrepancy. And since I was so impressed with the Minnies, it was a no brainer as to which pair I was keeping.
Cost wise they are pretty close. The metallic Tieks were $195, the Tory Burch Minnie $228. Tieks offers no discounts or perks but I ordered my Minnies from Nordstrom where I earn rewards toward future purchases.
Obviously it all boils down to a simple matter of taste and comfort. That said, I wouldn’t hesitate to order either brand of shoe again, though I probably would order both a size 6 and a size 7 in the Tieks just to ensure a correct fit.