The number one barrier to buying a pair of Tieks is the price.
Trust me, I get it.
If you’re reading this post, you’re probably curious if a simple ballet flat can really be worth all the hype – and the price. Tieks cost $175 per pair, after all! (Prints cost even more!)
This isn’t pocket change for most of us and is a bit scary when it’s time to hit the ‘Checkout’ button.
I was nervous too when I bought my first pair in April 2016. As I was saving up for a seven-month trip around the U.S. and Europe, I didn’t have money to spend on a pair of flats that couldn’t hold up to cobbled streets, stone staircases, and a whole lot of museums.
I decided to take the risk and invest in Tieks, and I couldn’t be more pleased with my purchase. Despite being a big investment, my Tieks are potentially one of the most cost-savvy wardrobe pieces!
If you have questions before buying Tieks, this is the post for you! I’ve updated it for 2019, so it’s the most up-to-date Tieks review on the internet.
Before we jump into the numbers, let me answer some of the most common questions I get asked about Tieks when people notice I’m wearing them.
In many other reviews, you might read that Tieks are uncomfortable when you first receive them.
When I got my first pair, I agreed. Then I realized I was wearing the wrong size!
So how does Tieks sizing work?
Since Tieks are made from Italian leather and only come in whole sizes, Tieks advises you size down to make sure they will stretch to fit your feet (rather than being too big since they won’t shrink). I originally bought a size 8, but found it was incredibly painful, even for short walks in my apartment building.
After contacting Tieks, they sent me a size 9 shoe to try instead. From the moment I slipped them on, my Tieks were comfortable.
I typically consider myself an 8.5 shoe size, but in Tieks I wear a 9, and they were perfectly comfortable from day 1. By sizing up, I also gave my feet room to fit more naturally in the shoe, reducing the chance of foot problems like bunions – which I know we women who love cute shoes are often willing to endure!
I don’t know for certain if I’m “flat-footed” or “have high arches,” but I do know that my feet are over 30 years old, and they can’t get away with wearing crappy $8 H&M flats anymore.
After a day in poorly supported shoes, my feet hurt! After a day of sightseeing in London or exploring Versailles in my Tieks, my feet were ready for more.
The secret to Tieks and support is that the shoes will mold to your feet. Eventually, you will receive some of the support you need right from the sole of the shoe, because it fits you so well.
As I approach the anniversary of purchasing my Tieks, I decided to do a little math. According to my Apple Health app, I took an average of 6,677 steps per day in the past year. I wore my Tieks roughly 60% of the time I was walking. Here’s the math:
6,677 steps * 365 days * 60% of days = 1,462,263 steps
Yes, you are reading that correctly. I took approximately 1.4 million steps in my Tieks during the first year I had them!
I am wearing my Tieks right now, and will continue to wear them until the day the soles fall right off! Once I broke them in, they have become my most invaluable pair of shoe. I wear them in the house, while working, and to the grocery store. Heck, I wore them around the world!
(Note: As of January 2019, I did end up throwing away my first pair of Tieks. They lasted three years before a hole developed in the toe of one shoe. That’s a good indicator of their quality, considering how much I wore them during those three years!)
The only notes I can make about “wear and tear” on my Tieks after one million steps:
- The fronts of my toes are quite scuffed up right along the edge where they meet the sole.
- The back of the sole under my heel shows significant wear, probably because I drag my heels just a little when I walk. As a result, the sole is slowly coming detached now that I’ve worn through the sole and thread that keeps the sole stitched tight. This will probably be the most significant reason I stop wearing this pair.
- I spilled something weird on them in Greece and there’s a small discoloration most people probably wouldn’t even notice.
Other than that, they are still in great shape. Seriously, though: 1.4 million steps.
Speaking of Greece…
When Mr. V and I packed up our lives and hit the road in late April 2016, I took two pairs of shoes with me: running shoes and my Tieks. Since Tieks fold up into a small bag, I was able to tuck them in with all of my clothes and work gear, and explore the world.
I wore my Tieks all over the world, from Jordan to Paris, from London to Athens. When the rains came over Bavaria in October, while visiting churches in Montenegro, and standing on the Prime Meridian in Greenwich – I wore my Tieks!
I wore my Tieks everywhere, and I have the photos to prove it:
Tieks are incredibly versatile shoes, capable of handling whatever adventure you choose to have. Whether it’s chasing toddlers or exploring the Louvre, your Tieks will be comfortable. In my book, yes, that makes them the perfect travel shoe.
All that said: it’s $175 for a pair of Tieks.
Is all this really worth it? Are Tieks really worth the price?
In my opinion, yes, Tieks are worth the price. I wear them every day, and I’ve worn them all over the world. I’ve pushed them harder and farther than any other shoe I’ve ever owned, and I still love them.
The stains and scuffs are endearing to me, and the well-worn spots where my feet slip right into place are worth more than any money.
Tieks are an investment, but they’re a worthwhile one.
If you can’t tell already, I totally drink the Tieks Kool-Aid. But, I drink the Kool-Aid because I think it’s delicious.
My Tieks are the best flats I own, based on their quality and how well they hold up over years of wearing them. I am sad every time the weather is too cold or rainy to wear them outside (sometimes I wear them anyway!).
Lots of women rave about Tieks being the most comfortable and versatile flats in their wardrobe, and I am one of them. I am a skeptical consumer too, but there’s hype about Tieks because they are actually worthy of the hype.
If you’ve made it this far, you probably want Tieks. It’s okay to admit it!
Once you buy your Tieks, give yourself a week to make sure your feet are used to them. They may not be uncomfortable, but every pair of shoes has to be broken in a little.
For regular care, I use a simple leather shoe polish on a sponge. I wipe it around the leather, taking extra care at where the shoe meets the sole and in the stitching at the top of the shoe. Not all Tieks should be treated this way, but my Matte Black Tieks look almost brand new every time I do this – even 12 month later!
Sold on buying a pair of Tieks? Yay! I think you’ll love them. Now it’s time to make the big purchase.
Unfortunately, Tieks are not sold through stores like Nordstroms or Bloomingdales, and you also can’t buy them online through Amazon or Zappos. The only place to buy Tieks is through their online store, the Boutiek.
Additionally, Tieks doesn’t offer any coupons or sales. If you want new Tieks, you really do need to shell out the $175+ for a pair. But there is a way to save money on Tieks. There are several great Facebook groups where you can buy, sell, and trade Tieks to your heart’s content (search Facebook to find them). For example, I saw many new or barely-worn Tieks for $100-$125. Facebook groups are a great way to save on Tieks. (You’re welcome!)
Updated (January 2018): Yes, I did buy another pair of Tieks! My Tieks have held up remarkably well considering how much I’ve worn them. They are so comfortable now that I have broken them in – and they continue to stay that way, even when other flats would stretch out!
All are $175 per pair. If you don’t love those, here are some popular designs that are no longer offered – and my top suggestions for other styles:
- Want Giraffe Print Tieks? Consider Leopard Print… that’s the closest print available now.
- Want Champagne Tieks? Try Metallic Gold or Starstruck!
Which Tieks will you choose? Do you have other questions about Tieks? Let me know in the comments!
This post was originally published in January 2017, and updated in June 2017, January 2018, March 2018, and March 2019 to keep it as accurate as possible. This post contains affiliate links.