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The number one barrier to buying a pair of Tieks is the price. Trust me, I get it.

If you’re reading this post or any other reviews of Tieks, 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 bought my first pair in April 2016, and I was nervous too. 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 buy 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! In fact, I’ve since bought three more pairs, and am about to by another pair for my wedding!

Given how many years I’ve owned Tieks, I’m confident that my Tieks review is among the most comprehensive Tieks reviews on the internet. And if I don’t answer your questions here, I’m happy to answer your Tieks questions in the comments. Read on for my full Tieks shoes review, and everything else you need to know before buying Tieks.

Update, November 2019: I put together a fun, quick quiz to help you choose your perfect pair of Tieks. Before you read on, give it a go and see which Tieks are right for you!
Update, July 2020: The quiz now includes every single style and color of Tieks! Enjoy trying to find your perfect pair!

This post was originally published in January 2017, and updated in June 2017, March 2018, March 2019, November 2019, and June 2020.

Are Tieks Comfortable?

In many other reviews of Tieks, 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!

Do Tieks Provide Enough Foot Support?

I don’t know for certain if I’m “flat-footed” or “have high arches.” I do know that my feet are over 33 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 Versailles in my Tieks or sightseeing for a week in London, 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.

How Well Do Tieks Last?

In my first year of owning Tieks according to my Apple Health app, I took an average of 6,677 steps per day. I’m just guessing, but I think 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!

Note, 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.

Are Tieks the Perfect Travel Shoe?

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, as you can see in this post! I’ve worn my Tieks in Jordan and Central Asia, as well as Paris and London.

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. To me, yes, that makes them the perfect travel shoe.

Are Tieks Worth the Price?

3 Days in Scottsdale - Valerie

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.

Are Tieks Worth the Hype?

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.

How Do You Take Care of Tieks?

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!

Where Can You Buy Tieks?

First Trip to Central Asia - Burana Tower

Ready to buy Tieks? Yay! I think you’ll love them as much as I do. Now it’s time to make the big purchase. Wait, are you now confused where to buy Tieks?

Where can I buy Tieks?, you ask. You cannot buy Tieks at 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. Get it?! Bou-Tiek!

Next question: do Tieks ever go on sale? Unfortunately (for my wallet!), there are no Tieks coupons, and Tieks doesn’t have 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 used or like-new 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!)

Update, June 2020: Right now, Tieks is offering a special discount for frontline workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, called Tieks for Heroes. If you are a healthcare worker, first responder, or military service member, you can apply for a $100 discount through a special verification system.

Lastly, Tieks often offers special Black Friday and sometimes New Years patterns and colors. For example, for the Tieks Black Friday deal in 2019, they offered a pair in gorgeous Midnight Blue – I bought them as my third pair of Tieks!

Would I Buy Another Pair of Tieks?

London Travel Tips - Street Art

When I first wrote this post, I was still on my first pair of Tieks. I was pretty certain I was going to buy another pair, but I wasn’t sure… Then I bought a pair of Pacific Green (which were cute but I didn’t love and ended up selling in a Facebook group to someone who hopefully adores them!). Following that, I got another pair in Matte Black right away, and my fourth pair was for Black Friday 2019.

Now I’m in the market for my fifth pair – which I plan to wear at my wedding reception – and my only question is… which color Tieks do I choose? Here are some of the other popular colors I’m considering: Ballerina Pink, Leopard Print, Emerald, Ruby Red patent, and Tieks blue. (All are $175 per pair.)

Do you have other questions about Tieks? Let me know in the comments!

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Wow, this is probably one of the most extensive Tieks review I’ve ever read! I’ve known the brand for years now, but I’ve always been on the fence about getting a pair since I’m more of a sneakers type of girl. The fuchsia screams my name, though!

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Jae, I gotta say, I was on the same page as you are. I liked flats a bit, but I could never imagine spending so much money on ANY pair of shoes. I’m telling you though, they’re worth it. Perfect for those times you need cute, comfy shoes but don’t want to suffer heels. You won’t regret it if you eventually make the investment 🙂

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Ha—thanks for the input! I’ll take note of these tips!

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i just ordered a pair of black ones and can’t wait. I have a whole closet full of shoes(literally wasted my money on) and if these actually are the answer to having comfy shoes that I can wear to the office and travel in etc, then I’ll be hooked for life. Thank you so much for your awesome opinion. I’d never even heard of them until I googled comfy flats. I’ll let ya know how it goes when mine come and I’ll take your advice and wear for a week to break them in.
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Carla, hi! I’m sorry I missed your comment — what do you think of your Tieks? I’d love to see your reply here (and maybe other readers would too!).

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Don’t buy the hype. I bought a pair, my 2 friends bought a pair. We all despise them. They are not quality. Notice u can’t leave a REAL review on their site. This person had to have received a free pair because honestly I wore them in paris and my feet killed within hours. Worst blisters ever. Save your money.

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Because I want people to see that not everyone has a rosy experience, I’m leaving your comment up, Kristine.

However I don’t appreciate you saying I wasn’t being honest when I said I bought my Tieks. In fact, I bought two pairs – and I’m currently saving up for a third. Yep, with my own hard-earned money. Maybe they aren’t for you, but I still endorse them and stand by my review.

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Kristine & Valerie – I got my first pair of Tieks as a gift and love them. They were a bit too small for their original owner, who passed them to my sister, for whom they were also a bit too small. I was Cinderella! The gifted pair is metallic pewter, and I’m contemplating getting a pair of the matte black for an upcoming trip.

I’m curious as to why you wouldn’t consider them quality, Kristine, and would like to know more about that. I’ve been wearing mine for three years and am a huge fan. Because I have narrow feet, it’s been tough to find shoes that fit well and look good, but these do it. Also when you have narrow feet, cheap shoes are a non-option, so the price, while steep, wasn’t as big a surprise to me as to others. That they never go on sale, though, is kind of a challenge. I really had to save up for my subsequent pair. #TeamValerie on this one.

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Thanks for your comment, Amy! So glad you’re on #TeamValerie too 😉 I love my matte black – that’s what both pairs of mine have been.

I have to save up for mine too (I’m dreaming about the Drago ones: https://tieks.com/drago.html) so I feel your pain. Good luck!!

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hi, KRISTINE:
i know flats have low/no heels, hence, the name “flats”.
what about ARCHES, though?? i don’t see any arches (which means i cannot wear them).
thanx, Kris!)

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Michele, hi! Unfortunately, I don’t think Kris will get a notification of your comment. Personally, I don’t have flat feet or high arches, but I’m assuming you do have the high arches which is why you’re asking.

I’m not sure if anyone makes an insole that would help, but *personally* I’ve found that over the course of the first month, your feet put an imprint into the Tieks insole and that helps provide arch support. I’m not sure that will be enough for you, but I’m happy to try and answer any other questions you have.

(And I was not compensated at all for writing this review – I’ve bought 4 pairs of Tieks with my own money and re-sold one pair that wasn’t comfortable, so I try to be honest about what I like and dislike!)

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I doubt the person writing the review received a free pair. I absolutely love my Tieks and feel that they are definitely worth every penny. Maybe you should’ve reached out to the company and tried a different size. Tieks will send you another size and give you about two weeks to make a decision. Sounds like an awesome shoe company to me!!!! They let you try both pairs of shoes and you send back the ones that you aren’t keeping, or both if they aren’t to your liking. If you have never bought a pair…. Do yourself a favor and give them a shot!!! You will not regret it!!!

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Thanks, Paula! I can confirm, I did not receive a free pair, and never have!

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You seem very very pleased with your Tieks, but I’m still not entirely convinced. I’m sorry, it seems so much money for a pair of flats! ? I’m dying to try a pair, but can’t get over their price. I’ll probably discuss this later with my boyfriend and who knows maybe I’ll decide ordering one anyway. ? Not looking forward to make the colour choice though! ? Thanks for your honest review!

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Forgot to mention: I have to pay an extra $50 for shipping to Belgium. That’s a big extra on top of the normal price.. ?

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Birthe, ugh, I totally feel your pain. It IS a lot of money, and adding on an extra $50 for shipping makes it seem really high! Maybe you could look at a service like Grabr and have someone deliver them for you? I can promise that if you do invest, you won’t regret it once you start wearing them every day (like I do 🙂 ).

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Grabr, never heard of it, but seems interesting. Thanks for the tip, Valerie! I’ll definitely look into it. Or I have to be patient ’till the end of the year, when we head back to New York City. 😉

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$50 4 $HIPPING! Where r the coming from the SIBERIA or Chernobyl?

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I would like to know specifically where the shoes are made, and if the cobblers are fairly compensated. The only place ever mentioned on their website or on Google search is “overseas.”

Heidi, I recommend reaching out to Tieks directly.

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Look what UGGS cost! $250 & up! & THEY r so HOT! Even with NO socks on! So it’s ALL what Your little toooties prefer! If my feet R warm MY Whole body is HOT! I am just at that age! Flats R right up my Alley! Since I am on a fixed income this is a PERFECT GIFT from my Kids when they ask me WHAT I want! This way I get exactly what I need & I don’t get a bunch of CRAP I won’t use or will end up giving AWAY myself! Its NICE 2 GETStuff U really Need & want! That U will use everyday instead of mindless dust collectors! People with Grown Children let them KNOW! What U want or NEED! Your Children r NOT mind reader’s & in FACT U R DOING Them a Favor! Because Most have NOT CLue what 2 get U 4 the Holidays! SO LET THEM KNOW! & Don’t worry About WHAT IT COST! They have ALLOT more then WE did we were trying 2 Feed & Clothe Them! They want 2 BUY U WHAT U WANT! & They find pleasure in seeing U wear or Use what U ASKED 4! So don’t Be SHY! Your the Only Mother or Dad their EVER going 2 have So let THEM SPEND ON U! And ENJOY!

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Hi Valerie,

I hope you don’t mind but I a young man and I’ve been wearing ballet flats for a while and I love this kind of footwear. I purchased my first pair of Tieks also in 2016 , CA Navy and I love how comfortable are. Now I own 7 pairs, I mostly bought them pre owned on a Facebook group and I could tell you that the sellers took care of their Tieks and I saved between 35 to 62%. I bought them pre loved because I live in Canada and the shipping and duties fee are really expensive almost US $55 plus the price of a new pair of Tieks, the cost is really high. In that way I can enjoy beautiful, well made and comfortable flats saving money and recycling footwear. I only protect them with a Frye cream and if they get some scuffs I apply Tarrago cream in the color that matches better the color of my Tieks. Thank you for you detailed review I really loved !
Regards
Ivan https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/738b27252966c6a72fb87af2dd8f6856251445757db11faa1287d66ed4f3860e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/709dd35ee1fd794f6ec66330e3e8249cb09668c18e5a81253dba5e14a53ca1fa.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7d122924c19b653ee86244f0615d2f008b87504fb7d3a532007da61e9b03aa29.jpg

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Ivan, thank you so much for being open and sharing your tips on Tieks care here! I will be trying your care tips on my new pair!

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P.S. you are SUPER fashionable, good sir! ??

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HI IVAN! I’m in Canada too, which Facebook group did you find used Tieks on? i just purchased my first pair of TIEKS – chestnut coloured and you are right the shipping is atrocious ….. hoping so much the size fits and I don’t have issues. I am a true 7 and ordered a 7, hoping for a good out of the box experience!

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Marie, so sorry I missed your comment! I found a great group called Tieks by Gavriele Addicts Buy Sell Trade: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1478834289081840/ I sold a pair of Tieks I didn’t love there, and I saw lots of pairs that looked in good shape for a good price. Hopefully you’ll find a good pair for you too!

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My sister got a pair of these for Christmas and I was so jealous then, but now I REALLY want them! You’ve answered all of the questions I would have had for her in a few months. 🙂 I just might have to splurge ASAP. Thanks for the honest review and updates!

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They’re pretty amazing! Owning two pairs, I am obviously a bit biased, but I think they’re worth it!

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I have been wanting a pair of tieks for so long! I have heard wonderful things about them!

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They ARE pretty amazing… Hopefully you’ll make the investment soon 🙂

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Every time I plan for an extended trip I think about buying Tieks and every time I talk myself out of it (I don’t even like spending money on hotels when traveling haha). But maybe one of these days! I appreciate your honest review, there aren’t many out there!

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I can promise you’ll get your money’s worth if you decide to buy a pair!

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This is so great!! My cousin swears by them – she loves them and wears them all the time! I love the colors they come in!

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Your cousin has great taste 😉 I love mine too, but I didn’t find the colors as comfortable as the black ones I wear almost every day.

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I have such a hard time talking myself into spending $175 on a pair of flats but they look amazing!

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I hear ya — they were a tough sell for me too. Now they’re one of my daily shoes, so I definitely get my money out of them (I used to buy $85 TOMS flats that would only last 3-4 months!).

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I bought a pair in my size, and they hurt so bad, I stretched them for a long time…I tried to ask them to change them out… NO so, almost $200 wasted…gone…I was gonna buy in all colors but, NOT know..Making sure you are happy, NO…..They are not guaranteed….DON’T BUY!!!

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Erika, ugh — I’m so sorry this happened to you! Which color of Tieks did you buy? I tried to buy a pair of Pacific Green and they hurt SO MUCH — they just wouldn’t stretch out, like yours! (It was my second pair even, so I know my size!) Now I stick to the Matte Black ones exclusively.

Also, how long did you try to stretch them out? Tieks are very particular about returns if you’ve worn them outside your house or if they show signs of wear, unfortunately. If you try them on and they aren’t comfortable within 10-15 minutes, it probably means you had the wrong size.

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I wear a size 10, and never any other size before. I even bought the wooden shoe stretchers off Amazon and kept them in it for 5 days straight.

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What color were they? I think they way they coat the leather when making colored pairs makes them less stretchy.

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I just bought my first pair , I’ve been eyeballing them for long time I finally sold clothes I no longer used and saved up the res. I have to say I am slightly disappointed. They are not as comfortable as I had hoped. I am trying to remain positive but I guess I’ll have to give it time and see if they stretchout or mold to my feet as you had mentioned. I purchased them mainly for my trip in Europe in May as a investment. But so far not to happy. But I know I can resell them if I don’t care for them in the end. I purchased the Matte Black , everyone is calling me crazy but ehh , oh well. You review was great. I’ve been researching them and reading reviews for a bit. You only live once go for it , if it doesn’t work out , you can always look back and laugh. That’s my motto

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Elisa, thanks for commenting! I love my matte black ones, and I hope you grow to love yours too. One of the things I’ve found is that if I wear them on a rainy day once, they mold to my feet much better; it’s like the moisture helps soften the leather. So maybe try putting them on and spray them lightly with a water bottle and then let them air dry on your feet? That might do the same effect.

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I’m older and need support. I purchased these lovely shoes but my feet hurt without any support. I spent a lot of money for shoes to just sit in my closet.

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Teri, thanks for your comment. I’m sorry to hear your Tieks don’t feel great. I need support in my shoes too but I’ve never had any pain — once I broke mine in, the leather and insole molded to my foot to provide enough support.

Thanks for letting my readers know about your experience!

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Hello,

I was wondering if they are made for people with wide feet also?
That’s the problem that I usually run into with flats.

thank you!

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Thanks for your comment, Brandy! They don’t make Tieks specifically for wide feet, but I’ve heard people have great success sizing up one size and then because they are leather, they will mold to fit your feet better. I hope that helps!

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Great review!
For those wondering about how these work with Plantar fasciitis and a Metatarsal injury, they work great!
I have both and to my amazement my Tieks do not irritate either one!
They are now my favorite flats and I too am sad when I can’t where them!
I have black matte and an saving to purchase the AQUARELLA!! Can’t wait!!!

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Thanks for your comment, Bernice, it’ll help other readers too!

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Hi all,

i plan to buy tieks to but i am not sure of size me feet is 26.5cm Long and normaly i wear 9 and some Times 10
can help me to find the Right size?

Thanks
Markus

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Markus, thanks for your comment! I’d recommend starting with a size 9. Depending on the style you choose, they should stretch out nicely and fit perfectly. If they are too small, Tieks has a great exchange policy as long as you haven’t worn them extensively or outside. I hope this helps!

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Do you wear socks with these or not? I haven’t ever really seen anyone say. I’m trying to narrow down to a color before I order. Your article was very informative. Thanks.

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Crystal, thanks for your comment. I personally don’t wear socks with mine because I don’t love wearing socks ever… but I am pretty sure you can! I could see having fun with patterned socks and Ties as part of a fun outfit 🙂

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So I could use some advice. I invested in three pairs. Normally I’m either an 8 or and 8.5 in shoes but also have a wide width and the site advised going up if that’s the case, so I ordered my pairs in a 9. I’m not sure how they feel. They rub a little on the top of one of my feet but at the same time feel a little like they’re going to fall off. I’m worried they might not be for me because I feel like sizing down would mean more rubbing.

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Thanks for your comment, Tania. Can I ask: which pattern/style are you trying? I found the Matte Black had a lot more stretch to them, and so I was able to size down properly to get them to fix. I bought a pair of Pacific Green ones at one point, and maybe it was just that pair, but they didn’t stretch at all or fit anywhere near as comfortably.

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My biggest question has to do with the breathability of the shoes – I tend to wear flats for work and have several pairs, but the biggest issue tends to be my feet feeling hot towards the end of the day. I can’t wear flip flops in my office (otherwise I definitely would!). Do your feet ever feel uncomfortably hot after wearing these for long periods of time?

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Katie, they do, but it’s usually after walking *a lot* (like, hours while walking around a city or something like that). For the most part, my matte black Tieks are very breathable and I don’t feel they’re uncomfortably warm. I hope that helps!

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I’m just gonna ask it because I’m curious and no one else has. If you’re not wearing socks, what do you do about the odor? I love it Texas and the only way your feet ain’t sweating is if you have no sweat glands. Please advise.

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Amanda, fair question! I don’t know if I just don’t have super sweaty feet (I definitely think my feet sweat), but mine rarely smell. You could also put a dryer sheet into each shoe after wearing, which will help cut down the aroma after wearing.

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I really enjoyed your review of Tieks. As someone who travels a lot too, I have found them to be awesome travel shoes. I can get 3 pair of Tieks in the space of 3 regular shoes. I started with the intent of just getting a pair of matte black, but my collection has now grown to 6. Kepp on travelling and Tieking!

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Thanks so much for reading, Brenn! Glad I’m not the only one who loves them!

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Five years ago I took the plunge and bought a pair of navy blue Tieks. I’d had no luck finding a true navy blue shoe anywhere. I was thrilled. I’ve since bought two additional pairs – tan and poppy. I’d love a pair of the Drago Tieks, but that goes way over my budgeting for ballet flats!
I am notoriously picky about shoes. Before buying Tieks, I read EVERY review of ballet flats I could find (I, too, have a healthy dislike of only positive reviews on online stores – sometimes criticism clues me in on whether it is a user-issue or size issue or something else that may be surmountable.) I tried several other brands of ballet flats, but they either had major toe cleavage or just crummy materials. Note: I have very high arches and do have to use arch supports (I use Pro Foot, bought at good old Publix).
Thank you for your review and for updating it for 2019!

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Glad to help, Sandy, and glad you love your Tieks too! I want the Drago flats also – they’re so dreamy!

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I read this review and tons of others before buying so I feel like I should share my experience. I bought a pair after wanting them for years. I was concerned they were a bit tight and with the famous customer service I asked them to exchange. Well it turns out that if you live in Canada the famous customer service doesn’t apply. It is ridiculously expensive and not worth it. I’ve already paid for shipping and customs and to do an exchange I’d have to pay for more shipping for the small pair to go back then more shipping AND customs for the new pair to come here. I give up. It isn’t worth it. This was a very expensive lesson.

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Thanks for sharing your experience, SJ. Have you considered reselling them on a Facebook group? I know there are some where Tieks fans sell shoes.

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Thanks for the super helpful review. I do have a question am hoping you can answer. How do I know if you teaks are too big? They are comfortable, do not slip off my heals but my big toe has pleanty of room away from the end of the shoe. I am typically a size 7.5 in flats but wear an 8 in running shoes to allow space for my toes on long runs. For this reason I chose the 8s in my tieks. I think I made the right choice but if I stare at my feet I can see they area little big. Am I in the right size?
Thank you,
Rachael

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I saw a woman at work wearing Tieks this past week. I simply had to stop her and inquire if they were truly as comfortable as I have heard. She whispered, “I have 15 pairs…just don’t tell my husband.” LOL If that isn’t loving a brand then I don’t know what is! I am being lured…

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Great story, Shannon! If that doesn’t prove how much women love Tieks, I’m not sure what will ?

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Instead of throwing them out next time you can always sell them and get some of your money back.

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I’m trying to convince myself to buy 2 pair right now. They’re sitting in my basket waiting for me to jump on it. I probably *should* go with black. But I work in a shoe store and can get a screaming discount on shoes. The Poppy Red is only available (at the time I’m writing this) until TOMORROW. And they are such a gorgeous red! But, recently I’ve discovered that I look fairly decent in *certain* shades of yellow, and that I have both a sweater and a dress with the exact shade of “lemon” on their website. It’s a Matter Over Mind matter that I’m working through.

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Oh no, Poppy Red is going away? I *love* that color. My friend Amanda has them in that color and they are soooo beautiful. If it were me, I’d snag a pair of Poppy Red – if you don’t love them, you can definitely find someone else who wants them once they’re no longer available!

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I’m a little torn on my new Tieks – I usually wear a size 5, and originally ordered that size, but they were unbelievably tight. I returned them for a size 6, and they fit much better. They still do feel tight across the top where the edge is just above my toes, but I’m assuming this will adjust over a few days if I wear them enough? (Unfortunately I cannot wear them at work because they aren’t the right color – I guess I’ll just HAVE to buy the Dracos to fit in with policy!!!) What I love about them is they aren’t bothering my bunion and, although I usually need a shoe with some arch support, these feel GREAT on my arches! I appreciate your review!

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Pascale, thanks for reading! ? My first pair (size 8) also didn’t fit well and I ended up shifting up to a 9 and then they were perfect. Which pair do you have? I think the material type affects how much they stretch.

I’m sooooo tempted by the Drago ones too… they’re gorgeous! ?

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I am contemplating buying a pair for my wedding in October. I really would like a good flat but I have wide feet. Do you think these would be good for someone who has to buy wide shoes? Most flats seem to only be comfortable for people with normal/narrow feet….would going up a size do the trick?

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Great to hear from you, Kris, and congrats on your wedding! I’m planning to buy a pair for my wedding too. I recommend sizing up one size for wide feet – the shoes will mold a bit to your feet over time, which should help make them comfortable by your wedding day. Be sure to break them in though (2-3 weeks of regular wear) so they’re ready for the big day!

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I heard about Tieks when it flashed on my FB page. After reading a ton of blogs, decided to try them. I have a narrow foot and have never found ANY flats to be comfortable. Most feel wonderful till I try to walk in them. Tieks has been a game changer! I no longer have to suffer with heels that kill my feet. It took a while to get used to wearing a flat, but can honestly say I love them! I have bought pacific green which you mentioned, and actually prefer the top leather just because it feels a little more stiff( if that makes sense)

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Paula, I’m so glad you love your Tieks! Thanks for your comment 🙂

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I ordered a pair (my first) on November 28, 2018 as a Christmas Gift and I still have the shoes (today is 8/27/2019). There was a mix-up in the shipping , the shoes were lost and I keep getting different answers from Customer Service. It’s going on nine months and I would like my money back or my shoes. It seems I fell for one of their “tricks” and ended up purchasing a second pair which I received in less than a week. They gave me a small bit back on that pair but wouldn’t return the original money as “that is against their policy”. It appears to me that this company doesn’t care one iota about their customers. By the way the second pair (black matt) has a string coming loose after only wearing about 6 times.

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Allice, I’m sorry you had a bad experience. I’ve definitely had that happen with other companies, especially around the holidays since people steal lots of packages. Have you reached out to them about the issues with your new pair and the thread?

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I have to say that I’m a big fan of Tieks! Over 5 years I have acquired 14 pair, and my 1st pair of matte blacks STILL look new! I wear them to work daily and have no feet issues after all day on my feet. I do prefer the classics to the patents; the patents just aren’t as comfortable to me. I’m interested in trying Rothys, but I love the leather quality of Tieks too much! I love the smell of a new pair of Tieks and mustard yellow is the next on my list for fall. #worthit

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AB, I feel you on the leather vs patent Tieks – and about trying Rothys. I’m really on the fence. Would you read a review of those if I had one?

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It took me a while to pay 175 for ballet flats and it also took some back and forth to figure out that I need to size up to 9’s but honestly, I’m in love with my camel and pewter tieks and I wear them as often as possible. TheyAlways make me happy. The leather is fabulous (much nicer than plastic bottles) and the style is so simple and feminine. Keep in mind that I’ma Birkenstock and Dansko girl.. I like comfort and tieks don’t disappoint.

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Helen, I feel you! I wore Dansko’s for years… loved them! Glad you enjoy your Tieks! (I’m due to buy next pair soon!!)

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I have 2 questions. 1. Do/could you ever wear footie socks. And do they or your feet smell when wearing them?

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Thanks for your questions, Melissa! You definitely *could* wear footie socks, but I personally don’t. My feet don’t smell either, but I think everyone varies there… I recently saw these: https://www.mygekks.com/ They look great for Tieks if you need them!

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Hi there – great post! I just received my first pair and I’ve worn them about three times and I am already experiencing the scuffing of the back sole under my heel. I normally wear a size nine so that is what I ordered and they are very comfortable. I’m wondering if I should size down on next pair to an 8 since there might be too much give in the back contributing to early scuffing? I need your Tiek-expert advice?!

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Jules – great question, and one I don’t have a good answer for. I agree that having a smaller size will reduce the scuffing *but* I’ve accidentally ordered one size too small twice now and they’re *so* much less comfortable in the wrong size… Question: are you driving a lot? I heard someone describe this as “driver’s heel” which might be how it’s happening to yours?

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I just received my first pair! I am a 7.5 and ordered an 8 in Metallic Bronze. I have just about a thumbs-width at the tip of my toes, so I think a size 7 would have my toe jammed all the way up to the tip of the shoe. My issue has been with the elastic. Everything feels good. Toe box, back of the shoe, but the elastic is hurting the tops of my feet. Have you ever run into this problem? I’m not sure if this is an issue that will “break-in”.

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Cheryl, great question! I have experienced that before too – and I’m experiencing it right now with my latest pair in Midnight Blue (I’m an 8.5, accidentally bought 8, definitely had to size up to 9 so you made the right call sizing up!!). It is just a matter of breaking in, unfortunately. I think it’s a combo of the leather and the “dye” (or whatever they add for the metallic/color combo) and that takes longer to break in than just plain leather would. I hope they get more comfortable soon!!

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I’m so glad I read this review!!! I’ve been considering buying a pair for a while now but….that price tag…eek!!!
I’m terrified of buying things like that online because of the hefty price, and what if they don’t fit….then I have to send them back and wait forever for a refund or a new pair ???‍♀️
I usually wear a 6.5 so I think I will order a 7 and ??
My feet are flat and its EXTREMELY hard to find comfy flats. Here’s hoping these will work for me ??

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Kathryn, a couple notes to help assuage your anxiety:
1. Tieks customer service are great – when you get your Tieks, try them on at home and wear them just a bit to see how they fit. *If they don’t fit, don’t try to break them in* – just reach out to their team and see if you can exchange or refund.
2. I personally find Tieks super comfy, and I hope you do too!

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Hi Valerie. I read some of the comments, so I just wanted to add mine. I love the look of Tieks on my foot. However, I wished the the sole was a little bit thicker for impact.

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Fair feedback, Deborah, and thanks for commenting! I find that as my Tieks get older, they definitely start to feel less cushioned.

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Hi! I just bought a matte black pair of Tieks. I’m normally a 7.5-8 in shoe size. The left fits beautifully but the right side is not quite so perfect. The back kind of digs into my heel a little. It’s not painful, but I do feel it. Considering the left side fits so well, do you think these just need to be broken in? I received last night, wore them around my apartment, and am now wearing them again today (with tights so hopefully that’ll help them break in a little better). Other than that I LOVE these and am hoping to use them for work and future travels (and I walk a TON when I travel)! Thank you!?

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Celia – 100% it should stretch. Black matte is my favorite style because it doesn’t have any extra dye or coloring on the leather so it’s the most likely to break in. I recommend maybe putting a piece of scotch tape on the back of your ankle to help protect the skin while they break in. Enjoy!

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I bought my first pair in 2017, a chestnut brown in size 7 . I’m a normal 7.5, but decided to take the Tieks advice and size down. Wrong choice! I’m in Canada, so no free trials for me with exchange and $65 shipping plus $14 duties and taxes to pay ONTOP of $175! Those shoes never feel comfortable and within a hour, my feet are hurting. I recently bought a red and white pokadot dress and looked high and wide for some cute yellow flats with no luck. I decided to try Tieks again and am happily looking forward to my classic mustard yellow coming in the mail. This time I chose to size up to a 8. I am hoping no sore feet this time around! Buying from Canada is definitely pricey! This is probably my last pair, I’m willing to give it another try and just see if it was a sizing issue with my first pair

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I’m so sorry to hear your first pair didn’t work out, Marie! Hopefully sizing up will help – I always have to size up since I’m 8.5 normally. If you aren’t able to make these new ones work, you could always try selling your Tieks in a Facebook community to try and recoup the costs. I think there are some for Canadians specifically since it costs so much for you!

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Now that my pair of mustard Tieks size 8 arrived to me in Canada yesterday, I can comment on the differences!!! Oh my goodness! Right out of the box, the size 8 was comfortable! I wish I’d have known Tieks run small when I bought my chestnut brown ones in 2017! I love them but the size 7 hurt my feet so badly within a hour of wearing them! Tieks are expensive, especially paying $64 on top of the $175 plus exchange and an extra $14 duty and customs! By the time I get them, they are practically a $300 pair of shoes to a Canadian!! At least now I know my true Tiek size is a 8. I can confidently recommend sizing UP in these! Your feet will thank you if you wear a half size like I do! I love my new mustard yellow, looking forward to spring to wear them!

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Thank you so much for coming back to share your experiences, Marie!! I’m also SO glad your new shoes fit!

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I have very flat feet. I also need support with the metatarsal and heel. Will they work for me. I’m currently wearing MBT. They support all r areas of my feet. I would like a flat shoe like this, not sure it will work on my feet.

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Nancy, I’m sorry, but I’m not an expert on how these might work for flat feet. I recommend reaching out to Tieks directly to see what they say. Good luck!

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Is it normal for the patent leather tonlooonso wrinkled ?

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I’m not quite sure what your question is, Elizabeth – if you come back and clarify, I’ll do my best to answer for you! 🙂

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They do looked wrinkled compared to regular tieks. I thought that was weird too when I first tried my ruby red patent( my first, 3 years ago). But, it was comfortable then and now, my go to pair of the four I own. I am partial to the patent ones as they don’t scuffed up easily. Saw that in the camel I own. But thanks to some comments here, I can probably fix it with some shoe cream. I’m looking forward to my fifth one and was grateful for the discount.
As for comparing tieks and rothys, I do own 1 rothys, and it is also a favorite of mine and as comfortable.

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Lori, thanks for coming back to comment! I see the OP probably meant “to loosen and wrinkle.” I personally don’t own any patent pairs because they rub funny on the top of my big toe (the classic don’t, so I think it’s a matter of the material), so I really appreciate your insight here.

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Does the traction of the soles decrease with the wear, especially on natural terrains?

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Thanks for your comment, Mary Ann. It *does*, as all shoes do, but I have had three pairs and haven’t had an issue with that until well into the second year of owning each pair. I hope that helps!

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Did you wear them also on natural terrains? Did they have enough traction there? And when it is wet?

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What do you mean by natural terrain? I don’t wear them hiking… but I’ve certainly worn them on cobblestone and gravel/dirt walkways. I wear mine in the rain too if I must (if I get caught out in the rain), but I’d recommend water-resistant shoes instead if you know it’s going to be a wet day!

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Every flat I have ever owned I have had to toss due to them becoming stinky after awhile, especially the ones I wear to work all of the time. That is just what happens when you wear shoes with no socks. How do Tieks hold up the to this test? Do you ever treat/clean the inside of the shoe to avoid them from becoming stinky?

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Great question, Lisa! I don’t treat mine, but I also haven’t had an issue with them getting too stinky. There are several comments above with people asking the same question! Try searching for “smell” on the page 🙂

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I bought a pair in black leather. It was (by far) the most I d ever paid for a pair of shoes. I wear a 7.5-8 and ordered them in 8. They hurt! The top of my big toe hits the top of the shoe. I have never worn them outside the house as I can t stand to have them on more than a few minutes. I don t think I could wear them with socks. I am also pleasantly surprised (and, honestly, shocked) that they replaced your pair after a year of wear. There are reviews all over the place saying they wouldn t replace theirs because they had been worn outside! I wonder whether they ve had a change of policy? Anyone think I should try a size 9?

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Tami, sorry if there was confusion! Tiesk didn’t replace mine – I bought a new pair! I always have to go a size up when I buy them, and even then, some of the styles are a little bit tighter than others.

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I’ve wanted to try them for quite a while but I felt the price was too much. I got my first pair as a gift last year, Blush Pink. It did take a little while for them to be comfortable, now I love them. In fact, I’m going to buy myself another pair in black for my birthday. The price is well worth it.

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I’m so glad to hear it, Janice! Thanks for sharing – hopefully others will agree! (I’m about to get myself another pair in Black too – they’re my FAVE.)

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Since April 2020, I’ve purchased 7 pair. Tieks is like a relationship. There are a few pair I’ve sent back to be stretched and polished because there were scuffs so I couldn’t exchange for the larger size. I do size up now however the California navies were too large at a 9 and instead of exchanging for an 8 I opted to exchange for chestnut because the navy didn’t work well with my skin tone. Funny thing is that navy blue is my favorite color. Overall, I absolutely love my tieks and will be purchasing more. I have chocolate brown, taupe, tangerine, mustard yellow, clover green, ruby reds, and chestnut. My next pair will be the patent tieks blue ($195 not $175,) or the leaopards at $235. It’s worth the investment and patience. Customer service is awesome. They’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that you love your tieks.

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Amazing! I’m so glad to hear this, Jennifer! I hope you enjoy your last pair – and all of the pairs you already have!

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Fingers crossed that I get a verification code for $100 off, I am a pharmacy technician who has been working throughout all of this pandemic, I’ve always wanted a pair of tieks!

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Thanks for your work during this time, Shannon! Were you approved for Tieks for Heros?

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Awesome! No words. You always go one step beyond.

There is so much great, useful information here. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Read our guide if you wish.

Thanks again 🙂

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Thanks for reading, Ash!

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So you say they recommend downsizing if you are a half size.. I wear 8-1/2, yet you said 8 was uncomfortable, so 9 won’t be too big? I have a narrow foot.

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Thanks for reading, Martha! *Personally* I found that downsizing made them too small. Maybe I’m more of an 8.75 than an 8.5 (I typically wear a 39 in European sizes, which falls between 8.5 and 9 on the U.S. shoe scale!) – but I found that it was unbearable to try and stretch a pair of 8s to fit my feet comfortably. I’m not sure this helps, but I can say: if you choose a size that doesn’t fit properly, just wear them a few minutes and take them back off. You can exchange them easily!

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Insanely comprehensive 🙂

Thank you so much, Now I have something to read during the holidays.

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Glad to help, Ash! Thanks for reading!

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I just bought my fourth pair of Tieks. I bought my first pair in 2016. I have the Sienna Brown Croc (patent), Obsidian black (patent), Brentwood (Vegan), and I just bit the bullet and ordered the Leopard. I started with patent ones because reviews say they hold up to scratches and water better. I find that to be true. Unfortunately, I have bunions and my arches are collapsing so its hard to find stylish shoes that fit well and are comfortable. I love how my Tieks look and feel. I’ve traveled all over the world with them and they have held up amazingly. I get a little sad in the summers when its too hot to wear but for the most part (my Brentwood vegan pair are cool when its hot out), I can wear them all year round in Southern California. I’m a size 7.5 but with my bunions I always go a size up. I don’t wear socks with them and I haven’t had any issues with stinky shoes. I think perhaps it’s because it’s leather? It may not work for everyone but it’s definitely worth saving up to at least give them a try. Most people love them.

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Thanks so much for chiming in, Christine! You’re a convert like me 🙂

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I loved your post and decided to buy a pair of red Tieks. Since Tieks don’t have sales, I went on eBay. I became a victim of fraud. Someone sold me Tieks using a stolen credit card and had them shipped to me. Tieks contacted me and I told them I wanted to do the right thing but I didn’t want to lose my money. @Tieks threatened me By blackmailing me saying that if I didn’t refuse the shipment, that I would be banned from buying from their website again. They didn’t care that I could lose my money. I am an essential worker during Coronavirus and they treated me extremely poorly. Tieks is a terrible company. I am very sad because I wanted their shoes.

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Claudia, I’m so sorry to hear it. I’m a little confused – you bought your Tieks through eBay? Did you ever receive them? They had a big discount for essential workers back in June and July. (Another option is to look for Facebook groups to see if you can find anyone selling the ones you want there.)

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