Tieks. Are they as comfortable as they are billed to be?

Have you heard of Tieks? They’re a comfy ballet-like slip on shoe that are marketed as carry-alongs so that you have sensible shoes to grab from your bag when your stilettos become too much. Of course they are being worn by those that just love comfortable flats too.

They fold up compactly and they are guaranteed to hold up well – no creases or wear from repeatedly folding them. They are available in loads of colors and all have their trademark blue rubber pads on the soles. They come with a small carrying bag as well as a tote bag, and thought I don’t have a photo here, the packaging the shoes come in is beautiful and thoughtful. This new company has put a lot of thought into all of their branding materials. I like it.

They are not inexpensive – $135 – $235. If you have tried them, leave a comment to let us know if you think they are worth it.

Tieks. Found here.

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24 responses to “Tieks. Are they as comfortable as they are billed to be?

  1. I have two pair and love them! Super comfy!

  2. I love mine. I own 3 pair, the basic black, Tiek Blue (Tiffany blue) and the ballerina pink. They are very comfortable and provide plenty of protection from the road with the signature blue soles which stay pretty too even after you walk on asphalt in them. They are the most wonderful cushioning plastic that just cleans up perfectly. I wear them around the house, they are that comfortable. I get compliments everywhere I go as well. They have the profile of a real ballet slipper in that your foot looks like it is resting on the ground. When you are standing you cannot see the blue sole. The effect is beautiful because it makes your feet look smaller and so feminine. I love them. I think they effect your walk in a pretty way too. I feel like Audrey Hepburn or Laura Petri in mine when I wear them with skinny pants. Many other manufactures have similar styles with the curling effect, some that fold and some that don’t but I think the Italian made Tieks are the best and the most comfortable ones. The ones from Tory Burch are so uncomfortable that I didn’t make it out of the store. I do like the Cole Haan Bacara’s though. They give you a similar look but they don’t fold. I have three pairs of those as well. They are a little bit more heavily constructed than the Tieks. I like the Tieks better only because you can use them as an elegant way to change your shoes when heels get unbearable. I highly recommend them. I am planning on buying two more pairs.

  3. I really wanted to love mine too. I’ve been searching for a cute comfy pair of ballet flats for a long time. The packaging is beautiful and the shoes are really cute but the comfort was not there for me. The right side was comfortable but the left side was so tight around the top of the foot that my toes start to go numb. It could be my feet but I don’t have a big discrepancy problem between feet with other shoes. Oh well, the hunt continues.

    • You are the first to actually say that they are not comfortable. I would like to order a pair but i’m afraid I won’t love them as much as everyone else. $165 is a lot for shoes that will just go to my closet. Do you still have yours or were you able to return them?

  4. Stephanie Chapman

    i am in love with my tieks! I must say, besides running shoes, they are the most expense shoes that I have ever bought, so I was nervous, but they are so so worth it. I should preface my comments with the fact that i have awful, horrible feet. I wear size 10 or 11, wide or extra-wide, and have no arches. I compete in triathlons, so I have medical orthopedic inserts for my running shoes, but walking around our college campus (I am a phd student/teaching assistant) in “nice” shoes causes me so much indescribable pain. But, I recently bought my first two pairs of tieks (matte black and chocolate brown), and I am in love! My feet have never been so comfortable! I ordered size 11, and I have had no bleeding heals (aka no painful “break in the shoes” process), no bunion pain (yes, I just turned 30 and my super wide feet have had bunions since middle school–thank you genetics and cheap plastic shoes!), AND my arches do not ache while wearing these shoes! Overall, my feet in these shoes feel so natural that it is as if i am walking around barefoot. I couldn’t be happier! My theory is that the flexible sole and leather makes these shoes much much more comfortable than your average or advanced (sorry hush puppies) hard sole, fake leather flats. Also, my feet as less sweaty (again, thanks to the real leather)! I haven’t needed to carry them folded as a spare set of shoes yet, but I am looking forward to doing so with my handy bag and pouch. Also, I travel a lot in the summer (I am an archaeologist), so I am also really looking forward to packing these shoes! I will save so much space! Where have these been all my life? They could have saved me so much money and pain from horrid, ill-fitting shoes!

    • Stephanie! I am anxious to chat with you about these. I am getting ready to pull the trigger on a pair of these and my foo description sounds EXACTLY like yours! Was wanting some more validation before I buy these! My bunions are terrible and I’m constantly wasting money trying to find a comfy but feminine shoe! They will be worth the money if they don’t make me cry from foot pain! Bunions, no arch and wide is how I would describe my feet as well….with the left being slightly worse than the right! UGH!!! Can you chat?

      • Angela, the return policy is excellent – if they don’t fit or any reason you don’t like them, you can send them back and they’ll even pay for return shipping, so you have nothing to lose. I have really finnicky feet, what always happens is I’ll put on a shoe and think it feels great and then after a 15 minutes of leaving the house I’m like uh oh and I get home with raw blisters and aching feet. With Tieks what I first felt is exactly what I got – first impression was amazing (except for one spot pinching my big toe – see my comment below responding to Diana) and they get even better with time.

  5. I receive mine yesterday an to my happiness they are cute and comfortable , I decided to wear them right away to go to the mall but I have to say they are tight very to the Point that I had to stop walking to take them off and stretch the top band. they were expensive shoes so I really wanted to be perfect but they are not.

    hopefully they stretch the more I wear them. :(

    if you have any tip on how to stretch the elastic front top part let me know I don’t ever want to feel like there is no blood circulating on my toes (jeje jk)

    • Diana, I had the same problem with the elastic top band. It was pinching the big joint of my right big toe, so I wore a thick sock with it for a few hours doing stuff around the house. Then when I took it off, my big toe was numb! This was several weeks ago and the feeling actually never fully came back, the top of my right toe still doesn’t have full sensitivity. But I found that if you basically stretch it with your hands – massaging it (for lack of a better word) and stretching it, it stretches out. Consider that you not only want to stretch the spot that’s pinching your toes, but also the elastic part ahead and behind it too, so the specific spot will have more give. Something I found on the internet but didn’t try on Tieks is that rubbing alcohol supposedly helps relax the leather and help it stretch, if you want to spot-stretch. You could also use a shoe horn but that wouldn’t help with spot stretching, I think that would stretch out the whole upper of the shoe.

  6. Anyone try the camel color.? Seems like it might be elongating on the leg as they say but it could also look like you are barefoot. Also a question about this elastic. I have problems when it goes right over the bunion bone. Is that where it is? Also do you think it can cut off circulation because the toe is too pointy. I need a wide and high toe box. Do you think these would work?

  7. I love love love mine.
    I got a matte black pair about a year ago and have been mostly wearing either tieks or uggs if its too cold.
    If they are tight, wet you feet, put them on and walk a bit. The leather is genuine so they will strech.
    I don’t even feel them anymore, they are that comfi, but they look brand new.

  8. I’m interested in Tieks.. but it would be a /big/ deal if I spent that much on an article of clothing. I grew up without much and have never gotten out of the habit of never buying full priced items.. my wedding dress didn’t even cost that much. I have very straight narrow feet(almost like a boxed rectangle.. my entire foot from the ball to the heel is the same width) and my big toe flips up. I have problems with my toenail rubbing through shoes so I was wondering about the durability of Tieks. I won’t be able to talk myself into the price if they aren’t durable.

  9. For those saying they are not comfortable, are you sure you’re not wearing a half size too small? These are the most comfortable shoes and I want them in every color.

  10. I would love a pair of Tieks, as I am a big fan of pretty flats, and we travel a lot. I have decided on my color (metallic pewter); now my dilemma is – what size to order? It seems from all the reviews I have read that they run about a half size small…. this is easy for half-sizes, simply go up to the next larger size; however, I am a true 8 and I do not want them to fit too tightly (for all that $$), nor too loosely with a whole size bigger size 9. What do I do?

    • Donna, I’m a true 7. I ordered a 7 last week. I’ve been wearing them every day and they feel painfully small. I really wish I’d ordered an 8. I would recommend getting the 9. Maybe they do stretch a bit over time, but after wearing them nonstop for a week, I didn’t notice any stretching.

    • I’ve had my Tieks for about 6 months. I wear a size 6 in every other shoe. I’m not young either so we’re talking a lot of shoes. The 6 was a bit too tight but in hopes that they would stretch, I didn’t return them; my bad. I should have tried a 7. So now I’m giving the 6’s away because I can’t wear them for more than an hour or so and am flirting with the idea of a new pair in a 7. The moral of the story, if they don’t fit when you get them, send them back while you can. They don’t stretch enough to make that much of a difference.

  11. I was hesitant to order a pair mostly because of the price, since they are ‘just flats.’ I’ve never been able to find a pair of flats that are comfortable to me; I have extremely flat feet.

    I’m a 7.5, so I ordered a 7. They shipped and got to my house in 3 days, and the packaging was adorable. I wore them around the house for a few hours and had to take them off because they were SO tight. The elastic in across the toes was cutting my circulation off. I decided to exchange them and try an 8. The Tieks people are great- they sent the new pair for no charge so I could compare the two sizes, and they got to my house in two days! The size 8s were a little more comfortable, since my foot had more room, but I’m still not liking how the elastic feels across my toes. I’m hoping that after wearing them around more that they’ll stretch out… I have pretty bony feet, so I’m surprised that they fit as snugly as they do.

    My advice is definitely size UP when you order these shoes. And if you have any doubts about if you want to keep them, do not wear them outside the house. They won’t accept them as returns.

  12. I bought a pair as well after seeing all the hype..and unfortunately, I fall into the small % of ppl that don’t feel comfortable in these as well…I am between a 6.5 and a 7 in shoe size, and I ordered a 7 in Tieks; by the end of the day I find the back digs into my heels and the elastic made my toes feel tired…I have an office job where I sit most of the day too, so it’s not like I’ve been standing on these…wanted to buy more colors, but would have to hold back now…so sad…

  13. I just put mine on today and after a couple hours they have almost put a blister on my heel tendon. Seems like for $195 they should be the Mary Poppin’s of shoes, but they are not.

  14. ^Jennifer, you are right. I got the most expensive pair for my wedding and barely made it. They don’t do 1/2 sizes but it doesn’t matter, they were cutting my toes. They are so beautiful and look comfy but they were killing me. I am hesitant to get another pair even in the next size up. I am now in search of knock offs that are more comfortable and less expensive.

  15. How does the shoe look on feet with bunions? Most ballet flats conform to your feet so much (French Soles Sloop) that you can see the ugly bulge of the bunion. Yuk! Do these shoes do the same? Please help.

  16. I have a size 7-7.5 foot, and I am SO glad I got an 8. The 8 fits fine-to-slightly-tight. I’ve worn both pairs several times under many different circumstances (walking, standing, just sitting, driving). Although they seem a wee bit tight in the toe area, they are generally comfortable. I know they will stretch more, so I think they will become perfect. I have normal feet, but since I’ve never been a fan of tight shoes, my feet have maintained their arch, instep and full ball. This can make some shoes feel tight even though I don’t have a typical “wide” foot. Still on the fence for these being the most comfortable shoe ever… which for me is the Merrell Wonder Glove, but they are darn cute and uber portable. If you have the extra cash, buy a favorite color and give them a try (order a size up unless you have really thin feet).

  17. I wanted to mention that the size 9 tieks are exactly the same length as a Vince camuto size 8.5 flat. I am an 8-8.5 and ordered the 8 as per the information given on the website and found that the 8s were so painful that I had to return them. I got a 9and althought they feel a little loose they are much more comfortable. I had a little bit of rubbing of the elastic on the big toe, which was a concern because I have a recent surgery scar, but after a few days of off and on wear this issue resolved itself.

    I have two pairs of tieks in navy and pewter and I love them. So glad the weather is warmer so that I can wear them more often

  18. Lena – Mine, too, are tight at the top on the left but not on the right. How weird. I just got a size up today. I soooo want to love them, but after wearing them for 3 hours today my toes are numb. I’m so sad :(

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