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Does Anyone Wear Tieks Ballet Flats?

I’m about to enter into my little travel season, which reminds me that I desperately need a new pair of classic, comfortable and cute ballet flats.

I’ve sworn by Tory Burch for years, and I can’t imagine any pair of shoes being as comfortable and lasting as long as my favorite Tory Burch flats.  (Please excuse the sweatpants…It’s late, but I needed a pic.)

Tory Burch Reva Flats

I’ve had my favorite pair since 2009, and they’ve been all over the US with me.  I’ve walked miles and miles and miles in them, and I have consistently received compliments on them since the day I bought them!  I wish I could keep them for five more years, but they’ve finally met their doom.  (The holes happened on a long walk during Mardi Gras.)

Tory Burch Stingray Flats

Over the years I’ve tried Prada, Michael Kors, Coach, Cole Haan and other brands, which were all good, but none of them compared to the comfort of my TB ballet flats.  I figured I’d just replace them with these, but lately I’ve seen lots of chatter about Tieks online.

I have to admit that I’m intrigued by Tieks because they’re adorable, but the price point is comparable to Tory Burch so I need them to be long-lasting and comfortable too.  Can’t the birthday fairy just send me this pair in a size 10 as an early birthday gift?

I like trying new things, but sometimes (you know, when shoes cost a couple Benjamin’s a pair) it’s good to stick with what you know works.

Does anyone wear them?  If so, would you recommend them to someone who plans to wear them a lot?

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59 Comments

  • Reply
    mary
    May 30, 2014 at 7:52 am

    i have not tried them on or seen them in person
    but when i linked you to them the other day i knew you would love them!

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      May 30, 2014 at 9:22 am

      You were so right, Mary. I don’t think that I can blindly try them online without trying them on first, but I want to.

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      Patricia Esqueda
      February 11, 2016 at 10:56 am

      To say I LOVE my Tieks is an understatement. I have 3 pairs! I have tried several flats with little success (Tory Burch, Sam Edelman, Toms, etc) none compare to my Tieks. Tieks are extremely comfortable and cute!! I have muscular dystrophy so finding shoes that are truly comfortable is challenging!!! I am a fan!

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      Krogers
      March 22, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Have you thought about having your shoes resoled? I had a pair of shoes that I loved, found a shoe repair place and they are good as new. Just a thought!

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    PJ
    May 30, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I tried a pair of Tieks, but they didn’t work for me. I have bunions, unfortunately. A friend of a friend is a doctor and on her feet all day, and she swears by them. There’s free shipping for orders and returns, so really you can’t go wrong trying them on and seeing if they’re for you.

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      Kenlie
      May 30, 2014 at 9:23 am

      I like the idea of trying them, but I suck at returning things when they don’t work for me. I know that’s silly, but it’s so true. I’ll probably try them at some point though because they’re adorable.

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      Kathleen
      February 28, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      I received a gift card to Tieks from my best friend. We had been raving about the colors and style, looking at their website. She ordered hers a while back and loves them. I just got mine last week (metallic Pewter) and have to say, they are beautiful! I tried them on a few times and they seem tight. Since I have bunions, the elastic rubs the knuckle uncomfortably. Not sure if they will stretch. I think for me, it would be better if the leather came up just a little higher over the toes. May have to return them, which is sad!

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        Cassie
        March 8, 2016 at 3:18 pm

        Did you wind up returning them? Or did you finally stretch them out to where you can wear them comfortably? I have very mild bunions, but rather than the bone going out to the side, the top of the big toe bones are the problem areas. In an effort to avoid the surgery required to correct bunions, I had foot surgery to scrape the bones down last year. Thus, I am trying to wear shoes from now on that won’t rub that knuckle on the top and hasten the return of the deformity. Flats are, of course, a challenge for me because the seam always comes across that knuckle. I’ve been tempted to buy Tieks, but I am worried about the price. I will pay it if they work and allow me to wear flats without worsening the bunions. Your opinion would be appreciated in helping me make my decision! Thanks.

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          carrie hart
          June 18, 2016 at 8:34 am

          I just tried a pair and had the same problem a little toe clevage and rubbed my small bunions. As a size 11 I also found I looked a little like Minnie mouse. Also as they come folded I felt like they were vices on my feet, supportive, but vices. Will stick with my Tory’s.

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        Auddy
        June 18, 2016 at 7:25 pm

        Try folding them the opposite way and securing with a rubber band. I’ve heard that that helps to stretch out the elastic a little

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        Angie
        May 15, 2017 at 11:19 pm

        Agreed! They’re cute but too low over the toes and way too tight for my toes. I wear a half size. The 8 is too tight and the 9 is too big. I’m so disappointed. The search continues. Sigh

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    Sara
    May 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I’m a hardcore cheapo so I don’t buy anything that costs that much, BUT, I must say, both brands are adorable and the Tieks are so colorful and cute!

    I wear Crocs. Crocs sandals, Crocs flats…their Springi flat is really comfortable for walking (but I know that may not be your thing! But it could be a short-term solution!) Good luck!

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      Kenlie
      May 30, 2014 at 9:24 am

      True. Crocs are not my thing, but I know that some people really like them.

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        Hailey
        May 30, 2014 at 8:31 pm

        I hate Crocs in general, but the Adrina flats are so cute to me so I bought some. I love them! They are so comfy. I own 3 pairs now. I never got to have jelly shoes as a kid, so I call these my adult jelly shoes…except they are comfortable.

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          Kenlie
          May 31, 2014 at 3:40 am

          Ohhh! They do look like jellies! Cute! 🙂

    • Reply
      Auddy
      June 18, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      Crocs are my jam!

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    Lyndsey
    May 30, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I bought my first pair of Tieks in November, so this I cannot speak to the durability issue. However, they are amazing for travel! I love that they fold up and can go in my purse or suitcase. They are very comfortable and really mold to your foot. I’ve put miles and miles on them, and they look almost perfect still (save for a bit of wear on the leather near my heel). If they continue to hold up well, I will be a committed purchaser of Tieks.

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      May 30, 2014 at 9:25 am

      This is why I wrote this post. I like hearing how people feel about them. Thank you!

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    Brittany
    May 30, 2014 at 8:28 am

    People have mixed feelings about Tieks. Some say they are super comfortable and others hate them. I personally think they look like orthopedic shoes; my 60 year old mother has a pair that she loved until recently when they gave her a corn for the first time ever. I think for a lot of people it’s love and then that rapidly wears off.

    LOVE Tory’s though. I have two Reva’s I’ve worn to death and I can’t imagine getting anything else. FWIW, I also love the Lower East Side Chelsea flat from Payless. DIRT cheap and they come in tons of colors – I have like 5 pairs and they are the most comfortable, durable flats!

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      Kenlie
      May 30, 2014 at 9:27 am

      I love my Reva flats too, and I just googled the flats from Payless. They’re adorable! I’ll check them out! It’s okay if they’re not super comfy if they’re really inexpensive and cute. Ha

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    Staysail
    May 30, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Oh man, I’ve been drooling over those leopard Tory ballet flats just like that, but I’m always scared to spend that kind of money on expensive shoes (especially flats!). I know you’re asking about a different pair but can I ask you about the Torys? I have a real wide top part of my foot (like where my toes are) the rest of my foot is normal, so wide sizes are too wide and normal are sometimes too narrow (especially in ballet flats…not sure why). Did they stretch out or hurt at all when you first got your Torys? I really need some nice ballet flats for work, I was going to get these cheap ones, becuase I tried them on and they are SO COMFORTABLE ( http://www.amazon.com/Max-Footwear-May-Ballet-Flats/dp/B00354QV8S ) and so cheap, but I’d rather spend the money on the Tory Burch flats if I can get a reliable (i trust your judgement, fellow walk-a-lotter )review that they are comfortable. My feet are so sensitive and blister up everytime I get a new pair of anything. Anyways, sorry this is rambling but I’ve been debating those leopard Torys a long time and finally have someone to ask! Any input appreciated.
    Sorry I know nothing about the Tieks, however, that link I posted to the Max Collection, those flats are INCREDIBLY comfortable, but I don’t think they’re made for much walking, more for just office wear, etc.
    Let me know if you can, and good luck in your search for the right pair (they’re so hard to find). 🙂 Happy Weekend.

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      Kenlie
      May 30, 2014 at 9:30 am

      Every pair of Tory Burch Reva Ballet Flats that I’ve ever had have been amazing!!!!! I can’t speak to the width since I’m not sure about yours, but I can tell you that they’re a little stretchy (at least some of them are.) You’d have to try them, but I can tell you that I’m confident that my next pair will be as awesome as the others. They’re consistently stellar. I hope that helps!

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    Karan
    May 30, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Never tried either. Intrigued!

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    Kim @ (Just) Trying
    May 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I love my Tieks. I wore them all over last summer, flying in and out of airports to races. I think they are worth every penny. I just wish I could afford to own more than one pair. They never, ever gave me blisters on my heels like so many other flats do.

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    Steelers6
    June 4, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I’m glad for this topic, K. I can’t advise YOU on these, but you have helped me. I remember you talking about your Tory’s before, and needed that reminder. Ima check them both out. I stand for work all day and uh, now that (my feet) are getting older (not me, haha) I am thinking comfy. I think I started thinking about comfy when I wore Danskos this winter and realized I don’t need to have sore feet at the end of the day! We tend to balk as pricing climbs, but if it means comfort climbs with it, then it’s worth it, amiright?!

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    Emily
    June 9, 2014 at 3:37 am

    I purchased a pair of size 6 ruby red patent tieks in May 2013 and have been wearing them on a weekly basis. My sentiments below.

    1) First time putting it on my feet, very soft and molds to the feet. In fact, it wraps very tightly around your feet that it shows the entire outline of it. You can clearly see the big toe mark through the leather. I was afraid that my big toe would pierce through the leather. The company sent me a size 7 for comparison but it ended up being too big. I kept size 6 and wore it around the house to test it. Wearing it around the house was pretty comfortable so I decided to wear it to the mall and errands for the next run.

    2) I wore it out to the mall for about 4 hours and then did errands afterwards. For the first hour or two, it was pretty comfortable as the two cushion pads on the flats absorbed the shock from the hard ground. I think more companies should follow suit. Around the 4 hour mark, my feet were sore and my big toe really started to ache and felt somewhat numb. After I took the flats off, I pressed my big toe and I felt ache and pain. I initially attributed the soreness from my big toe to a breaking in period; however, after wearing it for a month or two, it was about the same.

    3) Around the 4-5 month mark, the flats felt better. However, around the same time, I began to notice the patent leather cracking near the big toe area, the sides of the flat and on the heels of the flat. These cracks were not large and noticeable unless you inspect them but for $200 a pair, you would expect them to last longer and be in better condition. I own a pair of Tory Caroline patent flats for about 2 years now and there are NO cracks on it. Now that is what I call quality.

    4) It has now been 1 year and a few months, the Tieks is definitely showing its age. The patent leather looks a bit dull and there are more cracks present in the leather. My big toe has left an imprint on the leather. Fortunately, there are no holes in my Tieks. If the patent tieks look beat up, can you imagine how the non-patent leather would hold up? I have a friend who loves Tieks and owns 4 pairs: 2 patent and 2 non-patent leather. She told me that she has to be careful when wearing the non-patent ones because she does not want to stress the leather, etc.

    Bottom line: Though cute and comfortable, Tieks is just not a $200 shoes because the leather will not last. However, if you can get Tieks at a discount or gift, I would say give it a go. For me, at this price point, I rather splurge on Tory, Cole Haan, etc. But hey, to each their own 🙂 Hope this helps 🙂

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    Diane
    August 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    my non patent ones…after 9 months of only wearing around in office has a hole on the side 🙁

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    cliffordsgal
    January 6, 2015 at 5:54 am

    I have Romantic Blush and they are fabulous. No pain. I’ve tried Chestnut and Ruby Red and they are horrendous.

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    Mike
    January 21, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Not to sound weird here or anything with me being a guy, but today I realized that the bottoms of my hiking boots look a lot like the bottoms of your Tory Burch flats Kenlie. I didn’t realize it until today when I was walking in the nasty slushy snow and I felt that my feet and socks were getting wet. I looked at my shoes and I have holes in them! Major let down as I really loved my boots and I had them for over almost 2 years now. That may not seem like a long time but I’ve walked everywhere with them and through all kinds of nasty weather. I did my best to take care of them but sadly, I am going to have to replace them before the winter’s up. 😛 Paid really good money for them too.

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    Ivy
    March 19, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    The Tieks did not hold up well. I bought 3 pairs in December 2012 and the leather has wore through on all of them within the year. I bought them because of all the cute colors. I thought maybe the patent would hold up longer but not sure from the reviews I’m reading. I’d share pics if I knew how.

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    ToryBri
    April 19, 2015 at 8:19 am

    I’m a huge Tory Burch flats fan. Just in my Reva collection I have 15 pairs.
    ( https://davisbe.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/dsc04061.jpg ) I also like several other styles of Tory flats. Recently I thought about trying a pair if Tieks since they come in so many wonderful colors. Online shopping and shipping is very popular these days but I would feel better about getting a pair if I could try them on to ensure the proper size before I go thru the online process of buying them. As a result I haven’t bought a pair yet. I just stick with my Tory’s.

    Great post, thanks for sharing.
    Brian
    https://davisbe.wordpress.com

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    stephanieblue
    June 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Ties are addictive!! Seriously. Once you have a pair, you’ll want a second pair. They are super comfy. I tend to be a Birkenstock type chic but I find that I grab my Tieks just as much. And they are SUPER cute, too.

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    Eva
    September 30, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I have a pair of obsidien black (patent), just over a year and i don’t wear them often. I live in Seattle, so the ground is often wet, so they’re really a summer shoe around these parts. Even so, i do not find them that comfortable as i find the elastic is so tight, every time i wear them, i get a sore red spot over the bone just below my big toe (yes, my feet are a little boney). Secondly, the cushion on them is not great. I have probably worn them on less than a dozen occassions, and only a couple of times for the whole day (at work) and one shoe is completely worn on the inside at the ball of my feet. I weigh about 155# so I am not huge, but not a lightweight either and the bottoms pound the pavement as though they’re plastic (no cushioning!), granted i might be a bit assertive in my stride. I love the colors and am so tempted to get another pair just to try if the non-patent might be softer. I do love that they’re so portable, and as such, are great for my travel to resorts as well as visits to friends’ homes where i need to change out of my waterproof footwear, but that is pretty darn expensive for an occassional shoe! Still, i’m tempted by the amazing advertising!

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    Dana
    August 3, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I have had my Tieks for about three months now. I have worn them about five times, two of those times for lengthy days traveling in airports, walking in New York…I have yet to wear them in enough that they do not bother my big toe. It presses down on my nail and causes it to be very sore! Anyone else have this issue? Did it go away? Also, they squeak when I walk. I have a pretty high arch in my foot and wonder if that has anything to do with that?? I’m very disappointed to have spent so much on this pair of shoes that hurt my feet!

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      Amy
      August 14, 2016 at 5:19 pm

      Dana are you still having the same issues? I just got mine yesterday and I’m wearing them in the house to test them out. I have the big toe pressure, squeaky sounds inside the shoe when I walk, and I also have a high arch. Do yours always hurt? I’m trying to decide if I should send them back!

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        Dana
        August 15, 2016 at 8:26 am

        Amy, to be honest I haven’t worn them since my trip to New York last month. I got the cardinal red ones and just haven’t matched them up with anything since. But I haven’t noticed them getting any better with each time I’ve worn them. It’s really a shame because other than the big toe problem and the squeaking, I understand why everyone raves. They are comfortable shoes and the soles of my feet don’t hurt after a long day of walking. I just can’t get past the pain in my toe and the noises they make!

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          leah brunson
          August 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm

          I also have the same problem! It makes me sad because they are so cute, but I have tried desperately to break them in, and it’s not getting any better. I’ve had since Mother’s Day. I also have high arches.

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        Glenda D
        August 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm

        A month ago I got my Tieks and I was so excited, I wore them around the house and they hurt my big toes. I went for a pedi and cut my toe nails very short. I wore them around the mall and they were so uncomfortable I end up buying a pair of sandals just to aliviate the pain. I’m so dispapointed and I would be ok with given shoes away or donating them but these are $190.00 shoes that I wore three times now I’m stuck with them because I wore them out. How in the world you would know if they are confortable or not if you don’t wear them out?!
        Not happy

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          Amy
          August 23, 2016 at 10:24 am

          I think you should call the company and complain. Seriously! If they made a separate line that had a more bubble toe I would be a huge fan. I wouldn’t even care if they folded up. I’d trade that for more room in the toe and maybe a bit of arch support. I loved the comfort in the heal.
          I luckily returned mine before going out because of comments from this post. But it seriously isn’t cool to pay $190 for painful shoes, especially when they are advertised as being the best shoes ever!

          • Kathleen Mills Ullery
            August 23, 2016 at 10:38 pm

            I agree, more room in the toes, maybe a bit more coverage on sides. The elastic rubs on a slight bunion that I have on the big toe knuckle, and if it came up just a little more, wouldn’t happen. I have to cut my toenail short to wear my Tieks, and still they press a little which hurts. I also wouldn’t care of they folded or not. Such cute shoes, what a shame they do hurt after wearing for the shortest time.

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          ivanev
          November 10, 2016 at 4:09 pm

          Hi Glenda,
          You can sell them at eBay or Tradesy and get almost all your money back. Hope it helps.

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    Melissa
    August 18, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I also have that big toe aching problem. I an on my 6th month but it doesnt go away. I’ve never had any big-toe problem with any flat shoes before 🙁

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      Sonya
      August 24, 2016 at 12:54 am

      Me too on the big toe. Anyone taken them to a shoe stretcher person? I’ve got a 9 and if it was a quarter of an inch longer, they’d be perf. A 10 would be way too big. I’m going to try to get a professional’s opinion.

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        Sarah
        September 21, 2016 at 11:51 am

        me too! I ordered a 7 & an 8- the 8’s were too big and the 7s were fine except for the tightness on my left big toe. I have worn them numerous time but the pain isn’t subsiding. they are incredible in every other aspect but the nail pain is pretty bad- my toe throbs and I end up taking my shoes off at work. I wish they had a way of stretching out that area or just gave a wee bit more room (or half sizes!)

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    Lisa
    August 24, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Any one get blisters on the side of your foot

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      Kellis
      June 1, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      If I actually walk in them, i totally get blisters on the outside part of my sole of both feet. Big ones. I love the shoes so much and I just keep hoping that I’ll eventually break them in. I mean your foot is sliding around on hard leather, it’s bound blister, right???

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    Frances
    August 25, 2016 at 10:29 am

    My mother-in-law loves Tieks, so she gave me a gift certificate for a pair. I just received the red Cardinal ones, and have the same problem as others. You can my big toenail through the shoe as well as the outline of some of my other toes. I’m very sad to hear that this does not go away. Do any of the other styles not have the toe problem? Since they were a gift certificate buy, I’m stuck with getting a pair no matter what so want the best style possible.

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    Kendywalker
    August 27, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I bought two pairs and they both rub the top of my foot where the bone runs up my foot by my big toe… I just want a comfy pair of nice flats as I am a teacher and on my feet all day…..

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    Ariel
    September 8, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    I’ve had my Tieks for a week now and have worn them for a little while each day. I find that when I get home from work I have to switch out of my Tieks and into a pair of sandals to walk my dogs, just to alleviate the pain felt from the pressure on my big toes. I will continue to wear my Tieks for a bit longer, as I feel I have already worn them too much to be granted a full return with the company. Starting yesterday, and again today, I have noticed that the shoes have started to make a squeaking sound when I walk. The pain is still the same from day one despite taking a few measures to attempt to “stretch” out the leather a bit. With a $175 price tag, I am committed to making these work, but so far I am not feeling the comfort and love and lead me to my initial purchase.

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    Marcy
    September 12, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I bought a pair in May. I have wide feet and bunions and had a heck of a time getting them to fit comfortably. I finally invested in a shoe stretcher and some rubbing alcohol spray. It did the trick! They stretched about a quarter of a size and they fit much better. Still, I’m a size 10 and these were a bit short. My big toe continued to bother me but I was able to stretch the leather over the bunion to make it comfortable. I started wearing the, ALL the time and they felt like slippers. Until the lining began to tear. Their customer service is great so they sent me a return label and they removed the lining and sent them back. They also sent me a $50 gift card for my trouble. SO I ordered another pair; this time in size 11. Well, my feet were already calloused in the bunion area from the first pair so the second pair was comfortable from day one. I seldom wear the size 10s any more.

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    Teresa
    October 4, 2016 at 1:09 am

    I bought my Tieks about 3 weeks ago and I have to say I’m so disappointed. The pain and tightness in the right toe area makes is really bad. As far as molding to your feet they seem to get tighter as the day goes on. Tieks recommends you don’t wear outside if you’re unsure about fit. However, that’s in contradiction to their advice that Tieks mold to your feet after wearing them around. If you don’t wear them out how do you know if they’ll actually miraculously mold to your feet. I decided to give them a fair shot and actually wear them so that they could mold to my feet and there’s no sign that it’s getting any better.

    I’ve tried stuffing with socks to stretch and even have to use bandaids nothing makes them better.

    They’re so uncomfortable, I’ve taken to bringing backup pair of shoes when I can no longer take the pain. I keep trying to make them work because of how much they cost. The cushion is not even that great either. I bought them specifically for a vacation in Australia, there’s just no way, I can rely on them. Easily the worst purchase I’ve ever made.

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    Julia
    October 7, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Hi ladies, if it’s too late (or not possible to return) and you don’t like your Tieks, look into selling them on Poshmark or ebay. They’re selling very quickly and for over a hundred if not more. Even ones in bad shape (crazy, I know). Good luck. P.S., just got mine yesterday and am having the same toe pain issue as the others posting here. Will try a larger size but am beginning to think that this may all end in a full return. Sounds like they work fantastically well for some people as I’ve read LOTS of very enthusiastic reviews, but but not for others.

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    Hailey S
    October 7, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Sad to see that all of you ladies had such a bad experience! I love my Tieks. I’m a size 7-7.5 and took a 7 in them. I do have a bit of a wider foot, but when purchasing shoes, I do typically get a normal width and find that it will USUALLY stretch to fit my feet. I do also have a higher arch. I will also state that I have hyperhidrosis (excess sweating) of my feet and hands.
    I went with the vegan pair in Greystone and at first they were tight across the toes. I wore them around work (I work in a carpeted office) for a few days and the toe area stretched out nicely. The nice about the Greystone is that since it’s fabric, you can’t see the outline of your toes. I wear them every single day and they are literally slippers at this point. The only complaint I have about this pair is because of the materials of the sole, they do smell… like feet. This pair did squeak at the beginning, but it went away within the first few wears and there is no squeaking at all anymore.
    I also have the matte black ones as well. They fit like a glove right from the box. I was initially concerned about the fact that you can see your toes through the leather, but I got over that pretty quickly. As they’ve molded and stretched to my feet, they are also just like slippers. This pair does not make my feet smell like the other pair does. This pair also squeaked for me at the beginning, but also subsided within the first 2 days.
    By no means would I wear them on a 13 hour day of walking over 20 miles, but I can definitely do 5-6 in them with no problems. I do start to feel my arches begin to hurt after standing on my feet for 4+ hours, but honestly that would be my only complaint. (This isn’t walking, but just standing)
    I have the mustard yellow and bronze pair on their way to me in the mail now. I know if I’m not satisfied, I’ll just send them back for a different pair. Remember, every pair of tieks is HANDMADE so there will inevitably be differences from pair to pair. I would recommend to do an exchange and have them send you a different pair that hopefully wouldn’t pinch or be too tight.
    Hope this helps!

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    JB
    October 14, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I was super excited to find a comfortable pair of flats. I am a teacher and on my feet all day and was willing to pay the price for a comfortable pair of shoes. I cannot wear these more than a few hours before the ball of my feet begin to hurt. I had the problem with the first pair I ordered of the toe area being too tight. I got a bigger size and that took care of that problem so I was ready to wear them all the time until I wore them for my 4 hour open house at school and by the end of that my feet were killing me. I am so sad and disappointed that these shoes didn’t end up being the great pair everyone was saying they would be. Even if they were a little uncomfortable, I would be ok with them, but they are downright painful. I have never had a pair of shoes cause pain in the ball of my foot to the degree that these do. I wish I had returned them before I wore them to school.

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    Crystal
    January 9, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Who are these people that LOVE these so much?! Utterly disappointed. Mine arrived two hours ago, I tried them on and immediately said “NOPE.” $200 for these? Ha! I ordered Tieks in a 9 when I normally wear a 9.5 due to the Q&A on their website. My big toes are poking up and the shoes feel as if they are going to slip off my heel, and they SQUEAK on top of it all! I’ll stick with my Walmart flats of the same color, they’re much more comfortable.

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    Liz Pecora
    February 1, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Hi everyone, I found this thread and wanted to say just a few things. I thought I’d given up wearing flats. Wore Tory Butch Reva, Cole Haan (almost every version w/Nike) and switched to open toed shoes when I moved to S. Florida a few years ago. I’ve tried a few times to put the Reva’s, Maria Sharapova’s, etc back on..found them restrictive and uncomfortable.
    Then I put on a pair of Tieks. I heard about them and waited 2 years before buying. After I received I waited two months to wear. It wasn’t an immediate love match. The first pair, “classic” leather, I would say it took about 3 days for me to adjust. Let me back up–
    In the month prior I had been to two doctors with foot and lower leg pain. They had each told me to stop wearing flip flops (I was wearing Birkenstocks at one doctor’s visit) and to secure my foot while walking.
    Ok. No sandals. So I tried the Tieks. This was early November, 2016. I have made a point to wear Tieks every day since then. I am a Director of a Food Pantry and on my feet a lot. I have switched to supportive sneakers twice, and that was only to go to a working warehouse where something might spill on drop hard on me! 🙂
    I should also mention I have had plantar fasciitis and have a bunion on one foot.
    This is how much I love Tieks. I wear them as house shoes! No one has ‘sponsored ‘ me & I’ve bought 11 pairs out of my hard earned dollars. Thanks for reading. Also, I went up a size. I believe that has helped in comfort and will hopefully help in durability so it doesn’t stress the leather at the seams.
    Blessings. I hope this helps someone.

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    Lucinda Havemeyer
    July 22, 2017 at 3:07 am

    I bought my first pair a few weeks ago and went up to a size 7. They said will stretch width wise but not length wise. And I have toe pain if to short. Would rather have them a little long and puT foot petals in the heels than put up with bad toe pain.the extra length give my toe more room and not hurt. I have read wherewomen spend 6 months breaking them in. For$265 I willl of wait for 6 months to see IF they fit with out pain.

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    Ashley Hood
    February 24, 2018 at 11:02 am

    I read fabulous reviews about Tieks and decided to give them a try. I wanted to love them, but DID NOT. I wear an 8.5 to 9 so I ordered a 9. They seemed a little big. I felt like they were slipping off my heel. I wore them around the house for days with thick socks trying to stretch out the elastic that rubbed the bone spur, bunion type deal I have on top of the first joint of my big toes. They also hurt my big toes. I saw pics all over of others women with the outline of their big toes sticking out the top of their shoes. Not only does that hurt it looms rediculous. I feel like if I am spending that much money on a pair of shoes, angels should sing when so put them on. I shouldn’t have to wear them around the house for a month of more to see IF they may work…because I can’t wear them outside then return them. They are beautifully made, just not made for me. Returned them and my search for the perfect comfy flat continues!

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