A little over a year ago, on my 35th birthday, my wonderful mom bought me a pair of Tieks by Gavrieli. If you haven’t heard of Tieks (which you probably have unless you live under a rock), they’re the Italian leather foldable ballet flats with bright blue soles, and they’re supposedly the most versatile ballet flats in the world. After a year of wearing Tieks, I feel like I can finally give my honest opinion of the famous blue-bottomed flats.
I started seeing Tieks pop up on my social media a couple years ago, but whenever I thought about buying them I would convince myself I didn’t need another pair of ballet flats to add to my almost outrageously large collection. Yes, I have a little bit of a shoe addiction, and that’s especially true when it comes to flats. I’ve tried so many different designer brands I’ve lost count, always in search for something both comfortable and chic. My mom will be the first person to call me out and remind me that I do NOT need more shoes. So when she presented me with box that contained my Matte Black pair, I was both excited and shocked! Apparently after years of hearing me complain about flats that killed my feet she went on a mission to find me the perfect pair, and Tieks were her answer.
So let me just tell you, Tieks’ presentation could not be more adorable. I was immediately impressed by the Tiek Blue box and embellished flower, but even more so by the handwritten note that came inside the box. I even kept the note, because I thought it was so sweet. Can you think of any other company that takes the time to write to every single one of their customers? I certainly can’t! Very cool, Tieks.
Ok so you’re probably wondering what happened when I actually put on my Tieks. Well I hate to disappoint anyone who was hoping for a magical fairy tale moment, but sadly my Tieks…did not fit. Tieks only carry full sizes (the natural leather is supposed to stretch and mold to your feet), and since I’m normally a 7.5, my mom went with a 7. Unfortunately, there was no amount of stretching or molding that was going to make my toes fit comfortably in the 7s. Luckily, I don’t give up that easy. I hopped on the phone with Tieks the next morning and I can’t praise their customer service enough!
First off, I was greeted by a REAL HUMAN, not an annoying automated robot voice. Second, the customer service rep I spoke with, Abby, was SO NICE and made exchanging my Tieks easier than I could have imagined. Since I knew the 7s were 100% the wrong size for me I opted for a gift exchange. Abby assured me that if the 8s didn’t fit either, I’d be able to return them for a full refund (back to my mom’s card) as long as they hadn’t been worn outside. Tieks emailed me a prepaid return label to send the 7s back, and as soon as they received them they sent the size 8 to me (again with free shipping), which, you guessed it, was the absolute perfect fit! Abby also let me know that—and this is really fantastic ladies—if you’re not positive which size will be the right fit, they’ll actually send you the other size (without charging you for it!), so you can try them on side by side. Then, you just send one pair back with the prepaid return label they provide. So easy! And this exchange policy applies whether you received them as a gift or bought them yourself. Obviously I didn’t need to use that option since I knew my 7s were too small, but I mean really, can customer service get any better than that?! I have yet to experience anything that comes close.
Here’s a few pics I’ve snapped on my phone over the last year wearing my Matte Black pair (as you can tell I wear them quite a bit):
It’s safe to say I’m in LOVE with my Tieks. They have molded perfectly to my feet, and believe it or not I’ve thrown out all my other flats! Ok fine, all but a few pairs that I’m just hoarding in the back of my closet because I can’t seem to part with them even though I don’t ever wear them…I may have a problem. Anyway the point is I’ve been living in my Tieks for the last year and they are everything they say they are and more. Comfy, stylish, durable—after a year of constant wear they still look almost new! While the natural leather of the soles has darkened a bit from wear, they don’t smell at all, which is a problem I’ve run into with other flats in the past.
Needless to say, Tieks are the solution to all my ballet flat problems. (Thanks, mom!) So for my birthday this year, I planned to treat myself to a new pair. Tieks has over 50 gorgeous styles to choose from, which makes it a mission to decide on just one, but after a lot of hemming and hawing, I finally set my sights on Leopard Print. Then, a few days before my birthday, a package showed up at my door. Enclosed was THE CUTEST little mini Tieks box, with a gift card inside and note from my mom wishing me a happy birthday. Pretty sure I let out an embarrassingly high-pitched squeal of delight when I saw it.
I immediately called my mom to thank her, and she told me she wanted me to be able to pick out my own color this time around, so she’d opted for the gift card. After picking out my Leopard Print pair from the Boutiek, it took me all of 3 minutes to go through the checkout process and a minute later I had my confirmation email. And this is what really blew me away—within under an hour I got an email that my Tieks had shipped! Not kidding, my shoes shipped the same day I made the order. Props to you, Tieks.
Here’s a few pictures of my Leopard Print Tieks in all their glory:
It just so happens that a couple weeks after my birthday was my best friend’s baby shower. After hearing her complain of aching, swollen feet throughout her pregnancy, I knew I had to get her a pair of Tieks. She’d tried my size 8s on at one point pre-pregnancy, and I remember her saying they felt great, so I decided to get her Ballerina Pink (because she’s having a baby girl!) in a size 8. From my own experience I knew that if the 8s were too small, she’d have no problem at all exchanging them.
Fast forward to the shower—she saw the bright Tiek Blue box and her eyes completely lit up with excitement! Even though I knew exchanging them wouldn’t be a hassle for her if necessary, I still hoped they would fit right away. And guess what? Even with her swollen feet she said they felt like butter from the minute she put them on! And she refused to take them off the rest of the day. In fact, I’m pretty sure she’s worn them every day since. I’ve gotten lots of texts about how much she loves them and how amazed she is that her feet don’t ache in them. Cue me, internally giving myself a big pat on the back 😉
Of course I had my camera handy to snap a few pics of her opening her Ballerina Pink Tieks!
If it wasn’t clear yet, I think Tieks are an amazing gift to receive, and a super easy, super thoughtful gift to give. With the holidays just around the corner, Tieks are definitely at the top of my gifting (and wish) list. I’ve probably worn my Matte Black pair upwards of 150 times in the last year, which brings their cost per wear to around $1. And considering they still look like-new, that cost will be next to nothing with another couple years of wear. So, while they may be pricey ($175 a pop minimum), in my opinion they are 1000% worth the investment.
For those of you wondering, I did a little research on the Tieks website and they actually offer two other gifting options (besides just giving a pair or sending a physical gift card).
1. E-Gift Cards: These can be sent directly to someone’s email. If you’re in a time crunch (like you forgot the person’s birthday accidentally but don’t want them to know—we’ve all done that once or twice let’s be real) and don’t want to deal with shipping time, an e-gift card is a great option.
2. E-Gift A Pair: This feature is actually pretty awesome. It’s sort of like an e-gift card (because all you need is the recipient’s email address to send), but it’s more personal in the sense that you can pick out a specific pair. So if you think you know what color the person will like but don’t know either their size or home address, this is a perfect option. And of course, if the recipient doesn’t like the color you chose, they can always exchange for a different style.
So, let’s recap!
- Tieks are amazing, luxurious, super comfy, chic, Italian leather ballet flats. And they fold up to be super compact—what more can a girl ask for?
- Tieks’ craftsmanship is a cut above the rest—every pair is truly a work of art.
- Tieks make great gifts to give and receive. I highly recommend adding them to your holiday wish list this year, if you haven’t already 😉
- With four different ways to gift Tieks (physical pair, physical gift card, e-gift card, e-gift a pair), they really could not make it any easier.
- Tieks’ unparalleled customer service and fabulous exchange policy (free shipping and no charge for exchange pairs) make it so easy to gift without being worried about sizing.
So hop online and check them out—you won’t regret it! Oh, and thanks for reading my novel of a blog post 🙂
Feel free to leave any questions/comments below, I’d love to hear what you all think of Tieks!
UPDATE: Treated myself to a Cardinal Red pair for Christmas! I wanted something festive for all the Christmas parties happening this month, as well as something I could wear year-round, so Cardinal felt perfect. When they came I did a little photo shoot under the tree—aren’t they festive?!