Have you ever heard of Tieks?!? Well if you've been reading my blog for sometime, of course you have! You know....my favorite shoes ever!! As a teacher, we understand the importance of having a comfortable shoe on. We are on our feet ALL DAY LONG! So when it comes to picking a shoe, we need one that works. I am constantly asked if they are worth it. So I've decided to share my thoughts and story on Tieks for you all and perhaps some of you on the edge will give them a try. (Disclaimer - No, I don't work for them. I swear, I'm a teacher, living on a teacher salary just like you! But I believe shout outs are needed when I see a good thing. Now back to our regularly scheduled blog post) ;-)
I remember the first time I heard about Tieks by Gavrieli. It was from my friend and co-worker, Pina. She came into my classroom raving about how awesome these ballet flats she got were, and how she was ordering at least two more pairs. I was intrigued! Quickly, I went on their site and researched the shoes. OMG! I was in love and hadn't even bought a pair yet. The colors, oh the beautiful colors are enough to make a teacher's heart beat fast!! Every color of the rainbow was there - and I wanted every color. But at that moment, I noticed the price. Bam! I was brought back to reality with the sticker shock.
|My newest pairs. :-)|
Let me start by saying I don't EVER spend crazy amounts of money on clothing and shoes. I shop sales and consignment shops. I'm a Banana Republic snob, after all, I have their Visa Luxe card....but let's be honest. I reached that status by buying their clothes on sale. So for me to spend $175 on a pair of shoes, well at that time was just ridiculous. However, with Pina ordering a pair and another co-worker taking the plunge too - well I just got caught up in the moment. And to be honest, I've never looked back. I buy at least one new pair each year for back to school. This year I got two pairs because my class from last year gave me a gift certificate (SEE - I wear them that much that they noticed!). But I do get that spending anywhere from $200 - $300 for a pair of ballet shoes is a lot of money. However, my other shoes (when I do buy them) come from Payless Shoes...and they aren't nearly as comfortable. And when you really sit down and do the math.....it's not that much. Let's say on average, I wear a pair of my Tieks 60 days out of the year. That comes out to about $3 PER DAY. That's worth it to me.
Packaging & Shoes
When your shoes first arrive, they come in a tiny box. You will find it hard to believe that there are a pair of shoes in this little box. When you open it, you are greeted by a beautiful Tieks blue box with a flower on top. Seriously - the packing is gorgeous! I once had a friend say that Tieks should save the money they spend on packaging and take it off the price of the shoes. I completely disagree!
|The shoes and two carrying bags come inside the box.|
Now the shoes themselves are beautiful. I own a pair of Cardinal Red, Black, Leopard Print, Silver Lake (Vegan), Tangerine, and Copperhead Snake. I love every single color I have and they each fit my personality to a T. My all time favs were the leopard print....until I got my Silver Lake ones last year. However, this week I just got the Copperhead Snake and they are simply gorgeous! The pictures on the internet don't do them justice. They are so unique looking!
When you first put the shoes on, they are tight. No doubt about it....borderline a little uncomfortable but no different from any other shoe I've bought before. They just need to be broken in. I will wear them for a few hours at a time to do it slowly. Once they have been worn a few times, they fit fine. Thankfully I'm a size 7 and that is what I always get. However, my sister is a 6.5 and she also gets the 7. The fit fine on her too. Some people I know get the size up and they are too big. I heard a rumor that if you contact Tieks, they will send you the smaller size that has already been stretched. Not sure if that's true but if you are an in between size it's worth asking. Which leads me to customer service....
|Copperhead Snake - By far my most favorite pair ever!|
The Bottom Line
If you aren't sure about these shoes, I definitely recommend giving them a try. I think you'll soon be sold like I am. These are definitely my indulgences each school year and with how hard I work, I think I'm entitled to it (thankfully my husband thinks so too). As if I wasn't excited enough about going in and setting up my classroom and getting ready for the new year, I get an awesome little package on top of it all. :-)
What are you favorite pair of shoes? Share below.