Ever since I ordered Tieks, I’ve been constantly asked by other wedding professionals for my take on them. I’ve even been asked at weddings by guests! Their questions are always the following ones.
Are they really worth it?
Are they really the most comfortable flats?
If you’re a Tieks lover and swear by the brand, you may be surprised on what I have to say. (Because who’s ever known me to keep it less than real?) Although I love the brand now, it didn’t necessarily start that way.
I think I should start this out with a little disclaimer. I know a lot of people who love their Tieks and swear by them. This isn’t a bash at Tieks or their shoes because, let’s face it, I’ll probably be buying more in the future. I’ll be honest, I hated my Tieks the first time I wore them. (Well, it was technically the second time I wore them.) However, I love them now! Before you think I’m crazy, let me explain.
Rosé all day
For my first pair of Tieks, I bought the Rose Gold style in the photo within this blog post. I tested them around my house the day before a wedding, and they were absolutely perfect.
I know what you’re thinking, I am woman enough to admit it. Wearing brand new flats to a wedding before going through the break-in process is a little stupid. (Okay, really stupid.) I was in love with how cute and (seemingly) comfortable they were while I conducted the rehearsal. However, this wedding was the same weekend as Hurricane Matthew, and it started pouring rain during our outdoor rehearsal. There’s probably something to do with them taking a little swim that contributed to what happened next.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that I thought my feet were going to fall off at this wedding. I must say, as a wedding professional, I probably shouldn’t have had too high of hopes for them preventing sore feet. Let’s face it, when you’re on your feet for that many hours running around your feet are bound to be sore when you go home – regardless of what shoes you have on!
Blisters, party of one? No thank you.
I could have predicted that my feet would still be sore at the end of the night. However, I was heartbroken when these expensive little ‘miracle’ shoes literally tore my feet up. This probably also had something to do with my extra sore feet from trying to baby them while walking. I blistered everywhere. (I was actually surprised at some of the spots on my feet that blistered!) Not to mention, these blisters stuck around for weeks and weeks. I literally wanted to crawl from driveway to my house at midnight like a girl who had too much to drink on Northgate. My husband did meet me at the door with a steak dinner and rose, though. (Yes, at midnight! #husbandgoals) So, it was a bit more classy than that.
But, I love them now! How?
Now, you may be reading this thinking, “Oh my, this is awful! I can’t buy these!” But, like I mentioned above, I actually really like my Tieks now. How is that possible?
We all have that favorite pair of heels you wear that you know will give you blisters. What do you do before you wear them? You wither bandage your heel or put a gel insert in your show beforehand to avoid the pain that you know could be coming. I actually took two squishy gel inserts (the ones you stick on the heel of your heels!) and stuck them inside on the parts of the Tieks that rubbed my feet. Not only were they more comfortable after this, I actually wear them at weddings now. No more band-aids, and no more wrapping my feet beforehand. I get complimented every time I wear them, and it’s such a cute, colorful touch to my typical wedding coordination attire.
My opinion? Take the plunge!
Understandably, you may be hesitant to purchase expensive shoes that you know you may have to ‘fix’ to wear them. But, with how much I have to walk in them at a given event, it was kind of silly for me to not fix them in preparation for the first time. To be honest, the fact that they still look like I’ve just taken them out of the box despite what I’ve put these shoes through shows how much value these little flats really have. Plus, who knows, you may have the perfect experience like some of my fellow vendors and not even have to fix them! Some people (like me!) always struggle wearing flats while others don’t. Everyone is different. I’d suggest taking the plunge at least once to try them out and see for yourself.