Tieks - The Perfect Travel Shoe

Travel Fashion: Tieks Review

I always have problems with finding the perfect pair of shoes for traveling, but I have finally found a pair that I have fallen in love with: Tieks! As with all my travel clothes, my requirements are versatility, comfort, easy to pack, and stylish, and these shoes fit perfectly into each and every category.

Tieks - The Perfect Travel Shoe

After hours of research on comfortable travel shoes that fit my requirements, I kept circling back to Tieks—they were just so cute, looked comfortable, and I’m a sucker for anything that packs into a tiny space. I had my eye on Tieks shoes for quite a while, and I’m so glad I finally have a pair. It took some time to decide on a color—I absolutely loved the olive green pair but ultimately, I wear a lot of black and neutral colors, so I decided on black, as they would go with most everything in my suitcase.

Tieks - The Perfect Travel Shoe

First things first, they do come with a higher price tag, starting out at $175, but I look at it as more of an investment. I would normally never spend that much on a pair of shoes—I like to save money for travel expenses and experiences, but after numerous unfortunate shoe experiences, I knew something had to change.

What are those unfortunate shoe experiences you might be wondering? Well, for starters, last year at the TBEX conference in Dublin, I wore out my adorable black Target flats in just one week. Another one of these events happened this past summer in Las Vegas—I wore my black Express flats our first night when walking on the strip, and ended up with 4 extremely painful blisters that I had to deal with during the upcoming adventurous week. These are just two of the many incidences, but needless to say, I have a thing for black flats, but apparently, they don’t have a mutual love for me. So, with a two-week trip to Greece coming up, I figured it was the perfect place to put my new shoes to the test.

Tieks - The Perfect Travel Shoe

How did they do? They actually did amazingly well, and let me tell you—I put these babies to the test. I came home from the trip without accumulating any blisters and besides needing to be cleaned up a bit, they are still in great condition! I packed three pairs of shoes for our trip to Greece: one pair of Toms, one pair of sandals and one pair of Tieks. Between these three pairs of shoes, I was equipped for every situation we would encounter—my TOMS are older and are perfect for light hiking, the sandals for if it’s hot, and the Tieks went with almost every outfit and could be dressed up or dressed down. I was smart enough to wear my TOMS for hiking the volcano in Santorini, but not quite smart enough to leave them at home for our hike the next day. I ended up wearing my Tieks for the 4-hour hike along the rim of the Santorini caldera, and even though they were comfortable the entire way and they stayed in great shape minus a coating of dust, I shouldn’t have worn them. I figured most of the hike would be on paved paths, but we encountered high winds, lots of dust and some rocky dirt paths—throughout the walk I just kept hoping I wouldn’t destroy my new adorable shoes. Thankfully, I didn’t. I also ended up wearing my Tieks during a couple of heavy rainstorms in Athens—the streets were flooding and I thought for sure my shoes were done. But, once again, they came out unscathed both times! After all of this torture on my poor shoes, I would say that I have found my new best friend…or umm, my new favorite pair of shoes.

Tieks - The Perfect Travel Shoe

Tieks are made from high quality, soft leather that is custom-made in Italy, and they have cushioned backs and instep to up the comfort level of the shoes. They are definitely made to last, and it shows in the level of craftsmanship and design. There are also vegan options if you don’t want to wear leather shoes—I love the new vegan Greystone style. One of my favorite features is that they fold up and fit into a tiny pouch, which is perfect for traveling or if you have to wear heels but want to switch to a comfortable pair of shoes later.

Tieks - The Perfect Travel Shoe

Tieks - The Perfect Travel Shoe

Tieks - The Perfect Travel Shoe

Another reason that I love these shoes is because the company has a foundation to empower women around the world as a means for social change. To help the fight against global poverty, they contribute to Kiva campaigns to assist women entrepreneurs. At this point, they have contributed over $1 million, and they are still going strong. Companies that donate to help better the world are always a win in my book, and it’s great to see companies that encourage women to become successful and self-sufficient.

Because of what the company stands for, and the comfort, durability and versatility of the Tieks, I am so happy to finally have a pair. I love them so much that I am seriously considering getting another pair—maybe this time in a bolder color choice!

 

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16 Comments
  • Kelly Lyall
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    Posted at 22:46h, 13 November Reply

    I love my Simple Shoes! I have bought two pairs. Ever since I bought the first pair I and I knew that they were going out of business I had to get another. They are made out of eco friendly and recycled materials. The soles are about 50% recycled rubber from car tires, organic cotton uppers, recycled pet/ plastic laces that are elastic so no need to tie them. They are light and feel very minimalist which is very comfortable in my opinion.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 05:17h, 16 November Reply

      Isn’t it so frustrating when something you love goes out of business?! That’s always the worst–glad you were able to snag another pair though at least. Sound like a great option! I always love products that are made with Eco friendly and recycled materials!
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  • Renuka
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    Posted at 02:05h, 14 November Reply

    They look really cool and comfy (of course)! It’s very important to have a good, reliable pair of shoes for walking, because a bad pair would ruin the joy of exploring.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 05:18h, 16 November Reply

      Totally agree–a bad pair of shoes can really ruin a day out wandering around! Comfort is key, especially when walking so much on a trip!
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  • Alli
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    Posted at 11:02h, 15 November Reply

    Never before have I seen such a thing! They look incredibly comfy. The bottoms of them are neat – now I see where they get all their cushioning from! $175 is pricey indeed . . . but so long as they last forever! My flats I usually am dumping in the garbage after a few months because they get so worn out.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 05:21h, 16 November Reply

      My thoughts too–I think of these shoes as more of an investment–as long as they last, they are worth it! And, they’ve held up great so far especially with all I’ve put them through. I have worn out too many shoes, and it’s nice to have a pair that doesn’t fall apart! They are super comfortable too, and one of my favorite things is that they fold up into a tiny package!! 🙂
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  • Sammi Wanderlustin'
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    Posted at 07:01h, 16 November Reply

    Hhhmmm… I’ve seen reviews for these before, but 175€ is 3 flights across Europe… and I just… would never spend that much on shoes. If nothing else, they might last forever but with my feet they’ll stink. I get that they’re well made and good, and what not, but… so much money!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:04h, 21 November Reply

      Yeah, they are definitely pricey, so I can understand that. When I looked at how much I was spending on replacing shoe after shoe that didn’t work for me, it wasn’t much different than the one pair of shoes that have already lasted longer than the others. And, they still smell fresh, so that’s good! Hopefully they continue to stay that way–it’s never fun to have smelly shoes 🙂
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  • Margherita
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    Posted at 18:19h, 17 November Reply

    LOOOVE these shoes! Stylish, comfy and pack in a tiny space – what else can you ask for! I wonder if I can get them here in Italy? Great choice of colours, too!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:06h, 21 November Reply

      It looks like they ship to Italy, so you are in luck! And, I know–I love all the different color choices–there are too many cute ones!
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  • Linda Bibb
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    Posted at 20:36h, 17 November Reply

    I am constantly drooling over the colors available in Tieks shoes and how traveler-friendly they are. Unfortunately I have a terrible time finding shoes that fit – I have a small foot, high arch and narrow heel – and they won’t fit my impossible feet. *sigh* Mind if I am envious?
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:09h, 21 November Reply

      Oh that’s unfortunate! I really wish they would work for you–I love all the colors too!!
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  • Ivan Vallejo
    Posted at 17:33h, 17 July Reply

    Hi Jenna,
    Hope you don’t mind but I am a young man and wear ballet flats as my everyday shoes as I found them comfortable and easy to slip on. I plan to get a second pair and give them a second chance as my first pair of Tieks didn’t fit properly and wasn’t really comfty. Thanks for the review, it is really helpful and you look wonderful with those cute flats and your skinny jeans. Have a nice day!
    Ivan

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 20:28h, 19 July Reply

      Thanks so much, Ivan! I think they are super comfortable, but I’m sure they fit everyone different, so I hope they are better for you this time! Hope you enjoy them and thanks for stopping by!
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      • Ivan
        Posted at 17:51h, 06 November Reply

        Hi Jenna,

        Finally I got a pair in navy blue and this time my Tieks fits me great and they are as comfortable as slippers and I’ve been wearing them the last 7 months as my almost everyday shoes and you are right this flats are durable and good quality, thanks for your review, it helped me to try this brand again ! Have a nice day !

        • Jenna Kvidt
          Posted at 01:56h, 11 November Reply

          So glad to hear that, Ivan! Happy that they have been working for you and that you found them comfortable this time around. Thanks so much for letting me know–it’s great to hear and I’m glad you are enjoying them! Have a great day, as well! 🙂
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