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Are Tieks Worth It?

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Are Tieks worth it? by travel blogger What The Fab

Whenever I wear my Tieks flats, I always get a few DMs asking: Are Tieks worth it?

The price tag for a pair of Tieks ballet flats ranges from $185 for their more simple styles (like their classic leather flats or vegan Tieks), up to $295 for their more intricate designs (like their hand-painted electric snake print pair). 

So it’s understandable that people want to know if these foldable ballet flats are worth the investment! Welcome to my honest Tieks review. 

I remember when I bought my first pair of leather Tieks. I was in grad school, planning a trip to Vegas with my girlfriends, and I had seen Tieks shoes in a magazine.

I thought the ingenious way that you could fold up your Tieks would be perfect for when we were walking the strip and I could no longer bear wearing heels. 

And so with that, I bought my first pair of Tieks, and soon after my second pair, third, and fourth…

I’ve been wearing Tieks for over a decade now, and they’ve been with me all over the world.

They’re my go-to flats for when I want to be stylish and also comfortable. 

Are Tieks worth it? by travel blogger What The Fab


Tieks’ quality is one of the reasons why I love them so much. I have pairs that I’ve worn for years and years that still look great. 

Their flats are handcrafted with fine Italian leathers and textiles, and it takes three days and over 150 steps to make a single pair of Tieks. 

As soon as you open the cute Tieks blue box, the quality shines through. You won’t be disappointed! 


Tieks offers so many different colors and styles—it’s why I keep coming back for more lol.

In these photos, I’m wearing the Romantic Blush pair, but I also love their Rose Gold Glam and Leopard Print

Whether you’re looking for something simple and classic like the Matte Black Tieks, or something glitzy like Starstruck, they have something for everyone.

I have a lot of their really fun/bright prints, but I also love their simple classic flats. I just picked out a new pair and went with classic Taupe!

Are Tieks worth it? by travel blogger What The Fab


The classic leather Tieks are the most comfortable, in my opinion.

I’ve tried the patent leather Tieks and own a lot of the printed ones, and while those are comfortable as well, the classic leather ones just have the right amount of give for me to wear them all day long.

I will say, I have very high arches, and flats like these of course don’t have arch support. So if I’m traveling and I know I’m going to be doing a ton of walking that particular day, I usually opt for a different pair of shoes that will give me that support I need.

What makes Tieks comfortable is the quality leather and the fact that they’re made to stretch and mold to your foot for the perfect fit. Getting the right size is also key!

Are Tieks worth it? by travel blogger What The Fab


Sometimes I get people emailing/DMing me questions on fit and sizing since Tieks doesn’t offer half sizes. Personally, I usually wear a 6.5 and I wear a 6 in Tieks. 

They usually recommend sizing down if you’re a half size unless you have a wide foot or sometimes need to size up. 

I’ve tried on both 6 and 7 and the 7’s were definitely a little too big for me. Their size 6 can be a bit snug for me depending on the style and if I’m wearing no-show socks underneath them.

Do Tieks take time to break in?

In my experience, yes. It depends on the type of leather, as some have more stretch and give than others (the patent leather shoes for example are a bit more snug out of the box).

If you’re wearing them regularly, it can take a few weeks to a month to break in a new pair. 

Customer Service

Tieks customer service is fantastic—they’re super quick to respond and they have a great return and exchange policy. Unworn Tieks can be returned or exchanged at any time! 

Clearly, I love Tieks and I wear Tieks all the time. I wore them several days a week when I worked in a corporate office, and now I wear them for travel days, out and about in the city, and during my travel adventures. 

Hopefully, this review answered the question are Tieks worth it with a resounding yes—the quality really is unmatched! 

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Saturday 2nd of March 2024

I was glad to read that Tieks take some time to break in. Many people said they were comfortable right out of the box but that is not my experience. I just bought my first 2 pairs and am breaking them in.

What The Fab

Monday 18th of March 2024

They definitely get more comfortable once you break them in. Enjoy!


Sunday 14th of May 2023

Thank you for the review. I love my Tieks and have several pairs. Question for you, are they repair-able? The soles on one of them is cracked. The shoe is perfect still and I would hate to get rid of them.

Elise Armitage

Thursday 1st of June 2023

I'm not sure but you could try taking them to a place that does shoe repair and see what they say!


Wednesday 1st of March 2023

Hi there, thanks for all this great information on Tieks. I loved the dress of the model in this article. Could I please ask the brand name of this dress. Thank you.

Elise Armitage

Wednesday 1st of March 2023

Thank you! The dress I'm wearing is Anthropologie. It's pretty old though so it probably isn't online anymore. I've had it for years!