Flats: Tieks - Alpine Grey Croc Flats* /
In this review, I'm going to start off with my ruling. Tieks by Gavrieli are amazing. They've been featured on Oprah, are all hand stitched, and are like nothing I've ever owned before. You know how a few weeks ago I mentioned using Dr. Scholl's fast flats when in NYC running around like a chicken with my head cut off? I said they were alright but didn't quite fit right and looked exactly like I just popped them out of a cardboard package from a drugstore. These flats from Tieks are anything you could ever want in a pair of flats. What's even better? They literally fold in half, the toe tucks into the heel, and they fit into a tiny black pouch. These particular flats retail for $195 which, I do admit, is higher than what I'd expect to pay for flats. However, it's not a far cry from spending $100 or $150 at Aldo and these are higher quality, unique, stunning, and fold in half.
I chose to go with the Alpine Grey Croc in a size 9. Normally I wear an 8.5 but have the worst time with flats causing heel blisters. They fit like a dream, and the back is cushioned and stretchy instead of hard and rigid. I should probably also let you know they're actually leather - Italian leather - and have bright blue snazzy outer soles for a flash of colour and strong grip. Plus, the adorable little box in which the shoes come also offers up clear pant clips so you can pin up your too-long pants (perfect for when you need to take your heels off right this second or you're going to die) and an unfold-able tote to throw your demon heels into.
This weekend I'm visiting with my inlaws and we'll be enjoying lots of food and lots of drink, as per usual. I'm going to be thankful to have these comfy, fashionable flats to throw on in the evening. They're so easy and gorgeous, you'd never know they spend most of their day folded in half and tucked into a tiny little bag. When I opened my Tieks package in the office, the other girls came to watch (this is becoming a "thing" whenever I receive a package) and were amazed at their versatility. Naturally, I was excited to get home and type up the post so I can share my new obsession with you as well.
Have you owned a pair of Tieks? Would you want to? Let me know your horrible heel stories in a comment below. I'd love to know I'm not alone in not being able to spend 10+ hours in stilettos. I'm only human, after all! If you'd like to learn more about Tieks, and get a kick out of some awesome tweets, you should also click here and follow Tieks Girl. She's pretty awesome.