Olive’s Review: Tieks Ballet Flats

Foldable flats are convenient for any occasion. You can throw them in your bag after a night of intense stiletto walking, pack them in your suitcase for traveling, or slip them on for everyday errands.  For those of you who haven’t heard of Tieks ballet flats, they are foldable leather shoes known for their thick signature teal soles. Though they can be a little pricey (starting at $175), I’ll take you through a full review of what to expect from these shoes.

Tieks Shoes

First off, if you sign up for their mailing list you can expect to receive special promotional codes every now and then that include 25% to 30% off discounts on all Tieks shoes. I purchased my first pair this past holiday season on a promotional code and was excited when the little blue package arrived.

Everything that comes with your pair of Tieks

My chestnut colored flats came in a bright teal box with a flower head band, a Tieks shoe bag to toss in your purse, a hand written card from a Tieks member and a reusable shoulder sack to carry your heels.

By the way, their customer service is great! Initially, they were sold out of this color when I purchased them but a Tieks rep notified me with a choice to choose another color or wait for the next shipment. I decided to wait and was surprised that the shipment of chestnut colored flats came in sooner than expected!

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Alright, back to the shoes! The sizes on the site are accurate though no half sizes exist so I recommend going up a size if your feet tend to swell. So if you are a 6 and a 1/2, I would purchase a 7.

Now, I have to admit when first wearing them around office they did make that funny duck noise from the new rubber soles rubbing against the tiles but that went away after breaking them in. Also every now and then I do catch myself tripping from the front of the soles snagging the carpet but that could just be me!

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Its been over a little over a month since I had my Tieks and I just notice a small part of leather wearing off on the back of shoes. I recommend caring for your Tieks by cleaning them with leather wipes every couple of months depending on how often you wear them. The ones I use are from Weiman because they have UVX- 15 that protects from the sun and they are also gentle enough to use on your handbags, belts and other leather goods.

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Overall, I love my Tieks. They are so comfortable that they tend to be my go-to shoes and they look great with almost every outfit. Every now and then I do get compliments from the eye catching teal soles and people ask me where they can purchase a pair! So check out Tieks if you haven’t already and try a pair!

Quick recap:


  • Pretty packaging
  • Light and comfy
  • Foldable for easy packing
  • Thick soles with a eye catching color


  • Pricey
  • Leather slightly wears off from excessive wear
  • Does not provide center support at all for people with high arches

UPDATE: Tieks is hosting a giveaway! 14 pairs for 2014. You could be one of the lucky winners! Good luck!


Trends: Midi Rings

Midi rings ( also referred to as knuckle rings or stacking rings) are delicate little rings that sit right above your knuckles. Pair them with rings you already have to create your own unique look.


I haven’t seen many sold in stores. My favorites so far are ones I found on luulla.com which are a little more dainty then others I’ve seen and they come in silver, gold, or rose gold.

And of course, Lily wants to know what’s up…


Trends: Bib Necklaces


Bib necklaces are a great way to punch up any outfit whether it’s a day at the office or a night out with the girls. Brightly jeweled pieces add color and polish to a button up shirt at the office or for a more funky look on the weekends choose a tribal inspired piece to put over any plain T.

Bib necklaces come in many different designs and a price to fit any budget. We checked them out our our local mall where they can be found for $12-15 at Forever 21 and Zara and for $50-80 at Banana Republic and J. Crew.

Tip: look out for sales at Banana! They have 30 to 40 percent sales very frequently. I feel cheated whenever I buy something full price there!