Over the past two years, I have spent an enormous amount of money on shoes. As someone who spends a lot of time on my feet, I know how important it is to take care of my feet and legs. After suffering through a few super awful long days, I decided to bite the bullet and buy a pair of the highly regarded shoes with the blue soles, Tieks.
Having heard such good things from other wedding vendors, I just knew this would be the pair to get me through another 13 hour stretch. After my first full wedding day, I wanted to share my thoughts.
These shoes are well made. Hand-stitched leather and the most vibrant purple. (I got purple to match my branding colors AND because it pairs well with black or brown.) As soon as I opened the box, I knew they were of the highest quality. They even smelled good! At $175 a pop, I expected them to be nice.
Tieks only come in whole sizes. I followed their first recommendation and went down a half size. They arrived within 2 days and I immediately found I would need the larger size. These shoes are allegedly supposed to form to your feet over time. I knew there wouldn't be enough time in the world to stretch those babies out. I'm at a stage in my life where I can't wait on shoes to feel good, especially at this price point.
Shipping is included, which is always a fantastic perk for your customers. When I knew I needed the next size up, I went online, requested an exchange, and the new pair showed up in a matter of days. With the replacement pair came a return label and they did not charge my card for the second pair. Exchanges are given a 10 day window to return the unwanted pair.
My opinion of the comfort level is slightly skewed because I am almost 7 months pregnant. I weight more than normal and have a difficult time getting around as it is. At hour 6, my feet started hurting a bit. I ended up having to sit down for little 5 minute spurts. After 12 hours and over 15,000 steps (which is light for a wedding day), I couldn't walk anymore. Each agonizing step to the car made me love these shoes a little less.
I imagine these shoes will last a long time. I was running around in the grass, up and down stone steps, and walked down a gravel path multiple times. At the end of the night, I looked at the soles and you could not tell they had been worn at all. The blue soles are extremely durable, as is the leather.
Overall, I'm not 100% happy with my Tieks. Though, I'm not necessarily unhappy with them either. I will wear them for my next event, but will definitely bring another pair of shoes for set up and clean up.
Do I think there is any one perfect pair of shoes meant for long days? Nope. You're bound to hate anything if you wear it long enough, especially shoes. Nor do I believe Tieks were made for standing for 13 hours at a time. No matter how luxurious or popular a pair of shoes may seem, it's still hard on one's body...particularly the pregnant ones.
*This post was not sponsored and all opinions are my own.