So, unless you haven’t logged into Pinterest, or Instagram, in a while. Or haven’t stared at your trendiest friends’ feet lately. Or just been plain living under a rock these last two years. You have probably heard of Tieks.
What are they? They’re ballet flats, that are handmade (hand stitched), and of ltalian leather. You can spot them a mile away via the trademark Tiffany blue stripe on the achilles heel, and also the matching blue on the bottoms. They come in way too many colors and patterns to mention. They are foldable, durable, and supposed to be the most comfortable flats ever. But they’re also super expensive, at $175.
So, I did what I normally do when I express rational thought. I threw it aside and splurged.
I did my research first, though. I pored through Pinterest pages. Instagram pics. Searched hashtags. Facebook. Even checked out my friends’ pictures to see if any of them were wearing them.
If they’re such a hot item, why can you only get them online? You can’t make a trip to Nordstrom, or Nordstrom Rack. Nope, Macy’s doesn’t carry them either. Neither does Dillards, nor Nieman Marcus. No one does.
The only place that carries them is www.tieks.com .
I’m going to cut to the chase. I ordered the sunset stripe under the Vegan Collection. I figured if I’m going to drop almost 2 C-notes on a pair of flats, they better match as many outfits as possible. See, I do think practically sometimes!
I told myself- this is OK. I justified my purchase as it would match everything. And I would look polished while still casual. They’re conversation starters. Other people say they get asked about them. They made it sound like they turned into a brand-new chic person.
I wondered how many people would notice I was wearing these.
Everything I read said to order one size up. I’m somewhere between a 5.5 and a 6.5, but I ordered a 6, instead of the recommended up-size of 7. I’m not going to lie, when I first wore them, they hurt my feet.
I have been wearing heels my entire life because of my stature (Yes, I’m short). So, I’m used to walking around in shoes that hurt my feet, or feel like razorblades on my achilles. It’s what I do in the name of fashion. It’s a badge of honor.
So, I’ve got my new Tieks, and they’re comfortable. I’m feeling really good about things. It was time to go show them off on the runway. I mean, it was Monday, and time for me to go to work.
I work in sales. So, walking through my office is kind of like tryouts for the next episode of Runway Model. Lot’s of fashionable young women. No doubt someone there will notice.
Nope. Not a single person.
I went to a luncheon. Sat with my legs crossed. Surely no one would miss the Tiffany blue soles and the color pattern. Nope. Went to a work event that evening. Still no one noticed.
NO ONE NOTICED THEM. No one.
Not my husband (OK there should be no surprise here, husbands don’t notice anything, right?). Not my son. He actually is pretty observant and has commented on my outfits, and shoes and purses. But he’s only 8, so I will cut him some slack.
I got nothing.
But THESE are supposed to be a status symbol. Like a Michael Kors or Louis Vuitton, or Coach bag. Or Tory Birch sandals. They’re vegan ballet flats with Italian stitched leather. This should have brought me some validation. But I got nothing. It was a disaster.
And if I had it to do all over again, yeah, I’d probably do it all over again. They look good on me, and I’ll have more opportunities to show them off. Eventually someone will notice I’m wearing them. I’ve got 175 reasons to make sure of that. Even if it means me having to write a blog post about them on the internet.
Look! Look at my new shoes! Don’t they look nice on me?So, what do you think? Do you have, or are you planning to buy some Tieks too? Would you buy them? Let me know your thoughts on my “rational” purchase in the comments below.