Saturday, September 3, 2011

Flats that are anything but

Now that I'm taking the T to work and doing lots of walking, I need a pair of super comfortable flats for my commute.  My go-to Tory Burch flats are pretty dead, so I took my friend R's advice (and Oprah's 20% discount) and got myself a pair of Tieks.

They arrived the other day in the cutest packaging, complete with a darling little flower and a handwritten note.  The box was so small I thought it was a mistake: maybe they sent me dwarf-sized Tieks?  It turns out the shoes fold up really, really small.  The nerdy origami-loving girl inside of me did a little dance of joy and wonder upon unpacking the box.

The brilliant thing about Tieks is that they have a split sole, like my favorite Capezio ballet slippers.  So they fold up right in the middle and fit compactly in a small carrying pouch.  Once folded up, they are no more than 3.5 or 4 inches long!  They could probably even fit in a small evening clutch that way.  Also included with the shoes is a fold-out bag I can use to carry the stilletos I'm not wearing for my commute, as well as pant clips that have already come in super handy.

Of course, all of this ingeniousness with the packaging would mean nothing if the shoes themselves were awful.  Fortunately, they are gloriously comfortable.  I love that the soles (in a signature turquoise color) are padded and non-skid.  And the split sole design makes the flats almost as flexible as my real ballet slippers.

Retailing at between $145 to $265 (depending on the color and style), the flats are not exactly cheap.  And I think Oprah's discount is over.  But I hear that occasionally Tieks will announce promotions on their facebook page.

Have you tried Tieks?  What are your favorite flats?  In addition to the Tory Burches, I have a pair of Bloch flats that I love too . . . .


Katherine September 4, 2011 at 12:51 PM  

omg so adorable and I love how small they fold up! Perfect for a commute or night out...thank you for sharing! :)

Stephanie @ This Casita September 4, 2011 at 5:24 PM  

Those are so cute - officially added to my wishlist!

BigAppleNosh September 5, 2011 at 7:44 AM  

These are super cute! I have such trouble finding flats - for some reason, my feet hate flats and the feeling is mutual. But I might have to give these a try :)

Kira September 6, 2011 at 1:31 AM  

I always like the idea of fold-up flats but I wonder what they look like on.. Is the elastic still bunchy or does it smooth out to look like standard flats?

lavenderpug September 6, 2011 at 8:48 AM  

how cool, i'm going to have to check these out!

Jill September 9, 2011 at 10:47 AM  

These are super cute and look comfy but...are they $100 more comfortable than the ones you can get at Gap or other stores? I am willing to spend money on good stuff if it's worth it, so it's a real question (not being snitty). :)

Mrs. Hot Cocoa September 11, 2011 at 1:03 PM  

@ Kira: The elastic stretches out smoothly on mine. They tell you to get a half size smaller than your usual street size, so even though I wear a 5.5, I got a 5. It's possible that the elastic might still be bunchy if you get the exact size you are? You can pose that question to them or other wearers on their facebook page. They're really good at answering back.

@ Jill: Hmm. Good question. I usually have problems wearing flats b/c a) they have no padding at all, b) are too flat and unflexible, and c) are slippery with no grip. These to me were worth the splurge b/c they have a cushy rubbery padding under the shoe and are super flexible and comfy. I also like Bloch flats for this reason, but Bloch flats are slippery on the bottom, whereas these have grip.

Our Wired Lives September 11, 2011 at 7:36 PM  

I have been eyeing these! Can we please see a photo of them on your feet? Pretty please?

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