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 . . . .