you've heard me talk often of my bestie I. i'm so excited because today, she's joining us as a guest poster with a collaboration!! we both commute to work. mine will involve dropping off the kids at school and pick ups while I commutes on foot and by metro. we work long hours so our weekends are crammed with marathons running back and forth from one thing to another with a long list of errands. instead of heels, we are now often wearing flats at the office. i recently got tieks classic flats in mustard yellow. I has a pair of the classic flats in lilac.
we decided to put our "tieks to the test"
2 girls. 2 countries. 2 different sized feet. 2 pairs of flats. 2 honest opinions.
Hi, everyone, this is P’s friend I, coming to you from the nation’s capital, Washington, DC! As you all know, P is one of my besties and when she asked me to guest blog with her to review these fun Tieks flats, I jumped at the opportunity. Here in DC, I do tons of walking to and from work and on the Metro, so comfy walking shoes is a necessity for me. I also tend to carry my life in my workbag (P always gets after me for bringing everything but the kitchen sink in my tote), so the packable nature of these flats was also a huge plus for me. I mean, cute, comfy flats that fold up to the size of a pack of index cards? Sign me up, yes please and thank you. Enough jabbering on to my review!
P: my major deal breakers for flats (for any shoe but especially for flats) are 1. the back of the heel and 2. the side (where bunions are born). if shoes cut me there, it is game over. don't go past go. i can't tolerate the discomfort so if any one of those two points get hit, the shoes can't stay. this is not the case for these tieks. next test is walking around in them, and i've worn them on the commute and on my marathon weekends. while the sides are snug (a given with banana type flats), they did not pinch. i have spent easily several days' worth of walking in them and have no complaints. no pain, no blisters, etc.
I: Like P, I cannot stand to have shoes that rub the sides of my feet or my heels. That’s a sure fire way to have the shoes either returned immediately or sold on eBay. Lol. However, these flats were comfortable and not binding right out of the box. I felt that the elastic was snug, but it definitely did not irritate my feet or constrict them in any way. No complaints to report!
P: the vibrant yellow is hard to capture - the picture above was in direct sunlight using my iphone with no flash and no filter. the bottom pictures were taken on an overcast day. i'd have to say it's a bit of both - and this colour is a chameleon. it is a true yellow though, as opposed to veering more towards orange. those little blue pads at the bottom are not for aesthetics. i felt much more arch support in these flats. like walking on air.
I: Unfortunately, the mustard yellow that P scored was sold out in my giant size, but I am perfectly pleased with my Lilac flats. Purple is my favorite color and the shade of these flats is vibrant and very versatile. I can see these matching several outfits in my closet. I would say these flats are definitely more of a deep purple than their name “Lilac” suggests.
on the metro!
P: the tieks sizing chart is accurate. i ordered an 8 based on it (i'm a US 7.5 in shoes). it fits perfectly and a 7 would have been too small. the flats came in a cute compact box with all the fixings: individual bags, so you can store them in your purse and switch over and a little wee bag that folds out to become a tote to carry your heels. they have really thought of everything.
I: I am typically a 9.5 US, but ordered a 10 US (no half-sizes are offered); however, the flats fit fine and were extremely comfortable after a full day of commuting. The individual shoe bags that come with the flats are great for storing the flats and slipping them into your overstuffed workbag or purse!
P: tieks, where have you been all my life? these are hands down one of the cutest and most comfortable flats i own. i'll definitely get more.
I: I will be getting another pair soon in patent or a fun print and highly recommend that you do too!