Shoes matter, and I am a very picky lady. I wear mostly plain clothes, no logos, no words or images. Plain. I usually use my footwear as an opportunity to be loud, but I don’t wear the gold-tipped-magenta-faux-suede pumps everyday.
Then finally I found Tieks. Or rather, Tieks found me. I am surely in their broad demographic, but most importantly I was in the market for solid-color-leather-ballet flats. Boom, sale.
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I kind of hated them.
My first pair is Cream. Boring? Sure, but I wanted a pair that would go with everything without exception. At first, I kind of hated them. It took about a month of daily wearing to break them in, and now they are perfectly molded to my feet.
What if you don’t have a month? Well…surely you do, but I understand. I made a simple routine to help break them in because my feet don’t taper much at the toe, so the toe box is always tight. Very tight.
- You need two bottles of wine and a friend to share with.
- Open both bottles, retain the corks.
- Place the corks in the toe boxes and find a narrow space for the shoes to rest overnight…backwards. One cork per shoe.
- Relax and drink your wine while the corks work for you.
Please note that if you are underage or in recovery, you can easily buy unused corks online. Bulk pricing is more affordable than singles…so if you need 48 tiny planters now is the time to get serious.
It looks silly, but it works. I usually stretch for two nights, moving the cork for the second night. I like to bend them backwards also because they fit my feet better when the leather bottom isn’t bending in the opposite direction of a human foot. After some cork stretching I don’t have to worry about my toes hurting much.
And voila, the hard part is done. To continue breaking them in, just wear them a lot. I usually wear them around the house until they are molded to my feet, then I take them out in the world.
dry out before you wear them again
Do you wear socks with them? You can…but I don’t. I wear them barefooted all of the time. Yes, my feet sweat in them, but I am the only one who wears them so I don’t mind. It is recommended that your leather shoes get to dry out before you wear them again (because germs are real). It was easy for me to justify a second pair so the first can breathe. I really do wear these each day when it’s warm, because I’m not a sandals or flip flops lady.
How do you clean them? Use a leather cleaner, and a soft cloth. I use this conditioner on my Tieks, leather purses, and leather jackets as needed. I love that Tieks are all leather (except for the treads), so make sure to clean the insides as well as the outsides.
range is good for my inner maximalist
So…worth it? Yes, if you’re me or like me. I like plain clothes, and quality leather. The simplicity is good for my inner minimalist. The color and material range is good for my inner maximalist. I am the kind of gal that buys all of the colors when I love a product, but the Tieks MSRP keeps me from buying new pairs too quickly. This is good because husband knows what will always surprise me. (I keep a few options in my Amazon wish list, so he knows what size and which colors I have been wanting lately.)
save money to meet your goal
But they are a little expensive. Yeah…quality products are not cheap. Tieks are never on sale, and coupon codes don’t exist (I say this if you’re waiting for holiday sales). If you decide that you need a pair, you’ll have to go about it the old fashioned way – make a plan & save money to meet your goal.
Do you have a pair of Tieks that you love, what color? Are you just looking because you’re not sure if you’re going to buy?
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