I’ve tried a lot of different shoes in the past few years, and always find myself searching for the ‘perfect’ pair. On wedding days, I generally photograph between 8-12 hours – which means I’m on my feet standing, walking, photographing and carry lots of heavy equipment. My feet hurt by the end of the day. I’ve tried everything from $20 Target shoes to shoes from Amazon and DSW. I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews about Tieks and finally talked myself into buying a pair. I researched before purchasing but I wasn’t able to find a solid helpful review, so I’m writing one!
When I wear my Tieks: I’ve had these shoes for about two weeks. I’ve worn them every day since receiving them. My main reason for the purchase was to have better shoes for photographing in, but I also wanted to break them in. I generally wear flats every day, so switching to these shoes wasn’t an issue.
Pros of Tieks:
– They are comfortable. I didn’t have any blisters while breaking them in.
– They are handmade out of high end materials, and have some build it support (including a bit of cushion).
– They really do help distribute weight better than any other flats I’ve tried.
Cons of Tieks:
– I didn’t have any blisters while breaking these in, but they did rub my toes awkwardly the first few days I wore them.
– They show dirt quickly. Not a big deal, but this annoys me.
– Honestly, the price. These shoes are really expensive and only available online.
– They don’t offer half sizes. Their website says to order a size smaller if you wear a half size. I actually sized up, and I’m really glad I did.
– My Tieks were never uncomfortable, but they do really form to your feet. The more I wear them, the more comfortable they are, and the more I like them.
– I’m curious to see how long and well these shoes hold up. I normally go through two pairs of shoes per wedding season, but with the price and quality of these I’m hoping they last a few years.
Overall thoughts: I’m happy with this purchase. I’ve worn them daily from personal life, to engagement sessions, weddings and even for a double header weekend. My feet still hurt after a long wedding day (impossible for them to not!), but they don’t hurt as bad or at all the next day. These shoes are worth the investment, but I do wish they were less expensive.
Do you have a pair of Tieks or another pair of great shoes?! I’d love to hear what works best for you, or if you have any questions about Tieks feel free to ask!