Tieks Review – Perspective of a Wedding Photographer


May 13, 2015

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.

Additional Comments:

– 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!

  1. Gwen

    May 13th, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Such a fan of Tieks! I have foot/ankle issues so heels are pretty much out of the question for me. A friend of mine had been raving about her Tieks so I bought a pair and it was love at first wear. You can definitely feel the difference between these and a cheaper pair flats. Tieks are just so much more comfortable and so much easier on my feet. Definitely worth every penny, imo!

  2. Laura

    May 16th, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Thanks for your comment, Gwen! The more I wear these shoes, the more I like them!

  3. liz

    June 6th, 2017 at 11:28 PM

    Thank you so much for an honest (unsponsored!) review! My shoes from the last wedding season were shot, so I feel like I’ve been to every store on the planet looking for something lightweight, supportive, and dressy…am about to take the Tieks plunge – helpful to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

  4. Laura

    June 7th, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Thanks, Liz! Years later and I still love these shoes!