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Traveling with Tieks

2013/02/21by Donna Hull

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Tieks ballet falt

When Tieks by Gavrieli asked me to review their ballet flats, I wasn’t so sure. Would shoes that fold flat to fit into your purse be comfortable, and more importantly, sturdy enough for the $165.00 price? And where would I wear them? It’s not like I work in a job that requires wearing heels, where bringing  along a comfortable pair of ballet flats makes sense. But, when I took them on our AmaWaterways Christmas markets cruise, these shoes quickly became a favorite.

Do you like the so slimming pants at Chico’s? I’m a big fan, especially with a good looking pair of boots. That’s how I ended up packing three pairs of boots for the AmaWaterways cruise—I know, I’m usually preaching to you about packing light, but those pants with boots are so cute. But, what shoes would I wear with my favorite Chico’s pants when I became tired of wearing boots (or they made my boomer feet hurt)? There really wasn’t room in the suitcase for ANOTHER pair of shoes.

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Matte black Tieks

Matte black Tieks to the rescue. I folded the shoes flat and tucked them into a corner of the carryon. Now I had another pair of shoes to wear with my selection of so slimming pants. During a morning onboard the Amacello as she cruised down the Rhine, I wore Tieks instead of boots. After returning from an afternoon excursion, I took off my ugly walking shoes and put on the much cuter Tieks. The cushioned instep felt oh so comfortable after hours of browsing through the Christmas markets. And, the cushioned back didn’t cause blisters on my heel the way shoes with elastic backs do.

While the non-skid rubber patches on the soles gave the ballet flats a sturdy feel, I didn’t test them on an outdoor surface. Anyway, I have other shoes for wearing outdoors, these Tieks are staying clean and pretty for the next cruise. They’ll look great with crop pants.

I should have taken a photo of the classy packaging of Tieks shoes. They arrived in a turquoise box with silk flower on top. Luckily, Nancy D. Brown took a photo when her shoes arrived so that I can show you. A bag for storing heels (this is in case you take them to the office) and plastic clips for turning up the hem so that your pants don’t drag the floor came in the box as well. The company offers free shipping and free returns, too.

Just in case you’re opposed to wearing leather, check out the vegan collection made with European textiles and man-made materials.

Do you own a pair of Tieks? Post a comment to share your experience wearing them. You can be sure that I’ll bring mine along on the next ocean cruise. They’ll be perfect for sea days.


A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of My Itchy Travel Feet: Breathtaking Adventure Vacation Ideas.

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Jackie Smith
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February 22, 2013 at 7:56 am

We spent yesterday shopping for smaller suitcases than our 22-inch roll-aboards (which we use for cruises as well) for our upcoming spring adventure in Greece. . .so I thoroughly enjoyed reading that you took three (!!!) pairs of boots with you on your last trip. . .I’ll be mentioning that fact later today during packing discussions. . .Happy Friday, Donna. Hope you continue to be on the mend!
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Vera Marie Badertscher
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February 22, 2013 at 8:45 am

Three pairs of boots? Now I see why you cruise–you need all that extra space in the cargo hold.
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Debbie Beardsley
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February 22, 2013 at 11:24 am

I’ve looked into Tieks but wasn’t sure how comfortable they’d be and with the price tag they weren’t something I’d just try. Now I may just invest in a pair!
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The Blonde February 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Drat! I’m in love with these shoes! I wish they weren’t less expensive but if they wear well and you can really walk in them (on flat streets) they would be worth it. I wonder if they’d be good for Dubai? Need to go check to see what’s in the piggy bank! Did you go down or up a size? I’m a 6.5 so am assuming I’d get a 7 but the instructions weren’t super clear.
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LLC April 7, 2013 at 11:54 am

This post may be overdue but you can start with a 7 and if you aren’t sure how they feel upon arrival you can do a free exchange and have them send you a 6. There is no charge for shipping and you have two weeks to determine which size fits best and send back whichever doesn’t fit right. Tieks customer service is superb.

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Donna Hull
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April 8, 2013 at 8:16 am

Thanks for the information.
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Heatheronhertravels
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February 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm

They look perfect for those trips when you want to look elegant but travel light
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Merisa March 13, 2013 at 8:17 am

I have 3 pairs of Tieks…they run true to size, do stretch if you have wide feet (I do), and they are comfortable. Can’t wait to try the vegan striped Tieks. For the person who thinks they might not be worth the price…well…they are extremely well made, I wore one pair over all last summer (the camel patent) and there is not a scuff mark on it! I would say they will last for years!

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Donna Hull
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March 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Merisa, do you wear your Tieks outdoors? Several readers have asked that question.
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Merisa March 13, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Yes, they are well made shoes, although they are foldable and comfy, they are not delicate or slipperlike! As I said, I wore my first pair at least 3 times a week all last summer and fall!

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Debbie June 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm

They are cute but do they have an arch support in them?

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Debbie June 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm

How do they fell when you are wearing them all day. I am concerned about no arch support

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Donna Hull
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June 7, 2013 at 7:56 am

Debbie, although Tieks can be worn outside and all day long, I save mine for going out to dinner, etc. I have a high arch and the shoes work fine for a coule of hours. If I’m going to be walking around touring all day, I give in and wear tennis shoes.
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Debbie May 4, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Just purchased a pair of tieks and they are very comfortable! Feels like your wearing slippers, great investment

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