Tieks by Gavrieli foldable ballet flats are MUST have ballet flats for busy professionals. Here I detail my review of this beloved brand (not sponsored). Scroll for Videos!

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I first discovered Tieks by Gavrieli 3 years ago. Since then and several pairs later, I can confidently say that purchasing my first pair was one of my best decisions to date.

I own one and only one brand of ballet flats—Tieks by Gavrieli.

This is not a sponsored post nor am I an affiliate for Tieks; this is simply my experience and review of Tieks ballet flats from a long-standing love for them. I hope you find my thoughts useful in your quest for the perfect ballet flats for busy professional work life!  This post may contain affiliate links; full disclosures HERE.

See my other ballet flats post here – How to Wear Ballet Flats Comfortably all-day long,  Celebrating Mother’s Day and No-Show Sock Options

Keep reading for 4 videos answering YOUR questions & outfit inspiration with my Tieks ballet flats!

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Why are Tieks by Gavrieli the perfect go-to work shoe and the MUST have ballet flat for busy professionals? Get ALL your questions answered here & in my videos!

Why do I love Tieks?

  • Style, Comfort, Travel, Fold & Pack, Quality, Longevity!
  • All the reasons I’m outlining here & in my videos! Keep reading for all the details!

Are Tieks Comfortable?

  • Yes!
  • I stand for several hours in them working in the hospital or teaching at the university (8-12 hours)
  • I walk & take the stairs at work while also running to code blue situations (I’m a critical care pharmacist) and they are comfortable!
  • If you want a little more cushion for the ball of your foot and added odor protection, see my blog post on “How to Wear Ballet Flats to Work” and No-Show Sock Options with the product I use — Sheec Sockshion (20% off with code PSSVIP20, $15 minimum + free shipping)

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Do Tieks hurt your big toe?

  • Simply put – no!
  • I have an average width foot & my sister has a wide foot (we both wear a size 6)
  • If you believe you may have a problem with the big toe area, you can consider these options for helping to stretch out your Tieks ballet flats
    • Take tissue paper (from another shoe box) & stuff into ball of foot – leave in for 2-7 days (see video for details)
    • Put on thick socks & walk around your house to help stretch out your Tieks

Do Tieks hurt your heel?

  • Simply put – no!
  • I have never had a problem with Tieks in this area, unlike other ballet flats that have significant elastic on the back heel or minimal/no padding on the back heel
  • If you are worried, I recommend applying friction block stickprevention is better than treatment, especially for friction blisters that take forever to heal! (just as in healthcare prevent a disease rather than treat one)
  • Apply friction block stick the first few times you wear Tieks, then stop using it and see if your Tieks fit comfortably
  • More information on this friction block stick in my other post on How to Wear Heels to Work

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  • Tieks are made for folding – the Tieks sole is not connected on the bottom for you to easily fold them in half without hurting or wearing down the Tieks leather
  • Tieks comes with a small pouch for your ballet flats & a larger pouch to place your shoes into (after you take them off & put on your Tieks)
  • Easily travel with these foldable ballet flats
  • Wear them for your commute and slip into heels at work
  • Pack Tieks for travel and fit multiple pairs into the same carry-on suitcase
  • Place Tieks in your handbag for an emergency walkable pair after a long night out or place Tieks in your handbag for walking during a conference (convention centers are a long walk from hotel rooms!)
  • So many ways to fold and pack these ballet flats!

Are Tieks worth the price? How long do Tieks last?

  • Yes!
  • This goes hand in hand with the longevity of Tieks ballet flats
  • Tieks that I own range from $175 – $195 per pair (classic or patent styles). Prices can range up to $345 per pair for print styles that are more intricate in design (Arabian nights – each pair is unique!)
  • I can personally speak to 3+ years of experience with my Tieks ballet flats and look forward to many more years wearing each pair!
  • Quality of the leather, stitching and sole is very high
  • Tieks are 100% supple Italian leather and have hand-stitched full-grain leather insoles.
  • Purchasing Tieks ballet flats are an investment and the quality matches this
  • Are you spending $50-$75 on ballet flats currently? Do you throw them out or stop wearing them after 6-12 months? That adds up to the price of one pair of Tieks ballet flats!
  • Do your current ballet flats spark joy? Do they make you smile when you wear them?
    • Just as I detail in my Start Here page, I believe in the KonMari Philosophy – your possessions must spark joy. Otherwise why purchase or own them?

Video Part 1:

(click HERE to watch via YouTube with full description on what time point each question is answered) 

How is Tieks Customer Service?

  • If you’ve read my other posts, you know that I truly value excellent Customer Service
  • I will literally not purchase products if the customer service is not up to my high standards
  • Tieks has excellent customer service
  • In the US, they offer FREE shipping AND FREE returns
  • As an ONLINE only store, this is really helpful when you are unsure of your size or color choice and want to know you can easily return them
  • Their website is great for getting your questions answered, detailed photos and more!

Should I size up or down in Tieks?

  • My recommendation: Size UP
  • As you’ve read before & in my About page, I wear a 5.5 or 35.5 in most shoes
  • So, I am definitely your typical “between sizes” customer
  • What did I do? I purchased a size 5 and size 6 during my first Tieks purchase
  • What fit?
  • I choose a size 6 because…
    • More comfortable
    • Stretch
    • When add in a no-show sock option (mine is the Sheecs Sockshion), the size up helps
    • Share – I now share a few colors with my sister who has a wide foot and wears a size 6

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How are Tieks packaged?

  • They are packaged beautifully!
  • Tieks arrive in the classic Tieks blue box with a flower on top, custom card, carrying pouch to fold & pack
  • I love opening an online purchase and seeing my purchase so nicely wrapped
  • Tieks definitely put a lot of thought into their shipping & packaging! Once again, excellent Customer Service!
  • Sorry no photos of my packaging! I threw out my boxes in Spring 2016 after reading Marie Kondo’s books (KonMari Philosophy)

Can you wear Tieks in the rain?

  • Simply put – depends
  • Patent leather – yes
  • Classic leather – no
  • Patent leather is very “wipeable” and are ‘OK’ in light rain. I do not recommend wearing them in a down-pour unless you have to (meaning you’ll go barefoot), but I have been caught in a down-pour of rain and they were fine (posted on Instagram stories!). Yes, I would rather be wearing my Obsidian black color instead of my Nude patent color in the rain. I wiped my Tieks dry with a paper towel & then went about my day (my Sheecs Sockshion did need to dry off before placing them back on my feet).
  • Classic leather is NOT for the rain. I personally would not be caught dead in the rain with my classic leather colors. You can consider a leather protectant spray if you may be caught in bad weather & I recommend this one from Nordstrom.  I use this to protect many of my shoes & handbags.

Can you wear Tieks in the snow?

  • No!
  • I lived in snowy weather (Utah) for a couple years and would never wear them in the snow
  • I wore snow boots for my walk into work and then changed into my Tieks ballet flats – good thing Tieks easily fold & pack!
  • See more information above about rain

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What color Tieks should I purchase? Patent or Classic Leather Colors?

  • Simply put – depends
  • Patent leather
    • Wipeable
    • Can wear in a light rain
    • Less stretchy
    • May take longer to “break-in”
  • Classic leather
    • Not wipeable
    • Cannot wear in a light rain
    • More stretchy
    • May be more comfortable right out of the box
  • Vegan Collection & Print/Metallic Collection
    • I do not own any Tieks from these collections & will not speak to them here.
  • Try them out with free shipping & returns, you have nothing to lose. I recommend a classic versatile color for first purchases—mine was Obsidian Black and Ruby Red Patent. I love both and wear these 2 colors the most of any colors I own. My sister’s recommendation is the Slate Gray Croc color—her first Tieks ballet flat color!

Video: Part 2

(click HERE to watch via YouTube with full description on what time point each question is answered) 

What about Tieks blue sole?

  • Signature Tieks Blue Sole
  • Identifies Tieks from any other brand and keeps their style a classic
  • Tieks also have non-skid split rubber soles that are perfect for the work environment in the hospital and university!

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Ultimate Tieks Ballet Flats Review

Videos 3 & 4

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(How I care for my Tieks ballet flats to reduce sweat marks & control odor) 

(How to wear ballet flats comfortably all-day long) 

Remember, I’m not sponsored by Tieks nor am I an affiliate. I know the anxiety that comes with investing in a shoe >$150. I want to answer your questions!

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From Instagram

Colors I Own (or share with my sister) in size 6:

Ruby Red Patent; Obsidian Black; Slate Gray Croc; Lavender Patent; Coral Patent; Nude Patent; Lilac Classic…next color feather gray or navy or mint or blue patent…so many choices!

Here are several ways I have styled both my Tieks by Gavrieli ballet flats.

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Neutrals are a must with ballet flats!

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Are Tieks really worth the price? Yes! Share your comments & ask questions below please.

Did you see my 4 videos about this review & a few added details about how I care for my Tieks ballet flats to reduce sweat marks & control odor? Scroll up now!

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  • Jessica

    Obsessed with my tieks! They are so comfortable!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

  • Tieks are awesome and so comfortable. I’ll wear these over heels any day 🙂

    Xoxo

  • Nataly Kimball

    I have had my eye on Tieks for a long time, but never purchased a pair. I might need to now!!

    -Nataly

    • Hi Nataly, thanks for reading! I highly recommend; I also waited awhile and researched the brand before taking the dive to purchase. I haven’t turned back since…as you can see.

  • Kim L.

    Such a great review! I’ve been eyeing Tieks for the longest time, I might have to make the plunge 🙂

    • Hi Kim, nice to meet you! Thank you for reading; I definitely recommend. It’s an investment that is well worth it!

  • Taylor Smith

    oh my gosh. I have been eyeing those Tieks for SO LONG. I need to get a pair.

  • Eryka Spera

    they look for comfortable and adorable, i need one in every color! perfect fall flats!

    • Hi Eryka, thank you for reading! I know; I could get one in every color too…it’s so difficult to pick my next color…

  • Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

    I’ve been thinking of getting a pair for a while now, maybe I’ll get a pair for my upcoming trip!

    • Hi Lane & Holly, nice to meet you! These would be perfect for a vacation; fold and pack easily (and then fit even more outfits into your suitcase with the space saved!)

  • Tiffani at Breton Bay

    Can I just say, I love your loyalty. I am the SAME WAY. I find something great, and don’t stray!! Why would you?? I think my favorite on your are the coral!! Such a great pop of color!!

    xoxo
    Tiffani
    http://www.tiffaniatbretonbay.com

    • Hi Tiffani, thank you! I know I am so brand loyal. You’ll see that come through my blog posts/social media quite often. When you find a great quality product and customer service, stick with it because it can be a rare find! The coral are the newest edition and a great pop of color. As you can tell they are the least worn so far (still have folded look in photo) and I will need to add these into my outfits this fall!

  • This is a great, well-thought out review! I’ve always contemplated buying a pair and I think you just convinced me!

    xo April | http://thebluehydrangeas.com

    • Hi April! Thank you for feedback; I really appreciate it! I’m glad you may be purchasing, let me know what color you get 🙂

  • Melissa Touchton

    I have never tried them before but I’ve definitely heard of them and was curious. This review makes me really want to grab a pair! I love the way they looked with all your outfits – the versatility of them is awesome! Thanks for sharing the info – it is really helpful 🙂

    • Hi Melissa, thank you for reading and great meeting you today! They are quite versatile, I wear them more than my heels and they go great for either a classic look or as a pop of color in an outfit!

  • so perfect and they look so comfortable too!
    http://www.layersofchic.com

  • These look awesome. Looks like they would be great gor travel. I also have small feet. It’s always good to find shoes that fit my small feet correctly. I will have to check these out. 😀

  • Christina

    I seriously love Tieks! They’re so comfy!!

    xo, Christina
    http://www.christinabeex3.com/

  • I think I’m the only person left on the planet who doesn’t have a pair of Tieks. They look so dang comfy! The perfect shoes to stow in your bag when you’re wearing uncomfortable heels and don’t wanna walk home barefoot haha 🙂
    XO Amanda | http://www.glitterandspice.com

  • Adaleta Avdic

    Ooooh loving these, what cute flats. I used to rock more flats but haven’t in quite some time! xx adaatude.com

  • the price of Tieks scare me a bit, but they’re always so cute! They seem very comfy too

    • Hi Katy, I know the price was scary at first for me too! I just posted a new video addressing more questions about these ballet flats 🙂

  • Jennifer Kinal

    I love that you shared this! I always see this style of shoes and never try them because I worry they will cut into my heel but will definitely try Tieks now!

  • Tiffani at Breton Bay

    Such a great review!!! Nothing is better than comfort, class and cuteness except for free shipping 🙌🏻 So they are officially perfect 👌🏻

    xoxo
    Tiffani
    http://www.tiffaniatbretonbay.com

  • Jackie Netardus

    I’ve always wanted to try these! They are so cute and good to know, worth the money! Thanks for the info!

  • Nicole Leffew

    Great review! I wish I had your size shoe! I have huge feet! lol you’re so cute! Xo

  • I love you you’ve updated this post to include the video. Seriously, because of this post, I am definitely buying a pair of Tieks!

    April | http://thebluehydrangeas.com

  • Ivan

    Hello Jessica,
    You look beautiful and elegant in all your outfits while wearing those cute Tieks flats. I love all the color of your collection and how well you matche them with your clothes. I am considering to get the red patent flats 😉

    I , myself, I also have two pair of Tieks flats that I wear almost everyday as they are really good quality and comfortable flats (planning to do my own review about my experience with this brand of flats at my blog: https://ivanlovesshoes.wordpress.com/author/ivanev/ )

    After watching your video I took note of your tips, the baking soda is inside a nylons sheers only or you place it a plastic bag? and the small pads I tried to get a pair at Amazon but they are sold out or the cost $58 a pair, so I think is very expensive for a pair of washable pads. where did you get your pads? Thanks for your useful review and have a nice day ! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b616e1fdc90d81d53fda038b9780c42f57b5ba3984eee4d023d73e2b15769847.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/feb6bb63d67292bd73cb01cefa154617804ade57ea9fce288201e3559b56b13a.jpg

    • Ivan

      Last thing but not the least important: I love your new videos in you tube, I subscribed to your channel and I will check your new videos and tips. Thanks for the help and have a nice day !

      Ivan

      • Thank you again for watching Ivan! I also replied in YouTube, but the Sheecs Sockshion (washable pads) is backordered until early 2017. I will update everyone when it is available again! It is normally priced ~$10 a pair.

  • Tieks are so cute and seem so comfortable! It can be hard to find ballet flats that don’t squish my toes and make it painful to walk and these don’t seem that way at all. Thanks for sharing!

    xo,
    Kristie
    http://www.kristiesreverie.com

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  • Girl Meets GAMEDAY

    This was so helpful! Thank you for sharing!

  • Brian

    Great Tieks review and great collection, wow I’m jealous. You look amazing, thanks for sharing your review. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4f66c31dcbdc426bedef7caef4eda9224ce8885c0e1f6eec82b6bf87d0f05c1.jpg

  • Amanda S

    Do you still wear your tieks from three years ago? I would really like to know how long they last.