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Tieks Review: How I Saved $25 Off my First Pair and Were They Worth It?

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my So you’re considering making the investment on a really expensive pair of flats, and you’re searching for an honest Tieks review with the hopes that somehow you’ll be able to score a deal.

$175 for a pair of classics is not chump change, after all. Spoiler alert: you can search all day long, but you won’t find a coupon code that actually works. But before you leave, you want to see if Tieks flats are worth the investment, right?

As a frugal person, I research stuff to death before purchasing…especially when splurging on something for myself (which rarely happens).

In fact, I had my eye on a pair of Tieks for four years before I finally pulled the trigger and bought my first pair.

 

Tieks Review Are They Worth the Money?

Tieks Flats Coupon Codes

You’re probably wondering if I didn’t find a coupon code, how in the world I managed to score $25 off my first pair. Every year, on Black Friday, the company does a special limited release of a color/style.

There’s a suspenseful build-up the week of Thanksgiving, where they give a sneak peek. 2018’s limited release was called Raspberry Truffle. The sneak peek looked like this. It just gave a hint of chocolate and raspberries, and eager customers guessed what the actual shoe would look like. Would it be more chocolate or more raspberry?

The marketing images revealed a beautiful, metallic raspberry color. I was already considering classic burgundy as my first pair. Nearly everything in my closet is either light pink, burgundy, cream, or navy. And burgundy is a great, complementary color. If I’m spending $175 on shoes, I sure don’t want plain black or nude.

 

My Tieks Review

So on Black Friday, the sale didn’t start until 2 am CST. We set our alarms and had our computers ready to place the order. Remember, at this point, we hadn’t even seen what the shoes look like.

The marketing department at Tieks does an incredible job of building hype and creating that sense of urgency to order. This is called FOMO, or “fear of missing out”. At 2 am, the servers at Tieks headquarters crashed. They couldn’t keep up with the volume.

I sat up for 1.5 hours hitting refresh, adding to cart, and then seeing the dreaded error page. I finally was able to complete my purchase around 3:45 am and went straight to bed.

Yay! They Shipped! Just Kidding…

The next morning, I woke up to a shipping confirmation! Woohoo! My shoes are on the way! I should have them by Tuesday at 8 pm! By Saturday, women were already receiving their shoes and posting photos of them in one of the Facebook groups for followers of this glorious ballet flat.

They did not appear to be the same color as portrayed in the marketing images. They appeared to be more brown with a hint of raspberry in just the right lighting.

I immediately regretted spending the extra $20 (raspberry truffle were $195) on these Limited Release Tieks flats and thought, “If they’re not right for me, I’ll send them back and get the burgundy shoes.”

A Tieks Customer Service Disaster

Fast forward to Tuesday. I still hadn’t received my shoes. Women in the Tieks Anonymous group were saying that they were receiving phone calls from Tieks and that they had miscalculated inventory and didn’t have enough shoes to ship out. I called Tieks and spoke with a very sweet customer service rep who assured me not to worry because my shoes were shipped Tuesday and the tracking information just hadn’t updated. Bless her heart. She was probably telling every single customer the same thing.

Tieks customer service

About an hour after speaking with her, I received a Facebook message from a Tieks customer asking me if I’d received my shoes. I explained that I hadn’t, and she said that she had them. Tieks had shipped my shoes to another customer…with my packing slip in it (with all of my personal information)!

What a Mess!

I told you I’d provide you with an honest Tieks review.

This lady was super nice and offered to ship them to me if Tieks would provide an address label, but Tieks told her to ship back to them and they would ship me a new pair the next morning (since it was already past the shipping deadline for the day).

Keep in mind I wasn’t completely sold on the raspberry truffle. I told them that I’d like to receive some sort of discount or credit for the inconvenience, and they offered me a $25 gift card off a future purchase.

They said they’d put the code in the mail with my Tieks. As you can see below, the second rep I spoke with also mentioned that my shoes had NOT in fact been shipped out yet (as I was informed previously), so I would not receive a duplicate pair.

Tieks Customer Service

The next morning came and went and by noon I still wasn’t seeing tracking updates. So I called and spoke with the same representative. Since my shoes hadn’t shipped, I canceled my raspberry truffle Tieks and ordered the burgundy and was able to use the $25 Tieks coupon code, bringing the total down to $150. They even sent me some really cute little gifts along with the shoes! They really did make things right, I believe. So that’s how I saved $25 off my first pair. Now, for my honest review.

Tieks Review: Are They Worth the Money?

After plenty of research, I struggled to find negative Tieks reviews online. I think a lot of bloggers share positive reviews in exchange for being featured on their website. But I have to share my honest Tieks review.

I’ve had my burgundy Tieks for about 2 weeks now, and here’s the thing. I don’t love them. They were not comfortable straight out of the box. There’s a design flaw, in my opinion, and I don’t think they have always been like this because other women have said the shoe design/fit has changed over the past year.

The toe box is flat and tight. I placed this moleskin inside the shoe so that my big toe wouldn’t cut through the Italian leather. And after two weeks of wearing them, my toe feels like I’ve dropped something heavy on it. In every other area of my feet, they fit comfortably.

I sized up, as suggested, and purchased a size 10. There’s no way an 11 would fit any better. Here’s a photo of my shoes and you can see how tight they are over my toes.

Tieks toe box uncomfortable

 

Problems With Tieks: They Scuff Easily

I’m adding this section to update my Tieks review since I’ve owned them for almost 5 months. Right away, the first week, I scuffed them. As a mom of three kids, I don’t tiptoe around life. In fact, I’m constantly rushing around to get from place to place. And I don’t want to have to worry about scuffing my super-expensive ballet flats.

Here is an updated photo of the Tieks. Since it’s just now getting warm out, I’m going to grab some of this inexpensive scuff repair polish to fix them.

Tieks Review: Problems with ScuffsTieks Flats Alternatives

I’ve been lurking and watching for a Tieks flats coupon code for over a year, and I regret my purchase (even after receiving a $25 discount). If I had to do it all over again, I’d have tried out some much more affordable flats, like these.

Even if they were to only last one year, they’d be worth saving over $100. Plus, I wouldn’t have felt so bad for scuffing them right away!

These Emmie flats are nearly the same color as the classic Tieks burgundy but cost $130ish dollars less. They offer several different colors, and I’m going to give them a try! I could actually buy 4 different pair for the same price as one pair of Tieks.

My Opinion? Tieks Simply Are Not Worth the Money…

If you’re looking for a Tieks coupon code online, you’re not going to find one. The only way to save money on Tieks is to be the direct result of a customer service mishap. The good news is Tieks offers a great exchange program, so if you try some out and they aren’t a good fit, you can exchange them for a different size, and they pay the return shipping.

Also, the resale value of Tieks is also pretty shocking. You can find used Tieks going for as much as $130 on Poshmark (with sweat stains and all)!

So many women plan to buy Tieks as their wedding shoes and dance into the night. Or they buy them because they read a blog post about someone who wore Tieks for 10 hours at Disney.

I wanted to love my Tieks so badly, but I just couldn’t recommend them to everyone. All feet are fearfully and wonderfully made (or something like that), and my feet are screaming!

What do you think of Tieks? Do you love them? Do you think they’re worth the money? Have you found a great Tieks alternative? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the review. I have thought about them for years but just can’t spend that much on shoes I can’t try on ahead of time. I have flat feet and my toes push up so I have a hard to fit foot. Thanks!

    1. I have flat feet as well, and they’d be very comfortable if it weren’t for my toes pushing up. I don’t think they’d be very comfortable for you. You’re welcome! I’m glad it helps!

  2. Stephanie Miller

    Thank you for this review! As a full-time Realtor and mom, I’m on my feet all the time and need more support than my current ballet flats offer. I was about to bite the bullet and order a pair until I read your review. Did you end up buying the Lucky Brand Emmies or have you found another alternative you love?

    1. Hi, Stephanie! I didn’t buy the Lucky Emmies, but I did buy a pair from Target in the Universal Thread brand! They’re fairly comfortable. Nothing is as comfortable as my tried and true Sonoma’s! I’m so sad that they don’t sell them anymore!

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