Ever since I shared the unboxing of my Erin Condren Life Planner with you, I have been eager to find another beautifully packaged item that is relevant to teachers that I could lovingly open and photograph for you. Today I had so much fun unboxing my new pair of Tieks by Gavrieli.
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If you don’t already know about Tieks, they are leather flats that are rumored to be the MOST comfortable ballet flats on the market. With testimonials from the likes of Oprah, Jodi Picoult and Cosmopolitan magazine; I KNEW I had to try these for myself. With a starting price of $175, each pair of Tieks are certainly an investment in fashion and comfort. I searched the site for the most beautiful pair and instantly fell in love with the Lavender Snake Tieks style. Unfortunately for me, these were the most expensive pair in the “Boutiek.”
(Full disclosure: I ordered my Tieks on my own behalf, with no discount, promotion or compensation. I just really wanted to try them out and share my experience with you! Since then, I have become a Tieks affiliate and my affiliate links are included throughout this post.)
Fortunately, every pair of Tieks comes with free Priority Mail shipping (and free returns). After two days, my designer ballet flats arrived in the mail and I couldn’t wait to open them! The average person would never guess the treasure that sat patiently inside of this plain white box.
Once I gently slide a knife along the seal, I lifted the lid to reveal my first peak at the signature teal Tieks packaging!
Seriously, how pretty is this box?!?
Even the jeweled silk flower was beautiful. Just imagine how gorgeous the shoes must be!
I tenderly lifted the lid from my Tieks box to reveal a handwritten thank you note.
Be still my heart!
It even looks like it was written with my favorite color of Papermate Flair pen. Swoon.
There is simply too much eye candy in these photos to process.
I am such a sucker for details.
My Tieks also came with proper care instructions.
Finally, my first glimpse of the actual shoes.
These flats were neatly folded and (just barely) fit inside of the box.
It took a strong tug to pull them out!
In addition to a neatly folded pair of flats, the package also included a collapsable turquoise tote and small black carrying case for my Tieks.
Finally, I was able to try on my beautiful new shoes. I deliberately selected Lavender Snake Tieks because they had a fun print, but also contained neutral shades that would look nice with khaki pants. I love how cute my feet look in these shoes!
What about the fit and comfort?
I’m sure you’re dying to know how my new shoes fit (and more importantly) felt on my feet. Tieks are only available in full sizes. I am usually an 8.5, so I followed the online instructions and ordered a size up. The shoes fit great! The comfort level is yet to be determined. The elastic across the top of my toes felt a little tight and put a little pressure on my big toenail. (This is a common issue for me when trying on flats). I am crossing my fingers and hoping that the leather just needs to stretch a bit to reach optimal comfort. So I’m not entirely sure what the fate of my new Tieks will be, but my goodness, they sure were fun to open! The free shipping and returns are a big source of comfort as well 🙂
I wrote a much more detailed review of Tieks on my personal blog, Crazy Together. You can click the image below to get the answers to all your questions, including the amount of support, durability, and even squeaky Tieks.
UPDATE: I ultimately decided to return the lavender snake Tieks and tried a mustard pair instead. Although they were the same size, the mustard pair was much more comfortable. And the customer service team at Tieks was gracious enough to offer free shipping and a free return on my lavender snake flats.
What are your favorite shoes to wear at school?