Anyone who has ever met me in person knows that fashion completely eludes me. Everyone has their strengths and mine is simply not knowing how to put clothing together into matching outfits. I completely depend on store mannequins on what to wear and I often defer to jeans with a black top.
For this reason Latin America was perfect for me. I didn’t spend a lot of time in cities so summer dresses and Chacos became my uniform and I loved it. When I finally arrived in Buenos Aires and got an apartment I felt a bit more pressure to update my urban look but after a year on the road I reverted back to the jeans and black top look.
But Europe is different. Last Fall when I went to Europe I didn’t want to look like I was living out of a backpack so I carefully picked dresses and things I thought would match – most of it being black. Europeans simply don’t accept traveling as an excuse to look shabby.
This month I was asked to speak at a conference in London and this stretched my comfort levels even farther but knowing I was out of my league I enlisted the help of my friend Jennifer Lee, who is always impeccably dressed. We went to Anthropology and she picked out three outfits and I am forever grateful.
Luck was definitely smiling at me because at the same time Tieks reached out to me to see if I would be interested trying their ballet flats, which they guaranteed could withstand walking around all day on concrete. They asked me to write an honest Tieks review and as this conference is notoriously brutal on people’s feel and no one wears heels (well except the Italians) so I thought it would be perfect to try them out.
I was really surprised.
The Honest Tieks Review
So here’s the skinny. Tieks are not cheap shoes. They range from $165 to $295. I picked Starstruck which fell in the middle at $265 because if you’re going to get Italian leather designer shoes you should go big. These were great because the were a neutral gold colour I could wear at the conference with mustard pants but I could also wear them out at night and look dressed up.
After four days at the conference with numerous compliments on my shoes I have to say my feel felt great. They turquoise pads on the bottom really do make it feel like you are wearing running shoes. This conference was probably the toughest test and similar to walking around the cobblestone streets of Italy and stood up to the guarantee. These are not backpacker shoes, but if you have upgraded your travel style these are a great investment.
So, here’s the real test. Obviously I got these shoes for free so it’s easy to say I loved them. Who doesn’t love free, comfy shoes? But I liked them so much I am going to buy another pair. They just launched a vegan line of shoes and I love the Silver Lake style. They are $165 and completely worth it. I remember being in Rome and coming home with ridiculously sore feet because the cobblestone streets crushed my cheap flats but I didn’t want to miss anything so I stayed out for as long as I could.
Do Tieks Ever Go on Sale?
It’s rare but it does happen and often times you can find a discount code. When I originally wrote this post I offered a 20% off code for the holidays so keep looking!
I hope you enjoyed my honest Tieks review but tell me, what is your biggest tip for looking good on the road?