You want comfortable ballet flats, but you aren't sure if Tieks are worth it. I get it, but before you go searching for Tieks dupes and Tieks alternatives, let me tell you why I choose Tieks over all the other brands.
What are some Tieks alternatives?
Tieks have been my go-to shoes for several years now. In fact, you might say I've got a little bit of an obsession with these foldable ballet flats. I've been spreading the love for these designer flats ever since I posted my very first Tieks review. Even when I try to branch out to other brands, I always find myself going back to my trusted Tieks. I've tried most of the Tieks alternatives: Rothy's, Tory Burch, Yosi Samra, Allbirds, Sam Edelman, and I simply prefer Tieks. Let me tell you why.
Once I started wearing flats, I went all-in on Tory Burch Reva flats and then jumped to the newer Tory Burch Minnie travel ballet flats. I loved the look of those flats but just couldn't wear them for really long periods of time. Then, I found Tieks and realized that comfort and style could co-exist. I can wear Tieks all day long and my feet don't feel fatigued. I've even worn them to Disneyland.
I am a material girl.
Over the years, I've amassed a collection of Tieks because I just adored the selection of colors and prints. I loved that I could coordinate my outfits and accessories in new ways with these designer ballet flats. That didn't stop me from branching out and trying some of the Tieks alternatives though. I started seeing the comparisons being drawn to Rothy's and saw that they had some fun colors and styles, so I decided to give those a chance. I tried their round toe ballet flats and although they were okay, they didn't mold to my feet. The recycled material just didn't do it for me. I found this to be the case for their pointed toe ballet flats too. The soft, supple leather ballet flats from Tieks fit me so much better.
Tieks stay on your feet.
If you're wearing the right size Tieks, you can't beat the fit. With their cushioned, non-elasticized heel, Tieks actually stay on your feet and don't dig in or cause deep red welts. You don't need to worry about whether your flats will flop off your heel. I can speed walk or run in these flats if I need to.
The foldability factor.
I've said it before in my post about why Tieks are the best flats for travel, but the foldability factor is key. Being able to fold Tieks into their compression bag (no idea what I mean? Check out my Tieks review to see what comes inside a Tieks box), makes packing a breeze. While Yosi Samra flats are also foldable, I didn't find the quality to be quite the same. I've had some of my Tieks for over 7 years and they're still holding up well.
Tieks are easy to clean and care for.
If you've ever splurged on a pair of shoes and then scuffed them right away, you know how upsetting that can be. Luckily, if this happens in most of your Tieks, you can quickly fix them up. I've got a few posts about how to polish your Tieks (with a list of color-match options for classics) and how to care for your soft leather ballet flats. This just isn't the case for a lot of other Tieks alternatives.
Tieks are super versatile.
Whether you need ballet flats for work or a formal event, Tieks has an option for you. Their selection of classic colors, prints, and fabrics means you can find the right pair for your event or lifestyle. If you need a little help picking a pair, check out my post about how to pick the perfect pair of Tieks shoes. It's got tons of photos and side-by-side comparisons for you to see.