I consider myself an evolving minimalist and tend not to spend money on things.  I save money for travel and time with friends and family.  But I do have a full-time job and essentially wear only two pairs of shoes – a pair of black flats and a pair of tan flats.  I use a standing desk at work and got rid of my chair years ago.  But I am getting a little older and I also walk to work which has resulted in my feet getting a little sore by the end of the day.  I’d read about Tieks for a couple of years but resisted the price tag.  One pair costs equivalent to four pairs of my Lucky Flats – but wearing those every day means I go through about two pairs of Luckys a year … my Luckys only take a few days to break in but when they are done, it is instant.  One day they are fine, and the next day they hurt and smell. 

So I decided to splurge and see if Tieks were worth the rave reviews.  If they could stay comfortable for two years, then it might be worth it.

I thought they took a long time to break in.  Months!  They hurt my feet and it took a while for them to form as everyone said they would.  About six months in, I started to regularly wear them all day at work.  At nine months, when my black Lucky Flats needed retirement, I didn’t buy another pair and instead switched to my Tieks full time.  Fourteen months after I bought them they were my “go to shoe” for a social dinner.  I now wear them every day for both work and with jeans when going out with friends.  They still look as good as they did when I pulled them out of the box.  And now that I have broken them in, I can easily walk 10-15 miles in them before my feet start to hurt. 

I don’t know what to tell you… It’s taken me over 18 months to write this post.  They were expensive and took a long time to break in.  When they eventually wear out, I don’t know if I will go back to Luckys or buy another pair.  In the meantime, I really want a pair of bright red ones!  😊

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