When I first got my fold-up flats, I really didn’t know if they would be worth the steep price tag that comes with Tieks. I liked the idea that they folded up, but I wasn’t sure if I would really like how they looked on my feet (some fold-up flats just look horrible on), or if I would want to wear them on an everyday basis.
Even after I first got them, I sort of wondered if I should regret the purchase. After all, were they really so different from any other pair of flats?
Well, I’m a total convert after bringing these shoes on a couple of trips this summer, and I now consider fold-up flats a complete travel essential. Here are a few reasons why I love them.
They’re slippers on a plane.
This summer, I wore sandals on the plane for my trip to Greece, but didn’t want my feet to freeze on the plane (am I the only one who’s always cold on airplanes?). I threw my fold-up flats in my carry-on bag and, once I got on board, slipped on a pair of socks and put on the flats when I wanted to go to the bathroom or walk around the plane.
I usually want to wear the bulkiest shoes I want to bring on any particular trip through the airport and on the plane, but that doesn’t mean I want to be taking them off and putting them on to get up and walk around during the flight. I’m not about stocking feet in the bathroom, so this was an ideal alternative.
They were the perfect slippers and folded right up and went in my carry on once I was ready to deplane.
Though there was one moment of confusion with the Greek security agents, when they thought my shoes were a liquid of some kind (we cleared that up pretty quick), it was great to have an alternative shoe along once my sandals started to rub in the same place or when I wanted a closed-toe shoe in the evening to go to dinner.
If you buy new shoes, your old ones fit in your bag.
You can probably imagine that buying new shoes and wanting to wear them right away is a repeat issue for me. While in San Francisco, it was not only a matter of shopping, but a serious life saver.
On our recent trip, my feet were absolutely destroyed by a pair of Keds. Even though I’d worn them many times before, for some reason, my feet were dying. I eventually insisted that we head back to the hotel so I could change.
I’d brought my flats, so i threw them on, but, by no fault of the shoes’ own, my feet were hurting in similar places. Since we ended up going shopping, I decided just to buy the cool Stan Smith Adidas sneakers I’d been lusting after for almost the entire summer.
When I purchased them, I was able to just fold up my shoes and throw them in my backpack, so we could keep exploring the city and go to dinner without having to worry about a spare pair of shoes or a shopping bag with a shoe box.
Ultimately, I’ve found my Tieks to be a pretty sturdy fold-up flat. I love that they come with a bag that you can tuck them into when they’re folded up, as well as a bag that you can put your other shoes in to carry if Tieks are your back up.
They truly fold up small enough that they fit in many of my purses (not the itty bitty ones, of course) and they’ve proven to be useful on more than one trip for me.
The best part is that they just look like normal flats when you have them on, while a lot of other fold-up flats are too roomy and don’t have the polished look that I like. Plus, the blue bottom is so sassy and cute.
If you’re not into Tieks, or simply think the price tag is too steep, I get it, but I still recommend shopping around for a good pair of fold-up flats. For me, they’re a complete travel essential.
What are your travel essentials? Let me know in the comments!