The Brand that Made Me Wear Flats to a Wedding

Ordinarily, I relish dressy occasions to ditch the scrubs and clogs in favor of a cute dress and a pair of my coveted heels. While I have a number of very comfortable heels, at the end of the day they are still heels forcing me to maintain a high half toe for a long time, often with my toes pushed together. So I have opted to spend the rest of the fall as much as possible in flats as a torture my toes regularly to train for a marathon (more on that someday if I survive!). 

I invested in a pair of black Tieks (size 7; they only offer half sizes and I am a consistent 71/2) last May and grew to love them as my back up flats when a long day on heels wore me down. But at the end of the day, if I wore those for too long my toes screamed bloody murder, just like after a very long run even in appropriately sized sneakers. So recently as I went head-on into my flats mission I got another pair of Tieks, this time in size 8. Fit like a glove crafted from a baby’s bottom the first time around and voila today I wore my new ruby red pair to a wedding feeling totally fashionable. Tieks for the win! 

Here are some overly lit pics on this very sunny, perfect day for a wedding, day. 

  
    
 

There is much internet lore from women obsessed with their Tieks and I confess I might be going over to the flats dark side here. These are the most comfortable shoes (at least for my feet when sized correctly). I simultaneously ordered taupe (pictured below) and wore them for 12 hour days four days straight and hit the stadium seats for the Adele concert with them. No aches. No pains. No blisters. No break in needed. My first pair of ruby red had distractingly different crinkle (for OCD me anyway) between the right and left shoes so I exchanged them. As long as not worn outdoors, Tieks has a great return or exchange policy and they will even send a second pair to compare without charging you. Shipping in both directions is free. The packaging is totally cute and always arrives with a hand written note (I am a sucker for good customer service!) along with a pouch to hold the flats in their very compact form and a bag for your heels should you choose to use your Tieks as a heel back up. As a fan of bright hues, I am obsessed with the plethora of colors the flats come in. But for now I have red, taupe, and just ordered black in size 8.

As always, while I would relish a new pair of heels or flats for free, unless clearly stated my reviews of my own purchases as in the case of all the Tieks cited in this post. Tieks can only be ordered online at tieks.com and sadly as far as I can tell they never go on sale. But I do believe they are well worth the investment. 

  

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Liza & Stu: A fit & flare romance 

This past week was filled with glorious days and fun events. To celebrate I paired a series of Eliza J dresses with Stuart Wietzman shoes. The social media fanfare was so robust that I carried it forward into the work week. These were the results.  And also dresses with pockets are absolutely sublime. 

  

 

  

 
And for a few close ups of the shoes:

   
    
 

A reunion, a wedding, & a race: Chapter 8 (Game Time Brunching)

So we lucked out with a a major temp drop and cloudy skies on race day. This allowed us a bit of extra time post race than we had expected since we ran a bit faster and we decided to celebrate by dropping in at reunion brunch. It gave us a chance to mingle with a few friends we missed these last couple of days. I hadn’t planned an outfit and it was way cooler than expected so I didn’t even have a cute cardigan or hoodie handy. I had to pull my emergency rain jacket out of the trunk! So just a pair of Athleta capris, Vince mixed media top, and a better look at mu favorite causal sneakers from Bernie Mev. 

  

A reunion, a wedding, & a race: Chapter 5 (The BBQ)

My children mocked me relentlessly for wearing a dress to a lunch time family barbecue. But the dress was a summertime classic I snagged at the end of last season on clearance so I was eager to give it a whirl; with a high of 97 degrees F, I thought a summer dress was in order.   

Dress: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Bag: Lill Studio (sniff, I miss them so much!)

Hat: Goorin Bros. 

It turns out that I was not the only one who decided to don pink seersucker. Here I am with a dear friend who lived downstairs freshman year who apparently has the same style sensibilities as I do. He is a poet and I am a surgeon. Go figure.   

And, I was not the only mom who thought it appropriate to don a dress. Here I am with a few of my junior year roomies (there were 18 of us total that year).  

Oh and I was not the only person who thought a big floppy hat was in order. My ovaries ached holding on to these two cuties who belong to one of my former roommates.  

  
Oh, and for those of you wondering, no i did not get BBQ sauce on the dress!

It’s Business

@surgeoninkicks and I are at one of our major trauma meetings at the moment. Here is our shoe collection for the event which requests a beach casual vibe in 34-55  degree weather and cold conference rooms, brief shopping/site seeing excursions, and the requisite evening cocktail receptions.   

   
Just a few pairs and the handy carry bags that come with them.