On most of my backpacking trips, I packed only two pairs of shoes: flip flops and running shoes.

Which of course meant I had nothing to wear in dressier situations. In Asia I was even turned down at several clubs for not having proper footwear. (Like at the Skybar in Saigon. Ugh.)

So on my most recent trip I decided to pack a pair of black Tieks to accompany my flip flops and trainers.

And I was so glad I did.

For one, having a pair of stylish, comfortable shoes in Europe is a must (please never wear tennis or hiking shoes in public in Europe, mkay?).

And secondly, they take up almost no space in your backpack.

Yes they're expensive. But for shoes that are well-made, durable, and chic, I'm willing to invest.

So this year I ordered another pair of Tieks in burgundy– perfect for a wine lover, non?

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Tieks

Why Tieks are perfect for travel:

a. They're stylish, and look good anywhere from European cobblestones to Southeast Asian clubs.

b. They're comfortable, thanks to the padded sole.

c. They're well-made, with soft but durable Italian leather. And they last- they don't wear out quickly like most ballet flats.

d. They're extra portable because they fold up into themselves! (See first image).

And okay fine, I love the box they come in. And the myriad colors. (I not-so-secretly would love the leopard. Next pair.)

But Tieks aren't just good for travel, they're also great for everyday life– I wear both my burgundy and black pairs to the office all the time.

Tieks_Venice Tieks also make great gifts for those you love very, very much- hey, they ain't cheap! My best friend pictured above in the ballerina pink Tieks I gave her for Christmas. 

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Which color Tieks would you choose? Comment below!

A note about sizing – order down if you're a half size. I'm an 8.5 and I wear an 8 in Tieks. Also some of these links are affiliate links, and I will earn a small percentage of any resulting purchases at no additional cost to you. Thanks for keeping Ashley Abroad afloat!

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Uganda. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Colorado. She's been to forty countries but somehow still gets lost in her home town. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour magazine.
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