It’s never crossed my mind to spend more than $26 on a pair of flip flops. Rubber Havaianas do the trick and last for years…
But then I saw two pictures of Kate Moss in the 90’s and decided that I needed a pair of leather flip flops.
My sister has seven pairs of the same TKEES in her closet. She hoards them because she’s scared that they’re going to stop making them.
With her vote of obsession and those Kate Moss photos on my mind, I decided to give these $50 USD flip flops a try.
I bought TKEES Liners flip flops in Sable/black (20% off with a Shopbop “sorry we took so long to ship your last order” code) and TKEES Gemma slides in Coconut Cream/white (10% off with Revolve’s “sign up to our mailing list” code).
Let’s review these sandals’ details…
For comparison, my other shoe sizes run:
-Adidas Stan Smiths, US 8
–Chanel Shoes, FR 39
–Christian Louboutin, IT/EU 39.5
–Golden Goose, IT/EU 39
–Hermès, FR 39
–Isabel Marant, FR 39
-Nikes, US 8.5
–Repetto, FR 39.5
Liners (or Foundation) Flip Flops
My first pair of Tkees Liner Flip Flops were a size US 8… the US size 8 were a pinch small, but they did the job.
When I got my replacement pair (more on that in a second), I sized up to a size US 9.
For Tkees flip flops, I’d recommend sizing up if you’re between sizes.
My Tkees Alex Sandals are a US 9.
For slide sandals, I’d recommend sizing either up or down if you’re between sizes.
My Gemmas in a size US 8 fit fine, but as you can see, the US 9 gives me more space.
My Tkees Gemma Sandals are a US 8.
Due to the fact that they’re slip on and don’t have a thong that your foot has to meet, a size down fits just fine in these sandals.
I assumed my sister goes through so many pairs because she wears them in ridiculously strenuous situations (i.e, coastal hikes to waterfalls). Recently though, she confessed that her TKEES (the Foundations Glosses in “Coco Butter”) break relatively frequently, even when she isn’t wearing them hiking (note: I (and she) do not recommend wearing them during strenuous activities)… although she does wear them quite frequently.
My Liner flip flops were worn for ~a month.
During that month, they were worn during light/normal activities (i.e. walking to/from the car, to the grocery store, to the mall — you know, regular normal light errands).
… until, one day, I was sitting on the bus, tapping my foot to “Despacito” (how can you not lightly tap your foot to that “Dessssspacito” part?), and all of the sudden, the thong strap snapped.
As luck would have it, I had my Chanel flats with me… but if I hadn’t, I would have been hoofing it barefoot.
However, TKEES flip flops have a one year warranty against manufacturing defects. It’s unbeknownst to me if my sandals were part of a manufacturing defect or if that’s just the way they are. After my sister’s recent “they break frequently” confession, the jury’s still out.
… whatever the case may be, TKEES sent me a replacement pair of Liner flip flops.
I’ve had better luck with my Gemma slides though. While some sand from the beach has scratched off bits of the white leather, none of the straps have snapped.
… basically though, TKEES should not get wet or sandy and (obviously) should not be worn under extreme conditions, i.e, on coastal hikes to waterfalls.
Similar, But Different, Summer Sandals
PROS & CONS
–Light Weight & Non Bulky
–Customer Service: Quite speedy and follows up to make sure everything is good.
–Warranty: TKEES footwear is covered against manufacturing defects for one year from the date of purchase. If yours happen to snap, send their customer support a quick email.
–No Shoe Box: TKEES packs their flip flops in a material dust bag. It makes it convenient to throw ’em in your suitcase.
–Hit or Miss Quality
–Not Totally Waterproof: Getting your TKEES more than moderately wet will loosen the glue & cause the sole to split.
–Not Totally Sandproof: Wearing TKEES in the sand will run the risk of rubbing off bits of the leather’s colour.
While these sandals offered a solution to my fashionable flip flop dilemma, they do not solve my fashionable good quality flip flop problems.
My sister still swears by her TKEES flip flops, but I’ll just keep searching for a pair of sandals that fits the bill.
If you have any questions about how hard I was walking or if you’re still considering them and want to ask about sizing, let me know in the comments below…
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–Shopbop has a bi-annual 15-25% off everything sale in the early Spring & Fall. This is a great time to save on basics like TKEES.
-Revolve’s 10% discount for new list subscribers is also a good way to save $5 on these sandals.