FitFlop Tia Leather Sandals Review

The style-conscious sandals you can walk in all day long

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4.8

FitFlop Tia Leather Sandals

FitFlop Tia Leather Sandals

Verywell Fit / Carrie Bluth

What We Like

  • Stylish and versatile

  • Comfortable for extended wear

  • Just the right height

What We Don't Like

  • Pricier than some simple thong-style sandals

  • Not a lot of structured support

Bottom Line

Walk without worry: The FitFlop Tia Leather Sandals are reasonably priced and offer great style and all-day comfort in a design that packs well for travel.

4.8

FitFlop Tia Leather Sandals

FitFlop Tia Leather Sandals

Verywell Fit / Carrie Bluth

FitFlop was founded in 2007 under the premise that comfort and style don't have to be mutually exclusive. To this, we say a big YES. A great pair of walking sandals is a warm-weather essential. Whether you’ll be traveling far afield, or cruising around town on foot, a comfortable pair of sandals is the summer staple you’ll reach for again and again. We tried out a popular pick, the FitFlop Tia Leather Sandals, and took to the sidewalks. Over a period of weeks, we hit our stride trekking through downtown, taking several flights of stairs, and strolling the farmers’ market. Read on to find out what we liked and didn’t like, and most importantly, whether there were blisters.

FitFlop Tia Leather Sandals
Verywell Fit / Carrie Bluth

Design/Style: Refined boho minimalist style on a subtle cushioned platform base

According to the FitFlop brand, these sandals are made for “superwomen,” and we’d have to agree. The minimalist toe-thong style is feminine, and the construction is made for going places and doing things. The result is a really good blend of form and function. In other words, FitFlop nailed it. We found the style versatile enough to pair with skinny jeans as well as dresses, casual enough for a day at the beach, and dressy enough for an evening on the town. Most importantly, we could rely on these sandals when we found ourselves sprinting through an airport, busting moves on the dance floor, or just walking the dog. Fun fact: Actress and mother Uma Thurman is featured on the FitFlop blog, giving further credence to the superwomen claim.

We found the style versatile enough to pair with skinny jeans as well as dresses, casual enough for a day at the beach, and dressy enough for an evening on the town.

Right off the bat, the Tia sandals felt comfortable to wear. There were no noticeable constrictions or discomfort from the straps at all. This is likely due in part to the very minimalist design of the sandal. There’s honestly not a lot to it, on the top anyway. The sole is another story (as it should be). The slightly stacked heel with a subtle .75-inch lift elongated and flattered our legs without compromising on comfort or functionality. Blending form and function is always a remarkable feat when done well, as it was here. 

On top of all that (or, to be clear, on the bottom), the sole features a rubberized tread pattern to prevent poolside slips—as long as we kept our sandals on, that is.

Performance: Worry-free, walk-everywhere comfort 

The real test with footwear, of course, is how they feel after pounding the pavement. For the first wear, we took them on a stroll through the farmers’ market. The stroll proved uneventful, which is what you want with footwear. No hot spots at all; in fact, these sandals don't seem to require a break-in period.

Because of the minimalist design, the sandal doesn’t offer a lot of structure or support. We noticed some foot migration towards the sandal edge at times.

Confidence bolstered, we set out for longer jaunts through downtown, putting some miles on the T-strap sandals. It was only after a particularly extended walk that we noticed some pressure in the ball of the foot area, but not to the point of discomfort. It was more like the kind of pressure you can imagine feeling after a really long walk in almost any kind of shoe. Basically, we took it as a sign that it was time to stop at a cafe for a break.

One point worth mentioning is that because of the minimalist design, the sandal doesn’t offer a lot of structure or support. We noticed some foot migration toward the sandal edge at times, though only in the front toe area. If you prefer sandals that hold your foot firmly in place, you’ll have better luck with a more supportive style.

FitFlop Tia Leather Sandals
VeryFit / Carrie Bluth 

Comfort Technology: Biomechanical engineering ensures comfort

Just looking at the Tia’s slight platform base with visible extra-cushioning in the heel, you can tell it’s going to feel good to wear. FitFlop is clearly serious about building comfort into its designs, using a technology dubbed Duocomff, which is said to be engineered to alleviate pressure points. According to the manufacturer, they are consciously merging “science with style,” using biomechanics to inform the construction of their footwear. We can confirm that it’s working.

The slightly stacked heel with a subtle .75-inch lift elongated and flattered our legs without compromising on comfort or functionality.

Price: Worth it for the great style and walk-everywhere functionality


Depending on style
, the Tia sandals have an MSRP ranging from $100-$120, but they can sometimes be found marked down for as low as $45. We scored our Caramel leather option for less than $100, and we found them well worth the price based on the functionality and great style. Hot tip: FitFlop offers a 20 percent off discount for students!

FitFlop Tia Sandal vs. Vionic Kirra Backstrap Sandal

The Vionic Kirra Backstrap Sandal has a similar look as the FitFlop Tia, though it comes in only seven styles (the Tia is available in 18). Both Vionic and FitFlop tout their use of bio-mechanical engineering technology as key to producing exceptional comfort. Pricing options are similar: The Kirra has an MSRP of $99.95.

The main differences: The Vionic sandals have a contoured footbed that allows your foot to sink in rather than, shall we say, “float on top.” This would be useful if you prefer a more stable base in a sandal. Accordingly, the Vionic Kirra has received the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) Seal of Acceptance—a credential the FitFlop sandal does not advertise. 

Final Verdict

A winner for comfort and style.

We are sold on the FitFlop Tia Leather Sandals. Truly style-conscious and minimalist, the sandals are comfortable enough to wear while walking everywhere. But if you're looking for a more stable, supportive footbed, the Kirra may be a better choice.

Specs

  • Product Name Tia Leather Sandals
  • Product Brand FitFlop
  • UPC 190035936068
  • Price $100.00
  • Color Caramel, black, silver, pale gold, and more
  • Model Number L36
  • Materials Leather uppers, lining, and footbed; slip-resistant rubber pods on soles
  • Platform Height .75 in.
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