Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Frances vs. Sophie


A little while ago, Cee from To Brighten My Day posted a review for the LOFT Frances wedges, which were a dupe for the Sam Edelman Sophie wedges. She noted that they were comfortable (a plus!) and pointed out the zippered back and non-leg-shortening nude ankle straps. I was sold, but the problem was I couldn't decide which pair I liked more, the LOFT version or the Sam Edelman one.

At the time, the LOFT pair was still full price at $80, so I waited until they were marked down with one of their frequent sales. While I waited, I was lucky enough to win a $100 Shopbop.com gift certificate from Sorren (yay!!!!!). I browsed Shopbop for hours looking for something close to $100 (didn't want to spend too much out of pocket due to my clothing budget) but couldn't find anything I liked more than the Sophie wedges, which were only $120. Once I had decided to purchase them with my gift certificate, the LOFT pair went on sale down to $38, so I ended up buying both pairs to try on at home.

I'd love to review and compare the comfort level of the two pairs, because truthfully that's what I was most concerned about. But after trying them both on and walking around the house, they felt exactly the same. Both pairs were comfortable and I couldn't distinguish one from the other. Workmanship on both pairs was about the same as well, and both fit true to size.

There were a few differences though.

First, the LOFT version's front strap was a shiny patent red, while the Sam Edelman version had a softer coral hue and a matte leather finish. Also, the LOFT version used all man-made materials, but the Sam Edelmans were real leather.


The Sam Edelman version had a two-toned heel vs. the LOFT's solid one. The Sam Edelmans also had an adjustable ankle strap whereas the LOFT version's ankle strap was purely decorational and sewn in place.


The back zipper was about the same in terms of stickiness (which was one of Cee's concerns that the zipper was hard to zip), but I thought the zipper on the LOFT version looked "cleaner" versus the Sam Edelmans which had extra leather covering the zipper.


In the end, I decided to keep the Sam Edelmans and return the LOFT version. It was one of those decisions in which I didn't really have a strong opinion of one over the other, but I think the real leather and coral strap won me over for the Sophies. If I didn't have the Shopbop gift certificate, I probably would have kept the LOFT ones instead.

It looks like LOFT only has a few sizes available as of today (and these are only sold online and not in stores), so if you're a 7.5, 8, or 8.5, they're on sale for only $36!

Update: The Sam Edelman wedges are on sale from Shopbop for $84, from Endless.com and Piperlime for $80, or Bloomingdale's for $72 in limited sizes!

Happy shopping!

16 comments:

  1. witheachpassingdayJuly 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Great review. I have the Loft sandals and love them. I think you made the right choice in keeping the Sam Edelmans. I would have choose the Sam Edelmans if price wasn't the issue. 

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  2. Thanks! I haven't seen you wear yours on your blog. I'd love to see how you style them! :)

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  3. I'm glad you kept the Sam Edelmans.  Had you wanted something else from Shopbop I would have said stick with the LOFT ones.  But since it doesn't sound like you would have used the Shopbop credit for anything else, and you ended up paying $20 out of pocket vs. $38 for the LOFT wedges...and for what sounds like better quality.  

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  4. Wow. Those are practically identical! It is very tempting to go order the LOFT version. They still have my size!

    http://livefreeandfashionable.wordpress.com/

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  5. Thanks for the review, Kimmie! I'm glad you kept the SE ones in the end. Side-by-side, the colors look much better than LOFT's. Can't wait to see you wear these all summer!

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  6. both are so beautiful and so similar. :)
    kw, Ladies in Navy

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  7. I'm so glad you reviewed these because I've had my eye on the Sam Edelman's as well.  I might have to risk them running out of my size because  $120 is still out of my budget right now, but they look terrific! You can't beat comfort and leather for $20 out of pocket!  Great find!

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  8. SS_littleflowersJuly 11, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    Great review. I was curious about the difference between them. Great choice keeping SE. I like them more.

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  9. Thanks for this review. Seeing them side by side, the little details on the Sam Edelmans pop out at me, and, in my opinion, take the cake. 

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  10. They seriously look almost identical. What a great review, I just might have to go get those Loft ones. :)

    xo, Yi-chia

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  11. Lately, I've been amazed by how many similar shoes have hit shelves. Anyway, I'm not considering these shoes for myself, but it was still interesting to read your side-by-side comparison!

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  12. Yeah! I can't wait to wear them! But too bad I'm not really sure what to wear them with yet.

    Thanks for introducing me to them! :)

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  13. The Sam Edelman's are on sale at a bunch of places if you're between a size 7.5-10, for around $80. Still not cheap, but better than $120!

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  14. I know, right? I know that a lot of Target and Steve Madden shoes are always rip-offs of other designers, as with a lot of other "budget" brands. I guess it's good if you want the "look" without the pricetag, but at the same time I feel bad for the original designer.

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  15. Oh my goodness!! I am SO happy [and jealous] you decided to spend your shopbop gift card on these! I have been drooling over them for months! Great review and I'm glad you went with the SE, I liked the lighter coral matter strap a lot more :)

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  16. Wow, amazing dupes! I woulda kept the Sam Edelmans too because of the leather and matte strap. Gotta love leather.

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