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!