Shoe vs. Shoe

Was anyone else scarred by watching the Meryl Streep/Dustin Hoffman movie Kramer vs. Kramer as a child? This is a non-sequitur except that I have titled this post Shoe vs. Shoe.

My shoes are not getting divorced though, and in fact they are not even my shoes. YET.

This weekend I stumbled upon a pair of secondhand By Far Romy shoes in the color I'd been eyeing and in the size I need. Or at least what I THINK I need. AND they are nearly 70% off retail cost! How could I not snap these up!

 By Far Romy in cream.

By Far Romy in cream.

I mentioned this style back in March. But now I'm getting cold feet. What if they are the wrong kind of beige? The wrong size? It's hard/impossible to return secondhand stuff.

And since I first spotted these, I've since come across some other contenders for a neutral low heel/elevated flat. One of those options is this Easy Spirit Caldise shoe in light latte. My hesitation with these though is: are they ethical? Are they quality-built? Does it matter?

 Easy Spirit Caldise in light latte.

Easy Spirit Caldise in light latte.

The By Far pair is attractive because they're from an independent designer, and the shoe is all leather, including the insole and outsole. The Easy Spirit pair has a synthetic interior and outsole. Is the all-leather pair inherently superior?

Based on the images I've found online of both shoes, I think I prefer the color of the Easy Spirit pair. 

Other aspects that are sort of impossible to compare without trying them on: are they comfortable? The heel heights on both pairs are similar if not the same, so I have to wonder about how padded the insole is. I get the feeling that Easy Spirit might be the more comfortable pair if only because the word "Comfortable" is in their tagline.

It's subtle, but the heels on the By Far pair is shaped a little nicer than the one on the Easy Spirit pair. But I think I prefer the more almondy toe on the Easy Spirits as opposed the boxy toe of the By Fars.

 By Far

By Far

 Easy Spirit

Easy Spirit

Is the By Far pair the better pick? Would I be an ogre for choosing the Easy Spirit pair? I could return them if they didn't fit or were the wrong color or I got non-ethical-shopping regret.

For what it's worth, last week I'd emailed Easy Spirit customer service and asked about their sustainability values and manufacturing ethics. I got a reply saying that my question was being "investigated by the appropriate team." So not a total boilerplate "We follow international standards" brush-off. 

So what do I do? What would YOU do? Go for the secondhand By Fars? Or try out the Easy Spirits?

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