I've been feeling a 'need' for classic peeptoe pumps, and had picked up a pair of the Ann Taylor Sofia in black satin a while back when they had a 40% off sale (post), which I really ended up liking:
The only problem is that they do slip a bit, so when ReallyPetite raved about the BCBGirls Ariel which were slip-free for her, I was immediately interested:
I only recently pulled the trigger and ordered them in size 5, 5.5, and 6 (good thing there's free return shipping!), just because I'm starting to suspect that what I thought was my size (5.5-6) is really too big since I'm always slipping out of my shoes. And it's a good thing I did, because size 6 was ridiculously big, size 5.5 was still too loose, and only the size 5 seems to fit.
But now my dilemma is which ones to keep! The AT Sofia ($87) has a 3.5" heel, while the BCBGirls Ariel ($71) is higher at 4.25". The Sofia satin definitely feels more comfortable, while the Ariel patent leather is more stiff but may feel better after they're broken in. The peep-toe part on each is shaped differently:
The Sofia has a more rounded shape with a smaller exposed toe box, while the Ariel is square-cut with more toe exposure. Here's how they look on me, with the AT Sofia on the left:
Here's the side view, again with AT Sofia (size 5.5) first and the Ariel (size 5) second:
As you can (maybe) see, I have rather long toes and I think there's probably too much toe overhang with the Ariel. I'm leaning towards keeping the Sofia and either get some foot petals or go down to size 5.
Alright, I officially feel a little too OCD about these shoes now... but here's some more shots of the two anyway, with better lighting: