Splurge VS Save: The Sam Edelman Bootie vs Old Navy’s Zip Ankle Bootie

I’ve been coveting these Sam Edelman booties for quite some time. The blogosphere has been calling them “instant classics” and a must buy for awhile now but I wasn’t sure they would look good on me. Since I don’t have a Nordstrom anywhere remotely close by, I’ve also been hesitant to order a $160 shoe that might need to be returned via the post office. Sometimes procrastinating pays off and sometimes it doesn’t. This is one of those times where it may pay off double!

SE Bootie

Here is the Sam Edelman Bootie from Nordies. It’s currently on sale for $130 making it a fairly good deal compared to the original price. It’s got a real suede upper and 1 1/2 inch heel. People love this boot and it has over 150 five star reviews!

ON Bootie

Here is the Old Navy Zip Ankle Bootie which is currently going for $40. It’s fully synthetic making it Vegan friendly! It’s also got a 1 1/2 inch heel. The only visual difference is the small grosgrain pull on the back of the bootie. Is it just me or do these look like the exact same shoe? I have no idea what the quality of this bootie might be as it’s got no reviews online. I do know that Sam Edelman shoes run narrow and Old Navy shoes are either true to B width or a little more on the wide side depending on style. Even though I know $40 isn’t just a drop in the bucket for some of my readers, this bootie offers all of the style of the more expensive version. I’ll probably buy this and use it as a “starter” bootie since I have no booties in my current shoe collection. If it then works with my wardrobe, I’ll look into pulling the trigger on the Sam Edelman bootie at Nordstrom’s big yearly sales.

Who do you think won this match? The Sam Edelman Bootie in the “Petty” style for $$$ or the Old Navy Zip Ankle Bootie for $? Let us know in the comments below!


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    They are both pretty and I definitely understand the ‘instant classic’ monkier, but I never splurge on footwear that easily scuffs. Buff nubuck? The first mud puddle you encounter could ruin everything.

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      Erin says

      I’ve had ok luck with a suede sealer I got from Nordies a while back. I totally get where you are coming from, I ruined a pair of gray flats with an oily puddle in a parking garage I didn’t see. You may hate me but I’ll be posting another pair of suede shoes in a few days that I just can’t stop loving… I’m terribly impractical!

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    Faithful Follower says

    Well, call me old fashion or maybe just VERY practical but unless I have tried the shoes on, I would be hesitant to buy online. Of course there is the comfort factor to consider…sometimes more expensive shoes are more comfy than less expensive ones…and sometimes not!!!!!
    Cute boot though!
    Thanks for bringing them to our attention.

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      Erin says

      No it’s practical. I’ve ordered shoes online but only ones from a brand I was 99.9% sure of I was going to be the same size as my usual. They were very very expensive Cole Haan Mary Jane platform heels in suede. Beautiful but not practical when you live in the Pacific North West!

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      Erin says

      I know, on the one hand sometimes it’s a blatant rip off where I feel bad for the original designer but other times I’m just like “Hooray, cheap cute stuff!”.

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    I desperately want to love booties (and these are indeed pretty), but I feel they make my ankle look so strange and ‘cut off’. Mind you, a rogue’s shoe collection consists mostly of several pairs of the same comfortable, practical black leather boots, so I may not be the best qualified to speak on shoe matters… 😉

    • 10

      Erin says

      I feel the same way. Perhaps when you find yourself in sandy territory these boots might come in handy for camouflage!

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    I would save my money and go with the Old Navy brand. I’ve always had luck with Old Navy. You have to buy their items realizing they may not last but you get what you pay for. I only invest in classic pieces but booties will fade out like most fads so stick to the cheap version and invest in a good pair of black pumps or a cashmere sweater instead!


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      Erin says

      I agree Kate. I’m not put off by the $100 -$150 dollar range for semi-trendy shoes if the quality will be more supportive and I’ll get a lot of wear out of it. However if there is little difference, you best believe I’ll be gettin’ the cheaper one!

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