thankfully the boots i actually like the most were sam edleman's. i love how clean and classic they look while not showcasing the brand like tory with a logo on it. i also really liked how they have a brushed look on the heel and toes that give it a subtle distressed look; the button detailing is also a really awesome detail that i love.
when i saw the price on sam's website i couldn't believe that they were $20 cheaper!! i know that may not sound like a huge price difference, but when department stores are carrying the same boot priced at $170 and you can get them for $150 i think that just shows that you won't be getting a better price than from sam's website. as if finding out this price difference wasn't good enough, you can also get 10% off by signing up for emails! needless to say, my birthday present to myself will be getting these boots, and from samedleman.com
so the moral of this story is check everything! sometimes the most surprising places and sites will lead you to the best deals.