I did a review for my BCBG Tina's Pumps, but I wanted to follow that up with a comparison between those and the Mossimo Versie pumps that is sold at Target. Mossimo Versie pumps have a pretty big following as a very cost saving alternative to pricier brands and have overall garnered very good reviews. In fact I would go as far to say the Black Patent and Natural Patent Versie pumps were among the most loved items from Target in 2011 (seriously, they were out of stock for months at a time and sold out very quickly).
Anyway, why did I have to do this comparison? Just look at them - don't they look so similar?! When I first brought my BCBGs home, I was shocked how similar my Mossimos looked. It was a perfect opportunity to do a brand name vs bargain brand comparison. Plus the fact I paid ~$60 for BCBG and ~$30 for my Mossimo - damn straight I was going find out if I got gyped!
At first glance, these shoes are almost identical: almond toed, same small platform, identical soles.... But there are slight differences:
- There is stitching around the edges of the BCBGs and on the inside sole.
- No tag inside the BCBGs.
- The almond toe on the Mossimos are slightly more elongated.
- The black patent has an ever-so-slightly brighter gleam to the finish.
- The BCBGs are also very weighty compared to Mossimos.
- The heel on the BCBGs is about 1/2 inch taller.
- The BCBGs are narrower (though I also got a 6.5 vs a 7.0 in Mossimo). But overall, Mossimo shoes are wider.
- Mossimo's shoe shows a HAIR more toe cleavage (barely). As you can see, the cut of the shoe around your toes is more U-shaped while the BCBGs is a little more squared off.
All in all, the differences are very subtle. However, I must admit when you put on the shoe, the differences well....make all the difference.
As you can see, the BCBGs have a "curve" in the sole that makes your leg look quite a bit sexier (I think...I might be hallucinating). The shorter toe and higher heel also makes the shoe look a little more chic. Also, maybe it's the black color, but I swear the BCBGs make my feet look smaller. I say that with the caveat that the nudes are in a 7.0 though.
So, overall? I would actually venture to say since I am an everyday pump wearer, I kind of regret getting the Mossimo shoes. I think I would prefer the BCBG nude versions. For me, dishing out another $30 would be worth the extra height, sexiness (bwahha), and shinier finish. I am a little vain about my legs (probably to compensate for my distinctly unsexy torso aka no boobs xD) and I wear heels for work everyday....so for daily heel wearers, yes I would recommend getting BCBGs (unless you have wide feet). I love getting a deal as much as the next person, but in this case I think it would be worth pricing up.
For the occasional heel wearer and people with wide feet, go with Mossimo. The price is great, the quality is acceptable (admittingly not as good as BCBG), and it's a good dupe. There's a reason Versie heels were all the rage for bargain hunters last year. Still love the Mossimo brand.
Speaking of, my favorite Mossimo Odell Bronze flats are on sale for a sinful $11! $11! Trust me, you won't find flats that are as comfortable as these. Damn it, I want to buy "backups" but I dislike having duplicates of anything so :P ah well. Last thing, if you buy from Target, don't forgot to use Ebates for 6% back :)