Here’s a lesson I have to learn: When both the shipping and return shipping is free, order more than one size of the shoes. The whole idea is that you get to try them on at home.
After asking about the Privos last week I decided the back of that heel was just too high and would rub in the wrong way, so I returned them. Thanks for all the responses! There were enough both for and against that I was left a little more undecided than when I set out, but it was helpful to hear the variety of experiences. Shortly afterwards I was in a Nordstrom Rack and found the Privo Trumpet flats (well, the right one, at NR they only put out the right shoes and you have to ask for the left if you’d like to purchase the pair).
I wore the right shoe around for a while and rather liked it, the back of the heel is lower than the Acacias and it stayed on surprisingly well. But, I decided I needed a size larger than Nordstrom Rack had. I ordered them from Endless (Zappos, Shoes.com and Piper Lime had them as well) and now they are on my feet. And I think I’ll keep them. Despite having a ballet flat shape they manage to stay on quite easily and bend nicely when I walk, and I think I ended up with just the right size. I wear 7 or 8 and these are a 7.5, which I mention because some of the other Privo shoes run very large.
Here’s another lesson I have to learn: Endless may sell the shoes at a lower price, but Zappos doesn’t have any WA sales tax, making Zappos the winner there.