Well I'm happy to see that others have done what I am considering doing!
Suz, that's a great idea to wear one pair for a while to see if they are comfortable enough to keep both. Also, when I was matching outfits to booties, I just laid out everything on the bed. I should/will do an actual try-on session and take pics, but I have company coming and staying for a week, so I might not get to it until after they leave.
Smittie, I looked at the Max bootie but the heel is even higher - and at 2 1/4 inches with the "Marilyn", that's as high as I care to go.
Aziraphale and Gaylene, those are some cute Fluevogs!
RWS, triplicate! WOW. But hey, if the shoe fits...!
Jill58, maybe I shouldn't let it deter me either...
Diana, one of the reasons I want to keep the beige pair is because it is a hard color to find in a bootie in my best size (8.5N). These aren't a N width, but they are a narrow-fitting bootie. A search on Zappos for white/beige booties in my size turned up next to nothing and always does.
El Cee, you do indeed have a very hard to fit foot. I have often thought the same way about shoes - it's so hard to find something that fits perfectly, and when I do, I should duplicate!
Unfrumped, pants that hang on to boot shafts is one of my biggest pet peeves! I also hate those tabs that they put on the back of some booties for that same reason.
Chewy, the longer I am on YLF, the harder it is for items to earn a place in my wardrobe! I have become very fussy.
Kerlyn, cognac is one of my favorite colors for boots.
The Topshop "Aubergine" was another pair I tried but they were way too big. I might re-order and try them in a smaller size. The screws protruding through the clear heel on those was super fun, but I really like the maximal girly style of the "Marilyn" better.