Yael, could you post some pictures of your shoes?
I will post a pic of my new Men's Pendlay bar. I really like it. The barbell with the black finish is the Pendlay Men's 20 Kg bar. The other bar with the silvery finish is my Chapman Elite bar. The Chapman is a little thicker (28.5 mm to the Pendlay's 28 mm diameter). I love both bars, but the thinner diameter is marginally easier for me to grip. I don't have big beefy hands, so the 28 mm diameter works better for me. I do have to give a slight nudge to the Chapman's knurling. It is softer and feels better in my hand. The Pendlay knurling is very, very good, however and I like it better than most other bars I've lifted on, including Eleiko bars. I think my least favorite bar is the Werksan bar... something about the knurling was just too sharp.
Anyhoo... enjoy the pics.