4 Reasons Why Rothy's Shoes are Worth the Splurge
Rothy's are a popular shoe manufactured using recycled-plastic water bottles and have been making headlines all across social media. But do they really live up to all the hype? Read more to find out why I think Rothy's are a worthwhile purchase.
4 Reasons Why Rothy's Shoes are Worth the Splurge
As a New Yorker, I'm always on-the-go. I need my shoes to not only look good, but also protect my feet and be able with withstand excessive use. There's nothing worse than spending a significant amount of money on a pair of shoes only to have them fall apart on you after a few wears. Rothy's Shoes, made from recycled plastic water bottles, are stylish, versatile, comfortable, and durable. Not to mention they're machine-washable.
Before I started my sustainable fashion journey, I loved buying shoes from retailers and designers like Tory Burch and Steve Madden. Tory Burch flats were the ultimate status symbol in high school (at least for me they were). Everyone had a pair and every year during the first year of school, you'd see a bunch of young girls in flip flops with bandages on the backs of their feet. I know I definitely still have the blisters to prove it. Why have we been struggling with uncomfortable shoes for so long?
A basic pair of Tory Burch Flats could top out at $225.00 USD. Which is a lot to spend on one pair of shoes, that aren't very comfortable. Especially if you live in NYC and have to walk everywhere through various natural (and unnatural) elements.
My point is to put the cost of Rothy's in perspective before I even mention how much they cost. And they cost less than a pair of TB's at $145.00 a pair.
Worth every penny. Why? Let's go through the pro's.
1. Rothy's are sustainably and ethically made from recycled plastic water bottles.
First and foremost, Rothy's is a sustainable brand! Rothy's uses recycled and renewable materials to produce and package their shoes. Those materials include - recycled plastic water bottles, foam insoles made from other recycled shoes, and non-toxic adhesives. The shoebox/shipping container is biodegradable and designed for no tape returns! Just reseal it and send it back if you don't like the shoes.
2. Rothy's are so comfortable and lightweight!
I have compared them to wearing thick socks. They mold and form to your feet so that you feel like you're not even wearing shoes. Yet - still sturdy and substantial enough that you don't feel like you're walking with paper on your feet. Living in NYC, walking is my main mode of travel. I walk avenues, over cobblestones, up and down subway stairs, through construction zones, all the while doing my best to avoid the more questionable street decor (seriously saw some bright green, toxic waste like 'liquid,' in the street once. Really scary stuff...)
Rothy's don't squeeze around my toes and I actually prefer them to any of my other shoes. I even wore them out to a club in Brooklyn. The knitted style of the shoe is flexible with stretch for those with wider feet. While there is little to no arch support on the pointed toe flats, Rothy's carries a wide array of options for those that need more support.
3. They are durable and machine-washable.
Probably the best thing about Rothy's is that they are machine-washable. I've owned them for over two years now and have already washed them a few times. Just take the insoles out and wash both the shoes and the insoles in cold water on delicate with mild detergent and let air-dry. They'll be good as new! Typically, I find I wash the insoles more than the shoe itself. The fact that they are removable makes it super easy to throw them in with the rest of my laundry and lay them out to dry overnight.
The main thing to remember is they should always be washed with warm water and never put in the dryer, as this may cause the shoes to shrink. Either way, being able to easily wash and clean my shoes regularly is a plus in my book.
4. They are versatile.
I can wear my Rothy's with any outfit for a long list of occasions. As I mentioned before, during pre-Covid times when I commuted to work everyday via subway, Rothy's were my go-to. The pointy toe makes the shoe perfect for professional environments and the fit enables me to wear them all day. So they are great for the office.
I also wore my Rothy's to a friend's birthday party at a club in Brooklyn. I paired them with a black turtleneck mini dress from Reformation and a long length cardigan (I hate being cold) and I was good to go! They are great for dancing!
As a sustainable fashion blogger, I'm constantly on the look out for multi-functional pieces of clothing that could be worn for multiple occasions. Pieces that can be dressed up or down are the most sustainable because you get more wear out of them.
Rothy's comes in many different colors and styles, however, I chose black with because I knew it would fit well with my wardrobe as a whole. My style goals for 2021 are effortless and comfortable. A pair of classic, black, pointed toe flats definitely fits that description. Perhaps, I may order another pair in a brighter color somewhere down the line. Maybe for spring?
I've linked the Rothy's women's black solid pointed toe flat HERE if you want to check them out for yourself. I can assure you, you won't be disappointed.
I hope this review of Rothy's shoes was helpful. As always, follow me on instagram @flauntyourfancy for more sustainable outfits and product highlights. Have questions? DM me on instagram or shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org