If you’ve seen ads for the super cute, eco-friendly flats called Rothy’s, you may be wondering if they live up to all the hype. These 3-D printed, recycled & recyclable flats are an eco-friendly millennial’s dream. They’re also upwards of $125…yikes!
I typically believe in the phrase “quality over quantity,” subjecting myself to higher prices that will pay off in the long run. Venturing into the world of ethically and sustainably produced fashion has amplified that motto more than I could imagine. While I have learned to love secondhand clothing, I find buying something brand new a different kind of excitement. Secondhand clothing is fun in the hunt, savings, and practicality. The excitement comes in finding value in what someone else didn’t (and of course, saving the environment). Brand new purchases, especially now that they’re rarities for me, are exciting for their luxury. I appreciate them for their quality, the people who made them, and the resources they are made from.
So, what do I think of a $125+ price tag? Well, to say they are affordable would just be insensitive. As a college student, I know this first hand. These Rothy’s are a splurge item or would make a great gift from/to a close loved one. However, I do think they’re worth it.
Let’s start from the VERY beginning.
This is what the Rothy’s website will look like when you first get to their page and hover over the “Shop” option. As you can see, there are two options: “The Flat” or “The Point.”
I chose the Point in the color Flax Birdseye but hopefully you’re more daring than me 😉
Although these shoes are made out of recycled PET plastic, I was still worried about the packaging. I didn’t want to invite plastic wrap, polystyrene peanuts, or other unnecessary packaging into my home. Luckily, they came in pretty minimal packaging.
Okay, now let’s talk about the actual shoes. My first impression: …why are they so narrow!? I actually thought I was going to have to return them. I was so heartbroken.
After debating whether or not to return them, I put them on, walked around the house, and was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they are. They have definitely loosened up and now fit “like a glove,” as they boast on the Rothy’s website. If you have very wide feet that usually give you trouble finding shoes, I would suggest going up half a size. Also, if they don’t fit, Rothy’s offers free shipping and returns.
As you can see, the tread is about the same as you’d get from a regular flat. It’s very flexible and comfortable to walk in, though I might need to retire them for the cold Northeastern winter!
The sole is very thin, but surprisingly comfortable. I have normal feet, in the way that I don’t need any special supports. The sole does just pop out though, which is great if you need to wash them. I have found that once or twice they soles slipped or bunched up while I was going up a steep incline. Probably not what they’re meant for, but it’s worth mentioning.
I didn’t realize how pretty the knit is on a shoe when I purchased them online. It’s such a simple, classy texture that separates it from other flats.
Overall, I’m very happy with these. I’ve had them for around 3 months now and have found them super versatile. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, they hold up to a long day of walking around campus, city, or at work. If you’re looking for a quality pair of eco-friendly flats, I’d consider Rothy’s. That being said, I will have to do an update in another 3 months or so to see how they’ve held up.
Have you tried Rothy’s? What do you think? If you haven’t, is there something I haven’t covered here that you’re wondering about? Let me know in the comments!