It’s no secret that Rothy’s are my absolute favorite brand of shoe! I’ve worn them to interviews, to work, at storytime, book fairs, to the park, to a funeral — you name it, Rothy’s go with you everywhere. Not only are they sustainable, well-made, and comfortable, but they’re machine washable! You hear that right!
Rothy’s have become somewhat of an addiction and all of my other shoes have slowly been shoved to the back of the shoe rack. I now own a pair of every Rothy’s profile available – the Sneaker, the Flat, the Point, the Chelsea, and the Loafer. Since I am a wealth of knowledge on this topic, I thought I’d share everything I know about them with YOU!
Let’s start with arguably my favorite profile, the Sneaker. They’re comfortable, casual, and add a fashionable touch to any outfit. I’ve even worn them to the grocery store paired with pants with a hole in the leg and a hoodie covering the fact that I was not wearing a bra. Boom – instant fashionista. The roe box is the same as the Chelsea which we’ll talk about in a minute and is the roomiest of all the profiles.
To wash, just remove the insoles, throw them in a laundry bag, and wash on a delicate cycle. I air dry them out in the sun, but I’m sure any kind of air works just as well. The washing instructions are the same on all of these, spoiler alert. It’s shocking to me how well these shoes clean up! Seriously, biggest fan over here.
Sneaker Sizing: Size up a half size. Note: In the newest camo cat print (shown above), you may not need to size up the full-half size. They are more stretchy.
Like the sneaker, the Loafer has sort of a “tongue” that covers more of the top of your foot than the Point or the Flat. It’s very similar to the profile of the Sneaker, but the toe box is not as wide.
I really like the slim profile of the loafer because it adds a really nice, polished touch to an outfit without having to cram your feet into a pair of heels. The soles on these are much thinner than the Sneakers, so they don’t provide as much support.
Loafer Sizing: Size up a half size in my opinion.
The original style that came out was the Flat. These are a classic, rounded toe flat that are great for basically every situation. Except maybe swimming? Choose a fun pop of color or an edgy print (I love my animal print ones!) to give your outfit a fun accent!
The toe box on these is similar to the Loafer – it’s slimmer than the Sneaker by quite a bit, but my feet don’t feel cramped! While the sneaker and the loafer go up your foot, the flats dip into a V which is really cute.
Flats Sizing: Here’s the thing, I think you could even go up a full size in these. I only went up a half size, but my big toe on my right foot only sometimes feels a little bit scrunched — like it needs a tad more personal space. I had the same problem with this toe in my Tieks. It sounds like my toe might be the actual problem. Carry on.
Do I love the sexy look of my foot in the point? Yes. Do my old, cantankerous feet enjoy being pressed together into the shape of a pizza? Not really. The bottom line is, you can’t walk on marshmallows all day long. Sometimes your feet need to suck it up and be a tad uncomfortable. Heels are out of the question since I’m dealing with some post-Ironman 70.3 achilles issues so these are a nice middle ground.
I have only worn my points a handful of times, but I can envision that tip getting scuffed up if you’re not careful.
Point Sizing: I’m going to stick with the half-size up. I worry that if you size up too much, they might slip off your heel and how annoying is that?
Come to mama! I love the newest profile of Rothy’s called the Chelsea. It’s sort of a sporty, high-top sneaker boot. (Can you tell I’m not a fashion blogger?) I have them in the Wildcat pattern and it couldn’t be a better match made in heaven. I may end up getting a pair of black ones for this gross fall/winter weather we’re already having.
The Chelsea has a loop on the back to help you get them on. Without this loop, I’m convinced that it would be physically impossible to get these on or off without a giant shoe horn. Thank you for the loop, Rothy’s.
My mom tried them on and thought the high-top part might bug her, but I love them and don’t find that to be the case.
Chelsea sizing: Stick with your Sneaker sizing for these aka half size up.
A Quick Note about the New Merino…
Rothy’s recently came out with shoes in these same profiles, but instead of using recycled plastic water bottles, they’re made from merino wool. First of all, they are very pricey. Secondly, my friend bought a pair of the Loafers and ended up returning them because they pulled/gapped weird. Thirdly, I get so itchy with wool, so I’m scared to try them. Just my two cents.
Two Ways to Save $$ on Rothy’s
I hope this comprehensive Rothy’s review was helpful! Ah! Which one is your favorite? If you decide to take the plunge and treat yourself to a pair, first of all, you won’t regret it, and secondly use my link to get $20 off! (I’ll get $20 to help feed my addiction, too.) Also, with Rakuten, you get get cash back on top of your $20 off! Read all about how to save on Rothy’s here.
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