Earlier this year, I asked my readers which shoes I should buy to walk around the streets of London. There were a lot of great suggestions, but one name that came up over and over again was Rothy’s. So I decided to order a pair.
When I removed the shoes from the box, I was surprised to find out that the material is a knit fabric. (Imagine the exterior of a workout shoe.) I wasn’t that excited about the feel of the shoe until I put them on. It was like walking on sunshine.
Rothy’s shoes are made of recycled plastic bottles. That’s right, bottles. The plastic is cleaned and processed into a thread which is then used to stitch the seamless shoes. And no seams means no blisters.
Additionally, Rothy’s have my favorite shoe feature: a rubber sole. I have walked miles in these shoes with no pain at all.
The shoes come in two styles: pointed toe for $145 and round toe for $125. Because they’re made of plastic, they’re highly durable. And, best of all, they’re machine-washable.
As you can see from the photo, I purchased the black point shoes. Except for the white line (which I wish wasn’t there), they look just like a cool pair of work flats. I’ve worn them with jeans, skinny trousers, and even a midi dress. I’m planning to buy both the black python (you know I’m a sucker for snake print) and the petal pink in the future.
If you’re looking for a good-looking, comfortable shoe these are it. The promise of no blisters combine with moisture-wicking fabric and rubber sole might make these the perfect commuting shoe. And you’re helping the environment while buying shoes, what could be better than that?
If you use my ‘referral code’ to buy a pair of Rothy’s, I get $20 toward a pair and you also get $20 toward a pair. Click here.
To read more about Rothy’s, check out their recent profile in The New York Times.