Brand Focus: Rothy’s ft. the Sneaker and the Point

Hello and welcome to a new week! Today’s brand focus is the one and only Rothy’s, the shoes that are made from recycled plastic bottles that I have been wearing all over my Instagram the past month. I was, indeed, contacted by Rothy’s and asked to create some Seattle-related content for them to use in ads, and all of the shoes were gifted to me. I did a quick search about the brand, and I had to say that Rothy’s gave me the Allbirds-esque aesthetic. And you know I love my Allbirds.

Please note that I am not sponsored nor paid to write this blog post review. I use affiliate links via RewardStyle for products if they’re still available and do make a small commission from it (not a lot at all!).

About Rothy’s

Rothy’s name comes from Hawthy, Stephen Hawthornwaite’s nickname and Roth in Roth Martin, the due who founded the brand in 2012. Their mission is to create shoes that are versatile, chic, and durable with the little waste and impact to the environment as possible.

The Materials

Rothy’s knit uppers are made from 100% post-consumer plastic water bottles. The bottles are washed, sterilized, and fused into fiber and knitted into yarn. The soles are made of recycled carbon-free rubber, and the insoles are made of recycled plastic from water bottles and recyclable foam. Also, only vegan and non-toxic adhesives are used. All Rothy’s are shipped in a recyclable box, and the shoes are recyclable at the end of their lifespan. Lots of ‘recycled/recyclable’ word, I know!

The Process

Rothy’s are knitted by machine and crafted by hand. Their shoes are seamlessly constructed using a 3D knitting process that precisely knit to the exact size of each pair. Shoe designs and prototypes are created in San Francisco, and made in Dongguan, China. And they do have a store front at 2448 Fillmore, San Francisco.

The Care

Rothy’s are machine washable in cold water. Avoid heat because it will shrink and cause the shoes to lose shape.

The Sneakers

These are slightly less expensive than other models, retailed for $125, and the reason is because they are easier and faster to produce. The outsole of The Sneaker is made of recycled TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) and made in-house. The Sneaker has a removable Midsole (the black extra piece under the knit insole built in for extra comfort) that is not recommended for washing. Besides that, the shoes including the removable insoles are totally washable. I love that all Rothy’s don’t require a break-in period, and they are really true to size. I don’t usually wear socks with shoes, and I haven’t tried wearing socks with these yet.

They are really comfortable, however, I do have to mention the fact that they do occasionally slip off my feet. Even though they hug my feet perfectly, I feel like the knit does have some cons and do wish that the ankle bit goes a bit higher. I got these in my size 7.5, and they fit me perfectly and comfortably even with a pair of thin no-show socks. I love these for airport wear and run errands in because they’re easy slip-on and no fuss type of shoes. With my lifestyle (very casual), I definitely prefer these over the Pointy 100%.

wearing Rothy’s in Sand | UNIQLO U men’s T-shirt | New Gate watch | all Mejuri jewelry | Lack of Color hat | Topshop jeans

The Point

I’d recommend The Point for anyone who works in the office if office causual or dressy dresscode require. These are perfect for class presentation, interview, or any company or work event when you need to look professional. I used to work in a research lab environment, so even though these are close-toed shoes, they wouldn’t able able to safely cover my feet from any spillage.

The Point fits my feet so snuggly, and there’s absolutely no blisters or break-in period required! I love the orange pop of color (Perssimmon) when wearing neutral clothes and gray color (Flax Birdseye color) does go with everything. One only complain that I have after wearing the Point after a whole day of walking in NYC, they hurt because of the knit material and no padded sole support! They’re not the whole-day walking shoes, for sure!

in Flax Birdseye

wearing Rothy’s in Flax Birdseye | UNIQLO turtleneck | Guess skirt | Kozha Number bag | Ray-ban round metal sunglasses | New Gate watch

The Point in Perssimon

Final Thoughts:

Rothy’s is a cool brand, and I absolutely recommend you guys to give them a try if you’ve been looking for a sustainable shoe brand. I’m sure there is a style and a color for everyone. And depending on what you’re looking for in a shoes, I do recommend you to have a few types of shoes in your wardrobe to pack along depending on where you’re headed. For Rothy’s, go for the Point if you’re looking for sophistication and prefessionalism to add to your outfit. Get the Sneaker if you’re a student or have to commute to work. If you need a shoes to walk aroud or stand-in ALL DAY? These are probably NOT for you!

Let me know what you think about Rothy’s in the comment section below as I’d love to know! I hope you’ve found this post helpful. Thanks for reading!


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An Trieu

Currently based in Seattle, Style & Senses is my digital life and style journal of all things that inspire my senses and beyond. Hope you stay inspired, as always! - An Trieu.

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