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Rothy’s the Chelsea Review & Styling – 1 Piece 3 Ways

Here we go, a long-awaited shoe review post that many of you have requested: Rothy’s newest style: the Chelsea.

Remember my Brand Review post that I did last year on Rothy’s where I featured their two styles: the Sneaker and the Point? Read HERE. For today’s post, I won’t go over the brand, but I will show you how I style these new Chelsea 3 ways while giving you my honest review about them. So keep on reading to find out which pair of Rothy’s is my favorite as well.

Meet the Chelsea:

The Chelsea is Rothy’s brand new silhouette, released early September 2019. The Chelsea name and design are inspired by the classic Chelsea boots with the close-fitting, ankle-high boots and the elastic side panels. They also have the loop or pull tab in the back of the shoes, enabling the shoes to be pulled on easily.

Rohy’s has done a great job in designing these while keeping its well-known Rothy’s aesthetic. The upper shoe is made from 100% repurposed plastic water bottles, and the outsole is made from TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). The opening of the shoes has elastic incorporated in it, so it’s stretchy and hugs the ankles nicely. Moreover, the heel tabs allow to pull the shoes on and over the feet very easily.

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The Chelsea comes in 8 stylish colors including Nightfall (my navy pair), Lilac Grey (nudy pink), Bright White, Plum Melange (burgundy red/purple), Black, Wildcat (leopard print/brown), Fog Melange (gray), and Artic (pastel blue and a pop of orange). They run true to size and require no break-in period.


Funny that many of you have messaged me asking about how I’d style these Chelsea because of the high-ankled details. Admittedly, they do require certain types of bottoms or articles of clothing in order to make them look ‘flattering.’ I do find that Chelsea-styled shoes tend to make me look or appear shorter than I’d like to look, too!

Find out some styling tips and my 3 outfit ideas below:

LOOK 1: A Jeans and Sweater Pairing

This first look is a very casual everyday outfit that anyone can pull off. It’s perfect for school, work or even weekends out and about town.

Here I am wearing a very old sweater that I thrifted years ago. It has a cropped fit with a very interesting diamond pattern in the front and stripes on the sleeves. Some cool sweater options are linked below.

For high-ankles shoes like these Chelsea, my styling tip is to roll up the hem of your jeans (if they come raw like mine, here!) or to opt for a pair of skinny jeans so that you can tuck the legs inside of the shoes.

sweater: thrifted | jeans: AGOLDE | bag: YSL | necklace: MEJURI

LOOK 2: Paring Black with Navy

Black and Navy pair very well together in my opinion! When required to dress in an all-black outfit, opt for something in navy to break up the black look to avoid looking quite boring.

The black midi dress that I am wearing is an old purchase from H&M 4 or 5 years ago, and I will link some similar dresses below. I am sure everyone has a black dress in their wardrobe, and these Rothy’s Chelsea in Nightfall is seriously perfect to pair with any LBD you have! The leather jacket definitely does a lot in edging up the outfit, adding some warmth and making it perfect for any fall outings. But you can add a cozy cardigan, a jacket, or a warm coat and I think it will look super cute for work or the weekends as well.

dress: H&M | leather jacket: ALLSAINTS |shoes: ROTHY’S

LOOK 3: Wearable Editorial Look

There is something very editorial about this look, perhaps it’s the dress that’s making me feel this way! I saw this dress at Topshop and immediately knew what I wanted to wear it with: a black turtleneck and my new Chelsea.

Topshop ran out of this dress my size, but I really wanted to shoot with it so I got a bigger size which was kinda big and long on me. If you see it’s coming back in stock your size, get it! Anyways, it reminds me of something Rixo London would do. I love the colors of the print and the bottom flare, very vacation-esque and editorial at the same time.

The turtleneck top I have on is actually an old bodysuit that is sheer, and I got it from Aritzia like 2 years ago. You can layer any tight and thin turtleneck tops that you have, and I think it will work perfectly. Some alternatives are linked below. Again, I would totally wear this dress as-is with some heels for a fall wedding or layer it with a turtleneck and some boots for a date night.

dress: TOPSHOP | turtleneck bodysuit: ARITZIA | shoes: ROTHY’S

Final Thoughts:

I own 7 pairs of Rothy’s including the Point, the Sneaker, and the Chelsea, so I can confidently tell you that Rothy’s are worth the money. They’re one of my favorite shoe brands to work with up until now, and I wear all of their shoes on a daily basis. If you’re looking for suggestion on the first Rothy’s pair to invest your money in? Get a pair of Rothy’s because they are comfortable, durable, and versatile.

Again, I genuinely suggest starting with a pair of solid-colored Rothy’s in whatever style of Rothy’s your heart desires and whatever suits your lifestyle. If you’re looking for a pair of flat for professional occasions, go for the Point. If you’re like me who like staying comfy and casual, the Chelsea is and will probably be the one pair of Rothy’s that I’d suggest you get first because they have the quality I love in the Sneaker yet they don’t slip off my feet! But the Sneaker is great for year-round lounge shoes.

While the Point is cute and professional, they are not as comfortable to wear all day as compared to the Sneaker. In fact, I reach for my Sneaker in Sand the most because they are casual and easy to just slip-on and go. I wear them to run errands in and practically do the everyday things. One downside that I’ve mentioned that they tend to slip off my feet more often than usual, and I cannot wear normal socks with them. And with no-show socks, my feet just slip right off the shoes because of the plastic-knit nature of these shoes.

Rothy’s are machine-washable in cold water and can be air-dried.

I’ve only hand-washed my Sneaker and the sole inserts with some laundry detergent and tried to get some stains off with a bathroom brush. They still have some faint stains left, but I am typically not too fussy about having a pair of pristine shoes ever. Then I just lay them on the bathroom counter to dry, and they are wearable the next day!

For fall, I’ve been reaching for my Chelsea in Nightfall more often because I can layer genuine ankle socks underneath for needed warmth. The navy goes well with all of my darker-tone outfits in these colder months. And as you can see how versatile they actually are from the three looks I’ve styled above.

True to size or for sock wearer, size up 1/2 size.

I’ve worn my new Chelsea with a pair of thin socks or even without socks (which I often like to do!), so size 1/2 up your normal size if you’re a sock wearer or stay at your normal size as I do. With my current lifestyle, these are my most favorite pair of Rothy’s I own thus far. However, I have yet to wear these (walk-in or stand-in) all day, so I cannot say that these are comfortable to wear all day. But for hours? Yes!

Feel free to reach me with any sizing and style questions you have because I own 7 pairs of Rothy’s by now. Tag me @antrieu and @rothys on Instagram using #inmyChelseas showcasing how you’re rocking your Chelsea as I’d love to see how you style them. Thank you for reading and I hope this post is helpful! Don’t forget to comment on which outfit I’ve style above is your favorite!

Disclosure: Please note that I am not paid to write this blog post. I’ve recently become a part of Rothy’s Influencer Community meaning I receive free shoes in exchange for social media content. All opinions are my own. If you ever decide to purchase Rothy’s through my link here on my blog, I earn an affiliate commission via rewardStyle. As a FYI, you can also create your own affiliate link, giving $20 and getting $20 credit on their website.
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2 responses to “Rothy’s the Chelsea Review & Styling – 1 Piece 3 Ways”

  1. Giulia says:

    Just got mine! Love these styling tips

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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