The ethical black flat that I can’t live without- Rothy’s review

April 23, 2018

I first saw Rothy’s on an Instagram ad (yes, apparently these do work), I stalked their page and fell in love. For months I have been wanting a black staple flat but was struggling to find an ethical pair.

My requirements included

  • Could be dressed up or down
  • Comfortable
  • Ethically made
  • Didn’t break the bank

When doing some research, I discovered these flats fit all of my needs.

Rothy’s was created by Stephen Hawthornthwaite and Roth Martin. The idea behind the shoe was to create a solution for comfortable footwear that isn’t a sneaker or flip-flop. And, to do that ethically. And Rothy’s DELIVERED. The shoes are cute and comfortable; I can throw them on for a day of walking around Rome or I can put them on with a dress to go out to dinner. The knit fabric of the shoe is made from recycled plastic water bottles. The sole is carbon-free, and the shoe can easily be sent back after it has reached the end of its life to be properly recycled. What I like the most about this shoe is that it’s machine washable, toss them in the wash, and they are as good as new and thus can extend the life of these flats.

Sometimes it still surprises me how easy it is to find alternatives to products. I would have bought a similar looking flat for roughly the same amount of money at Nordstrom a year ago without thinking twice. Though, not everything is perfect. A lot of the time many clothing or shoe brands I fall in love with are simply out of my budget. It’s frustrating, but I am a college student that lets my bank account slip to single digits far too often. I can’t buy a 300 dollar pair of artisan made loafers yet. Being a conscious consumer is about making ethical decisions as often as you can. And when you can’t you either wait until you can afford to buy the item of your dreams or find something similar second hand.


  • Reply
    July 11, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Investing in ethical shoes that don’t smell disgusting after the first month was such a good choice for me! Use my code for your first pair, and we both get $20 off.
    My tips:
    1. Size up (.5-1.5 sizes) 2. You can put in all kinds of insoles. 3. I have large, wide feet, and this style expands and hugs them in a very comfortable, attractive way.
    4. Wash shoes and insoles with towels, etc on a cold, delicate cycle. Lay flat to dry away from direct sunlight/hot temps, and they’ll be dry very quickly. Shape is maintained, material is like new!
    5. Rothy’s make great presents! For graduations, promotions, for yourself!

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    July 14, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I’m a size 7 in shoes (including Tieks and M.Gemi). I wear a size 7 in Rothy’s flats and size 7.5 in Rothy’s points and loafers. I like that these shoes are sustainable and made from recycled plastic. Rothy’s shipping is great because they have free shipping and free returns.

    In case your readers need a coupon, they can get $20 off their first pair of Rothy’s with this link:

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