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
- 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.