I saw the hype and then took the plunge and bought myself a pair of Rothy’s Flats in Maritime Navy. There is so much about these shoes I really want to like, but for me they ended up falling a little bit short of what has become a pretty high set of standards for ballet flats.
Let me start with what I found to be great about these shoes. They are made from recycled water bottles–how great is that? The water bottles are made into a fiber that is woven by a 3-d knitting process. This ends up making a shoe that has no seams whatsoever. If you have ever had a pair of shoes that had a seam or stitch in the wrong place that ended up rubbing all of the time, this problem has been solved by Rothy’s. The shoes seem to be well made and are extremely lightweight. Sometimes I can hardly tell they are on my feet. I have been wearing them under all sorts of conditions, partly to test out their durability. After a wear to see the sunrise on the beach I had to give them a good washing and they emerged good as new. They have a removable insole that can be easily taken out and washed separately and when you do take out the insole, you can see that the upper is well secured to the sole.
I have not been as pleased with the comfort of these shoes as I thought I would from reading other reviews. To be fair though, I probably should have ordered a full size larger than my normal size (I ordered a 1/2 size larger). Initially I thought it would be fine, but with a lot of wear I begin to feel pressure around my toes. I think this is in part due to the fact that the toes of these flats are more tapered at the toe and therefore have less room in the toe box. The length of the shoe is perfect, so I worry that a larger size might be too loose in other areas.
I think this is a great looking shoe. I see other people wearing all the time and they look great. I have always preferred a more rounded toe and was a little disappointed when these arrived and the toe seemed more pointed (but not nearly as much as “the Point”). For guys looking for a gender-neutral flat, these might be a little on the feminine side; I think this is caused by the V-shaped vamp over the toes.
While this is not my favorite pair of flats, they are well made and generally comfortable. I will probably get another pair soon, possibly the loafer, and will add another half size and see if that solves some of the comfort issues. These flats are definitely worth trying.