Why I'm not buying the all-new Rothy's Chelsea Boot and you should probably skip it too

Hi friends! As you may know, I adore my Rothy’s flats and points. I have to say, however, that it feels as if Rothy’s is getting lazier these days. They just launched a brand new shoe called the Rothy’s Chelsea Boot, or simply The Chelsea. To me, the Chelsea “Boot” looks just like the Rothy’s Sneaker. Just compare them side by side, and look from bottom up. If you look at the sole, the toe point, and half-way up the shoe, you’ll see that there’s little difference between The Boot and The Sneaker! (At the same time, just before you reach the outer sole, the Rothy’s Sneaker and Loafers are identical!)

And should Rothy’s really call them boots? Are they really "slip-on” shoes when the opening looks so tight? See example below. (They do look pretty cute on this model’s feet though!)

And now compare the Chelsea Boot to the Rothy’s Sneaker:

My Pink Rothy’s “Sneakers”   I’ve never returned them, but at the same time, I rarely wear them.

My Pink Rothy’s “Sneakers”

I’ve never returned them, but at the same time, I rarely wear them.

I’ve always commended Rothy’s on delivering shoes that are made from recycled water bottles. They also have patented 3-D knitting technology. I’m assuming it’s not difficult to produce these shoes in masses. Which in my opinion, may lead to laziness in the design department. Let’s just take a pre-exisiting design, ah The Loafer, and turn it into The Sneaker! And let’s take The Sneaker and spin it into The Chelsea Boot! Let’s just make more money off of new but uninspiring products!

Here are the bottoms of my Rothy’s Sneaker. I apologize, they got dirty!

Here are the bottoms of my Rothy’s Sneaker. I apologize, they got dirty!

rothys.com  Here are the bottoms of the all-new Rothy’s the Chelsea boot

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Here are the bottoms of the all-new Rothy’s the Chelsea boot

Now I don’t want to sound bitter or irritated, but I am a bit. These are not cheap shoes, and they’re made from easily-accessible materials (recycled water bottles). The all-new Rothy’s Chelsea Boots will set you back $145 USD. Rothy’s advertises The Chelsea Boot to be comfortable, easy to care for, snug, cushioned, and luxurious in feel and look. I will agree that they look very beautiful. You can toss your Rothy’s Chelsea Boots in the washing machine, but remember to only air-dry them. You can also wear these boots without socks, but just note that they will get stinky and your feet will be stinky after a few days of wearing them, sans socks.

Returns or exchanges are quite simple. Just have your order number ready and follow the directions on https://rothys.com/returns

PROS

  • Rothy’s are sustainably made from recycled plastic water bottles.

  • Rothy’s are machine-washable. (Air dry only.)

  • Their inserts are interchangeable.

  • Rothy’s are beautiful, and they are recyclable shoes!

  • They are somewhat breathable, but not as breathable as Allbirds.

CONS

  • Too pricy.

  • They can’t be tossed into the dryer.

  • No ankle support.

  • Toe hump visible with The Sneaker, so I assume The Chelsea will allow for toe hump visibility as well.

  • Lighter Rothy’s dirty easily. (See my pair above.)

  • Rothy’s are not all-vegan shoes.

Bottom Line:

If you are still considering the Rothy’s Chelsea Boot, go up by 1/2 a size. I’m not sure how good these boots are for people with flat-feet, but I think they are fine for people with wide feet.

Remember what I said about my pair of Rothy’s Sneakers? Rothy’s Sneakers barely pass as sneakers and are underwhelming, and somewhat poorly made, but still costly. The all-new Rothy’s Chelsea Boots can barely pass as boots, and are again underwhelming and too costly. Skip these shoes and stick to Rothy’s Flats or Points. I doubt the Rothy’s Chelsea Boots will suit people who have bunions, collapsed arches, and/or heels spurs and plantar fasciitis. The outer soles, as they appear to be almost, if not, the same ones as the Sneakers, are barely flexible and hard.

Phil and Mama will be skipping these shoes. Happy walking, friends and let us know what you think if you’re purchasing a pair of Rothy’s Chelsea Boots!


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