Rothy’s latest silhouette, the Chelsea, is a spin on their existing sneaker style. I tried and reviewed the Sneaker when it first came out last year, and wanted to do the same for their latest style. The Chelsea is a high-rise sneaker profile that features the same sole, shape and material as the Sneaker. I decided to buy a pair in Lilac Grey, a nice neutral that can be worn for any season.
The Chelsea fits similarly to the Sneaker – I typically wear a 7.5 in the Flat, the Loafer and the Point, and found myself wearing the same. It fits with enough room to wear a pair of thin no-show socks, if I desired. Like the Sneaker, there is a bit more wiggle / toe room at the front of the shoe compared to the other traditional styles of Rothy’s.
While I’ve sometimes had issues with the back of the heel chafing my ankle in other Rothy’s styles, these don’t have that problem at all with the higher rise. The ankles are a bit loose on me compared to stock photos, but that doesn’t bother me personally.
Like the Sneaker, these have a thicker sole that is much more substantial than those of the flats and loafers. The only thing that stands out is that my feet seem to sweat more in these style compared to others. I may wear no-show socks moving forward or add in some cotton Pedag insoles for a more comfortable (ie. less swampy – is that TMI?) wear.
At 5’4”, I have average-large-ish feet for my height, so I was concerned these would look too large on me. Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to be the case, though please tell me otherwise, if so! It also helps that I chose a color that was lighter and blends in with the rest of the insole. While they don’t pair with every single pant I own, they go with enough of them to be a sp;od staple.
Overall, I like these and will likely be wearing them frequently throughout the fall and winter here in California. They’re certainly more laid back than the flat styles, but still work well for both casual workplaces and weekend wear.
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