Rothy’s Merino Wool Flats vs Plastic: A Quick Review

Rothy's Wool vs Recycled Flats

When Rothy’s announced its latest merino wool collection of flats, points, loafers and sneakers, I was pretty excited. I’ve been a fan of Allbirds wool offerings and, in general, appreciate the anti-stink nature of wool compared to other materials. I was in the market for a nude-ish neutral shoe for fall, and decided to get The Point in Camel Wool to test out their new wool flats.

Fit & Sizing

I purchased these in my usual size for points and tried them side by side with my original Marigold points. Lengthwise, they are very similar – the wool is just a smidge longer. However, I did notice a bit more “give” in the sides of the wool version that make it feel a bit looser. I’m slightly concerned that they will stretch out more in time and become too wide for my feet. I’ll be sure to update this post after a few months if that does indeed happen.

Rothy's Wool vs Recycled Flats Sizing

Style

One major difference between the traditional Rothy’s and their merino counterparts is the sole. It’s made of a vegan leather sole that looks more luxe than the original carbon-free rubber variety. Some folks have been displeased with how the vegan leather sole wears. I’ve seen some photos where most of the top layer is scratched after just one wear. However, my all-leather soles on other shoes do the same, so for now, I accept that as expected wear-and-tear.

Rothy's Wool vs Recycled Flats Soles

Sustainability Factor

Of course, the question of eco-friendly fashion and sustainability comes up with these latest styles. While these are not as sustainable as their recycled-plastic bottle counterparts, Rothy’s does make it a point to work with a textile partner, Tollegno 1900, that is RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) certified. You can read more about their process here. On the post-purchase eco-friendly front, these wool flats are machine washable just like their original styles.

So far, the only real downside I see is the pricing. These run around $30 higher, starting at $155 for The Flat to $195 for The Loafer.

Hope you find this helpful as you decide between styles! I’ll continue to add more to this post as I wear them in (am also very curious about the stink factor).

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