After seeing so many people participate in various forms of a Fall 10×10 challenge, I decided to give it a go. If you’re not familiar with the 10×10, you can read more about it on at Stylebee, where it first originated in 2015. Since then, there have been over 25k posts under the tag #10x10challenge on Instagram.
The tl’dr version is that you take 10 pieces of clothing (including shoes) and try to create 10 unique outfits. Sounds easy, but I actually found it challenging (though fun) my first time around. This exercise encourages you to get creative with the existing pieces in your closet, and hopefully inspires some new outfits with old favorites.
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.
When Rothy’s recently re-released their loafer style, I immediately purchased a pair to try them out. I wanted to compare them to another popular brand – the Birdies slipper, most famously worn by (soon to be princess) Meghan Markle. Overall, both pairs have the classic loafer silhouette with no frills – though Birdies does offer a cute tassled version. They’re comfortable in very different ways, which I’ll go through in the rest of the post.
Above: Wearing Rothy’s loafer (left) with Pedag cotton insoles and Everlane ReKnit Day Glove flat (right)
I’ve been a huge fan of Everlane for a while – my first purchase was in 2012! – but while I have countless tees and bags from them, I’ve never tried any of their shoes. So I decided to take advantage of their conveniently located San Francisco store to try on the Day Glove in both the classic leather and new ReKnit styles. I was intrigued specifically by the knit fabric version, which looked comfortable and similar in fit to Rothy’s loafers (my review here).
As a big fan of Allbirds’ tree loungers, reviewed here, I was excited to hear they had launched their own version of flats – the Tree Breezers. Knowing that by default they’d be extremely comfortable, I decided to a side by side test with Rothy’s, my other go-to washable flat.