Rothy’s Lug Loafer and Boot Review

Above: Rothy’s Lug Loafers, Asymmetrical Mirror

Another Rothy’s update and review! I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of lug-soled loafers for over a year, with no luck. As much as I love the look of chunky shoes, on my feet it’s a very fine line between chunky and clowny. So, when Rothy’s released their latest styles – The Lug Loafer and Lug Boot – I was intrigued, since their style’s fit tends to be more streamlined than not.


I have tried many loafers ranging across pricepoints from Aerosoles to Stuart Weitzman, with unfortunately disappointing results. A lot of these styles have heels and footbed soles that extend beyond the edge of the shoe, which I don’t love with my proportions. Over time, I’ve realized that I like the chunky heel, but not the chunky length.

Enter Rothy’s new Lug line – to be fair, these aren’t technically within true chonk loafer category. But they have lug-soled heels, which makes them feel more modern than some of their traditional lines.


Rothy’s Lug Loafers

Now, onto fit – I ordered these in my normal size 7.5, and they fit perfectly. When wearing without socks, there’s a slight heel lift, but not enough to be uncomfortable. I can wear tights and lightweight socks in these with no problem. If you have wider feet or are looking to pair these with thick winter socks, I would recommend sizing up.

As shown below, they have a larger overall footprint compared to Rothy’s standard loafer line, and also compared to Birdies Starling loafers.

Rothy’s Lug Boots

The boots definitely run large – in this photo, I’m comparing a size 7 boot with size 7.5 lug loafer. I recommend sizing down unless you have wide feet. I was easily able to wear thick socks even after sizing down.

Since writing this review, Rothy’s has released a third lug style – the Tall Lug Boot. While it comes at a hefty price point of $399, it’s half the price of the comparable Stuart Weitzman 5050 line.


I like that they blended merino wool into the traditional recycled plastic material – it provides an added stretch that makes them extra comfortable. The old merino line was one of my favorites, due to the softness and breathability of the material. The insole is made of a very soft, microsuede material which is new to me. I’ll update this post on any wear and tear (and… smells, if any).


I really like the Lug Loafers, and prefer them over the Lug Boots. The boots unfortunately left too much room around my ankle, making for a more awkward fit. So I’ll be keeping the loafers and am excited to wear them for fall and winter. It’s great to see Rothy’s branching out into additional styles!

As usual, I’ll be updating this post with additional thoughts on comfort and wear over time.

P.S. If you’re new to the Rothy’s brand, head on over to this post to grab a $20 referral code from the comments section!

Partnership Disclosure: This blog post was not sponsored by any of the brands listed above. As always, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links, in which I earn a commission on purchases.


Im Kristy, a marketer based in sometimes-sunny San Francisco ⛅ This is my personal blog, where you will find my random musings, in-depth reviews, and latest sewing endeavors.

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