I decided to splurge for my birthday and purchase a pair of Rothy’s flats in size 7. I wear a 7 in most flats I own (from Banana Republic and BP), as well as most sandals (from Kelly & Katie and Born). However, these were simply just too small on my left foot. My initial impressions were really good other than the fact that they were clearly too small.
I dropped off my exchange at the post office late Saturday, and the following Thursday my size 7.5 exchange was on my front step in the afternoon. I remain impressed with shipping times. The exchange process was super easy and I’m glad this is an option (even though their FAQ makes you think it isnt). 7.5 is the size I wear in Keds and Vans sneakers.
The Grey Birdseye is really beautiful and I’m still pleased with my choice. I wish the little blue stripe peaking out of the heel wasn’t there, but honestly it won’t affect what outfits I wear these flats with.
Having feet that are two different sizes makes wearing flats a real pain. I wish retailers would let you buy one shoe in one size and another shoe in another size to form a pair. Does anyone else have this problem? Every time I go to a running store they say its pretty common for feet to be a half size different, yet here we are stuck in this antiquated system where both shoes are always one size. End rant.
The 7.5 size definitely fit my left (bigger) foot better. My right (smaller) foot is probably actually a 7, but it can handle the 7.5. I wore these around my house for about 5 hours doing chores and whatnot and my left big toe is still a bit squished, but nothing that isnt manageable, and my right foot is a bit loose, but my heel wasn’t slipping out so not *too* big. I did put in a gel heel liner in my right shoe to see if that improved the fit. It helped a little but noticeably rubbed, taking away comfort from the shoe, so I removed it. The insoles are comfortable and removable. My left foot fit considerably better without the insole, however the shoe is pretty dang hard/flat without the insole. The insole itself is quite cushy and I like it a lot. However, I think I could use some extra toebox room in my left shoe, so maybe I will look for a heel only insert? Or an insert that is considerably thinner at the sole than the heel.
Oddly the left heel rubbed slightly but that went away after about 2 hours of use. I guess there was a little bit of a warm up time for the shoe to mold to my foot. The top of the shoe remains extremely comfortable – finally no rubbing on my big toe bone! I also noticed the soles have pretty decent traction for flats, which is a great plus.
My negatives about these flats:
- There really is no arch support. This clearly isnt a Rothy’s specific problem, but just pointing out that if you need arch support this flat, while very comfortable, won’t solve that
- My feet seemed to sweat a lot. I think its perhaps because the fibers are synthetic and not natural. So unlike wearing a leather flat that can breathe a bit this shoe seems to trap it in somewhat. This doesnt particularly bother me as there are many workarounds: spray deodorant, baby powder, or the shoes can be machine washed! Particularly given the fact that the shoes can be washed this really isn’t a problem, but something to note.
My positives about these flats:
- They’re actually cute and comfortable
- No rubbing on the top of the foot
- No heel rubbing
Now I won’t be running a marathon or taking these for an 11 mile walking day in a theme park, but these are easily the most comfortable work appropriate ballet flat I own. While $105 may seem like a lot I think these shoes feel pretty sturdy and will hold up quite well over time.
If you’re interested in getting a pair of Rothy’s you can use my referral code for $20 off.
I am planning to post an update in a few weeks or months after I’ve worn these a lot more to see if the comfort lasts the test of time.