Since they started selling shoes in 2016, Rothy’s has built their brand on producing women’s shoes using primarily post-consumer recycled materials. And they’ve built quite a popular brand from that, having received plenty of praise from both fashion critics and consumers alike. This year, the outfit is finally creating a men’s line. The Rothy’s RS01 is the sneaker model from that new line.
Like the outfit’s other shoes, most of the sneaker is made with post-consumer recycled materials, allowing it to generate 75 percent lower carbon footprint compared to the industry average. The manufacturing also uses the outfit’s knit-to-shape technique, which produces 30 percent less material waste compared to traditional cutting-and-sewing methods, making this a significantly more sustainable shoe option.
The Rothy’s RS01 is a low-top sneaker with an upper that’s knitted using the outfit’s signature thread, which is spun from recycled plastic bottles, making them not just more sustainable, but highly durable and safe to throw in the washing machine. It fuses that upper with a gum outsole sporting grooves on the bottom to deliver the needed traction to keep you stable on the go, while a generously padded collar on the ankle provides superior cushioning for added comfort. And just in case you need more sustainability reasons to get one, the gum sole is crafted using bio-based TPU.
To ensure comfortable wear, it also gets a terry-lined tongue and a contoured dual-density footbed, creating a soft liner that, the outfit claims, should make it perfectly wearable even without socks. There’s also supposedly no break-in period, with the shoe providing a perfect fit, right out of the box.
The Rothy’s RS01 is currently available in eight colorways, priced at $175.