Coming off the most incredible first date across Europe, I was all too aware of the importance high quality walking shoes are. While I had packed a few of my favorite pairs of sneakers, my feet were in desperate need of support and revitalization. As much as I love my regular go-tos (and as comfy as I usually find them), they’re just not cut out for miles and miles of walk every day for 12 days straight, and my poor sore soles and blistered ankles proved it.
For this reason, I set out to find the perfect travel trainers – a pair that could be worn with leggings, shorts and skorts just as well as with dresses. While browsing social media for recommendations, I came across the Rothy’s Lace Up Sneakers ($169)-a pair so remarkable that it is accumulated 8.2 billion views on TikTok.
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Naturally, I had to give them a whirl. Keep reading for my honest review of cult favorite shoes.
Sizes available: 5-13
- Ultra comfortable
- Made from sustainable and recycled materials
- Totally washable
- No break-in period
- Adjustable laces
- Robust design
- Personally, I wish there were more colors available.
All about Rothy’s Lace-Up sneakers
Rothy’s is renowned for its shoes and accessories made from recycled plastic. While most of the enduring brand’s footwear offering is dedicated to flats, more recently they’ve leaned into sandals and trainers. The Rothy’s Lace Up Sneaker, in particular, features a soft and flexible upper, contoured footbed, padded ankles, durable and supportive gum outsoles and customizable laces for the perfect fit. They are sold in six colors in women’s sizes 5 through 13.
A big bonus of these streamlined sneaks? They are machine washable. Simply remove the insoles, tie the laces and toss them in a cold wash on the gentle cycle. From there, let them air dry. Very easy.
Are Rothy’s Lace Up Sneakers Worth It?
$169 for a pair of minimalist knit sneakers definitely sounds like a splurge, but from the moment I slipped my feet into Rothy’s Lace Up Sneakers, I immediately understood why they were worth the investment.
For starters, lace-up sneakers are super easy to get on and off (a big plus for going through TSA). Even after squeezing the laces a little tighter, I was able to pull them off easily.
Once my feet were settled in the shoes, I was surprised by how soft and comfortable they were. Really, these sneakers are so light and cloud-like that I was tempted to wear them without socks, but the slightly textured knit, while incredibly comfortable and breathable, probably irritated my toes over time if they were bare, so they were socks. With the two thin Bombas lightweight invisible socks and my thicker Target All in Motion cushioned active socks, Rothy’s lace-up trainers fit like a dream with no uncomfortable pressure points.
The fact that I found these non-athletic sneakers to be extremely comfortable from first use – without an ounce of break-in – is telling enough for me. The Rothy’s Lace Up Sneaker is the perfect travel sneaker. They’re versatile, breathable, comfortable, and packable, making them an A+ pick in my book. The only thing that could possibly make them better is if they were sold in a brighter color scheme. I’d love to see these sneakers in solid silhouettes or accented using other popular Rothy hues, like Dragon Fruit (aka, the perfect Barbie pink), Periwinkle, and Shamrock. If and when the brand offers them, I will be on the front line to add them to my basket.
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