VIVAIA Review: Valencia Two Tone Flats

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VIVAIA

$99
7.8

Sustainability

8.5/10

Sizing

7.0/10

Comfortability

8.0/10

Affordability

7.5/10

Pros

  • Sustainable
  • Comes in Different Colors
  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Fashionable
  • Heel Support
  • Very Comfortable

Cons

  • Runs Big
  • Plastic packaging
  • Made in China
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Updated: 2/19/2021 | VIVAIA Review

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VIVAIA Review Valencia Flats

About VIVAIA

VIVAIA is regarded as a Rothy’s competitor. At VIVAIA, they use recycled materials obtained from plastic water bottles, turning them into spools of thread to knit the surface material for our shoes, creating a signature sustainable material that will last for years to come

VIVAIA sent out 200 samples for ladies to test and they received glowing reviews.

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We received the Valencia flat in ebony and ivory. We LOVE the two-tone color block pattern and pointed tip.

Related: Two Tone + Colorblock Fashion Trends

When we got our shoes, we noticed that they ran big! Luckily I have arch inserts that no only support my feet, but also made the shoes fit snug. So all was not lost!

VIVAIA Valencia Two Tone pointed flats

Pros of VIVAIA

  • Sustainably made.
    • Each pair of shoes are made from 6 recycled plastic bottles. Some styles are made from wool fibers from happy sheep.
    • The soles are made with carbon-free rubber that is also shock-resistant, fungi-proof and odor-resistant.
  • Easy to wash. VIVAIA shoes are both machine and hand washable. See their washing instructions here.
  • Has heel support!
    • Unlike Rothy’s, VIVAIA has heel support. The heel cushion is thick and great for prolonged wear.
    • The insoles are also made from rubber resin which is lightweight and super comfortable to wear.
  • Cheaper than Rothy’s. VIVAIA flats are $99 compared to Rothy’s $125 starting price.
  • Outlet pricing. Unlike Rothy’s products, which never go on sale, VIVAIA has an outlet section where you can snag their shoes at a discount.

Cons of VIVAIA

  • Runs big. The Valencia flat runs big, so go half to one full size down.
    • I am typically a street size 7 in women’s shoes and ordered a 38 in VIVAIA per their size chart. I should have ordered a 37 (US size 6) because the shoes ran big. If your feet are narrow like mine, go a full size down. I would not go off their size chart for reference.

VIVAIA Size Chart shoes

    • If you plan on wearing custom insoles with arch support, we recommend sizing down a half size or staying with your street size depending on the sole insert. I use arch inserts by Tread Labs and they’re SUPER comfortable and supportive.
    • They also run bigger than Rothy’s. You can see how much larger they are compared to Rothy’s in my photo below.
  • Plastic packaging. While the boxes are made from 90% recycled materials, I received the shoes wrapped in plastic wrapping.
  • Manufactured and shipped from China. The shoes have to travel quite a ways away to get to US consumers. This means their carbon footprint is more significant.

Related: Rothy’s Ballet Flat Review – Is it Worth it?

VIVAIA vs Rothy's point flats
VIVAIA size 38 and Rothy’s size 7.5
VIVAIA valencia flats with tread labs sole inserts
Size 38 VIVAIA shoes with size 7-7.5 Tread Labs Ramble insoles fit perfectly!

Should I Buy VIVAIA?

Most definitely! We still love our VIVAIA shoes. We would definitely size down one to two sizes for a better fit.

It’s cheaper than Rothy’s and still manages to divert 6 water bottles, so we are totally in for their mission to outfit women while helping the Earth.

Some reasons why you may not want to buy VIVAIA is that they use plastic packaging during shipping and they run big. When I spoke with their representative, they said it was due to their shipping partner requirements which they do not have control over. I ended up writing a letter to FedEx to stop using plastic packaging. And you should too!

Related: How to Write a Letter to Ask a Company to Stop Using Plastic Packaging

Where to Buy VIVAIA

Shop for VIVAIA directly from their website. Check out their outlet section for limited styles and discounts on VIVAIA shoes.

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