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Sustainable apparel and accessories are super popular right now. People are making a conscious decision to shop secondhand or with companies who are making significant sustainable manufacturing.

The two companies we’re comparing today are big players in the shoe market; VIVAIA and Rothy’s.

VIVAIA vs Rothy's point flats
VIVAIA size 38 (left) and Rothy's size 7.5 (right)

VIVAIA Versus Rothy’s: Which is the Better Sustainable Shoe

We’ll list the differences between each brand so that you can make the decision on which shoe brand is better for you.

 Rothy’sVIVAIA
QualityDurableMuch finer knit and durable
PriceMore Expensive

Starts are $125

Cheaper than Rothy’s

Starts at $99

Color and Pattern SelectionMore colors and patterns than VIVAIA.Less colors and patterns than Rothy’s.
ComfortabilityComfortable

Can be rough on feet that require cushion or arch support.

No arch or heel support.

Has heel support built into the shoe liner.

No arch support.

SizingSizing can be inconsistent.

Runs small – We recommend sizing up in certain styles.

Runs large – We recommend sizing down one whole size.
DiscountsGet 20% off with this link.Get 20% off with this link.
Made inChinaChina
PackagingSustainable packagingSustainable until received by US shipping partner who wrap the box in plastic.

What’s the Verdict?

Ultimately, we chose Rothy’s because their packaging is more sustainable than VIVAIA’s and their shoes have more structure.

We did find VIVAIA shoes much more comfortable because they’re made with a finer knit pattern and they’re just as durable as Rothy’s shoes.

Don’t forget to use our links to save towards your first pair of sustainable women’s shoes.

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3 Comments

  1. Hi! Great review, but I’m pretty sure Rothy’s are made in China, too. On their website they say all their shoes are made in a factory in Dongguan, China. The art of shoemaking: (https://fave.co/31twkoj)

  2. Maybe TMI, but…. I don’t have many pairs of shoes, and I walk a lot, so I put my shoes to the test. My Rothy’s look good after all the abuse I put them through, but they do start to smell after awhile, which washing, etc. does not cure. Do you have any knowledge on if Vivaias would do better in the odor area?

    • I actually have no clue! My feet don’t really sweat. I will ask my Vivaia group if they have any hacks and let you know. You can also join and ask other members if you’re comfortable with that.

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