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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.


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.

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 inUSAChina
PackagingSustainable packagingSustainable until received by US shipping partner who wrap the box in plastic.

What’s the Verdict?

Ultimately, we chose Rothy’s because they are made in the USA and their packaging is more sustainable than VIVAIA’s.

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 womens shoes.

VIVAIA valencia flats with tread labs sole inserts
rothys point shoes with tread labs short insoles


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