Maybe it’s just me, but I think shoe care is a little overlooked, don’t you? Footwear is really important as it protects our feet and literally supports our entire body! Yet for some reason you don’t really hear a lot of people talking about maintaining their shoes. In simplifying my wardrobe and investing in better quality pieces, I am learning the art of caring for clothing and footwear in a more thoughtful way. I decided to get started with a couple of sandals I didn’t think I could mess up!
The few times I have worn these Tevas, they have managed to collect a gross amount of gunk in the grooves of the footbed. Yuck. And in the maaaaaannnny times that I have work my Wiivvs (Now Fit My Foot) custom orthotic sandals, I noted that lately they were kind of starting to … smell? Ick. Between the material, it being summer, and wearing them almost daily it was bound to happen.
Cleaning Teva Sandals
Cleaning the Tevas was simple. I put them in my bathroom sink and got them wet. Then I just used a mild, natural soap and a little scrub brush to get in all the grooves. After I rinsed them of I dried them with a microfiber towel. Good as new!
Cleaning Wiivv (FitMyFoot) Custom Sandals
Cleaning my Wiivv (FitMyFoot) Sandals was similar. I went ahead and wet them, added the soap, lightly scrubbed, rinsed off and dried. As I was drying the straps, though, I noticed these gross little crumbs. I forgot to scrub underneath the strap where quite a build up of sweat (i assume) had soaked in. So I sudsed up again and got it cleaned really food and now they are nice and fresh again! Hooray!
This is the kind of maintenance task that I tend to put off, but in all honesty it only took about 20 minutes start to finish including extra time to snap some pics, and now I actually want to wear the sandals again whereas before I was passing over them because they were in a semi-gross state. Reframing tasks like this as a way to unwind, a way to care for the belongings you have and make them last, rather than just another chore is so beneficial. It actually becomes, dare I say… enjoyable!
I hope you’ll give it a try with some of your shoes that need a little TLC. My next shoe care project will be my Birkenstock’s. The cork needs re-sealed and the footbed needs a scrub down! Stay tuned for how to clean your Birkenstock’s footbed!!
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The super kind folks over at Sheec sent me some samples of their no show socks. They have a perfect sock for every shoe type… literally. Let me show you! And please excuse the bug bites on my legs - hello summer!! >.< :o)
Sheec Active X No Show Socks for Sneakers & Slip Ons
Ideal for shoes with a fabric-lined interior, the Active X No Show Socks from Sheec have a soft reinforced modal fabric perfect for everyday wear and come in low, mid and high cut.
Sheec Secret 3.0 No Show Socks for Loafers & Dress Shoes
The Secret 3.0 No Show Socks from Sheec come in Ultra low, low, mid, and high. These socks are ideal for a smooth leather interior. They have a cotton sole for sweat absorption and nylon sides for durability.
The Ultra Low Secret 3.0 No Show Socks from Sheec did great with my Everlane 40 Hour Flats & Rothys Points which are notoriously toe cleavage-y.
Sheec No Show Socks for Mules & Slingbacks
Sheec has a few No Show options for Mules and Slingbacks including the half cover and the ball of foot cushion.
The Spirit Walker Bootie from Bali Elf has a pretty unique cut out design. The Mule half cover was a bit too full for it, but the ball of foot cushion is perfeeeeect for these shoes because they don’t have much cushion to the. Even though the interior leather is very soft, it’s not plush if you know what I mean?
Sheec No Show Socks for Ballet Flats & Heels
Sheec makes an ultra low no show sock that is ideal for shoes with visible toe cleavage. The Ball of foot cushion is also perfect for relieving pressure when wearing heels!
The Ball of foot cushion is amazing for high heels and here are two different shoe styles and you can’t see where they hook on the toes at all! The Ultra low no show for ballet flats worked great for my Bali elf leather booties here as well!
At this point I think the only Sheec sock style that I don’t have is the Toe Cover. So if you have questions on any other style let me know.
Sheec Socks Sales & Discounts
Sheec is a small company making no show socks for men and women. They offer great bundles and discounts on their website.
While Sheec did send me some free socks, I was not compensated for this article review nor was I asked to write it. I do have anaffiliate link with Sheec, though. If this article has helped you and you decide to try Sheec yourself, let me know by shopping through any Sheec link on this page! Thank you so much, it really means a lot! :) :)
Coming in at $65, The Flip Flop is Rothy’s lowest priced piece of footwear. $65 for flip flops is definitely not a low price for many, though. Thanks to your support using my $20 off friend link, I was able to order a pair of Rothy’s Flip Flops to check out and let you know my thoughts on and hopefully it will help you make an educated purchase decision!
Ordering & Shipping - Rothy’s Flip Flop Review
I placed my order on 3/2/21 and it was ready to ship on 3/4/21. I received my order on 3/8/21.
I always appreciate the Rothy’s packaging - the shoes ship in their shoebox, no unnecessary extras there. And I believe the packaging is all recyclable materials.
Sizing - Rothy’s Flip Flop Review
Rothy’s flip flops only come in whole sizes. They recommend sizing down if you wear a half size, so I sized down to an 8.
First Impressions - Rothy’s Flip Flop Review
My first impressions are simple. These appear to be a well made pair of flip flops. But they are just that... flip flops. They aren’t especially comfortable or supportive in any way. In fact, I was surprised to find that the straps seem a bit snug on my foot, which is slender. The sole material, which is made from an algae based foam, is firm, not squishy, and I am eager to note how the light color (Coconut) wears over time. One detail that I think makes Rothy’s Flip Flops superior and will contribute to their longevity is the rubber? sole. This will not only provide some grip/slip resistance but also extend the life of the shoe. Cheap flip flops always get worn down quick, but to be honest I haven’t bought those in 10+ years so maybe they do have a rubber sole, I’m not sure.
How Rothy’s Flip Flops Compare To My Other Flip Flops
My current flip flop-ish sandal collections include a very worn pair of Clarks, an even more worn pair of Sanuk Yoga Slings, A pair of custom orthotic flip flops from Wiivv Now FitMyFoot and that’s it.
I love my Sanuk Yoga Slings. I think they are cute and I love the squishy sole. If you don't have specific support needs, these will likely work for you. I did find the fabric was a bit thick between the toes on my right foot, but overall I would rebuy them. The main con was when the sandal got wet I found my foot slipped around quite a bit at times.
The Clarks' strap rubbed the top of my right foot until I had worn them in so much that they started to look scubby. Overall, I think they are a great sandal with some support and I think my strap issue was a fluke.
Finally my FitMyFoot (formerlyWiivv), These are custom made to my foot, but if I’m honest I hate wearing them to the beach especially because sand gets into this gap on the side, and I can never seem to get it all out. They also can leave little rubber marks on your flooring, depending on what type of floor you have and how you walk? It totally gives me elementary school gym vibes. :)
So where do Rothy’s flip flops fall? In terms of comfort and support, probably at the bottom of this list. However, for ease of use and packability, much higher. These will be my go to pair for the beach and pool, should I have the opportunity to enjoy those things anytime soon. I’m glad to have just a classic pair of flip flops back in my shoe collection and to have a pair made of recycled materials is even better. Over time and use I hope to update this Rothy’s Flip Flop Review to include how I feel after more use than walking around my home.
In the mean time, if you’d like to try Rothy’s Flip Flops or get $20 off any other Rothy’s purchase here is my friend link and I thank you so much for using it!
I’ve also reviewed Rothy’s The Point in Marigold and I’m interested in trying the Lace Up as I literally do not have a pair of tennis shoes, if you can believe that!
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