How to Wash Rothys?

  • Rothy’s is a fashion brand founded in 2012, San Francisco. Their shoes’ production (including flats, sneakers, loafers, and more) launched in 2016; bags kicked off in 2020. The brand’s products are mainly for women, but there are also lovely and comfy products for kids. In recent years, we’ve seen further stores in Washington, D.C., Boston, and NYC. 
  • Don’t worry, everything at Rothy’s—from shoes to bags—is machine washable. Happily, Rothy’s accessories, such as bags, shoes and insoles, aren’t hard to maintain in good shape. We can wash them in a washing machine; they dry quickly with air dry. 
  • You’ll do best to wash your Rothys with a mild detergent in a delicate cycle wash and with cold water. Then, let them air dry au naturel. In this post, we also share tips on how to get rid of the smell that appears if you wear your Sneakers often (just like every other shoe). 

Rothy’s are excellent—not only comfy but also sustainably knit from plastic water bottles.

These shoes feature a sole made from vegan, recyclable rubber and TPU. In addition, they use adhesives created with low environmental impact.

But are these shoes also easy to sustain in our house holds and closets?

How to wash them and keep them away from the bad smell?

This post explains how to wash Rothy’s and make sure they’re always fresh and ready to wear. 

Getting to know Rothy’s

Rothy’s are made from recycled water bottles. 

These shoes are knit from recycled heat-treated, sterilized water bottles combined with fiber. The fiber is then woven into yarn—thus the creation of stylish shoe designs. 

Rothy’s construction is unique and seamless. Their gorgeous structure molds to your feet. They leave no loose threads in the course of the washing cycle.

Rothy’s most popular version is the one for women. Yet, Rothys for kids are even cuter! 

A small slip-on sneaker is an incredible added value to your kiddo’s creativity and comfort. 

Playground, here we come!

Not to mention how relaxed mommies become with such an easy-to-wash pair of shoes on their youngsters’ feet. 

Before we understand how to wash these shoes, let’s see how to get rid of the odor.

Use one of these three well-known free tips:

  1. Add baking soda inside the shoe

If you were looking for a traditional fix for smelly shoes before (or instead of) having them washed—sprinkle a tablespoon of baking soda inside your Rothys. Baking soda not only has the power to absorb the pungent odor, but it also draws out moisture (and can throw the bacteria out). Ideally, leave the powder in overnight before shaking it out; or at least a couple of hours.

  1. Stuff your Rothy’s with newspaper 

You may not like having powder in your shoes; we get that. Put inside your shoes bunched newspaper instead. Leave it inside Rothys for a few days to dry completely. Paper draws moisture out (with odors) from inside the shoe. You can also add a couple of drops of essential oil to the newspaper to pump up the entire experience. 

  1. Wipe with rubbing alcohol 

White vinegar (not apple cider vinegar) works great for eliminating odors. Dampen a piece of cloth with vinegar and wipe the insides of the shoes. Let them dry thoroughly.

Washing Rothy’s

Eventually, the day when your beloved Rothy’s have seen better days will come. At this point, you’ll have to wash them.

The question is how.

According to the producer himself, you can wash Rothy’s shoes in a washing machine.

All you have to do is remove your insoles and toss them in with your Rothy’s.

Tip: Ensure to set the midsoles aside before washing The Sneaker, The Chelsea, and The Lace Up.

Remember to remove stains from your Rothys as soon as possible. It’s best to prevent dirt from building up on the fabric. Otherwise, it could set in for good and become harder to eliminate. 

Washing machine

If you want your Rothy’s flats and Sneakers to remain clean and last longer—read this post. 

Below, we explain how to be gentle with them and keep them in good shape using a washer. 

The good news is that Rothys shoes are definitely machine washable. 

To wash them, first, remove the insoles. Both parts will end up more clean if you take insoles out of the shoe and wash them separately. 

For the best results, place your shoes in a laundry bag before having them washed. 

It’s better not to add shoes to the regular laundry—put in a few towels into a washing machine drum to even up the load instead.

Tip: If you insist on washing Rothys shoes with your clothes, get yourself a bag and attach it to the washer door. With this method, shoes won’t damage or transmit dirt on your clothes easily.

Wash Rothys with cold water on a delicate cycle. Add in a bit of mild detergent.

Don’t use bleach or fabric softener. 

Important: Don’t risk using hot water—heat will cause your favorite shoes to shrink and lose shape.


If you don’t feel like a washing machine is a good idea, take your shoes’ future into your own hands. Literally. 

Consider washing your Rothys by hand.

Start by clapping the shoes together—it will help you get rid of any dirt embedded on the bottom. 

Then, take out the insoles and wash them separately from the rest of the shoes.

Here’s every step of Rothy’s shoes’ handwashing:

1. Fill a tub or sink with cool water. Remember never to use warm water or hot water with Rothys.

2. Dissolve mild detergent and make a soapy mixture. 

3. Make your shoes sink and let them sit in this cold water for at least 30 minutes.

4. Take your Rothy’s out and rinse them thoroughly with water.

5. Break free your Rothys flat cuties or Sneakers from any detergent residue by ensuring you rinse them well until they’re clean.


After you wash your pair of Rothy’s, you will need to dry it.

Luckily, Rothy’s are breathable and have quick-drying properties.

It means that after taking them out of the washing machine, it won’t take long for your shoes to dry. 

You’ll do best to steer away from heat with your precious Rothy’s flats, sneakers, and loafers. High temperatures could compromise Rothy’s unique shape. 

Keep your shoes away from the dryer unless you wish to transform their form completely (we also refer to hairdryers).  

Just leave them out to air dry.

Wait for shoes and insoles to dry out. 

Then, slip the insoles, and you’re ready to go!

Let us say that again: It’s advised never to place Rothys in a dryer. 

That’s probably the quickest way to ruin them once for good.

If you like wearing them, ensure you pay attention to the correct maintenance. 

After all, care instructions for these sweethearts couldn’t be less demanding. 

Another good tip directly from the brand’s website? Tell a friend about Rothys, and you’ll both get 20 $ off your next purchase.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You can do your regular laundry and add a pair of Rothy's to the washer—however, there is one reason not to do it. Unlike your garments, you have to wash Rothys with cold water. They don't like heat, and they will lose their perfect shape once put in the washing machine with hot water. On the other hand, laundry detergent doesn't clean as well in lower temperatures. Ensure not to overload the washer as well—this leads to nothing getting clean. It's best to wash your Rothy's either alone or with a small load of clothes. 
Rothys shoes prevail in areas with highly dense populations (for example, Washington, D.C.), where people commute and work in corporate environments. This popularity comes from the brand's core values: style, comfort, convenience in maintenance (machine-washable, quick-drying properties). It all boils down to looking and feeling good while being at ease with building a career.
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