The Best Inventions of 2021
November 10, 2021 6:11 AM EST

After making a name for itself creating simple yet elegant sustainable women’s footwear that you’ve almost definitely seen all over Instagram, San Francisco–based fashion startup Rothy’s dipped a toe into the men’s market this year with its driving loafer, a classic silhouette made from natural and recycled materials. It’s an ideal shoe for the late-pandemic era, as the world’s professional class seeks out clothing that’s not too schlubby but not too flashy. Rothy’s co-founder and president Roth Martin sees the loafer—made using a high-tech knitting process that dramatically reduces waste—as a major technological evolution in a much-loved but little-changed design. “Here’s a silhouette that’s steeped in history, a classic style, yet no one’s done anything with it in years,” he says. —Alex Fitzpatrick

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