Bohempia Review – Time To Throw Away Your Converse & Vans!

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Bohempia barefoot shoes are the perfect replacement for stylish but narrow sneakers. You can look just as cool but without the squished toes! In this article I test and review all Bohempia barefoot sneaker models, so read on for the full scoop.

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Getting to Know Bohempia

a close up of two people's feet standing on concrete wearing Bohempia barefoot shoes - one in a large size, black Hoska sneakers, and the other person with small feet wearing grey Kolda sneakers.

$110-$140 | 100% vegan | Sizes EU 36-48 | Ships from EU, AU, US, or JP

Bohempia is a Czech brand that makes unisex vegan shoes and accessories from hemp. They’ve built their brand on sustainability – hemp is a renewable resource that is naturally strong, breathable, and antimicrobial. So the shoes are not harmful to the environment, or to your body!

But there’s something else about Bohempia that has made them one of my favorite brands. They carry some of the coolest looking barefoot sneakers that perfectly replace cult classics like Converse, Vans, and Keds! I have long been searching for barefoot alternatives to those brand names and Bohempia does it like no other. I bought my first pair of Bohempia shoes 3 1/2 years ago, and the brand has only gotten better since then.

Bohempia Compared to Popular Sneaker Brands

Toe to Toe photo collage comparing Bohempia barefoot hemp sneakers with Converse pointy toe. Arrows pointing to the converse shoe say "Bunion Shaped". The arrow pointing to the Bohempia sneakers say "Foot Shaped"

Here are the main reasons I choose Bohempia barefoot shoes over other sneaker brands.

Bohempia is:

  • Foot shaped, allowing your toes to spread out naturally instead of being pinched together
  • Totally flat – yes, even Vans and Converse are not actually zero drop. They have some cushioning under the heel in the insole, which can be detrimental to your alignment.
  • Thin & Flexible – the thick padding on other sneakers prevents your foot from sensing the ground and moving with its environment. While Bohempia shoes are not paper thin, the sole is much thinner than it looks and they allow for a more natural experience when walking and standing.

While Bohempia shoes are not paper thin, the sole is much thinner than it looks and they allow for a more natural experience when walking and standing.

Check out this article for more info on the benefits of barefoot shoes.

A close up of a hand holding a rolled up Bohempia barefoot sneaker to show its flexibility

Ordering Bohempia Shoes is the main hub for all Bohempia styles that can be shipped worldwide. There you can use code ANYASREVIEWS for 10% off at any time. Returns are accepted on unworn shoes within 14 days, at buyers’ expense.

But there are a few other places you can order from around the world, which might be more convenient for you:

A woman sitting on her front steps in a black dress and jean jacket. She has her arms on her knees and she is smiling at the camera because her feet are happy in her Bohempia Herlik 2.0 hemp barefoot converse dupe sneakers

Sizing & Fit Type

Another one of the most appealing things about Bohempia is that they offer two widths. That means that even people with extra wide feet can get in on the fun. Both widths are:

  • True to size for length
  • Medium to high volume (They fit extra high volume if you take out the removable insole)
  • Straight/Fan hybrid
  • Plateau toe box shape

Don’t know what any of that means? Read this article on foot shape, volume, and how to measure your feet to pick a size.

Regular Vs Wide

a close up of the outsoles of bohempia regular versus wide width

Regular Bohempia barefoot shoes fit an average to wide foot. I comfortably wear Regular width in my usual size 37 even with my wide forefoot. Wide Bohempia shoes are perfect for extra wide feet or for lots of splay room to wear toe spacers.

Same Shoe, Different Foot

On the left you can see me wearing Bohempia regular width. I have a wide fan-shaped foot with a low arch and skinny ankles. On the right is Samantha wearing Bohempia in Wide width. Samantha has an extra wide, high volume foot.

Bohempia Sneakers Review

a collage of a woman with brown hair wearing 5 different outfits and 5 different styles of Bohempia barefoot sneakers

All Bohempia barefoot shoes come with a removable insole and are 3.5mm thick without it and 6mm thick with it. Despite being thin, the rubber has yet to show any signs of wear for me. I’ve even heard from several readers who skateboard in Bohempia with good sucess!

They are also all made from the same type of hemp upper that is sturdy but not super soft when brand new. I have never had any trouble with it rubbing or giving me blisters, but it’s not a plush fabric. The outsoles are made of natural rubber that is slip resistant and has worn well for me.

You can find some fall/winter shoes with a microfiber lining from Bohempia too, but I personally am only drawn to the sneakers. However if you want to wear your hemp vegan barefoot shoes into the cold season they are a good option!

Now let’s dig into specifics for each sneaker model from Bohempia.

Velik – Slip On

My personal favorite is the Velik – a Vans slip-on alternative. They are just perfect, down to the outsole details and padded collar. I have a fan shaped foot that is wide at the toes and narrow at the heels, so they feel loose around my ankle, but I solved that by putting a tongue pad in the upper (it keeps my foot down).

Because I have low volume feet I wear mine with the insole that comes with, but they are still comfortable without it if you need more space. Of all my Bohempia shoes, I wear these the most. They style just like my old Vans but feel a million times more comfortable. J’adore.

Bohempia also sells the Vikla, which is the same sneaker but in different color combos and a smooth rubber outsole (no black strip or texture toe guard)

Herlik – Low Top

The Herlik is the ultimate Converse dupe, because Converse are very squishy on the toes! After the slip-ons reviewed above, I like Herlik the most of all Bohempia sneakers. The textured outsole and brass eyelets add just the right amount of pizazz, Bohempia really nailed it with the details.

The fit type is similar to the Velik, but because they have laces I can cinch them over my foot and don’t need to make any modifications. One other big difference between the two is that this model does not have padding around the ankle. I found that the heel area cut into my skin and I needed to add a heel grip for comfort.

Orik – High Top

a close up side view of a pair of feet wearing all black Bohempia Orik barefoot high top sneakers with a rubber toe cap

The Orik is reminiscent of a high top Converse or the like. The high volume in these is a little more apparent than in the low cut shoes, and they bag around my skinny ankles a little bit if I’m wearing them without socks. I think they look better on me when I’m wearing them with socks. Otherwise they’re excellent! No break in time and no discomfort wearing them.

Kolda – Low Top

The Kolda is the first pair of Bohempia shoes I bought over 3 years ago because I wanted a Keds alternative. They are a simple sneaker that can be paired with a dress, skirt, or pretty blouse as well as jeans, sweats, cutoffs, you name it. They do exactly what I hoped they would – finish my outfit with a bit of neutral style while still leaving my toes free.

Hoska – Low Top

a close up side view of a pair of feet wearing jeans and black Bohempia Hoska barefoot sneakers standing on concrete

The Hoska is like the Kolda but has more lace eyelets for a sportier look. They are a good classic Vans replacement, which my husband used to wear and bust through regularly (his toes just wanted to be freeeeee). Simple, and they get the job done. 10/10 recommend if you want a better Vans alternative.


Bohempia is the place to look if you want a barefoot shoe that looks like a classic sneaker. You get to look good, feel good, and have a clean conscious thanks to their sustainable materials and ethical manufacturing.

You can explore more options in my 15 Stylish Barefoot Sneakers article!

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21 thoughts on “Bohempia Review – Time To Throw Away Your Converse & Vans!”

  1. Thanks for the review on Bohempia Anya! How are those compared to Feelgrounds? As those are also doing some Vans/Converse substitutes…

    1. Good question! I love Feelgrounds as well. The soles on Feelgrounds are not as long lasting or grippy, but they are softer and more flexible. The uppers on Feelgrounds I find slightly less comfortable on my skin than Bohempia, but they are very light (they also don’t keep any water out, so if there’s a drizzle or the ground is wet I will choose Bohempia). What else… The toe box shape of Feelgrounds is a little bit wider than Bohempia Regular, but narrow than Bohempia Wide.

      1. Thanks very much for the answer Anya!! I’m really struggling between both but I’m truly convinced that I want to start now my transition to barefoot shoes and get some cool Wildling as my first choice!
        I walk barefoot most of the day working from home so I expect the transition not to be that long and painful (if at all).
        Still a tough decision between Feelgrounds and Bohempia though and thinking about the long lasting item you shared… although I was reading earlier today that those big old sneakers I used to buy are only in their most adequate status for around 200 kms… 😀

        1. I went with a pair of the bohempia high top and love them. I looked at the Feelgrounds previously but wasn’t sold on them. So glad I went with the Bohempia!! It’s my go to pair of shoes.

    1. Looks like you ended up on the USA site, that is a Bohempia franchise that is closing. The links in this article all take you to the right places! is the main site, and then for the US we carry them at

    1. Yes, we have some coming as soon as next week and the rest by the end of the month. So within a few weeks everything should be restocked.

  2. Have you tried Groundies True star and can compare them to Orik? I have true star but feel they are too narrow and thinking of the Orik instead. But I´m afraid the wide one will be too wide instead 😛 The regular one says it´s the same width as groundies, but I have other shoes with same width that I don´t feel squish my toes as the groundies do so thinking Orik maaaybe could work 🙂

    1. The Orik in regular width is pretty comparable in actual width to the True Star, but the way the True Star sole is it feels restrictive on the sides and front of your toes. In my own shoe size I find the sole on True Star a little too narrow for me, but wear Bohempia in regular. So basically, you have a good chance of fitting into regular width in the Orik.

  3. Can I wear correct toes with the regular width Herlik or do you need the wide width? I wear a size medium correct toes.

    1. It really depends on the person, but I would say you are most likely to have success in the wide width. If you have narrower feet to begin with then the regular could work.

    1. Actually the reason I reviewed these shoes is because they have an anatomical toe box shape, though I do appreciate that they’re sustainably made. Maybe donate your Converse and Vans instead of throw them away 🙂

  4. I want to try wider width version because I wear toe spacers. The width is widers only around the forefoot or the whole foot including heel? I have a narrow heel.

  5. Hello!
    I love my Bohempia Herliks! I have the wide version and with thick socks my little toe is so comfortable and has room to wiggle!!
    Can you do a review or brush up on the difference bewteen Herlik original and Herlik 2.0? Thanks!!

    1. Hmm, I see that the Herlik now says 2.0, but I think it’s not any different. I’m pretty sure there’s only ever been one Herlik. I’ll check in with them to see.

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