Women's boho style is an interesting look that has been adopted by everyone from the average woman to the most famous celebrities. It takes some of the flavor of the earthy, hippie look and combines it with a romantic look then adds a dash of upscale style to create a final look that is comfortable but fashionable. Women's boho shoes are great because they are totally stylish but there is an emphasis on being comfortable when you are wearing them. Women always long for a comfortable shoe that doesn't make them look frumpy and the boho style of shoe is just that type of shoe. Shown below are examples of ten different types of shoes that would fall into the general style of women's boho although of course the specific designs change from year to year and from designer to designer.
1. Earthy Flat Sandals
Flat sandals are frequently associated with the women's boho style. These are comfortable, easy to wear and they go with almost any other boho item that you might be putting on that day. If you really want a sandal that's got true boho written all over it then get one that has sort of an earthy side to it - earthy colors, Native American-inspired beadwork and a comfy-but-cute design all contribute to a good boho look for these shoes.
2. More Detailed Sandals
Regardless of the style or height of the sandal that you get, you have to learn that the boho style is all in the details. The great design on these sandals is what makes them women's boho sandals rather than just plain old boring sandals. The design doesn't have to be as elaborate as this, though. It merely has to be a design that hints at the boho way of life and the things that are important to people who live the boho lifestyle - the earth, nature and a casual kind approach to living.
3. Boho Wedges
What if you like the style of boho sandals but you're the kind of gal who can't go out without getting herself into a pair of heels? Traditional high heels aren't really in line with the boho style but you can definitely go with a type of shoe that fits right in to women's boho - the wedge. Wedge heels are a great compromise between heels and flats which add height but offer a lot more comfort than stillettos. Stick to that earthy, natural design if you want to really keep true to that boho look.
4. Better Boho Wedges
The first style of boho wedges shown above is a great look but the height can compromise your comfort when wearing these shoes. A better style to go with if you're aiming for the comfy side of boho is the type of wedge that mirrors the Mary Jane style of shoe. These are comfy sandals that have height to them but are a lot flatter than heels are. Chunky shoes like this can weight you down so be careful what you wear them with (they aren't going to go with a short skirt or skinny jeans on most women) but consider adding them to your wardrobe anyway since they're great for the boho look.
5. Boho-Inspired Heels
What if you like the boho style but you aren't willing to give up the height of real, true heels? That's okay. There are tons of high, high heels made by great designers which have been inspired by the boho look. Browse through the many images there are of flat sandals that are meant to be women's boho shoes and then go out and find yourself a pair of heels that matches that basic earthy design.
6. Shoes Inspired by Clogs
A popular type of shoe that was originally part of the boho look was clogs. A lot of women don't like clogs though because they find them a little bit too "blah". Instead of getting clogs, get shoes that have been inspired by clogs. These heels are a good example of such shoes but there are other examples out there that are flat or wedged.
7. Comfy Tall Boots
Boots are another staple of the women's boho closet. Specifically, women look for tall boots that are comfortable (whether or not they have heels on them). Again, you want to stick to earthy colors and textures. You wouldn't get leather if you wanted true boho boots but you definitely might get suede. (Notably, there are a lot of boho-inspired boots in leather so if you like leather shoes then you still have choices.) If it's got fringe on it then it's probably in the boho family. Prints that remind you a bit of the hippie era are also a sure sign that you're looking at boho boots. And Uggs are generally considered part of the modern boho style.
8. Ankle Boots
As a general rule, ankle boots are not part of the standard boho attire. However, there are some women who love these boots and therefore there are a few designers out there who have made shoes that accommodate these tastes. You'll have to look around to find low-cut boots that have the boho style. And you'll probably have to settle for a look that is a little less than true boho. But you can find something that suits you and then find a great women's boho outfit to pair it with if you try hard enough.
9. Gypsy Flats
The women's boho look is closely associated with attire taken from the style of gypsies. Long, flowing skirts are the most obvious example of this but women's boho shoes may also be inspired by the things that gypsies would wear. Look for comfortable flats that are highly decorated with jewels and bright colors and you'll probably find shoes that fit your women's boho style.
Birkenstocks are probably the quintessential brand that comes to mind when you are thinking about the boho style. After all, this was the shoe of the hippie generation and a brand that is totally known for its association with comfort. But can the Birkenstock be considered stylish? Definitely. This company has tried to stay up-to-date with shoe designs that go beyond the simple sandal and embrace more modern design elements so that you can wear these shoes with flair. Pair them with a great pair of flare-bottom jeans and a peasant top and you've got a great boho look.
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BohemianBags from Santa Clara, CA, USA on April 06, 2011:
Beautiful collection of shoes! Love these articles.
mysisters on January 17, 2011:
Nice Hub. Great selection here on Boho shoes. I love the wedges!!
comfortableshoes on December 13, 2010:
like the sandles.. like to purchase for my wife... there is another website from i use to buy Shoes for my wife http://www.clogsforcomfort.net
lauralolita from Florida on May 31, 2010:
Love those boho wedges!! Where can I find them?
womens keen shose on May 17, 2010:
Kathryn I love your hub and just looked at the amount of hubs you make... you're a hub making queen! Ive made several websites on womens shoes including some hubs but this one takes the cake. Great info on womens boho shoes!
dem on March 24, 2010:
mach with dress