Artisan vegan footwear, exceptional design and quality.
Relatively small selection of shoes and prices that lean towards the expensive.
A high-end vegan shoe store that offers beautiful quality shoes.
Bourgeois Boheme is a small, independant but well-known vegan footwear brands, established way back in 2005 by Alicia Lai, an ex-podiatrist. The name implies their artistic goals: to design shoes that are both sophisticated and elegant, but with a twist and a bohemian “edge”. BoBo, as the store is sometimes called, puts an emphasis not only on animal-friendly footwear but also on sustainability and ethical production.
BoBo’s selection of vegan women’s vegan shoes is limited, but what it’s lacking in quantity it’s more than making up for in quality. Special designs include sophisticated and classy low-heel shoes with a design twist thrown in, which makes all the difference. Their Ruby Tweed is a prime example: by taking classic men’s Derby shoes and adding a cool tweed element they’ve transformed it into an effeminate version that stands out.
Other great options are the two mid-size heel boots. One is a bit more dressy and can suit special occasions, work, dates or taking your cat to the vet (depending on how close you are with your cat). The other great-looking boot is more casual, although still very elegant and fits almost any outfit.
Bobo’s flat shoes (Erica Rust and Taylor Plum) are, in my opinion, what sets them apart. They look fantastic, are very well-built and they are kind of a combination of a casual design (even a sneaker) and a classy, sophisticated shoe.
The collection is not cheap, it’s true. But these kinds of quality, design and originality seldom are. Whether buying a pair of shoes from their selection would be a wise choice depends (apart from your budget) on your priorities. Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind design, coupled with long lasting high-end quality? If so, then it’s probably worth the extra cash, especially in the long run.
Bourgeois Boheme focuses exclusively on footwear and, alas, doesn’t offer any accessories… yet!
At BoBo you can find some excellent boots. They look elegant and classy, yet they have a unique design that makes them stand out as something more. The materials for the Ralph and Roger models , for example, are an interesting minimalist hybrid of leather and suede.
They don’t offer any casual shoes for men right now, but in the dress shoes department few can beat Bourgeois Boheme. They offer 4 designs, available in several colors. They all look luxurious, elegant and, yes, sexy. Some models have a nice bright polish that would serve formal occasions well, while the more matte finish models are great for work, dates and anything in between. Bottom line? These shoes are popular with the women, as much as they are with their men.
The price range is tipping towards the expensive, since these are high-end designer shoes. They are built to last and sharply designed, so this is where the money goes. They are well worth the investment.
Unfortunately, Bourgeois Boheme offers no accessories right now. They like to focus on shoes exclusively. Well, you can’t have it all, right?
Yeah, they currently don’t have any shoes for kids either.
Orders can be accepted online or over the phone. BoBo accepts credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) and also cheques and money orders. It’s important to note that orders from outside the EU will be charged an additional 20% (VAT).
UK delivery: Deliveries take up to 28 days and cost £28 for Standard Delivery, while Next Day delivery will cost between £8.90 for one item and £17.80 for two items.
EU Delivery: Between £15-£42, depending on the number of items.
International delivery: Between £21-£57, depending on the number of items.
Orders can be tracked at anytime via the Royal Mail Track & Trace online service.
Unfortunately, delivery of items of this sort are often not on the cheap side due to the shipping costs and, if you’re ordering multiple items, can become quite expensive.
Bourgeois Boheme allows to return any item within 14days and get a refund. If you return the item later than 14 days, you can still exchange them or get store credit instead.
BoBo answers the phone (politely!) every weekday between 9am to 5pm, and can also be contacted via email. They are very friendly with a personal approach to handling customers, making sure you’re always happy with items you’ve purchased or that exchanges are done smoothly.
Bourgeois Boheme is a high-end designer store for vegan shoes. They offer premium footwear for premium prices, which are worth it. In the long run, paying more for high-end shoes results in better quality products that last longer and the shoes themselves are also exceptionally well-designed and built. If quality and design mean the most to you and if money is less of an object, then BoBo is the right place for you to find great vegan shoes.