The bohemian trend is one of the biggest ones. In today’s post, we are going to look through awesome boho chic shoes to try on the streets and beaches. I am so in love with this 1960’s and 1970’s beautiful and layered look. If you are in search of something original and individual, then you better start from this trend. The best thing about boho is the flattering look that suits absolutely everyone. We are going to see marvellous tips and tricks on how to look awesome wearing boho looks. I decided to start from the feet up. The following collection consists of awesome gladiator sandals, ankle booties, embroidered flat sandals, fringed and embroidered chukka boots, fringed and heeled sandals and many other cool footwear designs.
The bohemian pattern is one of the greatest ones. In the present post, we are going to glance through amazing boho chic shoes to take a stab at the boulevards and shorelines. By and by, I am so crazed with this current 1960’s and 1970’s delightful and layered look.
On the off chance that you are looking for something unique and individual, at that point, you better begin from this pattern. The best thing about bohemian shoes is the complimenting look that suits everybody totally. We are going to see brilliant tips and traps on the most proficient method to look marvellous wearing boho looks.
I chose to begin from the feet up. The accompanying accumulation comprises amazing fighter shoes, lower leg booties, weaved level shoes, bordered and weaved chukka boots, bordered and obeyed shoes and numerous other cool footwear structures.
Wear Shoes With White or Ivory Lace
Jewel by Badgley Mischka Boulder Champagne Lace Peep-Toe Booties available on Lulu’s
This tip comes from the idea that your boho wedding dress is likely lacey to some degree (although it’s true that they don’t ALL have lace), and so a shoe with lace will go nicely with your dress. The type of lace and style of shoe that’s best will, of course, depend on your specific dress style, but I really think you can’t go wrong.
NOTE: Make sure that if your dress is off-white, champagne, or ivory in colour, that you don’t choose lace white shoes that are whiter than your dress. If you do, you’ll see that they make your dress look dirty in comparison. Strange but true!
Some really cute lace shoes are available on Amazon, where you can actually check out prices for tons of white and ivory lace wedding shoes. I personally really like these ones for a boho look (peep-toe cone heels), because they’re retro and vintage looking… kind of in the Downton Abbey way. Love!
I am obsessed with lace shoes and could probably spend all day browsing the Amazon options, but there ARE others as well that are great!
Some other beautiful options that are perhaps a bit more high-end, depending on your wedding fashion budget, are the Jewel by Badgley Mischka Boulder Champagne Lace Peep-Toe Booties (pictured above) available on Lulu’s, a brand I really love. This is a good example of the boho “look” — being a mixture of modern booties and soft, romantic lace.
Another lace option I really love is the Christian Louboutin Lace Satin Neoalto 85 Pumps 37 Latte (pictured above) available on Fashionphile sold for way cheaper than the original price. Fashionphile is great for this – it has tons of designer bags and shoes, but secondhand and MUCH cheaper than the crazy original price that high-end designers charge.
It also happens to be the more eco-friendly, and in my opinion, the more ethical shopping option.
Cowgirl Chic or Prairie Chic
If your dress (or skirt) has a casual, “Little House on the Prairie” feel, cowboy boots are a natural fit. The “classic” prairie look often consists of a lacy, floral skirt or dress, which is usually midi length but can be a knee-length or mini length. High moccasins are another “boot” that works well with cowgirl chic. Other elements of this look include jean skirts, dresses with ditsy-floral prints, silver and turquoise jewellery, and fringed bags.
Wear Shoes With Nude or Neutral Lace
Now, if we don’t want our boho dress to compete with our shoes at all, we can still have the lace (and even the booties if we want) but in a neutral colour (such as shades of brown or beige… not white)!
So find a lace shoe that instead of white, is a shade of brown or beige. This will still look very classy and romantic, but by choosing a skin-tone (whether it matches you or not doesn’t matter), it will take up less “space” (to your very white dress in comparison) and be a side-piece to your showstopper boho gown.
There is some nice neutral-coloured lace booties on Amazon, or these crystal-studded “princess”-style (think Cinderella’s glass slippers) pumps from David’s Bridal.
A higher-end option is the Christian Louboutin Satin Chantilly Lace Hot Jeanbi 100 Pumps 40.5 Nude (pictured below) available on Fashionphile — are you starting to notice a trend?! I just love this style to pair with a boho dress. So classy and timeless.
When I think of a gypsy skirt or dress, I usually conjure up images of tiered skirts and embroidery, but you can have a gypsy look without all that. I feel that gypsy skirts look best when you’re barefoot (or almost barefoot) or in boots. However, gypsy styles also look great with flat boots, slouchy boots, ankle booties, and high-heeled boots. (Older Boomers may need chunky heels for better balance). You should avoid anything too cutesy, pretty, or precious with gypsy wear. I think you’re better adding a few masculine elements with gypsy looks, so you don’t float away (visually).
Wear Lace-Up Block Heels
For a more contemporary look, get a pair of lace-up block heels. The cool thing about the boho wedding dress “look” is that it doesn’t box you in. It’s at the same time, modern and vintage. So you have the ability to mix and match accessories from different eras and influences.
If your dress is very soft and romantic and flowy, a chunky heel and chunky tie-up laces can add a bit of modern sex appeal.
I personally like these ones from Lulu’s: the Alta Natural Suede Lace-Up Heels (pictured below) which you can find among many other awesome, sexy, “updated” wedding shoe choices to complement your boho dress.
Wear Shoes Made from Vegan or Faux Leather
One of the missions of this website is to find eco-friendly wedding ideas where we all can, and one way to accomplish this is by seeking out cruelty-free vegan and faux-leather wedding shoes.
Blushfashion does this well, offering several pairs of flat to high-heel bridal (and bridesmaid) vegan shoe options. I think their Pearl Vegan Bridal Flat Sandal, Vintage Inspired Summer Wedding Shoe (pictured below) are very pretty and sweet. Yes, I think sweet is really the word for them!
Grunge or Army-Navy Surplus Boho
For some reason, I like to call this look “Canadian boho”, but that’s just because I think of lumberjacks when I think of plaid. This is basically boho for colder climates, and you can add some nice warm velvet to feminize the look. Boots for plaid boho could be combat boots (obviously), flat leather boots, or anything that looks cute and warm.
I could go on all day coming up with other categories, like Goth boho, elegant boho, punk boho, K-mart boho, and whatever but these ideas are enough to get you into the right frame of mind. My best advice is to have lots of different types of boots in your closet and try them all on with everything you own.
Wear Shoes With a Touch of Whimsy
Speaking of whimsical, I’m going to suggest that you take a chance with your boho wedding shoes. Don’t go for the shoe you’d normally grab for, but rather the kind of shoe that always catches your eye but that you’re always too scared to try.
For instance, it might finally be time to buy THESE SHOWSTOPPERS on Amazon that you always dreamed of!! (Did you laugh? Just a little bit..?! Confession: I actually adore those shoes! Haha!).
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is: Get those dress shoes that you just can’t ever seem to find an occasion to justify. Buy those shoes for your wedding!! DO IT!
That’s what I mean by a “touch of whimsy.” Get those shoes that are just a little crazy, kooky, or magical and that make you feel like YOU.
One suggestion for some might be these Alice in Wonderland-looking shoes (pictured below) from the amazing Blushfashion. They’re called the Vegan Bridal Vintage Inspired Kitten Heel, Comfortable Low Heel Wedding Shoe and they are adorable in every way.
Wear a Pastel-Color, Especially Light Blue Shoes
I mentioned at the beginning of this post, and I said that one option for boho dresses is to wear pastel-coloured shoes. And it’s true! Pastel colours are generally soft, romantic, lovely and in the general “mood” of a boho wedding look. And if there’s a particular pastel colour that you want to wear, I say go for it (pale yellow, anyone?! AMAZING!).
However, I do think that there’s something special about wearing light blue shoes with your boho dress. Blue shoes fulfil the “something blue” requirement if you’re at all into that traditional stuff, and the shade of blue found in the two pairs of Blush Fashion shoes pictured below are SO PRETTY and classy that I can’t help but be biased.
These remind me of Tiffany blue, which I guess I sort of associate with weddings, which just goes to show how effective wedding marketing and capitalist brainwashing is!! Good job, you guys. OKAY so… where was I? Take a look at these gorgeous shoes on the Blush Fashion site and see for yourself! They are sooo pretty.
Wear Earth-Tones or Neutral-Colored Shoes
I already talked about choosing nude or neutral-coloured lace shoes, but neutral colour shoes in general, regardless of their material, are perfect for boho dresses.
Casual brown fringe slingbacks on Amazon are great for a boho dress in an outdoor or barn wedding setting, while something like these XOXO Women’s Baxter Dress Sandals is a bit fancier but still on par with the rustic, boho aesthetic.
If these options are too casual for you, there are TONS of other “nude” and “neutral” sexy stiletto and pumps options on Amazon. Remember that neutral could also include some earth tones like a dark green or a dark yellow shoe. Don’t limit yourself!
The earth-mother dress usually has one or more hippie elements like patchwork (a type of recycling), denim, tie-dye, or an Indian bedspread print. The main concern with this style (and most styles) is to keep the look balanced. Usually, you want the heaviest-looking pieces to be on the bottom, or you might appear as if you’re ready to topple over. However, there are exceptions and everyone has a different body type, so you need to experiment to see what looks best on you. (If you’re tall and thin, you can wear anything. If you’re short and squat, you need to experiment more to balance your look.)
For earth-mother boots, try work boots, cowboy boots, high moccasins, flat suede boots, or comfortable thrift-store finds. I always wear heels (because I need height to balance my broad shoulders and short legs), but in general, the earth-mother style is utilitarian and practical. Would you wear spiked heels if you were planting seeds on a farming commune located in the hills of Colorado?
Wear Shoes With Just a Bit of Sparkle or Shine
I haven’t come across many boho wedding dresses that have “sparkle” on them, meaning rhinestones or any other shiny elements. Their appeal and what makes them interesting is usually a beautiful lace pattern, maybe floral or geometric… or the soft flowy fabric that’s used to make them.
So in most cases, we can add a bit of gold or silver “shine” or “sparkle” to a boho look just in the form of shoes, and we won’t be clashing or overwhelming the overall look in any way.
If you’re looking for a touch of gold (NOT sparkle, but shine for this one), I suggest the Vegan Gold Bridal Shoes, Sparkly High Heel Wedding Sandal with a Vintage Flair (pictured below) from Blushfashion.
For the bride who wants to be comfy in her shoes, a better option for gold might be the more subtle Thea Flat in Gold Spiral from an ethical, fair trade brand called The Root Collective (pictured below). These shoes are just cool. They’re low-key and for the bride who wants quality wedding shoes but simply cannot be fussed with heels or over-the-top shoes that’ll take over the outfit.
Just Wear Comfortable Flats
Especially if your boho wedding dress is long, I can tell you right now your shoes aren’t going to show all that much! You know this! So before you spend a bunch of money on fancy heels, consider just getting some comfortable and versatile flats that you can wear again and again after your wedding day.
There are options for flats on Amazon, but I suggest you also look into some slightly higher-end, longer-lasting options if you have the possibility to do that, just for the sake of the environment and getting the most out of what we pay for. Fast fashion is the enemy we’re all fighting the good fight against, after all, starting with our wedding day purchases!
I’ve talked a lot about “whimsy” and “being YOU” and also about eco-friendliness and ethical purchasing in this post… because I think those things matter to someone who’s into boho wedding dresses… but maybe I’m making a huge assumption here! I don’t know! If this is true, and you’re a little wacky like me, you might also be into this next suggestion…
Made Trade is a company that sources cool, interesting products from local vendors around the world, putting the little guy’s business and fair trade before profitability.
I love many of their shoes, dresses, and jewellery. And I really love these comfy, flat, gold shoes (pictured below)! They’re weird, but I think they would make someone a unique and interesting pair of boho wedding flats! They’re called Nida Lu Lu Women’s Loafer – Gold.
Wear a Shoe That POPS (Bold or Patterned)
I can’t help myself. I really do believe that, despite popular wisdom, you can wear any crazy shoe colour or pattern with a boho wedding dress! And if you want to, I think you should.
Like I said earlier, the mixture of the “boho look” — the blend between contemporary and vintage aesthetics — makes it the perfect dress to wear a “crazy” or unique shoe with.
These aren’t too crazy, but I’m so into these soft pink and grey geometric Nine West Women’s The rocks as a boho wedding shoe. I think they would especially complement a boho dress with geometric lace.
For brides who are more into florals, I love these nude and floral-patterned pumps for a boho look, also from Nine West. The possibilities are literally endless!
Eurotrash or Boho Rocker Glam
There is nothing terribly bad about the term Eurotrash. It is not in the same ballpark as trailer trash. Eurotrash is a put-down coloured with a tinge of jealousy, while trailer trash is just a put-down. In America, the phrase Trust Fund Brat has a similar connotation, but a Eurotrash girl (or guy) is more into parties… with A-list rock stars.
To understand the concept of Eurotrash or haute bohème, think of lower-level royals with too much money and not enough time to spend it all (or unexpected rock stars with windfalls of cash). While any boots will work for this bohemian style, I see Eurotrash ladies wearing high-heeled boots or booties with lots of flagrant detailing and shiny bits.
The Eurotrash genre is expensive and decadent, but you can fake the look with cheaper clothing, jewellery, and accessories. If you are Boomer-aged, you can get a sense of the Eurotrash style by picturing those two chicks from the British comedy Absolutely Fabulous… or Madonna in her British digs. Eurotrash style comes from good drugs and bad morals, think Rolling Stones, but I prefer you not embrace the darker, pharmaceutical side of this look.
Anyway, you would certainly fall on your Eurotrash ash if you overdid the booze and drugs while wearing the proper footwear. Rocker Glam is probably the only boho style that doesn’t strive for comfort.
I could go on all day coming up with other categories, like Goth boho, elegant boho, punk boho, K-mart boho, and whatever… but these ideas are enough to get you into the right frame of mind. My best advice is to have lots of different types of boots in your closet and try them all on with everything you own.