Best Barefoot Alternatives to Chelsea Boots

January 23, 2022
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Autumn in the UK (or anywhere in the Northern hemisphere) is a call for warm dry feet. You want barefoot shoes you can jump into puddles with. Wear thick knitted socks with. And take off without getting your hands cold and wet.

In the cold weather, I live in my Chelsea Boots. A shoe that is suitable for all occasions. They can pull together a work outfit and withstand muddy walks in the woods with a hot thermos of coffee. As I transition all my boots to barefoot boots, giving up my Chelsea boot was a bittersweet one.

I can no longer bear to squeeze my feet into my ‘traditional’ boots, so last week I went on a mission to find the best barefoot Chelsea Boot alternatives, and this is what I found…

Conkershoes Chelsea

Conkershoes are a small independent business based in Devon, UK. All their shoes are made to order in your choice of colour, stitching and sole. They have a natural foot shape and offer 6 different barefoot & zero-drop sole options.

Bohempia Rola

My top eco barefoot shoe option. These vegan barefoot Chelsea boots are made of microfiber suede Ultrasuede® (recycled polyester to you and me), making them a great eco-alternative to leather.

Vivobarefoot Fulham

The Vivobarefoot style has the most similar aesthetic to the ‘classic’ Chelsea boot, but with a thermal insole and a 3mm outsole, these are a great barefoot alternative. They also offer a juniors and kids barefoot Chelsea boot version.  

Mukishoes Chelsea Cork

I love how unique these are. Made from cork, with a cotton lining and rubber sole, they are 100% vegan, and available in kids sizes. They are also available in an Oat suede and Caramel leather version (non-vegan).

Be Lenka Entice

These have a warm fleece lining, for that extra Autumn vibe, and come in four different colour options!

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