Bohempia Orik 2.0 – Review

Bohempia Orik 2.0 – a barefoot alternative to the iconic Converse All Stars sneakers made from vegan, eco-friendly materials. Shoes that let your feet be feet!

The Bohempia Orik 2.0 model got a new look in autumn 2021. A new design that fit your ankles even better, new colours and a refined sole design. There are so many reasons why I was instantly smitten with these great hemp shoes.

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1. General

  • Brand: Bohempia
  • Model: Orik 2.0
  • Colour: Burgundy-White
  • Tested on: woman, medium-wide feet, 26.3 cm long and 10 cm wide (10.3 cm between metatarsal heads), low instep, skinny ankles with narrow heels, fin-shaped foot (see my how to measure guide and foot type) – wearing size 42

| Made in EU | Adult | Vegan | Ship to EU and USA |

2. Material characteristics

2.1 Upper

The Bohempia Orik 2.0 model is made from completely vegan materials. The upper is made of hemp canvas in burgundy, which combines all the benefits of this natural material – durability, breathability, antimicrobial and moisture wicking.

The red colour in the photos looks a bit more vibrant than it really is – the combination of sunny weather and the red colour has left its mark on the photos 🙂 The model is also available in more neutral colours such as black, grey na beige.

The red canvas is combined with white flat laces and a white sole with black piping. The area above the toes is rubberised.

The heel is reinforced in the lower part of the shoe but does not restrict foot movement.

2.2 Lining

The shoe has a black canvas interior and comes with an insole to provide minimal shock absorption and make walking on hard surfaces more comfortable.

2.3 Sole

The sole is made of natural rubber and the outer rubberised edge makes it look thicker than it is. The thickness of the sole is only 3.5 mm and the total thickness with insole is approx. 6 mm. The ground feel is good, but the included insole still adds a slight feeling of cushioning to the shoe.

The shoes have good flexibility in all directions and, due to the shape of the sole, their flexibility is not limited.

See also the video for a close-up.

3. Sizing information

3.1 Length

Bohempia Orik 2.0 are unisex models and are available in sizes 36 to 47 and in 2 widths, but not all colours are necessarily available in both widths. The red colour from my review is available in the wider version in sizes 37W-46W.

Bohempia has all the measurements of the inside lengths and widths for each size on its website, but there have been slight changes in these values this year. The differences are due to a different way of measuring the internal lengths, but the shoes have remained unchanged.

In the table, Bohempia now gives the values relating to the measurements of the insole lengths and widths, so the measurements in the table are slightly shorter than the actual inner lengths that would be obtained if the inner length of the shoe were measured from the centre of the heel to a point between the big toe and the second toe. The measurements for each size are shorter by about 3-4 mm. You can read more about the new way of measuring here.


In Bohempia shoes I wear a size 42 with an inner shoe length of 27.5 cm measured with Plus12. According to the size chart, the inner length is 27.1 cm, but the final inner length is 4 mm longer. I have exactly 12 millimetres of space in the shoe, which is the space I prefer.

See post How much space do we need in shoes if you want to know more about that.

You can also find the internal lengths measured with the Plus12 measure on their US website.

©Bohempia USA

3.2. Toebox shape & width

The Bohempia’s toebox shape has a milder slope towards the pinky toe and is therefore suitable for many different foot shapes. It is most ideally suited to foot types 2 and 5, but can also suit foot types 3, 4 and 6 very well, as long as you give your feet enough room in front of your toes.

It is least suitable for foot type 1, in case your toe slope is very steep. In this case, there may be more extra space in front of the smaller toes.

More about different foot types you can read in my post What is my Foot Type?

Bohempia offers its barefoot models in two different widths, so even those with very wide feet will benefit from the wider version.

My foot width is 10 cm and I wear a standard width in size 42, which is the most suitable for medium wide feet. Due to the raised edge of the sole and the rubberised part at the toebox, it is not possible to gain extra width by spreading the sole sideways, but I do not find the edge of the sole restrictive or uncomfortable.

I have enough space in the shoe if I wear the shoes barefoot or with thin socks, but I would need a little more space in the width if I wore the shoes with thick socks.

I would also like to mention that the shoe width of Bohempia shoes does not increase evenly with size, so the standard widths in the smaller sizes are suitable for wider feet than in the larger sizes.

3.3. Fit around the instep, heel and ankle

The Orik 2.0 is best suited to feet with a normal high instep and a medium wide heel, but also fits well on lower instep and narrower ankles, and also on higher instep and fuller feet. A wider model can give you more of the necessary volume.

4. Comfort

The material is soft and thin, so the shoes have never caused me any discomfort when walking. However, I would still recommend that you do not tighten the laces very tightly at the top, as the upper edge may act a little firmer in this case. If you tighten them properly, I can assure you that you will have no problems.

5. How and when to wear them?

The Bohempia Orik 2.0 can be worn in the same way as you would wear Converse sneakers. They look great with skinny jeans or straight-cut jeans combined with a T-shirt or even a blazer for a sporty-elegant look. They can also be paired with a skirt for a casual, relaxed look.

6. Price & where to buy

You can buy Bohempia Orik 2.0 on the official Bohempia website. The price of the Orik 2.0 model is 128 €.

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7. Shipping info

The shipping cost is free for orders above 150€, for smaller orders the shipping costs are calculated during checkout.

8. To sum up

Orik 2.0 are the perfect shoes for all Converse lovers who don’t want to compromise on healthy feet. Finished details, natural, sustainable materials, a wide range of colours and different widths – suitable even for extra wide feet. I have nothing more to add. Those are top barefoot shoes!

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