Best Freebird Boots Reviewed & Rated
Freebird is a unique brand that seeks to put craftsmanship above everything else in footwear manufacturing. These designs catch the eye immediately, as the leather they use is high quality and often has a very rich finish. They do this by handcrafting each model in traditional style, with intricate metal work.
What is even more unique about this brand is that the leather used has obvious flaws, but the artisans stitch it and finish it in such a way that they are creating a perfect product out of imperfect materials. This is why these designs are one of a kind, as each comes with its own personality.
Below is a list of designs that we believe perfectly encapsulates this brand, and shows why customers love it so much.
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Round Toe Area
Ample Room for Calves
Five Decorative Straps
Round Toe Area
Ample Room for Calves
Five Decorative Straps
Prepare to be badass in the Mayan design. The knee-high option will make you ready for a little rebellion and for a lot of fun, and it comes with a lot of comfort features, such as a round toe, ample space for the calf, and leather lining which ensures a healthy climate inside the design. In the Mayan, you won’t have to worry about discomfort, bad odors, or poor fashion choices ever again!Read more
This option is made from real leather, and it comes with a decorative rope design around the ankle. The Mayan comes in a variety of color options, some of which even feature snakeskin overlays for added interest.
You can easily slip into this design thanks to the zipper in the side, and we love that there is a cut-out portion at the back of the leg which allows for more space, in case you have thicker calves. The rounded toe provides room for your toes, and everything on this boot is built on top of a wooden outsole.
The Mayan is not exactly an office-appropriate design, but it is one that you will love wearing with your more daring outfit combinations. It has a somewhat hardcore silhouette, and you will love how confident and how fierce you feel in this gorgeous option.
Straps and Fringe Details
Burnished Genuine Leather
Carefree Festival Design
Narrow Across Toes
A design that looks fit for a music festival, the Tribe is every bit as cool, hippy and laid-back as we want our Coachella-style footwear to be. This is an ankle-high option meant for those who don’t take themselves too seriously, for carefree spirits who live their life to the fullest. So strap on that fringe crop top and cut-off denim shorts, slide into the Tribe and make the most out of your day!Read more
The Tribe is made from genuine leather for both the upper and the sole. The defining characteristic is the collection of straps and leather fringe around the ankle, which come with large buckles to bring some interest to the design. It would be cool if you could find leather bracelets around your wrists to match the ones on your footwear.
The heel of the Tribe is a comfy .5 inch high, and you should have no problems exploring the world in these. The Tribe is that option that you wear when you know you’re about to have some fun. Whether it is really a music festival, a picnic with friends, or a shopping trip to the local mall, this design will take you anywhere you want to be, and in style!
Burnished Leather Upper
Harness and Strap Decorations
Inner Side Zipper
Not for Thin Calves
Narrow Fit for Foot
The Stela design is not for the faint of heart. This tall option comes with a hard-edged silhouette which speaks of boldness and ferocity, and which fits only the most daring of fashion styles. In this harness-wrapped design, you will be confident, intimidating and tough, and you can be sure that everyone will love your footwear choice.Read more
Like all other items on our list, the Stela is also made out of 100% genuine leather, right down to its moldable leather sole that will keep you comfortable all day long. Its upper is a burnished cognac color, one that gives the impression of age, and it is adorned with straps, buckles, and harnesses all around, aesthetically arranged to deliver a va-va-voom effect.
The Stela comes with a 1.5-inch stacked heel for a neat height boost, and there is also a zipper closure in the inner side. This allows you to slide in and out of this design with minimal effort. The opening of this option measures 15 inches in circumference, making it comfy for most calf widths, at a borderline wide calf size.
We admit that the design of the Stela is not for everyone. It is quite striking in appearance, and of uncompromising build, but that’s exactly why we admire it. If you’re looking for something unconventional and a little dangerous even, the Stela is a great way to play up your more rebellious side to the world.
Leather Lace Detail
Straps and Buckles
Zipper in the Back
Hint of a Heel
Not for Wide Calves
The key detail on the Brock has got to be the leather lace detailing on the backside and around the upper calf. This accent transforms the boot into something that makes you curious and questioning until ultimately you decide that you’d like to have it.Read more
The Brock looks like it came straight from an antique store. This is not an exaggeration. The eye-catching feature of the design is the leather lace detail that goes around the upper calf. These shoes look like something outlaws would wear in the 1800s, but with a modern twist.
The opening of this model is 13.5 inches, which is not the widest we’ve reviewed so far but is just fine for most people. There is also a zipper that runs along the back, which will give enough room to anyone putting on or taking off the design.
The Brock is not an option for the faint of hard - it gives off a hardcore vibe, of someone who is not to be messed with, and who knows exactly what they want. You can easily pair these badass shoes with skinny jeans or cool tights and be ready to take on any challenge of the day!
Unique Cage-Like Upper
Zipper in the Back
Low Stable Heel
Western Flirty Flair
Size Runs Large
Narrow Toe Area
In this list, we have our fair share of classic and western styles, and now, with the Lazor, it is time for something a touch different. Yes, this bootie does give off a bit of a cowboy vibe, but it is also cute, unconventional, and entirely too easy to fall in love with. The Lazor comes with a distinct cage-like upper that will make you the star of any event.Read more
It stands to reason that the Lazor is not an option for inclement weather. Due to the perforated upper, you won’t be able to wear these in rain or snow - however, that makes them a perfect spring design! Thanks to these laser cut holes and a breathable leather lining, the Lazor is every bit as breezy to wear as it is unique in design.
This option comes with a two-inch solid heel and a slightly pointy toe in the front, for that western flair. It also has a zipper in the back to make your way in and out of it a lot easier. Like all other items on our list, the Lazor is made from 100% genuine leather and even has a leather outsole.
If you are looking for that perfect pair of shoes for a transitional period - one that is neither a sandal nor a boot - then you’ve come to the right place! The Lazor design is here to add sass and flirtiness to all of your outfits, and you will absolutely love taking it out for a stroll!
Inner Side Zipper
Plush Suede Upper
Low Solid Heel
Not for Wet Conditions
It is not a secret that the Freebird brand has a preference towards buckles and straps, and even laces, as these details are abundant in our list. However, in this case, we’re looking at something a bit different - a design that is almost completely covered in fringe! The Belle bootie is irresistibly cute, flirty, and the movement of the fringe detail as you walk will certainly catch anyone’s eye.Read more
The Belle is made out of genuine suede. Unlike leather, suede has a plush, luxurious finish that you won’t be able to get enough of. There is, in fact, a hidden strap and buckle underneath the fringe, but it is hardly noticeable. The important part is that there is a zipper in the inner side so you can slip these on and off in a blink of an eye.
The toe shape of the Belle is somewhat pointed for a more elegant silhouette, and it comes with a 2.25-inch heel. This is that perfect fall design that you will love to wear in chilly yet dry days, and that you can show off to all of your friends.
Be prepared to enjoy all of the compliments on the Belle design, as no matter where you go and no matter what you wear, you are bound to leave an impression.
Strap and Buckle Accents
Two Zipper Closures
Elegant Almost 3 Inch Heel
Roomy Round Toe
Cute Versatile Design
The Brew is truly that versatile design that you’ll love to wear anywhere, as it is gorgeous and downright sexy! Its heel measures just 2.75 inches, but the way this option is built gives off the illusion that it stands taller. The shaft is 6 inches high, meaning it will go a bit past your ankle. These shoes look fantastic and will effortlessly fit into your everyday fall collection.Read more
The Brew looks like an elegant bottle of fine red wine. It is not as distressed or as stained as the other items on our list, which is a nice change in pace. It comes with two strap accents in the back, complete with buckles, and one which wraps over the instep. Additionally, the Brew is outfitted with not one, but two zipper closures - one in each side!
The heels on this design are just under 3 inches, but from the way these shoes are arched, you’d think that they were higher. The front area is nice and rounded, providing ample space for your happy toes.
The Brew is that design that we all need in our wardrobe. It goes well with jeans, pants, skirts, dresses and in practically all types of weather, barring the most intense summer heats. Thanks to the premium materials and the superior methods used in its construction, the Brew will be your fashionable companion for many seasons to come.
Not for Wide Calves
Difficult to Put On
The Harness is very unique in that its shaft is held together by laces not at the front of the design, but on the side. The laces are wrapped around the base of the shaft several times and there is even a slightly hidden zipper at the side of the shoes. The Harness is a show-stopper and definitely compliments the wearer really well.Read more
You will not get over how divine the design of the laced side is. The shaft measures 14 inches in height. These laces go all the way from the actual base right up to the top. While the shaft opens up in the back, however, your heel is still covered by an internal suede enclosure that also extends to the top of the shaft.
The Harness comes in a wide variety of shades and colors. All the colors are at least slightly related to brown or black, but there is still something there for everyone to choose from. The colors that you can get this design in are tan, wine suede, plum leather, cognac, grey, navy suede, olive leather, and black.
The Harness is made from 100% leather, down to the soles. The construction is tied together with glue and strong stitching. The Harness is indeed made to last a lifetime, and weather extreme elements and conditions. It is definitely worth the investment.
15 Inch Circumference
Strap and Buckle Detailing
Inner Side Zipper
Not for Thin Calves
Coming in with some fantastic color options, the Clive is a hugely bold fashion statement. Not only does it look good, but its fit is second to none. The shaft on this option is not as narrow as in some other models we have looked at. It offers a gaping top that makes it easy for anybody to rock this style. On the inner side of the Clive is a zipper that stretches from the arch straight up to the top of the 16-inch shaft. You want great looking boots that go up to your knees? Well, look no further because here they are.Read more
The brand wanted to go for a more classically western look, so they started off with placing rugged pairs of straps and buckles in two places: around the ankle as well as near the top of the design. In true style, the zipper is on the inner side, and to give the shoes even more authenticity and an antique look, the leather has a distressed finish.
The heel measures at just over two inches, which is a very comfortable height. The stitching for these shoes also gives off a great western vibe.
The Clive is pretty comfortable in spite of the pointed toe design. Slipping in and out of it is no problem due to the zipper included for your convenience. This design also has a 15-inch circumference, so it won’t feel tight around the calves.
The Clive design is astoundingly rustic, with a long-lasting leather build that'll keep you going for years to come. Don’t worry about messing these shoes up, as the mostly dark stain of the upper enables you to walk outside in almost any weather condition.
Zipper in the Back
Needs Breaking In
The Bowie is slightly different than some of the other options on our list as it's an ankle bootie. The short bootie has a decorative zip closer on the side and a perforated leather detail on the upper. The light brown leather can match perfectly with any of your outfits.Read more
The Bowie has a gorgeous perforated leather detail on the upper. It adds a unique look and, combined with the zippered detail, is a statement bootie.
There is a cushioned footbed which will keep you comfy no matter how long you wear this design. Moreover, the sole is also made of leather, and together with the low stacked heel, you won’t feel even a hint of discomfort as you show off your new footwear.
The Bowie design is unexpected, and not something we see every day. We love the play on texture and dimension, and we can’t get enough of its addictive comfort. Don’t hesitate to get the Bowie and be one cool cat this fall!
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Autumn is fast approaching, and that means the bootie season is almost upon us. The brand that is the focus of our guide is one that presents a perfect mix of fashion and purpose, one where you will find options that keep you warm and dry, and yet undeniably trendy as well.
The items featured here are very unique in their style and presentation. It is important when choosing fashionable footwear to not only look good but to also be functional.
When picking out the best pair for you, the first thing to look at is your own body type. You’ll have to determine whether you’re a curvy person, on the slim side, apple-shaped, etc. This will help you choose the right height of the design.
Knee-high options are great for those people that are curvier, while over the knee styles are designed for those who are more slender. There are charts that you can look at online to find the right length for you.
Another factor to consider is the style of the boot itself. We’ve encountered quite a few of those who come with a western vibe, with pointy toes, low stacked heels and other accents which remind us of the Wild West. These have been and always will be in fashion, and if you’re not afraid of embracing your inner gunslinger, there is no reason why you shouldn’t go for these options.
However, there are also those that are more urban in appeal, such as the rusty-chained Knox for example. These come with a more modern silhouette and will definitely spice up your current wardrobe.
Additionally, since all of the items here have some kind of an accent to them, take a moment to examine all of the buckles, straps, zippers, laces and other detailing, and whether or not you’d want any of these. They add interest to a design, make it more stylish that it would otherwise be, and are great if you wish to break out of the norm a little bit and reach for something unexpected.
While style and visual appeal is important, you shouldn’t overlook comfort either. After all, you need to be able to - and to want to - wear these designs for maybe even hours at a time, day after day, and that won’t be possible if they’re causing you any kind of pain or discomfort.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can focus on, to make sure that you are getting the most comfortable option for yourself.
- Footbed: Footbeds come in all shapes and sizes, but what you’ll want is one that is cushioned, or one that is contoured, or maybe even one that is both. Cushioning absorbs some of the shock as you walk, lessening the pressure on your joints and soles, while contours provide support. Arch support especially is important to stave off foot fatigue and ensure that your gait is nice and balanced.
- Toe Shape: In our list you will come across designs that have round toe shapes, and some that are more pointy, which is in keeping with the western styles. Round toe boxes have plenty of room for the toes and are comfortable to wear for extended periods.
The problem arises with the pointy toe areas, which tend to squish or pinch your toes and lead to pain, numbness, cramps, and perhaps even blisters or worse. It would be best if you could try the design on before you purchase it, and if you feel any type of discomfort in the toe area, that probably means the design is not for you.
- Heel: Finally, if you are someone who is not used to wearing heels, go for options that have a lower heel. In our list, we have a variety of heel heights, but fortunately, they are all chunky and solid in shape, providing you with good stability.
However, if you intend to spend entire days in your new boots, then definitely opt for lower designs, ones that won’t put your foot in an unnatural position.
A lot of footwear features depend on the type of materials used in its construction, such as breathability, insulation, comfort levels, durability, flexibility and more. Fortunately, all of the items on our list are made from premium leather materials, and they are certainly not lacking in the quality department.
Leather is essentially animal skin or hide, which goes through several different processes until it’s ready for use in footwear manufacturing. It provides good insulation, amazing breathability, durability and comfort. Leather uppers and leather lining make sure that air freely flows in and out of any design, and thus they keep your feet cool and sweat-free in any situation. Additionally, this also reduces the development of bad odors as well as bacterial and fungi infections.
In terms of comfort, genuine leather is exceptional. It has the ability to change shape over time, molding to the forms of your foot and leg, and thus providing you with a comfort that fits only you and no one else.
All of the options on our list also come with genuine leather soles. In the same way that we just mentioned, leather soles also mold underneath a person’s feet, much better than a synthetic material such as rubber would, so high-end designs often have this material on the bottom of their footwear.
Leather soles also add a touch of elegance, and provide your steps with that well-known click-clack sound that we associate with expensive, high-quality designs.
Durability describes how strong the materials that make a design are, how strong the materials keeping the shoe together are, and just how strong the construction is in general. While it is not something that you should lose sleep over, it is a factor to take into account, especially when you are shopping for a pricier pair of shoes such as these are.
The good thing about the designs we are talking about here is that they don’t fall apart very quickly. One of the main reasons they don’t is that they are not worn very often year-round. They are also built to insulate the feet against cold temperatures and are meant only for less favorable weather, as in during winter and autumn (spring, perhaps, in the case of the Lazor).
One of the main reasons why these designs are considered the most durable a shoe can be is because almost all of them are made using the Goodyear welt technique. This is a construction process that delivers incredibly long-lasting shoes, not only because of the strength of the connections between the upper and the sole but also because these designs can easily be resoled later. That way, they can last even for decades, if well taken care of.
The designs are also often made up of multiple layers of leather, making it even less likely for the model to expire quickly.
Overall, we are certain that whichever item you pick from our list, you won’t be disappointed. When you get your hands on your new shoes, make sure to check for any damage or inconsistencies in construction; if everything seems fine, you can be sure that you will enjoy your beauties for many years to come!
Since boots are usually tall designs, their upper largely consists of a shaft, the part which runs from your ankle up to as far as your thighs in some cases. Some shafts come as is without any way of opening or expanding them, but most will come with a zipper at either side or will be laced up. Some will have straps and buckles.
Overall, since every customer is built differently, it can be quite difficult to find a shaft which fits the width of your calves. It would be best to measure your calves before investing in new footwear, to ensure that you don’t buy the wrong size. Usually, manufacturers mark down whether the shaft is wide or slim. If your calves are more of an athletic or curvy build, then you will definitely need styles with wide shafts. Some will need to skip long shafts altogether and go for ankle boots instead.
In terms of height, the shaft also falls into one of these categories: ankle-high, mid-calf, knee-high, over-the-knee, and thigh-high. Sometimes this height is measured in inches. Booties usually have shafts 3 to 8 inches high, mid-calf ranges from 8 to 14 inches, knee-highs range from 14-18 inches, over the knees range from 18 to 22 inches, and thigh-highs measure above 22 inches. It’s easy to know what you’re getting when keeping these in mind.
Also, look for designs that have elastic panels built into the shaft. These are called ‘goring’, and they make it easier for you to slip your tall styles on and off.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Freebird boots not only give you versatile kinds of boot styles, from knee high, to ankle, they also combine unique elements in their individual design that will make them stand out from other brands.
If you're in search of something with a unique flair, make sure to check this brand out. With new models arriving regularly, you'll never find yourself walking down the street and see your boots on someone else!
Freebird boots are made from quality leather, so a shoe protectant spray will help you avoid ay damage from water or liquid. Using a wire or bristle brush on suede will help maintain it's great texture and appearance, and, as most of their boots have wooden heels, be sure to replace the heel cap prior to wearing it down to the wood!
Other Factors to Consider
The Freebird brand was designed to fill a market for those who want to be fashionable but maintain a rustic vibe. The whole process of making these designs is different, and so is the philosophy behind them. The brand seeks to make perfection out of imperfections, and the obvious distress in these models gives a very personal touch to each of them.
Freebird doesn’t believe that fashion should be limited to a single demographic. Rather, they insist that their designs are meant for everyone who wants to explore their style and discover something new, something different, and to reinvent their own aesthetic.
Thus we encourage you to embrace your uniqueness as well! Take a chance, get that pair of rustic boots you’ve set your eyes on in our guide and boldly show off your fashion sense to the world!
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What size should I order?
Since you are more likely going to get your style online and you won’t be able to try it until you actually get it, it’s best to get the same size that you usually get your sneakers in, or a ½ size larger.
q: How do I take care of these styles?
Since most of the models come in leather, you will take care of them almost the same way you take care of your other leather goods. Look into leather cleaners and conditioners in order to keep your designs supple and with a smooth, healthy finish all year long.
q: Should I wear these during hotter times of the year?
You can wear whatever you want at any time of year, honestly! Just know that it is often not comfortable to do so. Especially taller, completely closed designs will make your feet and legs overheat in the summer, which may lead to health issues that no one needs to experience in scorching weather.
q: Which is better: zippers or laces?
Most of the styles you find, whether from this or any other brand, will have zippers down the sides. This makes them much more convenient and accessible when putting them on or taking them off.
There are some styles with shafts held together by laces, and they can be just as good in terms of convenience. It all depends on how they are made! Honestly, it comes down to your personal preferences and needs; if you aren’t a fan of laces, then try zippers and vice versa.
q: Are there boots which are not made from genuine leather?
Unfortunately, not from this brand. However, if you do not want to wear products that come from animals, there is artificial leather, as well as other options which are completely vegan, that you can look into.