Natural Soul Bohemia Review

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This unique sandal gives you a stunning trend-setting look with alternating materials and color tones and metal details. Comfort is the main focus is these sandals, evidence being in the fabric linings, arch support with memory foam, and a lightweight and flexible synthetic rubber outsole. The upper is made from polyurethane, which is a form of faux leather. The lining is a soft fabric, which is good because the material will be right against your skin. The platform measures approximately a ½ inch and the heel height is 1.2 inches, giving you a comfortable small boost. The straps that go across the top of your foot have cinching detail and silver-toned accents. You may almost feel like a gladiator when you’re wearing these sandals. The shaft comes to just above your ankle and there is a zipper on the back to make for easier putting on and taking off. The Naturalizer Bohemia Sandal is offered in sizes 5 through 11, including whole, half, medium, and wide options.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Zippered heel for easier putting on and taking off
  • Good air flow throughout the top of the shoe
  • Versatile
  • Trendy
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Footbed retains heat
  • Narrow toe box
Brand

Brand

In 1927, the Naturalizer brand got its start as a revolutionary mission to create stylish yet comfortable footwear specifically for women. Naturalizer stands for women who defy expectations and embrace their unique selves. The brand has earned an impressive reputation, earning the popular opinion of being “the shoe with the beautiful fit”. They achieved this reputation because they understand that women need long-lasting comfort to get them through their busy days and that they need to save as much energy as possible while walking. Naturalizer offers hard to find variety in sizes and widths to help women achieve their perfect fit. The brand strongly believes in going against the grain, breaking the mold, not conforming. If you want to wear sneakers with a dress, do it. Heels with jeans? Why not?! Metallics both during the day and into the night? Yes! Naturalizer encourages women to be bold and unique. Make a statement, make it your statement.
Upper

Upper

The upper material used in these sandals is polyurethane (a form of artificial leather, also known as PU leather). It is often used for shoes, upholstery in furniture, and iPad smart covers. PU is very durable but is also more susceptible to cracking and damage from UV light. PU is plastic and is, therefore, cheaper than leather which is made from animal hide and is considered a premium luxury item. PU is also a lot easier to clean than leather because it is less “fragile”. PU also doesn’t require any special treatments to prevent it from aging too quickly. PU can come in a much wider variety of colors than leather can. The leather is typically a shade of black, brown, or white. The leather is obviously not animal-friendly since it is made from an animal’s skin, but PU is manmade which is important to a lot of people. One area where leather excels above PU is that it is a lot more breathable. PU falls short when it comes to biodegradability. What takes leather 50 years to degrade, takes PU 500 years.
Memory Foam Footbed

Memory Foam Footbed

With the Naturalizer Bohemia Sandal, you’ll be walking on a memory foam footbed. Memory foam is a substance that is derived from polyurethane and a number of other chemicals to help add to its density. The material molds itself to the contours of the foot due to temperature sensitivity that the foam has. Memory foam gives you an even distribution of balance, providing extra comfort and taking pressure off of the ball of your foot. You can also expect more arch support and shock absorption with memory foam under your feet. Manufacturers also claim that it contributes to better stability of the shoe, which makes shoes with memory foam popular among those who suffer from Plantar Fasciitis. Many doctors recommend memory foam because it takes away some of the stress put on the plantar ligament. Memory foam does retain body heat and isn’t as breathable as other materials. Your feet may sweat more and produce an odor. Be sure to keep them aired out and maybe invest in some shoe odor solutions.
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Bohemia sandal is a lightweight, flexible polyurethane. There are some common characteristics that people search for when they’re in the market for shoes. A good sole is one of them. A good sole would be one that is durable, comfortable, fit for purpose, and affordable. Polyurethane outsoles allow for all of these objectives to be met with satisfaction. PU soles are practical, waterproof, and have fantastic long term mechanical properties. If you need to be on your feet for long periods of time, PU is a popular choice for a material to be walking on. You could be in these sandals for a long time if you wore them to a concert or a festival. We all know how inconvenient it is to be standing at an event you’re supposed to be enjoying completely but you can’t stop thinking about how painful and uncomfortable your feet feel. PU soles offer long-lasting wear resistance, low density, impressive shock absorption, and good slip resistance.
Aesthetics

Aesthetics

The “curb appeal” of these sandals is undeniably beautiful. They will draw in a specific crowd, as well as the general public. Anyone who is a fan of Greek mythology or gladiators will appreciate the design of the Bohemia Sandal. Really anyone with a beachy taste would too. These sandals speak with their looks and they say that they are breezy and comfortable and will catch eyes in every room (or park) they enter. The straps across the top of the foot are set up like a ladder and they alternate in shades of either black, grey, or taupe. Each strap features a cinched detail in the middle and they also have beautiful silver toned rings. There is a piece of material connecting each strap, weaving through the rings. The toe is left open, while the heel is covered, and the shaft goes up just above the ankle. The look of these sandals is very casual and subtle, but also very trendy looking and versatile. They’d look great showing up at a get together in the park, a night out to the movies and dinner, or to a family holiday party in the summer. They can be paired with skinny jeans, leggings, skirts, dresses, shorts, you name it. They’ll complement just about anything you put on.
Color

Color

This sandal is offered in three different color options, each of them having two shades of said color. The options are black, grey, and taupe. Now, these are very neutral colors, so it will be very easy to match anything in your wardrobe with them. But there are certain color combinations that look simply stunning together, so here are a few tips if you want to really wow the crowd.

When it comes to black, the most dramatic and formal look is putting black on black. Other bold choices include hot pink, turquoise, and red. Emerald green and yellow also make for great accent colors. You could be really creative and show your unique personality by mixing up a few different colors or shades to create a fun contrast.

Some colors that work great with grey are seafoam, white, green, other shades of grey, yellow (a personal favorite because it is a bit hipster and funky looking), rose (which looks simply feminine and sweet and to die for), aqua, red, or purple. Play with the shades to make for more bold or subtle touches.

Taupe is another color that’s easy to match with, so long as you find the right shades. Taupe is a warm color and therefore pairs well with other warm colors. Soft yellow, pink, or other look great. You can, of course, be bolder and use brighter colors. Just be sure to make sure the shades of everything go well together.
Comfort

Comfort

You can expect to find a lot of comfort in these sandals, but you may want to bring extra shoes just in case. Depending on the person and what your feet are used to, your skin could start to get irritated from where the straps lay or from the material touching your ankles and heel. If you know ahead of time that your heel doesn't do well with material rubbing against it, you may want to apply a bandaid before going out. The fact that this sandal does go up to the ankle can mean extra comfort to some people. Some find additional support and stability and comfort in feeling the protection it provides the ankle. The straps can also add to comfort because some feet love the feel of the material, especially because it is not entirely covering the foot, but leaving spaces for air to flow through so your foot doesn’t feel trapped and suffocated. The toe of this sandal is left open so your toes also don’t have to feel trapped. The memory foam footbed is going to provide your feet with extra arch support and a customized feel that will last you all day long. Memory foam will conform to the shape of your foot and leave you feeling like the shoe was made especially for you. The memory foam will also help to take some pressure off of certain areas of your foot, making for a more comfortable experience and allowing you to be able to go farther. The only downside to the memory foam is that it retains heat. So while the rest of the sandal encourages breathability and air flow, the memory foam may leave the bottoms of your feet sweaty, leading to odor. Thankfully, shoe odor is easy enough to fix.
Fit

Fit

The Naturalizer Women’s Bohemia Sandal may not have any adjustable straps or laces, but it does come in whole and half sizes, as well as medium and wide options. According to one consumer, the toe box is small on these, so a narrow option may not be necessary even for those with narrow feet. If you typically need narrow shoes, it may be worth a shot to try the medium width in these sandals. It is important to know what size and width you need. Buying shoes that are too small for you can cause foot sores that can lead to infections or deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. On the other hand, buying shoes that don’t fit because they are too large can also cause pain and/or calluses that can also lead to bone spurs. If your shoes are too large, your foot is less secure. It will move around more in the shoe, causing rubbing that typically shouldn’t happen. If you’re not sure what size or width you need, please measure your feet using a size chart or have someone at a shoe store measure them. This is especially important when you’re shopping online. Returning and reordering are unnecessary and avoidable inconveniences.

Bottom Line

The Bohemia Sandal from Naturalizer is simply stunning and a must have for this spring/summer season. You’ll get nothing but head turns and second glances when you walk into any environment or event sporting this gladiator style strappy sandal. They’re so casual yet chic in appearance that they are versatile enough to be worn in many, many different situations. The only thing they wouldn’t be good for is an event that requires a high heel. Otherwise, they are crafted so ingeniously that they can be used both casually and formally. The trick is matching them with the right tones and pieces of clothing for each different occasion. These sandals will not only keep you in style, but they’ll also keep you comfortable and cool as well. The best part is, the price is more than fair for these beauties, and completely affordable. So why not start mixing up some outfits for this year’s sunny days?!