Our Story

WHERE HAVE WE BEEN?

Established/Founded 2005, Our History, BB Yesterday

Since Alicia founded BB in 2005, Bourgeois Boheme has grown into so much more than just another shoe brand. Ex-podiatrist and long-time vegan, Alicia intertwined her foot care expertise with her love for shoes to create the animal-free classic styles she was struggling to find. Originally an online marketplace for vegan fashion accessories, Alicia later created her own branded footwear, and BB as we know it today was born. From that day, Alicia vowed to maintain an independent business true to her founding quest to create perfect vegan shoes without compromise of quality, finish, or design. All BB shoes are Vegan Society trademarked and PETA approved.


WHERE ARE WE NOW?

BB Today

Today, BB is one of the most established vegan footwear brands out there, still small, and independent, as we like it! We personally ensure that all our brand-exclusive styles are ethically made, using the best innovative, eco-friendly and vegan materials, by our hand-picked artisans in Portugal. At BB, we believe that a good vegan shoe should be about more than just excluding animal materials, so we are passionate about championing slow fashion and challenging the stereotype of leather-free footwear. By combining our love for animals, people, and the environment, we create shoes that truly celebrate all aspects of life. Our increasing fan base includes vegan celebs such as Natalie Portman, Bryan Adams and Torrey DeVitto.


WHERE ARE WE GOING?

BB Tomorrow

As a sustainably-minded footwear company, we are constantly striving to better ourselves for our customers and our planet. We are working to make our supply chain more transparent and even kinder to the environment. We recognize that we are not perfect, but we are continually increasing our efforts to minimize our footprint as much as possible, while maintaining the durability, quality, comfort, and style of our footwear.


WHAT'S IN OUR NAME?

Behind the lotus

Unconventional sophistication – this is what Bourgeois Boheme means to us. Although our name may sound like a contradiction, it makes perfect sense to us. Our name, our shoes, and our culture represent the bridging together of two opposites – “bourgeois”, the conventional middle class, and “bohemia”, the culturally avant-garde. The lotus flower reflects our ethos in everything we do. Traditionally a significant symbol in Buddhist culture, it represents purity, beauty, love, compassion, and awakening – all elements woven into BB’s core.

 

SIMPLY PUT – WE MAKE GOOD SHOES IN A GOOD WAY.

“We believe that a good vegan shoe should be about more than just excluding animal materials.” 

Alicia Lai, Founder