When it comes to practical winter boots for bare feet,Being Lenka Barefoothas the most comprehensive collection available. From waterproof snow boots, to hiking, to stylish & Stylish, you can find it all with a wide toe box and a slip-resistant outsole. Here is my review of the Be Lenka Barefoot Boot 2023 collection.
- Be Lenka Barefoot Boots Review
- Be Lenka winter boots order
- Size & Setting
- Explanation of the soles of Be Lenka boots
- polar star
- Ranger 2.0
- Winter 2.0
- Snow Fox Children
Be Lenka Barefoot Boots Review
This fall and winter I’ve been taking my Be Lenka winter boots outside on hikes, hikes, and around town to see how they held up in all sorts of conditions (I could have the best job in the world).
I have checkedBe Lenka barefoot shoesmany times over the years, they are one of my favorite barefoot shoe brands. These are the main things to know about your winter boot collection.
- The soles are zero drop and thin (about 1cm with insoles)but the lugs and stiffness of the rubber make them feel more structured than other barefoot boots on the market.This is a compromise between durability/functionality and barefoot features. For many people (like me!) it’s a lifesaver due to its climate, but if flexibility and ground feel are your top priority, you shouldlook elsewhere.
- They tend to run short, so it’s usually best to go up to a half size or larger.
- Warmth varies by model.
- The quality is consistently excellent.
- Treating them all with a spray likeCarbon Proit will protect the leather from wear and tear and increase water resistance.
Be Lenka winter boots order
Be Lenka is a European brand that ships worldwide. They only accept returns for orders from the EU and US, so keep that in mind if you live elsewhere.
As I love Be Lenka shoes, we have almost their entire winter collection atAnya’s shop(USA)! And we also have a section ofDiscounted Be Lenka shoesthat include more models than we usually carry. So you have multiple purchasing options depending on where you live.
Size & Setting
I’ll share specific sizing advice for each Be Lenka boot model later in this review, but these are general guidelines.
- It’s a bit small (especially the sheepskin/wool models feel comfortable)
- Extra wide toe box
- Most models are square in shape (see below for more information)
- Medium volume usually, but some adjust higher or lower
- Due to the walled outsole, they do not stretch much in the toe box.
You can learn more about the different types of feet here!
Explanation of the soles of Be Lenka boots
- All but two of Be Lenka’s winter boots are They are made with the sole seen on the far left which is slip resistant and has a deep sole.
- The midsole is located atSeduceand it has the same shape and slip resistance, just not as deep.
- The right sole is atCharlotteand has a more feminine shape with a slanted toe box and a narrower heel. There’s tread and grip on this outsole, too.
Now let’s move on to my review of every Be Lenka barefoot boot that’s available this winter!
Leather + fleece lining | EU sizes 36-43 | Water resistant | Removable insole
I’m starting with my personal favorite Be Lenka barefoot winter boot this year, and that’s the Bliss. The Ella has a waterproof lining, a water-resistant leather upper, and a slip-resistant outsole that makes them a practical winter footwear option. But they are also really adorable!
The fuzzy tongue and lacing pattern make them look like luxury boots, but they also serve a practical purpose: – The fully expandable tongue is adjustable for low and high volume feet. The lining is a medium thickness fleece that keeps feet moderately warm, but I found that without an extra insole and/or leg warmers, my feet got cold if it was around or below freezing.
The Woolly Tongue is not waterproof, so water can get in if it gets soaked or steps in a deep puddle. I used mine in the snow and it never happened but probably would if it was warm enough. To make them as waterproof as possible, I sprayed mine withProfessional charcoalbefore taking them out. After a week in snowy Utah over winter break, I need to reapply the treatment!
Bliss & Setting Type:
These are the most true to size of all the Be Lenka boots this year, but I picked them up to size 38 so I could wear warm socks and an extra insole. They adjust to low or high volume due to the highly adjustable laces.
Leather + Leather lining | EU sizes 36-43 | Slightly waterproof
The Nevada has a rugged design that lends itself well to casual wear as well as hiking and light work (triple duty!). These boots are lined with high-quality leather, which becomes soft and supple as you adapt. I like them for their style, but they are also very functional.
Because they don’t have a warm lining, they work best as year-round footwear. The leather upper is treated to be waterproof, but I would recommend reapplying a waterproofing spray from time to time to maintain its effectiveness.
Some of the Nevada models say Neo in the title – this all means that the variation occurred at a different facility. They are the same boot! This is true for all models that say Neo in the title.
Nevada Size & Setting Type:
These are small. I got to a sizeor 38 and they fit me perfectly for an unlined boot with enough room for medium weight socks (but no extra thick socks or an insole).
Leather + fleece lining | EU sizes 36-43 | Not waterproof
The Charlotte is a new tall boot from Be Lenka that will eventually replace theSierra riding boot. They are built on the newer Be Lenka sole which has a sloping shape and a wide toe box (less square than the other Be Lenka boots).
The outsole has a deep tread that gives the Charlotte a sportier look. The textured rear elastic also dresses them a little lower than the original Sierra boot. Personally, I feel like the elastic is too much with the contrasting brown, but it looks good with the black. But the leather is bright and beautiful, and the fleece makes them cozy.
Charlotte Size & amp; Setting Type:
While I really like the shape of the sole on these boots, they are small so unfortunately mine don’t fit well (I really should have known and gotten a 38 from the start!). I normally wear a 37/38 in boots and bought a 37 in the Charlotte for a dressier fit – my toes are all the way to the front even when i’m barefoot! They fit the way you would expect a size 36 or 36.5 to fit.
I would say they still fit an average calf width better, but the elastic has some stretch.
Leather + sheepskin lining | EU sizes 36-43 | Not waterproof
The Polaris is a boot with a thick shearling lining making it Be Lenka’s warmest winter boot option. I have been using mine in temperatures as low as -15* F with no problem. Because the upper is nubuck, it’s more prone to damage, so definitely treat these if you’re wearing them as an outdoor winter boot.
Since they are a slip-on style, you want to make sure they fit snugly around your ankle and are not loose. Especially since the sole is on the heavier side, they can drag if they’re too loose. So if you have narrow heels, thin ankles and/or low volume feet, I would recommend wearing aleg warmerwith these boots
Polaris size and size; Setting Type:
The lining is thick and luxurious, so I also fit up to a 38 in these. They feel comfortable when I wear thick socks, but not uncomfortable and my toes have plenty of room.
Leather + fleece lining | EU sizes 36-47 | Water resistant
The Ranger has the functionality of a hiking boot, but can also be worn casually. I use mine only for hiking and they are one of myyour favorite boots to walk barefoot, but Ian (Warehouse Manager at Anya’s Shop) wears his as a fall/winter boot every day.
Durability is excellent, both on the upper and sole, and the lining is warm enoughsolid enough that I can wear them most of the year (I live in a cold climate, so I usually need something warmer for winter hikes).
Ranger 2.0 size and size; Setting Type:
The Ranger has an expandable tongue to fit all foot sizes. They run a bit short, so I recommend sizing up a half or full size (especially if you plan on wearing warm socks).
Leather + fleece lining | EU sizes 36-43 | Not waterproof
The Entice is a barefoot, fleece-lined Chelsea boot. They are built on a sole shaped similar to the other Be Lenka boots but with a slightly shallower sole. They’re still slip-resistant and tough, making it a decent lightweight work boot, as well as a stylish chelsea boot.
The Entice is a favorite for friends with extra wide feet who still want to wear modern boots. They can even be dressed up!
Attract Size & amp; Setting Type:
My toes meet the front of the boot in a size 37 (which I often have in Chelsea boots), so I also went down to a size 38 in Entice. They fit medium bulk over the arch and around the ankle and are not ideal for bulky feet. Because I have low volume feet, I use atongue padon top so my ankle doesn’t move.
Leather + Wool lining | EU sizes 36-47 | Water resistant
The Winter 2.0 has a fleece lining and is Be Lenka’s second warmest barefoot boot option. But they are also highly resistant to water, so they are a good boot for snow and winter. I have been wearing the Be Lenka Winter since it first came out in 2019 and they are a great combination of warmth, comfort and functionality.
Since the water resistance comes from an internal membrane, I recommend protecting them with a waterproofing agent so the leather upper stays nice. They also come in a variety of colors and I feel like they can be dressed up a bit – especially with men’s work clothes.
Winter 2.0 Sizes & Setting Type:
The Winter 2.0 fits small and low over the top of the foot. I recommend measuring one, and maybe even two if you have bulky feet. They are often comfortable for people on their toes and arch because they have little bulk.
Leather + fleece lining | EU sizes 36-47 | Not waterproof
This is the only Be Lenka winter boot I don’t have! It has a side zipper for easy on and off and is lined with fleece for a bit of warmth. The style lends itself more to casual wear, but you might get away with dressing it up a bit.
Mika, in myBarefoot Style Facebook Group, shared his review of them with us:
“At first, I thought they looked more masculine than feminine, but I think they can also be used very well as unisex shoes.I have a very narrow ankle, low volume foot with a low instep which means they fit my foot very well and don’t stand out at all. There is a zipper on the side so I would recommend these for dry conditions. I ordered my normal size, as I wear with other Be Lenkas, but if you want to wear them with a thick sock, order a larger size that fits you better. Very good overall feeling.
After wearing them for a while, the leather loosens up and they fit the foot beautifully. They have good traction, but I wouldn’t recommend them for slippery conditions and wet, smooth surfaces. The zipper must be handled with care, otherwise it could be damaged if handled with force. I can only confirm that even for longer walks they are comfortable (in the future I plan to try merino insoles) and suitable mainly for the spring or autumn season, where you can combine them with different elegant outfits.”
Snow Fox Children
Textile + Wool | EU sizes 25-35 | Waterproof
Kids Snowfox is an excellent boot that my son has been using as a snowshoe for the past two years. The laces are a bit long, but we love everything else about them. They’re warm, waterproof, easy to slip on and adjust, and have a nice wide toe box and flexible sole. They really are one of the only barefoot snow boots for kids.
Learn more about Snowfox and other children’ models in ourReview of Be Lenka Kids.
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