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Product Review: Lems Minimalist Shoes

Do you want to experience the comfort and proprioception that a minimalist shoe can offer, without looking like you're wearing gloves on your feet just to attract attention?

My wife bought me a pair of Lems Primal 2 Slate shoes for my birthday recently and I have been wearing them non stop! They are without a doubt the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn. They are extremely light, and very flexible. As you can see in their product shot above, they even easily roll up into a ball!

The toe box is very wide, important for getting that natural splay that your forefoot is supposed to have in WB positions. There is reportedly an 8 mm drop, but with the lack of arch support, and the rest of the sole having a similar height, it feels lower.

  • extremely light and flexible - just 6.9 oz!
  • wide toe box
  • no unnecessary arch support - pronation is normal in gait!
  • mesh top allows for easy breathing
  • collapsible design makes for easy packing
  • very soft sole, you can really feel the ground, pebbles, etc, allowing for increased proprioception
-'s (general negatives for those not used to minimalist footwear)
  • if you go cold turkey into these, you may develop arch pain
    • similar to wearing a knee brace most of the time, and then switching to loose pants
  • you may experience calf soreness if you run in them due to the need for increased dorsiflexion
  • more designs/colors needed
Review Adam Kelly's initial data collection using Lems as the control shoe here. He shared his final results with me, and the results were significantly improved dynamic balance in both experimental groups versus the control that were maintained at the 4 week follow up. He will share his results after he successfully defends his thesis this week.

Note: Unlike some of the reviews on this site, there is no affiliate linking, referral fees, etc... I am not affiliated with Lems in any way, I just love their product!

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