Lems is one of our favorite sustainable shoe brands. Their shoes are unique because they feature a zero-drop architecture and have a natural shape toe box so your feet have more wiggle room. We have written extensively on some of our favorite styles, including the Lems Trailhead and Lems Primal 2.

The list below provides an extensive collection of the best Lems shoes and sneakers.

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Lems Shoes Features

Zero-Drop

Traditional shoes place the heel about 1 inch above the toes in an elevated position. Zero-drop shoes have 0.0mm – 0.4mm of height to place the heel and toes on the same level so that the foot is in a similar position to being barefoot. Although the benefits of zero-drop vary from person to person, some running enthusiasts feel that being barefoot improves posture and spinal alignment.

Natural Toe Box

Lems shoes provide extra room for the toes so that feet have extra wiggle room and can remain in a natural position. This can be helpful for people with issues like hammer toes and bunions.

What are the best Lems shoes?

Primal 2

Lems Primal 2 - Women

Women’s PRIMAL 2

LEMS PRIMAL 2 FOR MEN

Men’s PRIMAL 2

 

Positives:

  • Extra wide toe box provides lots of wiggle room – extra comfort for hammer toes and bunions
  • Lightweight outsole makes these super comfy sneakers feel like slippers – great for sore toes, bunions and corns
  • 100% vegan

 

Negatives:

  • Zero-Drop is not always good for running, especially if you do not have good running form

Boulder Boot

Lems Boulder Boot for Women

Women’s Boulder Boot

LEMS WATERPROOF BOULDER BOOT for Men

Men’s Boulder Boot

 

Positives:

  • Wide toe box
  • Waterproof
  • Gusseted tongue to keep out water, dirt, snow
  • Ankle support
  • Extremely lightweight for a boot
  • Moisture wicking lining

 

Negatives

  • Not enough traction for serious hiking or traversing slippery surfaces

Trailhead

LEMS TRAILHEAD FOR WOMEN

Women’s Trailhead

LEMS X HUCKBERRY TRAILHEAD DESERT KHAKI FOR MEN

Men’s LEMS X HUCKBERRY Trailhead Desert Khaki

 

Positives:

  • Great traction with the rubber tread outsole – excellent on trails and steep slopes
  • Rugged, durable exterior
  • Cushy EVA midsole for extra comfort
  • Retro sneaker design

 

Negatives:

  • Laces have a slick coating and easily come undone. They may need to be tied with a double knot or replaced.

Primal Pursuit

Lems Primal Pursuit - Women

Women’s Primal Pursuit

LEMS PRIMAL PURSUIT FOR MEN

Men’s Primal Pursuit

 

Positives:

  • Extra firm heel cushion for added protection and comfort
  • Wide toe box gives feet wiggle room and prevents hammer toes from bunching up (also great for hammer toes and bunions)
  • Enhanced traction helps maintain balance
  • 100% vegan

 

Negatives:

  • Extra firm heel cushion makes the sole feel more stiff – takes longer to break in these shoes

Canvas Chukkas

Lems Chukkas

Women’s Vegan Canvas Chukkas

LEMS SUEDE CHUKKAS FOR MEN

Men’s Suede Chukkas

 

Positives:

  • Retro design
  • Made with recycled materials and organic canvas
  • Removable, moisture wicking footbed
  • 100% vegan

 

Negatives:

  • Toe box is narrower that other Lems shoes

Mesa

LEMS MESA FOR WOMEN

Women’s Mesa

LEMS MESA FOR MEN

Men’s Mesa

 

Positives:

  • Sock-like, slip-on knit design
  • Knit mesh gives these sneakers a sleek design
  • Waterproof
  • 100% vegan

 

Negatives:

  • Some people find the sock liner to be overly restrictive

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