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Episode 60: Lems – Primal Zen

The Primal Zen seems like a direct improve from their earlier primal model, the Primal 2, with a bit extra cushion, a barely extra rugged sole, and even feels a bit roomier. Proper off the bat, the suede aesthetic of the primal Zen lured me in, I knew I discovered that good shoe for after I’m craving a bit extra sole thickness. The primal Zen is available in 3 colours and was launched together with the Lems Outlander.

They appear to be a traditional sneaker, are very roomy within the toe field, and are nice for these transitioning to minimalist footwear. They appeared very sturdy and I instantly took them mountain climbing, working, and to the gymnasium. True to their appears, they’re a stable throughout sneaker so as to add to your arsenal. In addition they sit very very nicely on the foot and really feel like an extension of your foot with out being too comfortable or stiff.

They’re out there Woodland ( seen in photos), Asphalt (black) and White Sand (releasing later in 12 months).

Priced at $120, these boots might be a wonderful funding so as to add to your sneaker assortment or on a regular basis informal footwear. Their ruggedness will will let you to take them mountain climbing as nicely.

Lems is among the most beloved and famend firms within the barefoot group, and has not lengthy branched out to offer their clients extra fashions to their current fashions – the a lot beloved Boulder, Mariner, Primal 2 and Nine2Five. They’ve just lately added a slip on the Drifter in addition to an informal sneaker the Chillum, along with a mid peak Boulder boot, in addition to a water-resistant, and a leather-based model.

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Firm Overview:

“In 2008, Lems’ creator, Andrew Rademacher, reached his finish level looking for sneakers that match the pure form of the foot. Beginning out by dissecting his favourite trainers and chopping out the additional, pointless materials, Andrew determined to be taught the artwork and science of shoemaking in his personal means. He studied shoe becoming, final development, and sample making in order that he would be capable to design his sneakers to suit like no different available on the market.

Andrew started to understand that the massive shoe manufacturers had all of it flawed. Footwear needs to be constructed across the pure form of the human foot, and never the opposite means round. This meant {that a} shoe needs to be widest on the forefoot and toes, whereas permitting for full flexibility and unrestricted motion.

After three years of analysis, numerous hours of design and dozens of prototypes, Andrew’s unwavering focus lastly paid off. In September 2011, Lems launched its first product – the Primal. Although the corporate has come a great distance since that unique design, Andrew continues to check his artwork whereas staying true to his mission of constructing naturally becoming footwear that permits your ft the liberty to be simply as nature supposed.”

This shoe I believe is the primal mannequin mastered, because the identify implies “the Primal Zen”. Appears like Andrew discovered his interior Zen with this one.

Manufacturing and Sustainability:

“As a product that thrives most when utilized in nature, it’s of significant significance to Lems to additionally promote the wellbeing of nature in every part we do. Sustainability is a driving drive in each determination we make, from our packaging to our bodily product. We promote sustainability within the following methods:

Vegan Supplies: Whereas all of our sneakers usually are not 100% vegan, we aspire to make use of vegan supplies as usually as potential. We at the moment produce 5 absolutely vegan kinds, and plan to repeatedly enhance that quantity.

Recycled Product: To fight the creation of latest supplies, we perpetually search to combine recycled supplies into as a lot of our sneakers as potential. The Chukka Canvas is our latest and most eco-friendly shoe!

Soles4Souls: “Soles4Souls turns undesirable sneakers and clothes into alternative, by conserving them from going to waste and placing them to good use – offering aid, creating jobs and empowering folks to interrupt the cycle of poverty.” – Soles4Souls.org. Giving our sneakers a second life with those that are most in want is among the contributions we’re most happy with. Not solely can we donate unused pairs, however we encourage the Lems group to donate to this impactful nonprofit as nicely.

On a regular basis we work in the direction of the mission of being a completely sustainable firm, and are continuously seeking methods to additional that objective. At Lems, we take full benefit of all that nature gives, and we really feel it’s essential to return that favor.” See extra right here

Delivery and Returns:

U.S Delivery (5-10 enterprise days) We provide free home floor delivery!

Canada Normal Service (10-16 days)

Worldwide Normal Service (14-28 days)

Please notice that through the holidays, we are going to proceed to supply a 90-day return coverage on all purchases!

Returns in your UNWORN sneakers for a full refund on the retail value solely, minus $8.00 for the return delivery label. Please notice, sneakers returned with any put on and tear, together with dust, scuffs, scratches and different indicators of damage is not going to be refunded, exchanged, or credited and might be returned to the client.


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First Impressions:

  • Love the brown rugged aesthetic

  • Sits very nicely on foot, not too comfortable however sits very nicely round heel.

  • Much less floor really feel than I’m used to.

  • Improve to Lems earlier soles and a bit extra grip.

  • Mild

  • Very versatile

  • Very regular wanting.

  • Breathable

  • High quality

Sizing and Match:

**I am typically a males’s measurement EU 42 and a US 8. My foot size is 26.1 cm and width is 10 cm, excessive quantity ft.**

The sizing for Lem’s sneakers are a bit funky, so I’d advocate selecting a measurement based mostly on their sizing chart. I am sporting the Lem’s mens 9.5 and so they match me completely. I adopted their sizing chart precisely and located it very correct with the Primal Zen, Beforehand I’d measurement up with them, however I believe they’ve modified their sizing chart for the newer fashions.


I really feel that this shoe is the right step to transitioning into true minimalist footwear. It sits at 11mm with an added cork insole choice. It has first rate traction for a sneaker and I used to be capable of each hike with it and use it within the gymnasium. Moreover, I discovered it actually light-weight, breathable and roomy. It has a slipper like really feel particularly within the heel the place it sits actually comfortably. The bottom really feel just isn’t wonderful, however since I spend most of my life barefoot and have been coping with some peroneal ache, the added cushion was a pleasant change of tempo. I additionally discovered it nice for workouts that want grip when I didn’t need to put on a correct mountain climbing boot or heavier responsibility boot.


  • Final: Lems Pure-Form™ Final

  • Higher: Microfiber & air mesh

  • Lining: 100% Polyester

  • Outsole: 9.5mm LemsRubber™ (air-injection rubber)

  • Insole: Extremely-thin 0.8mm cork prime layer with 3.0mm PU underneath layer

  • Stack Peak: 11.0mm (not together with 3.0mm insole)

  • Drop: 0.0mm (Zero-Drop)

  • Weight: 6.8 oz (Males’s 8)

  • Value: $120

  • Sizes out there: 4.5-15

Future Enhancements:

Maybe my aspirations are too excessive, however I’d love this shoe as a water proof shoe with a ever so barely grippier sole to be the final word light-weight shoe for each terrain and each climate.

It seems like lots sturdier model of the primal 2, however I am curious if this type of sturdy shoe might be made with a a lot thinner sole.

The place and How you can Put on:

I wore this to mountain climbing, I wore this to the gymnasium, I wore it when taking a nature stroll within the botanical gardens, and I wore it to work. Its pleasing and really regular wanting aesthetic and simply form of works with every part informal.

It is primarily a sneaker with a sole that has good traction and might stream with something informal and I completely love the brown suede aesthetic.

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Total, the only thickness makes this sneaker a useful transition after different a lot thicker manufacturers like Altra whereas nonetheless offering sufficient cushion. If I’m within the temper of sporting a thicker sole that is the shoe I’m reaching for. As a result of it sits so nicely on the foot and is a top quality make, I feel it’s a good and standard alternative for me and others. It is a very ‘regular’ wanting and comfy shoe that I’d extremely advocate for anybody shopping for their first pair of barefoot sneakers or any minimalist who simply desires to get pleasure from a barefoot shoe with a thicker sole.

Charlie thinks so too.

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