Mens Primal 2 Slate

Mens Primal 2 Slate

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Primal 2 Details

Last:  LemsLast™ foot-shaped
Upper:  Microsuede + open-weave mesh (100% vegan)
Sole:  8.0mm LemsRubber™ injection rubber
Insole: Optional removable 3.0mm MoistureWick foam
Lining: 100% Moisture-wicking polyester
Stack Height: 8.0mm (without removable insole)
Drop: 0.0mm
Weight: 6.9oz (size 43)
Width: 4.2-4.4" (size 43)


We here at Lems Shoes don't always wear shoes, but when we do we choose the Primal2. If lightweight (6.9oz), flexible, breathable, foot-shaped, and flat are all characteristics that you look for in footwear, than look no further than this shoe. The Primal2 is assembled using a no-sewn construction, which allows the shoe to comfortably form to the natural shape of your foot. Lightweight microsuede and open-weave mesh, allow your foot increased airflow and better breathability. The low-profile 8.0mm LemsRubber™ sole brings you closer to the ground for a more natural stride. Our LemsLast™ design, with its natural foot shape, provides you with that Feelgood Fit that we pride ourselves on. So whether at work, walking the dog, or running errands, the Primal2 is certainly the 'go to shoe' for you.
Color: Slate
Manufacturer: Lems
6.9 oz
SKU: lems12
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Ultra Light Weight6.9 oz
Special Air-Infused Rubber
True Barefoot Experience
Natural Feelgood Fit
Collapsible and Packable

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Returns are accepted within 30 days for a full refund. Shoe must be in original condition. Simply follow the steps below. Full return policy.

  • Step 1) Re-box with packing slip (write reason for return).
  • Step 2) Ship to our address.
  • Step 3) We will credit you.

Exhchanges for another size or color are accepted within 30 days. Shoe must be in original condition. Simply follow the steps below. Full exchange policy.

  • Step 1) Re-box with packing slip (write new size or color).
  • Step 2) Ship to our address.
  • Step 3) We will send your new size/color FREE shipping.

Customer Review

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Reviewed by: Huy

from Seattle on 4/15/2014

Great Feel

I was looking online for a type of footwear that provided something natural, minimal, and room for my toes to breath. Kind of like my NB minimalist trail shoes but more ideal for everyday use. Lem's primal 2 feels great on my mildly flat, somewhat wide feet. Highly breathable design make these shoes feel great if you leave them on for 10+ hours. However, because its a minimalist design, standing flat footed in one place for too long will hurt your heels.

Reviewed by: Roger Matthews

from Australia on 4/14/2014


The most versatile shoe I have ever purchased. Very comfortable, excellent traction, light weight, flexible and stylish. Happy customer !!!

Reviewed by: Douglas Hewitt

from Bellevue, WA USA on 1/11/2014

Best casual minimalist shoes

I was looking for something that looked good, more or less like normal shoes that i can wear to work and just around town, nothing too fancy. These deliver. Great wide toe box, flat, decently cushioned yet super flexible so great ground feel. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by: Adam Garrett

from Texas on 12/1/2013

These are pretty nice shoes. I wear them every day to work. I am a salesman in a big box store so I walk around on concrete for several hours a day. I have been wearing minimalist shoes for about four years now. The main thing I love about these shoes is that I did not have to adjust the laces at all to get them to fit my wide foot. All the other minimalist shoes I have had are still more narrow than I would really like, but not these. The Primal 2 is a comfortable, light, wear all day shoe.

Reviewed by: Hanna Eastin

from Newton, KS on 11/13/2013

Best thing ever!

I LOVE my Lems. The roomy, rounded toebox is my favorite, especially that the laces can be snug around my instep, but it doesn't change that roominess. It's November, so the mesh is a little drafty, but it's going to be amazing in summer. Looking forward to some Boulder Boots one day! So glad you guys exist!

Reviewed by: Michael Y

from New Jersey on 8/28/2013

Great Shoe

I have had a few pairs of minimalist shoes for casual wear before. I especially liked the look of these. These may very well be the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. I personally removed the lining for the extra room. My initial criticism was that I didn't love the look of the mesh on top but I ate my words pretty shortly. The breathability it introduces to the shoe is great. I wear these almost every day and often ride my bike with them. You can feel the breeze come right through.

Reviewed by: Ivan

from Russia on 8/12/2013

Not as good as original STEMs were

My lovely soft old STEMs started wearing out and I ordered a pair. I'm disappointed rather than satisfied. Primal 2 more clunky and puffy. Wider sole in the heel, higher heel cap, insole - things making them worse. I wear them without insole, because with it I do less feel ground and starting heel-strike. But witout insole they bigger than I need, I should be using one size down. Old STEMs please come back into shoe line!!! Perhaps good after traditional shoes, but ugly if you ever tried STEMs.

Reviewed by: Dan

from Woodstock, GA on 7/9/2013

My Favorite Shoes

I have an original pair of Stems (look like primal 1) and they've lasted longer than I ever expected. I tore a tendon in my toe and since switching to these, my feet and ankles are stronger than ever. These shoes really make a big difference in your quality of life. I highly recommend. You have to get used to them, but once you do take out the insoles and wear them full time.

Reviewed by: Greg

from Florida on 6/5/2013

Size 13

When will there be a size 13 Primal 2?

Reviewed by: Danielle D

from Austin, Tx on 6/2/2013

feel the breeze!

Ordered these for work shoes and they are fabulous! Definitely more rugged/utilitarian looking than pretty but super comfy; great "ground feel" and, best if, I can feel the breeze on my toes! Only issue was the tongue of the shoe hit my ankle at an uncomfortable angle -- most likely because I have super high arches. Taking the laces out of the top hole solved this problem completely. All in all, very happy with this pair of shoes.

Reviewed by: Aron

from NJ on 5/15/2013


comfortable and insanely light-weight. Easy to put on without unlacing.

Reviewed by: Russell Gaddy

from Alabama on 3/5/2013

Nice upgrade

The all-new Primal 2's are a nice upgrade to the original Stems & their second-generation Lemings. The soles remain unchanged while the tongue is thicker & bears the Primal 2 name. The excessive stitching on the shoe has been removed & the lace loops replaced with traditional eyelets. The heel cup is more stiff & now sports the Lem logo. These are ULTRA-COMFORTABLE shoes! If you like minimalist footwear, you will NOT be disappointed in the purchase of this shoe.

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