Our Story

Our Philosophy

Lems Shoes are made with less.  We spend our time getting the important things right and eliminate the rest; no added material, no gimmicks, and no fluff.  From the beginning, our goal was to design a shoe that considers the foot above all else, a shoe that is flat, flexible and fits the natural shape of the foot, and that will never change

Our Company

We are a small American run company, 100% family owned.  We have no shareholders and no board of directors.  We have no procedures and no standards to follow.  We base our decisions on "doing what is right", not "doing what is most profitable".

Brad, Andrew & Steve (left to right)

Our Message

After years of searching, I had almost given up on finding the shoe I was looking for.  To me it was simple: shoes should be flat, and fit the natural shape of the foot, allowing movement without any constraint or restriction.  In 2008, with no prior experience in shoemaking, I began to teach myself shoe design.  My adventure began by fitting and selling shoes at a local store.  In my spare time, I dissected and analyzed shoes by cutting them in half and studying how they were built.  I quickly realized shoe companies often ignored many aspects that I felt were mandatory in proper fitting footwear.  

I decided that in order to create a shoe I was satisfied with, I had to start from the ground up.  The goal of developing a shoe that would mimic the natural shape of the foot became my motivator for every step of the design process.  After dozens of prototypes, hours of research, and constant dedication to proper footwear, Lems Shoes was finally in business, selling our first pair of Lems in September of 2011.  Although there is much work to do, my #1 priority is and always will be the design and development of each Lems Shoes' product."

-Andrew Rademacher (Founder of Lems Shoes)