It’s that time of year when you’re scrambling to find the perfect gift for the people on your list and we’re just weeks away from Christmas. Luckily, we’ve got some great gift ideas for those of you with active friends and family.
All of the items listed below promote healthy foot care and may not be products that friends and family think about, but truly need to stay active and injury-free or to keep their shoes in top shape.
Of course we had to recommend our shoes! While we’re partial to all of our models, we have a few suggestions to help you make your purchasing decision for the people in your life based on their lifestyle.
We have a few new models this year that we know your loved ones will enjoy (and you too, if you’re the kind to splurge on yourself).
Those looking for a casual, every day shoe should check out the latest addition to the Lems family: the Drifter. This slip on shoe couldn’t get more casual, except that it does. Fold down the heel to make it even easier to put on.
The new Chillum is another new model that has gained a lot of love from Lems fans. People who spend long hours on their feet rave about the comfort of this shoe. Designed using the same outsole as the beloved Boulder Boot, the Chillum will feel familiar to your feet.
Whether you’re running errands or along the trails, the Primal 2 will take you where you need to go. The minimalist running shoe is the original Lems shoe and made from vegan materials.
If you’re looking for something with a bit more oomph, try the new Primal Pursuit. This shoe is like if the Primal 2 and the Trailhead/Mesa had a baby, but with added cushioning and a new rubber outsole design for added comfort and traction on the off-road surfaces.
For the friend or family member who squeezes in their trail time in between work or happy hour with friends, might we suggest the Trailhead! These minimalist hiking shoes can do it all. Whether you’re tackling a rugged mountain peak or hopping on the bike to meet your pals for a post-work brew, the Trailhead can take you there.
For the friend who is constantly on the move, the Mesa is the shoe for them. This quick-dry shoe that sometimes feels more like a sock can take you from the trail to yoga to the airport without a hitch. The laces are deceiving because these babies slip on with a slight tug of the heel.
For the friend who is back in the office, and needs a comfortable shoe to get them through the day, consider the Nine2Five or the Chukka. Both pair well with work outfits, and won’t look too fancy for an after-work happy hour!
Created by a podiatrist who sees famous athletes, Correct Toes are toe spacers designed to be worn inside minimal shoes during activity. They help realign the toes back to their natural shape, spreading and strengthening them as you walk, run, and hike.
A must-have item for those with bunions and hammer toes, Correct Toes have been tested and proven by hundreds of patients. You can learn more about them in this blog post.
These funny-looking socks are actually anatomically-designed to our feet. The unique design allows the toes to spread, reducing blisters and friction. Further, Injinji socks enable the toes to work independently to offer better movement on tricky terrain.
Regular care will keep your Lems shoes looking shiny and new for years to come. We love and recommend Otter Wax products to do just that!
The American company sells a variety of products made from natural ingredients like beeswax and lanolin that keep shoes in great shape, including a complete Leather Care Kit, Saddle Salve, Fabric wax for canvas goods, and brushes to use for cleaning.
Chances are, if you wear Lems shoes, you also enjoy getting out on the trail in just about any weather.
When water absorbs through leather or fabric, the breathability of the footwear reduces. Nikwax spray for leather, fabric, and suede helps weatherproof your shoes to keep them looking clean and preventing water from getting inside.
SPIKY MASSAGE BALL
Athletes (and people in general) notoriously don’t pay enough attention to foot care. Unless you’re getting regular pedicures and foot massages, you’re neglecting your feet. A spiky ball like the one from Pro-Tec Athletics does just the trick!
The 3” firm massage ball penetrates the deep tissue to help relieve pain from foot injuries like plantar fasciitis.
Created by Jay Dicharry, the same physical therapist who created Correct Toes, the MOBO Board is a balance board that trains the feet to build mobility and stability. The MOBO Board uses three key features to help your body move how it was supposed to move: Toe Box Technology, Anatomical Axis, and Sync & Support.