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Men's Primal Zen

The Primal Zen is a minimalist, vegan-friendly shoe. Its unique outsole guarantees an ultra light fit and feel, yet adds a bit more protection with its platform that naturally wraps the shape of the foot.

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Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
708 Reviews
Color: Woodland
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Size (US): 4.5
Wide Shape WIDEST Natural-Shape Last
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If you’re already a fan of the Primal 2, then consider the Primal Zen its heir apparent. We took the components you love in the Primal 2 - the wide toe box and the flexible IBR outsole - and built a shoe on a new platform that wraps around your foot like a glove. For a more comfortable feel, we also added 2mm of extra sole for added protection and durability. 

We didn’t call this shoe “Zen” for nothing. In shoes this comfortable, all of your worries will just slip away. This super minimalist, kicking-around-town shoe offers a wider outsole width than the Primal 2, and a touch more cushion while still keeping the weight off, at just 8.2 oz. The Primal Zen's slick construction also includes an attached tongue that won't fall out of position, and slightly stretchy laces to give you the perfect fit across the top of your foot. The cork footbed guarantees your feet will stay cool and comfortable, with or without socks. With so much comfort designed into this shoe, you'll truly feel like you're wearing nothing at all!


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We recommend ordering your normal US size.

Unsure of your size? We recommend ordering 2+ pairs at a time, as we offer a flat shipping fee of $5.95 & free exchange options for US customers.

This shoe is available in only one width. It is built on our WIDEST Natural-Shape Last. (see image below)


Comprised of microfiber and breathable air mesh, we made sure that all materials, down to the laces and glue, are 100% vegan.


Our proprietary IBR outsole is what makes Lems incredibly lightweight and flexible - giving your foot the sense of weightlessness.


Places the forefoot and heel flat to the ground correcting posture, aligning your spine, and encouraging mid-foot strike.


Unlike traditional footwear that squeeze the toes together, our foot-shaped toe box allows for maximum room giving the toes ultimate freedom to wiggle and spread.

Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 708 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 570 Total 4 star reviews: 106 Total 3 star reviews: 26 Total 2 star reviews: 5 Total 1 star reviews: 1
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708 reviews
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Hits all the marks

    Bought these to compare to my usual choice, Primal.2. These meet all my expectations. The points of improvement that help in my aerobic walking program is the cork insoles, gusset tongue design to prevent the dread tongue slide, thicker sole for longer tread life, and the expanded suede top covering over the big toe area. On other models, big toe wear through from the inside has been an issue on my Chillums and Primal 2s. Tongue slide is particularly bad on the original suede Chukka model. These Zens look like the perfect shoe to fit my needs for most of three seasons here in the New Mexico climate.

    Jon H.
    Verified Buyer
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 days ago
    Loving the Zen!

    I’ve been wearing the Primals for a year and love them!

    Decided to try the Zen as a second pair and they’re now my go-to shoes for my long daily walks. Perfect fit for me right out of the box. No break in required!

    Mike R.
    Verified Buyer
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 days ago
    New Favorite Lems!!

    This will be my 5th pair of Lems! Shoes are very light and give a little more cushion than my primal 2’s . Like the stack height on the Zens as well keeps my jeans from dragging on the ground. Overall extremely satisfied with Lems!!

    Billy B.
    Verified Buyer
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