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Mens Primal 2 Shade

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Mens Primal 2 Shade

Mens Primal 2 Shade

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6.9oz Lightweight Barefoot Sneaker


We don't always wear shoes, but when we do, we choose the OG of the Lems line, the Primal2 - an ultra-minimalist, everyday shoe that lets you get the most out of every day. Its' wide toebox, natural shape, and inspired minimalist running shoe design are ideal for any daily deed that your calendar calls for. Did we mention the zero drop outsole will make you more grounded than a spring chicken with aspirations of flight? Or the lightweight 6.9oz frame that gives you the impression that your feet are on cloud 9? Oh, and how about the super soft, vegan friendly materials that allow the foot to flex like a master of yin yoga? These features come together to comprise the Primal2. All this while promoting healthy foot development and aiding in alleviating certain foot ailments such as bunions and hammertoes.  A package deal like the Primal2 is rarer than a unicorn colony dwelling under any double rainbow! So, whether standing at work, walking the dog, or running everyday errands, the Primal2 is certainly the 'go to shoe' for you. What are you waiting for? Carpe diem and seize yourself a pair of the insanely comfortable Primal2.

  • LAST      Lems Natural-Shape Last
  • UPPER   Super-soft microfiber + open-weave mesh (100% vegan)
  • LINING   100% moisture-wicking polyester
  • OUTSOLE   8.0mm LemsRubber (air-injection rubber)
  • FOOTBED   3.0mm removable PU insole
  • INSOLE BOARD   1.0mm PU strobel (lined with fabric on top)
  • STACK HEIGHT   9.0mm (not including 3.0mm footbed)
  • DROP   0.0mm (Zero-Drop)
  • WEIGHT   6.9oz/195g (size 43)


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  • 4

    Posted by Pete on Dec 8th 2016

    Just received them and have only worn for a day but, so far, really like them.

  • 5
    Startup Employee

    Posted by Drew on Jul 27th 2016

    These shoes deliver as advertised. Lightweight, super wide, functional, sleek; they are the whole package. I can even wear them to my business casual office without anyone saying anything other than how much they like them. I can wear them with or without socks, on runs, to the bars, pretty much anywhere. I could not ask for a more comfortable and functional shoe. My feet are incredibly wide, so to find something like this has been a life saver.

  • 5

    Posted by Donald Power on Jul 23rd 2016

    Love these shoes. Had a pair of Timberland shoes similar to these, but without laces. When they wore out, I couldn't find replacements (discontinued?). After some searching, I found these. They're even better than the Timberlands were. Granted, I miss the no-lace slip-on idea, but I can deal with that! Fantastic feel, easy to run/walk/bike/whatever in. Will definitely buy more when mine start wearing out.

  • 5
    True barefoot feeling

    Posted by Thomas on May 15th 2016

    This is my second pair of Lems and definitely not my last! I've worn the shoes every day since I got them and they are truly perfect. Be sure to measure your feet and compare to the size chart. If Lems ever stop producing these shoes, I'm gonna have to get a whole bunch...

  • 5
    Primal-2-Eclipse Size 40

    Posted by Khanita on May 1st 2016

    I bought these shoes right before my trip to China since we were going to do a lot of walking. We walked around the Great Wall, up a mountain and around lakes and these shoes were really amazing. They were very comfortable but allowed me to use my intrinsic foot muscles the way they should be used during walking! The wide toe box was really great for me because I have bunions on both feet so they were never sore afterwards. They were really light and comfortable even though I was hiking maybe 3-5 miles per day. I like them a lot because I am able to see where in my gait I'm actually compensating and trying to fix it at the same time.

  • 5
    Feet therapy!

    Posted by Patti on Apr 29th 2016

    After watching the video on the Lems website about the benefits of a zero sole, I decided to try the Primal 2 shoe. After suffering over a year with the pain of capsulitis, I was willing to try almost anything -- and had in fact already experimented with various other brands of shoes and insoles. Within a week of switching to Lems, I was almost free of pain. Also ordered and thoroughly enjoy the Lems Mariner shoes. Highly recommended.

  • 5

    Posted by Carol on Apr 25th 2016

    I am so glad I took a chance on these shoes. They are extremely comfortable on my complaining feet! The wide toe box is great and they're great to walk in. Narrow enough in the heel to avoid sliding which is often a problem for me. And they are stinking cute.

  • 5
    2nd verse, same as the 1st

    Posted by Ben on Apr 25th 2016

    Bought the grey P2s after my first pair (black) became my everyday shoes, and I didn't want to wear them out too soon. Needless to say, I'm very happy with my purchases. Next up: a pair of Nine2Fives :)

  • 5

    Posted by R. T. on Apr 24th 2016

    I had been suffering from plantar fasciosis. I had tried many different remedies without success. After I ran across Dr. Ray McClanahan's approach to treatment with correct toes and his recommendation for Lems, I ordered both and only after about three weeks, I have had a major reduction in pain!! I am convinced that Lems are definitely the best way to allow feet to function like they were designed. When I am not going barefoot, I am wearing Lems and correctoes! I also want to give a shout out to Lems customer service! The first pair I ordered was a little too small and customer service was very efficient in exchanging them for the correct size! Keep up the great work!

  • 5

    Posted by Anonymous on Apr 24th 2016

    These shoes are incredibly comfortable and love the extra space for your toes. Great shoe for everyday wear. And easy to wash and dry out as well.

  • 5

    Posted by Yiftach Madar on Apr 23rd 2016

    So far so good :) I don't use the shoes for running so I can't comment of that, but those are some really nice shoes to walk around in. I had to get used to them, as the zero-drop changes the posture and make your whole body makes adjustments so I felt it for a week in my back, but now they are just wonderful. make me feel very free, agile and they are very comfortable. They look good and get good attention.

  • 5
    Most comfortable shoes I've ever owned

    Posted by Ren on Apr 23rd 2016

    I love, love, love these shoes. They've given me back my walking freedom! No more foot pain at all. Since purchasing my Primal 2s I regularly take walks that last anywhere between 30-60 minutes at a time. This was an impossibility in my last pair of walking shoes - my bunion made walking just too painful. Not anymore. I WILL be buying more Primal 2s in future - no doubt about that.

  • 5
    Loving my feet!!

    Posted by Megan on Apr 23rd 2016

    I love these shoes! Most minimal footwear is weird looking and expensive! While these are more than I usually spend on shoes they are way cheaper than most. Super comfortable and look like normal shoes.

  • 5

    Posted by Chris on Apr 21st 2016

    My feet are nearly as comfortable as being barefoot in these. Extremely light, and very breathable make for an unmatchable running experience, while being protected at the same time.

  • 5
    great shoes

    Posted by Maya on Apr 21st 2016

    These shoes are very comfortable--extremely light. It feels like I am not wearing shoes! I have been wearing them more than I expected to. I bought them to be athletic shoes and now I am wearing them for much more because they are so comfy. It took me a little while to get the sizing right--I normally wear a 7.5 to 8 in other shoes and the size 40 has the right fit.

  • 5
    Great Shoes

    Posted by Martin Tsachev on Apr 21st 2016

    I was a bit worried if I would get the right fit online, especially as it's not the size I normally purchase but it turned out fantastic in the end. Super light shoes, super comfortable to wear, thick soles so great for everyday use in the city. Only downside I can think of is that the shoe strings are a bit shorter than my preference. I can barely tie them together. I've been wearing almost exclusively barefoot shoes since Oct 2014 and I learnt the hard way to look for shoes with thicker soles after getting chronic pain in my feet. This pair is fantastic for starting with barefoot. I'm quite happy with my purchase and I would definitely recommend Lems Shoes to friends who want to go into barefoot.

  • 5

    Posted by Shawn on Apr 20th 2016

    My feet and I LOVE these shoes! Every few months I assist an organization on the production team that puts on 3-day courses and work 14-16 hours each day and the vast majority of that time is on my feet standing, and moving chairs and equipment. Normally my feet are killing me after about 10 hours on the first day! .... Then along came Lems Primal 2's! I've now worn the Primal's at 3 of these events and my feet are fabulous andpain free the entire weekend! Thank You Lems!

  • 4
    Great Shoes, Runs Small

    Posted by Russ Davis on Apr 20th 2016

    I bought a pair of Stems in October of 2011, and since then I've picked up the Boulder Boot and the Nine-to-Five. Loved them all. These are great shoes, but the Primal 2 size 42 is significantly smaller than the 42 in any of the other models I've owned. I'm continuing to wear them in the hopes that they stretch out or loosen up, but so far it hasn't happened. Overall it's a fantastic shoe, I just wish the sizing was more consistent, it's such a hassle to process returns by mail.

  • 4
    High Arch, not so good

    Posted by Kelly on Apr 19th 2016

    I have a high arch. I love the shoe design and were them constantly but the top of the shoe constricts my arch in front it is not painful but it is tight at he spot where the tong and laces start. A little more room there and the shoe would be perfect in all ways.

  • 5

    Posted by Kit on Apr 19th 2016

    These are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. I like the styling and the plain colors without loud stripes as well. Please don't change them at all!

  • 5

    Posted by Todd on Apr 19th 2016

    Love wearing these shoes my back feels so much better I will be getting more

  • 5
    Hurt my feet

    Posted by Natasha Tucker on Apr 19th 2016

    I wear minimalist shoes every day. Running, biking and working. These shoes were okay at first, but after an hour or so at work I could tell something was wrong. Right where the bend of my toes on each side hurt SO much. So I didn't wear them for a few days and asked my friends if they had the same issues. They all said they had but it stopped after a week or so. So I just dealt with the pain for a few more days to see if it got better. I didn't. So I got a hold of the warranty dept, since in the note they sent with the shoes bragging about their return policy. Well, folks, don't wear the shoes outside if you think you may have to return them. They said I could send them back to have someone review them, but if I wore them outside, I couldn't return them. I just gave them to a friend, who is having the same issue

  • 5

    Posted by Lisa Gillette on Apr 18th 2016

    My daughter had a pair of these last time I visited her and I noticed how wide the toe box was. My boyfriend bought me a pair and I love them. They are my most comfortable shoes that I own!

  • 5
    Excellent foot wear

    Posted by Aaron on Apr 18th 2016

    I wore out my previous shoes to the sub-sole desperately trying to find a shoe with a sturdy thin sole and wide toe box. There are many minimalist shoes on the market, but for some reason the toe box is always so narrow. The instant I put my foot in this shoe, I was relieved. These are the best shoes I have ever worn and will be purchasing Lems for a long time to come.

  • 5
    Dipl. Eng.

    Posted by Marijan on Apr 16th 2016

    Simply the best shoes for me till now. Whenn I visit a foreign countries I walk a lot and it is very important to have a good shoes. Best regards to all Lems users.

  • 5

    Posted by Am on Apr 16th 2016

    I enjoy wearing Lems shoes. The minimal construction and appropriate toe-box width don't constrict my feet as most other conventional shoes have. My feet have strengthened and widened significantly since I started wearing Lems regularly. Thus, I've had to purchase a larger size within just a few months. Had I anticipated this expansion and welcomed relief, I would've initially ordered a larger pair. Additionally, they are very light, comfortable and conservative in appearance. Thank you, Lems.

  • 5

    Posted by Kerry on Apr 16th 2016

    The BEST SHOES EVER! Seriously. My feet have never felt better. They dont get sore or feel tired in Lems. I have worn them pretty much every day since I received them. I didnt really have any foot problems, but I do follow a paleo/ primal lifestyle, and these shoes fit right in with the lifestyle. Ive worn them on hikes, bike rides, walking the dogs, yard work, and to work. I'm already thinking about my next pair!

  • 5
    the perfect shoe

    Posted by David on Apr 16th 2016

    Love the Primal 2! I get many complements. Super comfortable and they look awesome. I think they are basically the perfect shoe.

  • 5
    Don't Hesitate!

    Posted by Nicole on Apr 15th 2016

    I am not a shoe person. In fact, my sandals and snow boots were gifts and the last time I purchased shoes was years ago when they were on clearance and I thought it was a good idea to have on hand. Recently I started hiking more and I could no longer wear flip flops with all the loose leaf on the ground and wearing a 28 lb. toddler on my back. I started to do research and every comparison and review I read put Lems first. I was extremely hesitant to buy them. I have no sizing experience since I don't buy shows and I just don't line them in general. I finally decided to just go with it and buy them. I am so glad I did. My feet get squished in traditional shoes since I have worn sandals for the last 15 years at least. They're very comfortable and flexible. I can still feel the ground, though for me it still very much feels like a shoe, my partner got a pair as well and he always wears shoes and he says they're super thin and he feels everything. He loves them as well and is excited to wear them! Absolutely worth the investment. Healthy shoes that protect my feet... and a huge bonus is that we're supporting a small company that cares about its product and customers.

  • 5

    Posted by Gloria Nitti on Apr 15th 2016

    My toes keep saying OMG, OMG !!!!!!!!

  • 5
    Fits a little big but love them

    Posted by Karen on Apr 15th 2016

    My second pair of lems but my first lems runner. Fit a touch big compared to my lems boat shoe but not so much that I had to return them. Very comfy and nothing like my traditional runner that was aggravating my foot issues.

  • 5
    Favorite Shoes

    Posted by Harrison on Apr 13th 2016

    I highly recommend getting a whole 1+ size up than what you usually get. I usually get a 43/44, but for these I find that a 45 is a good fit and that +0.2 width space does help. Other than the sizing issues, I feel that they are closest to giving you a barefoot like feeling without looking out of the ordinary (like the fivefingers) and that they are very comfortable.

  • 5

    Posted by Susan Halkowsi on Apr 1st 2016

    I love these shoes! The toe box is wide enough to accommodate my Correct Toes, and the heel is snug enough to fit perfectly. I have 3 pairs in various colors and love them all. I hope there will be a Mary Jane or other style of dressier women's shoes from Lems coming soon that fits as beautifully as the Primal 2's.

  • 5
    Wonderful shoes!!

    Posted by Swimwaters on Mar 30th 2016

    I have bunions that don't hurt, but that are beginning to cause other problems with my feet in standard shoes: corn between toes, painful calluses on baby toes, etc. My primary form of exercise is walking at a brisk pace for about 5 miles a day. My shoes were driving me crazy, and I began to look for alternatives. I tried a brown pair of the Primal 2 and loved them so much that I purchased the black pair, too. They have changed my walking enjoyment. Yesterday I walked 8 miles with ZERO discomfort afterwards at all. Yea!!

  • 5
    The Most Comfortable Shoes I've Ever Worn

    Posted by Geoff Hickman on Mar 28th 2016

    I've recently lost over 40 lbs. from simply walking and eating less food (simple, right?). I LOVE walking. For me, walking is more than just exercise; it's meditation, it's playtime, it's me time. When I say walk, i mean I fucking boogey, 8-10 miles a day. It's no stroll. The LAST thing you want to think abut while walking is your shoes, more importantly, how they hurt, how they don't feel right, how they blister your flippin' feet. I've tried Unshoes hurraches, Nike Solar Soft mocs, New Balance Minimus, Altra's, Merrill Road Glove's, hell, even my classic Vans. nothing felt right. Aches, blisters, ankle pain, you name it. Then I tried these Primal 2's. Perfection. When I'm hauling ass along on the trails, I feel enjoyment, not the shoe. It's as if the shoe wasn't there. Zero drop, wide toe box, It breathes spectacularly, the right amount of cushioning, the right amount of ground feel. I use the brown ones just for walks. Bought the Shade ones for work. Will probably buy the grey ones as well. $95 is on the price-y side but you know the saying, you get what you pay for.

  • 5

    Posted by Sandy on Mar 23rd 2016

    I have bunions which seem to be causing other issues with my feet, especially when taking 6-mile a day walks. These shoes made a real difference. They leave lots of room in the toe box for my toes to wiggle around. No painful rubbing around the heels. And my arch is supported enough so that pronation is no longer a problem. Finished my walk today with energy to spare, and no painful toes.

  • 5

    Posted by Ethan Colunga on Mar 23rd 2016

    As dictated by my 10 yo son to me upon receiving his new Slate Primal 2 shoes: THESE SHOES ARE AWESOME!!! The soft bumps on the insoles of the shoes massage my feet when I walk, and it is so comforting. I am able to spread my toes out completely and the shoes are really grippy. I am so excited to wear them!

  • 5
    My feet are in love

    Posted by Abe on Mar 15th 2016

    These shoes feel amazing. I never knew a shoe could feel so good on my feet. But now I think I'll have a hard time wearing anything else. These feel like they were tailor-made for my feet, like a cozy cocoon. I adore these shoes and even thought about sleeping in them the first night after their arrival--silly I know. The only caveat I'd put out there is that I usually wear a 12 in tennis shoes and the 46 I purchased is just a smidgen short for the big toe on my longest foot. So I'd buy a size 47 of these in a heartbeat. They are utterly fantastic shoes. At this rate I'll only be buying Lem's shoes in the future. Now I've got my eye on a pair of the 9to5's for work.

  • 5
    Great Shoes!

    Posted by Aaron on Mar 11th 2016

    I've been looking a long time for a minimal shoe to wear during cold or wet weather. Normally I wear Fivefingers, but when it's wet or cold, they don't cut it. These shoes fill that gap perfectly and fit like a glove. I wish I found these sooner.

  • 5

    Posted by Alexandra on Mar 9th 2016

    Most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. I purchased a pair for my mom, and she's equally thrilled with them. My only complaint is that they're not available in youth sizes.

  • 5
    My husband loves them!

    Posted by Debora on Mar 8th 2016

    I already have a pair (purchased 1 or 2 years ago) and this pair was for my husband. I noticed that the toe box of his shoes were really tight and I've told him about my lems and how spacious they are. He took some interest but he wasn't convinced enough to splurge $100. So I bought it for him and he loves it. Sometimes when we're walking the dogs, he would out of the blue say thanks for getting him the shoes because they are really comfortable! So thank you for making spacious toe box shoes!

  • 5
    Great shoes

    Posted by Josh on Mar 7th 2016

    Absolutely love these shoes. Very comfortable and the wide toe box and zero heel-toe drop is great. Very well made, too, as I've done a lot of things in these shoes and can hardly tell they've been worn. Have received lots of compliments on them and although I didn't get them for how they looks, being fashionable doesn't hurt. Will be ordering many of these again in the future (if they ever wear out!).

  • 5
    Amazing Shoes!

    Posted by Danny on Mar 7th 2016

    This is my 3rd pair of Lems and they are just as amazing as the nine2five's and boulder boots I have! I've tried a lot of the minimalist footwear on the market and Lems has to be my favorite! They're not overly expensive and they're not too thin where you not only feel stepping on a pebble, but the pebble hurts. I've been wearing minimalist shoes for over a year now and I've finally got rid of my last pair of traditional shoes. Now that I'm only wearing minimalist shoes I've started to notice a difference in my flexibility and posture especially when I'm working out, my hips are way more flexible than they used to be and my squat depth is improving without really focusing on it. One thing I would note, is that the sizes for the Primals are different from the nine2fives and the Boulder Boots. So make sure to double check what size you are when buying new Lems.

  • 5
    Good enough for Parkour and the most comfortable

    Posted by Michael Quitugua on Mar 6th 2016

    These are the most comfortable shoes I have worn because of the wide toebox. I wear them everywhere I go and do a lot of Parkour in them as well. There is just enough between your feet and the ground it won't get too bruised up, and the grip is pretty good, but if you don't land right you will feel it. The design is alright, It would be nice if they made a sportier looking version with a stronger rubber. My only gripe is the durability. The bottom will wear out in about 8 months to a year based on my type of activity.

  • 5
    The best!

    Posted by Colette on Mar 6th 2016

    I ordered these shoes for my daughter, at her request, as a Christmas present. She recently told me that they are the best, most comfortable shoes she has ever owned in her entire life! After that testimony, I am going to have to order a pair for myself! Great job Lems!

  • 4
    Need a size 47

    Posted by Matt on Mar 3rd 2016

    Love the shoe. I have a high volume foot, and these have room so the top of my foot isn't smashed against the inside top of the shoe. BUT please make them in size 47 and larger. I'm a size 46 in another brand, and maybe a 45 in other lems shoes, but I need a 47 in this shoe. Please make a size 47. (I've been waiting for years...please stop breaking my heart).

  • 5
    Owner, Super Simple Wellness

    Posted by Connie Boucher on Feb 29th 2016

    I've never liked wearing shoes because they've always hurt my feet. But the day I tried on my first pair of Lems Primal 2 I fell in LOVE with them. They are hands down the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn. Same goes for the hiking boots. I love that Lems are super flexible and lightweight, and the arch and amount of spring are perfect I think. Even when I wear them all day my feet never feel pinched or tired. There isn't anything I don't love about Lems shoes!

  • 5

    Posted by Lisa on Feb 19th 2016

    I got these shoes in the mail about 1 1/2 weeks ago. I love them! They are comfortable and fit great! I love the hugging fit at the ankle and heel as I lift out of most shoes because the heel is too big. I love the room for my toes and how I can actually feel the ground under my feet and don't feel like there is a large amount of unstable shoe to work around. Good work Lems Shoes!

  • 5
    Thank you!

    Posted by Ed on Feb 9th 2016

    I have had so many problems finding shoes that work for me. My feet have been described as being gnarled, they are absolutely flat, and I have bunions. I was skeptical, but gave LEMS a shot. I have fallen in love! Work requires that I am on my feet all day. It is great to be on my feet and not feel any pain at the end of the day. Thank you!

  • 5
    Women's Primal 2

    Posted by Margaret on Jan 26th 2016

    I have been a Vibram Five Fingers lover for years. But, sometimes, I need a shoe that protects my toes better, that I can wear warm socks with, or that I can wear in damp grass without getting soaking wet. These shoes are great! I love them! The quality of workmanship seems very good so far. They have the protection of a traditional shoe, but all of the flexibility and sole-of-the-foot sensation and contact that I am used to. A+