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Men's Primal Pursuit

The Primal Pursuit is the middle child of the beloved Primal 2 and Trailhead/Mesa, but with added cushion and a unique, all-rubber outsole for more comfort and added traction.

Nocturnal Ninja, Orion Blue & Canyon discontinued - limited stock!

Color: Nocturnal Ninja
Nocturnal Ninja
Canyon (Suede)
Orion Blue
Size (US): 5
Wide Shape WIDE Natural-Shape Last
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For customers that find the Trailhead and Mesa too narrow, the Primal Pursuit may be just what you need, and probably the highest anticipated style to hit the Lems lineup to date! The Primal Pursuit features the same fit and feel as the Primal 2, but with a bit more oomph, like the Trailhead/Mesa.

The new Trail Traction Outsole provides more grip on the trail, with a slightly higher stack height, providing a bit more cushion for more sensitive feet, yet they won’t weigh you down. 

Think of the Primal Pursuit as a hybrid of the Primal 2 and the Trailhead/Mesa. We incorporated all of the features you have grown to love about these shoe models into one new and improved style!

The Primal Pursuit combines the fit and feel of the Primal 2 with its zero-drop and wide toe box, with the functionality and durability of the Trailhead/Mesa for more rugged Pursuits - see what we did there? ;)

The lightweight materials include an air mesh upper that allows for maximum air flow to wick away moisture and keep you presentable for a post-run brewski. The Primal Pursuit features the same zero-drop heel and wide toe box as the Primal 2 that allows the toes to behave like they are meant to - free and splayed.

You’ll never have to load your weekend getaway pack with multiple pairs of shoes for all of your adventures and social activities, the Primal Pursuit has got you covered for all of it!

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Nocturnal Ninja

Nocturnal Ninja - We recommend ordering UP 1/2 size from your normal US size.

Canyon & Orion Blue - We recommend ordering your normal US size.

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


Our newly designed outsole has recessed grooves and singular lugs, giving you the traction you need for any sticky situation!


Lightweight, breathable air mesh covers the upper where the foot flexes, allowing for maximum comfort and mobility.


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 4.4 out of 5 stars
Based on 291 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 193 Total 4 star reviews: 45 Total 3 star reviews: 43 Total 2 star reviews: 7 Total 1 star reviews: 3
82%would recommend this product
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291 reviews
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    10 hours ago
    Awesome balance of rugged and comfortable

    This is my third pair of Lems shoes, a brand which I have begun to love. I have the trailhead, as well as the primal zen. The primal pursuit is the perfect combination of easily wearable, light, and flexible, similar to the primal zen, but with the more sturdy sole and grip of the trailhead.

    Shawn H.
    Verified Buyer
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    11 hours ago
    Love the extra support these give!

    I always have to add extra insoles to the Primal and other styles of yours as my feet have problems; but these are just right with one. I love the extra toe room and width on all your shoes, I can't even get other Brands of shoes on anymore but they hurt my feet too much anyway. The sole is just the right thickness for me and the fit is great!!

    Sherilyn K.
    Verified Buyer
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    3 days ago
    Very nice shoe

    I had the Trailhead shoes and decided to try these. They fit very well and are very comfortable. I just use them for general city walking/commuting and I am very pleased. They are lighter than the Trailhead, but are still firm and give support. I would recommend them.

    Lorcan D.
    Verified Buyer
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