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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.
Color: Asphalt
White Sand
Size: 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.

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 4.7 out of 5 stars
Based on 225 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 179 Total 4 star reviews: 30 Total 3 star reviews: 13 Total 2 star reviews: 2 Total 1 star reviews: 1
93%would recommend this product
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225 reviews
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    10 hours ago
    Happy Camper!

    Dealing with bunions, hammertoes, feet are a train wreck. These shoes are the most comfortable I've tried, make my feet feel as close to "normal" as possible, and I highly recommend for people with similar issues.

    Walter B.
    Verified Buyer
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars
    Better than most, but still lacking a few important features...

    I like the Primal Zen - foot-shaped shoe and very light. However, for one step forward in wideness, there's a one step backwards for low volume. The end result being a snug fit. I find it odd that the Boulder Boot and Drifter are so perfectly fitting and comfortable - and supposedly less wide the the Primal Zen - but the Primal Zen feels tighter and stiffer. I do get a bit more room by removing the insole, but I'd rather not have to do that. Perhaps the insole will compress a bit over time and miles. Still, the Lems Boulder boot rules as far as comfort and fit.

    Scott D.
    Verified Buyer
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars
    Great but fits a bit small length wise

    Smaller than expected. Id say they fit 0.5 size small. My toes stub the front of the shoe while walking. Otherwise great.

    Verified Buyer
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