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Men's Primal 2

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Men's Minimalist Shoes

Built on a zero-drop platform and weighing in at an ultra-lightweight 6.9oz, the Primal 2 is pefect for minimalist lovers. With the Lems natural-shape fit and vegan-friendly materials your feet are sure to be healthy and happy.


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 let’s 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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Are the Primal 2 soles non-marking?
-They are not non-marking.
Can you clean the Primal 2’s in the washer?
-With the full IBR outsole, high heat in the washing machine can shrink the shoes. With that being said, machine washing is NOT recommended. Instead, we suggest using a soft scrub brush, soap, and lukewarm water to remove any dirt or stains. Make sure to allow your shoes to air dry completely for 24hrs before wearing. *Please note: if you soak your shoes in hot water for a long period of time, this can cause the dye fixative/mordant to be removed and can result in the color running.

Larger sizes in the Primal 2?
-Good news! We plan to offer larger sizes in Fall 2018 for the Primal 2. This size run will be in select colors only.

Sizing for the Primal?
-The Primals are built on a different outsole compared to our other styles, therefore, we do have a different sizing chart for the Primal 2. We recommend that you purchase your regular US size, but if you are between sizes, we recommend purchasing the larger size. Click to view Primal sizing chart

Are the Primal 2’s vegan friendly?
-Sure are!


Greetings. I wanted to thank your company for providing a great product. I currently have my third pair, in a row, of Primal 2, the brown ones. Years ago, before I bought my first pair, I was literally shoe shopping for 6 months, just to find a casual shoe that felt good. I found your shoe in a store in Woodstock Georgia that has since closed down. Before I started wearing Lems, I had knee problems and lower back problems. Today, years later, those problems are gone. Also I am flat-footed so finding something that fit naturally was pretty hard.

I currently have 2 pairs of the brown Primal 2, one for casual/ daily work wear and one for running. Your shoes last a long time also.

I no longer go shoe shopping, because you guys have won me as a customer.

Thank you for your product, and may your business keep thriving!

David Long, 39 years old

Dear Friends— I’m writing to you as a fan—a big fan. First, though, I’d like to share my Lems story with you:

Almost two years ago, Dr. Ray McClanahan put me in a pair of Nine2fives, and during the cool-weather school year months, they’re my go-to shoe (in warm weather I wear Luna sandals to teach).

A year ago I bought a pair of Primal 2s, ostensibly to kick around in. I had read an on-line review asserting they didn’t “look” or “seem” tough enough to run in (, but I at least wanted the wide toe box for the weekends and such. However, when I came down with a metatarsal stress fracture 11 months ago, I needed an alternative to my Five Fingers—I had over-tightened them and was pounding downhills (on roads) and snap! went my third met. As I began running again, my old Merrell and New Balance minimalist running shoes wouldn’t do—both were too narrow in the forefoot. Although I didn’t want to wreck my nearly-new Primal 2s, I didn’t have a choice.

More than 600 miles later, I’m really happy I began running in the Primal 2s. The outer sole is amazingly long-lasting, and the uppers show virtually no wear. I’m sure I’ll be buying another pair in 2017, but you make one tough, flexible, comfortable RUNNING shoe. I have praised them to friends, and a couple have bought, and regularly run in, Primal 2s as a result.

Thanks for making some great shoes!

Rik Scarce

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