Lems Boulder Boot - Original (Unisex, Minimal, Vegan Options)
The Original Boulder Boot from Lems-- a stylish unisex boot that has all of the minimal features you’ve been searching for, all while promoting natural foot shape, inviting you to practice natural movement patterns and skills, and offering the potential for full range of motion afforded by zero-drop design. If you're ready for a very light 9.9oz boot (size 10M/11.5W!) that can pack down into the smallest of daypacks or carry you on the farthest of journeys, then it’s time you rocked the Boulder!
The boat shoe-style seam on top of the Boulder Boot disguises the boots' actual width, making their generous width more attractive.
Features Zero-Drop soles, a foot-shaped extra roomy toebox (perhaps one of our widest available), super flexible and light fabrication for groundfeel when wearing them or ease when packing them for a trip (then again, why keep them stowed when your feet could be this happy!).
Some of our clients wear the Boulder Boot year-round in Toronto after a DIY waterproofing and the addition of a cozy layer like our cashmere Tabi socks. They are very durable and have a slightly longer break-in time than some of our casual shoes, that is to say, they are comfy from the get-go but they will mold to your feet and the way you use them over time.
Black and Pinecone colours are completely vegan. Timber has leather trim. If you're looking for other colours, just let us know :)
If you're new to minimal footwear, the Boulder Boot is a great option as the thicker stack height will be more forgiving as your feet and body adjust to zero drop, the option to toe splay, and getting mild feedback from your walking surfaces.
The traction on the original Boulder Boot is milder than some other trail models, but we believe our customers capable of using discernment over what types of environments they feel ready to explore in any footwear they buy from us. Boulder Boots seem to have a decent grip on wet surfaces, but not icy ones. You can always use slip on ice treads over top of your boots.
In Fall 2019, Lems switched from EU sizing to US sizing, but they stillrecommend going half a size up.
They do stretch out over time, especially the vegan models that have 100% high denier nylon canvas uppers (no leather trim). Expect them to stretch out up to half a size over a year or two.
The unisex sizing means that the same pair of boots will be labelled as BOTH men's 8 and W9.5, for example.
Boulder Boots and other Lems models made on the Natural-Shape last are very wide in the toebox and taper towards the heel. Most of our customers find they can wear Correct Toes inside their Boulder Boots.
Materials and Details
Waterproofing: The nylon canvas is water resistant and breathable, but not completely waterproof-- you can treat with waterproofing spray or wax monthly in the winter and then as needed if desired.
Last: Lems Natural-Shape™ Last
Upper: Timber option has Leather + 1200 denier nylon canvas. Black and Pinecone models have all nylon canvas.
Lining: 100% cotton
Outsole: 9.0mm LemsRubber™ (air-injection rubber)
Insole: 3.5mm removable moisture wicking PU insole
Stack Height: 10.0mm (not including 3.5mm insole)
Drop: 0.0mm (Zero-Drop)
Weight: 9.9oz/280g (size 43)
Laces Provided: 2 Pairs in 2 colours
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