Every single Lems (formerly Stems, Lemmings) pair I have, I adore.
Its actually hard to write a review of shoes that I can't find anything about that I,
or in this case the husband and oldest spawn, don't love.
For this review I could literally say, "I heart these shoes really hard and I think you would lurv them too and so you should get a pair." the end. That would be an accurate review!
There is no break in period and they feel great right out of the box.
The Boulder boots are worn daily by my fellas and are worn for everything. The Superhero and the teen spawn have the pleasure of testing out the Boulder Boots and they have tested them in all environments. The teen especially! From long boarding to hiking to urban adventures and scrambling along the coast, the Boulder Boots were perfect.
The Superhero has the brown and the teen has the black.
They have been wearing them for months now and I can't see any wear. They have been muddy but I have let it dry and then just brushed the mud off. They dry quickly as well if you do submerge your foot into a creek or puddles. The upper is made of water resistant nylon with a cotton lining. They are treated with a water resistant coating and will need to be retreated over time with Scotchgaurd.
The Boulder Boots are warm enough for winter here although here in Washington, at least western Washington, it is pretty mild. It is however wet often so its awesome that they are water resistant.
The roll-it-up-in-a-ball test is a reliable way to tell how flexible a shoe is. It's a good way to see that the shoe will move with your foot and not dictate how your foot will move. I don't like shoes that cram my feet into a particular shape. These boots are nice and wide for your foot to naturally splay.
You can take out the insert but with all of our Lems we have left the insert in. It doesn't detract from the ground feel of the shoe and makes for longer times being on your feet a tad bit more comfortable. Lems are a bit wide for me and the insert makes them fit my foot better.
The good news for the wide footed folks is that all Lems are nice and wide and you can make them even wider by taking the inserts out. The width accommodates feet from average width to extra wide.
The Boulder boots have great traction. As you can see from the pictures, they do fine on the trails. Also they are great shoes for long boarding. The sole is 9mm and of course they are zero drop. The boot is fully collapsable so great for travel.
The sizes come in only full sizes so be sure to look at the sizing chart closely before ordering. The Superhero has big feet and he was able wear the Boulder boots as they accommodate his size 14 dogs.
The padding along the ankle is fabulous. I am always surprised to pick up these boots as they are mush more substantial in photos than they are in person. Theses are the lightest boots I have come across to date.
The only real difference between the black and brown is that the black is all canvas and cotton where as the brown pair has leather accents. The Black pair is vegan where as the brown has leather accents.
You can purchase them for $115 which is quite reasonable for a boot at Lemsshoes.com
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