Lems Primal 2 updates

As you may have already guessed, the Primal 2 is the successor to the first iteration, a.k.a. the Primal Origins. While they look the same at first glance, the second-gen Primal has new elements that, for better or worse, set it apart from the original. These additions are as follows:

Removable footbed. Unlike the one in the Primal Origins, the featured shoe’s footbed can be taken out completely. This opens up the possibility of putting in your preferred insole. That said, since the Primal 2 is that flexible, your own footbed might have a tough time staying put.

Traditional closure. The Primal 2 trades lace tunnels for regular eyelets this time around. Keep in mind, however, that these lace holes are not plated.

Heel pull loop. As it now comes with a pull loop at the heel, getting inside the Primal 2 should be a whole lot easier.

Finer stitching. The Origin’s zig-zag stitching is completely absent from the Primal 2. The current build still has stitching at the heel and forefoot, but it is a lot less imposing, which should give the shoe a better fight against wear and tear.

The Primal 2’s toe-splay advocacy

Gloria Estefan would be proud once she learns that the Primal 2 is something you can “Get On Your Feet” wearing. Yes, in this strong entry to our wide hiking shoes catalog, the foot can lie flat (from heel to toe), giving that barefoot sensation utmost justice.

But perhaps the more interesting Primal 2 facet is that the shoe in question will allow your precious digits to spread out. This hiker has a giver of a forefoot space, but not too much that you can put your fridge in it. That being said, you can use your toe spacer or separator in it, which is always a plus.


How Lems Primal 2 ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 16% hiking shoes
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Top 23% light hiking hiking shoes
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