Lems - Chukka Canvas - Blackout (Unisex)
Fit true to size, maybe a little narrower than other wide toe box but look much nicer. I like the little extra support in soleplate. The higher fit on the the ankle takes getting used to, it's a little stiff so have to wear it in. Buy I like them
I was introduced to minimalist shoes with the Vivobarefoot Primus Lite which is, I read after wearing for a few months, a pretty hardcore minimalist shoe. The Lems Chukka, therefore, feel a bit sturdier than what I had grown used to and would probably make it a better transition shoe than my Vivos were. The Chukkas are wide in the toe box and very comfortable as a result. The fabric of the upper feels strong - so much that on the first few wears it was quite rigid, but this seems to be softening with wear. The upper is also tightly knit and stops splashes of water getting through, but I wouldn't trust these in an extended downpour. The sole is flexible but not as much as I had grown used to, so for anyone new to minimalist shoes, this won't overload you with sensitivity in the sole if your foot.
The sizing is a little tricky, I looked on the Lems website and measured my foot, and also had a chat with Faye on the bprimal site, and the best size for me ended up being 1.5 sizes smaller than what Lems' sizing chart suggested.
Otherwise, my experience buying with bprimal was great; quick, friendly and reliable advice and great customer service.
I love the shoes, a little stiff at first but now they have been worn in and can’t believe how comfortable they are.
I’d given up hope of standing up at a show for long periods because of my Morton’s neuroma unless I wore shoes 2 sizes too big. Then I discovered these and my life has changed for the better.