On the LEMS website, the minimalist footwear company states that their barefoot shoes are “inspired by the outdoors and Colorado lifestyle.” What better place for me to start breaking the Lems Boulder Boot, then, than on some wintery trails on the Western Slope of Colorado?

After hiking around at Colorado National Monument, here were some of my initial impressions of the Lems Boulder Boot:

  • My feet stayed warm and dry hiking on snowy trails. It was about 30 degrees F on a December afternoon.
  • The boots are lightweight and do not feel like clunky, heavy hiking boots
  • There is plenty of room in the toe box, making the boots comfortable in the front. I was wearing thick socks.
  • The traction was been pretty good on the icy trails with the exception of some pretty steep parts.
  • The top part of the boot definitely rubbed on the back of my leg, leaving a sore reddish line

Updated Impressions of LEMS Boulder Boot:

  • After owning these boots for a year, I don’t feel that I can recommend them. In fairness, I am not a person who normally wears high top shoes or boots. I thought that I would have to give them a break in period so that that they would eventually stop rubbing on the back of my legs.
  • I have gotten to the point, however, where the thought of putting these boots on makes me groan. To me, that says it all. No one wants to wear footwear that is uncomfortable and leaves marks on their legs. There may be something funny about my legs. I don’t know. Hopefully, other ladies will have more success in breaking in these boots. I do think they are attractive, and wish I could feel excited about wearing them.