Why pack multiple pairs of shoes when you can go with one? RYK has reviewed Lems shoes each of the last few years and come to the same conclusion about the Lems Trailhead and Mesa shoes: they are excellent lifestyle shoes for the outdoor-minded.

I tested a pair of Mesas while taking a trip through the PNW, ranging from downtown Seattle to summer snows on the slopes of Mt. Rainier, rooted old growth forest trails, and misty beaches of the Olympic peninsula. The Mesas kept me comfortable and capable all along the way, and looked good enough to handle professional settings (which I avoided in favor of nature).

Lems Mesa Shoe Features


The Mesas look good and come in nice colors for men and women. This is a handy for the traveler or professional who wants a good all-around shoe which can pull off a variety of environments and not look too casual. I wouldn’t wear these to a suits meeting, but they’ll get the job done at a coffee shop or on many casual working days.

Soles and Tread

Gum looking soles feel trendy, and the Lems Mesa delivers with a sturdy yet flexible sole coupled with aggressive lugs. Scampering down PNW trails, rocks, snows and beaches was no issue thanks to the generous lugs.



The uppers on the Mesas are a nice combination of breathable knit panels alongside a very sturdy heel, wrapped toe, and re-enforced lacing structure. Perhaps most interesting is the sock-like fit of the shoe as the collar stretches around the ankle and acts like a glove.

Shoe Philosophy

Generous toe box and Olympic Peninsula in view!

I really love the heel-to-toe drop of 4mm (ideal IMO) and generous toe box width. Normally I need a 14 2W shoes and the regular 14 worked perfectly. No rubbing on the outside of the forefoot.


Yet another versatile and well made shoe from Boulder-based Lems. I can easily vouch for the Mesa as an excellent shoe and expect most people will come to a similar conclusion.