Justin reviews the Lems Waterproof Boulder Boot

Lems cherished and classic Boulder Boot (mens and women’s) has most recently been upgraded with some great features. I have been eager to try Lems boots for some time now and have had the opportunity to test out the Lems Waterproof Boulder Boots for a couple of months. After having brought them through the wringer, here’s my assessment under the categories of features, function, and fit.

Unboxing a new pair of waterproof Lems boots

1) Lems Waterproof Boulder Boot Features

The Lems Waterproof Boulder boots retain all their loved features of being lightweight, zero drop, flexible, and packable. But the most recent upgraded version touts an oil rubbed leather upper that’s been pre-treated to repel water along with a waterproof membrane. Lems also states they have reinforced the construction and design of the boot to be more durable and claim it’s their toughest boot as of yet.

Testing the Lems Waterproof Bould Boot

In my experience of wearing these boots almost daily for the past couple of months, I can attest to their effective waterproofing. My feet have remained dry and fairly warm from hiking through streams to tromping through slush.

Regarding their durability, so far they seem to be holding up well and are still looking brand new.

2) Lems Waterproof Boulder Boot Function

In my opinion, this is where these boots shine. Their rugged features are matched by a refined style which gives them a unique versatility. They have transitioned seamlessly from the classroom where I teach part-time to the campsite and from technical terrain to date night with my wife.

You can dress them up to smart casual with a pair of khakis and they’re at home to pair with your favorite jeans. Additionally, I have worn these Boulder Boots in temperatures ranging from 80 degrees down to 20 degrees and my feet stayed cool in the warmer temperatures and warm in the cooler ones. So far they are proving to be a great all-season boot.

The only deficit of their functionality I have discovered is with their traction. While their injection blown rubber (IBR) outsole gives the boots their lightweight and flexible features, their grip in wet conditions is found wanting. If these boots had a little more aggressive tread it would be a huge improvement. Note: Lems has released the Lems Boulder Summit Boot which adds better tread for those who need it.

Traction is not a sure thing on all terrain and condition types. Try the Lems Boulder Summit Boot for more traction.

3) Lems Waterproof Boulder Boot Fit

One of the aspects I like most about these boots is that they feel like you’re wearing your favorite pair of slippers but with all the benefits of a well-constructed boot. Going with the slipper feel, I have opted with keeping the laces loose so I can slip them on and off without tying them each time. The gusseted tongue has proven effective in keeping out the elements and surprisingly they have given ample support even without the laces being tied. One improvement in my opinion would be to add eye hooks to replace the top two lace holes which would greatly aid in getting the boots on and off.

The zero drop was also a welcomed aspect of their fit. I suppose if you have never worn zero-drop shoes they will take some getting used to. But these are comfortable and actually will help improve your overall foot health. 

Lems Boulder Boot Sizing

The biggest problem I’ve had with these boots has been the sizing. The Lems website suggests ordering a half size larger than your normal size. They also have a measurement chart to utilize to help you dial in which size to order. After taking the recommendation and measuring my foot I decided to go up only one-half size. To my surprise and disappointment, I could have gone up a full size. I have especially felt the smaller and tighter fit when I wear them with thicker socks. So if you’re considering these boots, and you are between a full or half size, I would recommend ordering a full size larger than normal.

One of the aspects I like most about these boots is that they feel like you’re wearing your favorite pair of slippers but with all the benefits of a well-constructed boot.

Overall, I would definitely recommend these boots despite the few setbacks I have had with them. Lems is a great company and from my initial experience, they make great products. If you value durability, versatility, and comfort, then give these boots a try!