There are two main type of barefoot / minimalist shoe wearers.
I fall firmly into the first camp.
While I am “unique” enough to be caught jogging outside in shorts during a snowy Canadian winter, I am not a fan of wearing minimalist shoes with street clothes.
They look weird.
Correction – they looked weird.
Leming Footwear are the first truly barefoot / minimalist shoe that looks like a conventional “sneaker”.
And boy are me and my wife happy…she was sick and tired of me wearing my barefoot booties out with her in public.
But enough about me and my sartorial quirks….Here’s the review.
The Leming sole is different than other barefoot / minimalist shoes.
While the market is moving towards thinner / puncture-proof sole materials, Leming employs a thicker (6 mm) sole made a 6mm thick air infused rubber that is supposed to replicate the elasticity of human skin.
The result is a sole that provides unbelieveably good groundfeel, is super flexible, but may not be your best choice if you’re into trail running over rocky surfaces.
With that being said, I decided to take them trail running over rocky surfaces….with the end result being a great run with no punctures – shoe or foot.
As I mentioned above, Lemings offer amazing groundfeel.
But unlike the sockwa G2s, this barefoot feel is achieved not through the thinnest of soles, but through the consistency of the sole material. It’s completely different from anything else on the market.
Lemings allows your foot to move, spread, scrunch as nature intended.
They also offer a great explanation of what nature had in mind. Enjoy your foot education.
Lemings weighs 6.3 ounces…. or about 1/3 of a pound. Heavier than the Sockwas, lighter than a pair of Nike Frees.
Lemings have a 0mm drop.
Lemings are built with an wide toe box and sole. This allow for a proper foot spread without stretching the fabric of the upper or oozing out beyond the width of the rubber sole.
Unlike most barefoot shoes, Lemings are comfortable whether you wear them with or without socks.
As an aside, due to the wide toe box of the Lemings, I found myself wiggling and scrunching my toes while wearing these shoes. Not sure why. It was kinda weird. Just though I would share.
Yep – Also, I chose to wear socks with them. Can’t do that with all minimalist shoes.
They look like normal “sneakers”. When I showed them off to people, I had to draw attention to the wide toebox.
So far so good. The Lemings combination of faux-suede and mesh let my sweaty feet breathe during runs & workouts.
So far, so good. If they wear poorly, I will update this post
Lemings are the most versatile barefoot / minimalist shoes that I have tested. Great for athletics & great for sitting on a patio watching the girls walk by.
Like all barefoot shoes, your decision to buy this shoe should come down to application.
But what about you?