Lems Minimalist Boulder Boots

Secondary travel shoe that is sturdy enough to hike in and stylish enough to wear out.

MSRP

$115

Technical Details

Material

[upper] leather + 1200 denier nylon, [outsole] LemsRubber™ (air-injection rubber)

Weight

9.9oz

Waterproof

no

Lace System

traditional

Pros

  • Extremely packable
  • Comfortable
  • Stylish
  • Good protection

Cons

  • Lacing not ideal for going through airport security
  • Not waterproof
  • Moderate support

Why We Like It

While traveling through Europe it's nice to have a nicer-looking pair of shoes for those more formal occasions (or just to switch things up). The problem is that bringing a second pair of shoes usually takes up a significant amount of pack space. The solution? Lems Boulder Boots. These featherlight, zero-drop, mid-height boots are comfortable enough to walk all day in, stylish enough for around-town use, and then fold down to next to nothing. Another positive is that Lems has an "Eco-Rule of 50%"; which means they strive for less than 50% consumption in their manufacturing and distribution practices, compared to other footwear manufacturers.

Caveat: you might not want to wear these boot going through security, as unlacing them can be a bit of a chore. Also these are technically considered a "barefoot-style" shoe, so it may take some time getting used to.

Tip: Bring a few strong rubber bands (or better yet, some gear ties) to keep the boots folded tight while they're in your bag.

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