If you want a minimalist running shoe that’s thin and level enough to bring out the best in your forefoot running form, yet has reliably robust durability for any harsh hard surface, the Primal 2 shoes by Lems will exceed all your long distance road running needs!
There are so many good fundamentals to the Lems Primal 2 shoes that give you a bigger boost in enhancing your forefoot strike running stride and helps you get more positive results in building stronger, more tolerant feet that are well-prepared to take on more miles, faster speed-workouts and harder training sessions!
Ultimately, Lems Primal 2 shoes, which are 100% vegan-friendly, gets all the minimalist basics right: zero-drop, wide toe-box, flexibility in the front, lightweight, all of which make your feet much freer to move and expand to their natural state, evoking broader, deeper engagements of each and every muscle in the foot and just as important, the shoes level platform helps deliver a better coordinated forefoot strike landing during running, which is very effective in injury prevention and performance progress.
Let me zoom in on the key elements of the lems 2 shoes that will keep your feet happy for the long haul!
The upper is a combination of carefully positioned soft microfiber framing with a remarkably smooth feel as well as panels of a cross-hatching patterned closed-mesh for a closer, more comfortable, foot conforming fit.
The wide toe-box has a good flex profile and is one of the important assets of the Primal 2 shoes as it engages the forefoot and toes at a much higher level as compared with traditional footwear which are often too narrow in the front which is a primary risk factor for bunions, neuromas and other painful foot ailments.
The wide upper of the Primal 2 shoes change the conditions for the feet for the better by making it easier for the toes to carry out their natural function and in this condition, foot strength and balance stability only gets enhanced the more you wear wider, flatter, more flexible shoes, likes Lems footwear.
To reduce weight and improve the fit, the Primal 2 has a slightly lower cut at the ankle. Not mention, the upper is stretchy from forefoot to heel, yet snug enough throughout the heel and midfoot to prevent slippage.
What is more, a lot of wear-testers, including myself, really raved about the upper’s comfortable fit which benefits from the tube-like laces coupled with a pressure-free lacing pattern that faithfully follows the actual top-line of the foot which works well for stopping the tongue from shifting around and keeps the foot centered in the shoe during each phase of running gait.
Overall, the soft-shell upper of the Primal 2 shoes is made of solidly durable overlays, without added weight, and is a protective covering, fitting snuggly on all angles of the foot that is comfortable from the first time you lace it up!
Perhaps the most essential feature of the Lems Primal 2 is its zero-drop, 8-mm thick, air-blown rubber outsole that provides the perfect amount of traction on dry and wet pavement, soft trails, moderately technical surfaces as well as rocky trails and its ample durability will definitely serve you well as a long distance running shoe.
The sole has rugged durability and moderate underfoot cushioning that doesn’t feel squishy or excessive, but is cushioned enough to make the bumps, rocks, twigs, acorns, feel good! I must underscore that despite its firm protection, the sole gets you dialed into feeling the ground, engaging your foot-strike perception in ways that traditional footwear does not!
In addition to providing a smoothing of the road, the Primal 2 sole delivers a comfortable landing that doesn’t lose comfort over longer runs or at faster paces! The primal 2’s also come with a removable insole for runners who enjoy a touch of protective cushioning.
As for the under-feel, it is on the firm side, most comparable to the Skora minimalist running shoes and is going to make your ride more responsive and sturdy, helping you secure better footstep stability. Nonetheless, the ground-feel will score well with minimalist runners as the sole delivers enough adequate ground-feel to be a corrective tool in helping you become more skilled at forefoot running.
Ultimately, the Primal 2’s sole packs a lot of durability that can handle high mileage and is perfectly suited for trail and road minimalist runners who like a touch of cushioning, plus protection from rocks, without being weighed down with protective bulk. Without a doubt, the Primal 2’s sole makes the shoe a solid minimalist shoe high-mileage runners and for runners looking for an improved road running experience. Not to mention, the Primal 2 shoes are excellent for speed-work, tempo runs and road races because the sole provides good responsiveness for faster efforts!
The Primal 2 shoes have a lot of the functional features that makes a minimalist shoe so popular as a tool for form correction and foot-strength conditioning. The shoes are certainly a big performer at delivering an incredibly fluid ride, they excel at shielding your feet from harm, but more importantly, the Primal 2’s level platform gets you up on your forefoot fast, helping you feel your forefoot strike, giving you a good speed boost during running.
Last but not least, the Primal 2 is an attractive option for versatility everyday because they are a real sharp looking shoe that can be worn casually, or my favorite, they can act as a beast of a shoe for fast or slow training!
If you’re interested in learning more about Lems as well as the Primal 2 shoes, you can do so here!
For a more clear-eyed view of what the Lems Primal 2 shoes can do you for you in helping you manage good running form and being helpful in improving foot functional strength, check out my YouTube review on the shoes here!
If you’ve enjoyed this review, you can read more of my reviews on the minimalist running shoes most suitable for forefoot running and foot-strength conditions, here!
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BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.