Lems Shoes

Lems Shoes are specifically designed to adapt and conform to the natural shape and function of the human foot. This design inherently supports the health and function of the feet as it most closely simulates barefoot conditions and at the same time provides some evenly dispersed cushioning for the hard cement dominant walking surfaces that we need to navigate in our day to day lives.

The Lems Shoes and Correct Toes product line work together synergistically to realign the structure of the feet continually throughout the day so that natural function can be restored. When used in combination with the Correct Toes, the benefits of retraining the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones of the feet by continually bringing the toes into correct alignment are maximised

Over time this retraining naturally leads to self-sustaining postural integrity and function of the feet and correspondingly leads to better, happier, healthier feet.

Lems Shoes are designed to most closely match barefoot function and at the same time offer some evenly dispersed cushioning against the hard walking surfaces that we need to navigate in our day to day lives. The Lems Shoes design includes:

  • Zero Heel Elevation. To prevent against unwanted structural displacement that can occur from lifting of the heel relative to the rest of the foot.
  • Zero Toe Spring: To prevent against unwanted shortening and tightening of the muscles of the feet and legs that can occur when the toes are constantly lifted up from the ground.
  • Wide Toe Shape: Nearly every shoe narrows from the ball of the foot to the toes (symmetrically), however the shape of the foot is widest at the toes and off-center from the big toe. The Lems Shoes accomadates the widest part of the toes.
  • 5th Metatarshal Support: The 5th metatarsal ray is naturally a weight-bearing bone of the feet and the Lems Shoes allows for this function. Most other shoes have a cutout in the mid foot area which narrows the natural base of support of the feet.
  • Rounded Heel
  • Thin and Flexible Sole: To allow the feet to move and adapt most freely to daily conditions. This most closely matches the functional demand of barefoot conditions.

Special Orders

Didn't find what you were looking for? The full range of Lems shoes are available upon request. Please provide your particular shoe request, along with the style, colour, and size of the shoe and the shipping address. Orders are processed monthly, and a quote will be provided upon receiving an order request.

View a selection of our most popular special order products here.

Don't see the shoe you want on our website? Complete the special order form here and we will start processing your order. (We will contact you via phone or email prior to placing your order).

More Lems Shoes Information

1Lems Sizing Guide

Choosing the Correct Size of Lems Shoes:

To make it easier to select the correct sizing when ordering Lems Shoes follow the Sizing Guide shown on the side menu that converts between EU measurements and US measurements for each shoe type. For example, an EU 43 is a US mens 9.5-10, while a EU 44 is a US mens 10.5.

If you are still unsure of your size then measure the length of your foot while in a standing position with bent knees. Use this measurement on the chart to convert back to EU or US sizing. If you need additional help in selecting the correct size please contact us at support@vitalfeet.com or call us at 250-920-8818.

2Lems Shoes FAQs

The unique Lems Shoes fit:

All Lems Shoes have a unique foot-shaped fit, this is because of LemsLast™, which has been designed to have the widest toebox on the market. It's designed to allow all 5 toes to splay apart inside the shoe, and at the same time it follows the natural curved shape of the heel and midfoot (and for those individuals who use Correct Toes, you have enough room to wear the product within the Lems Shoes).

The Lems Shoes fit should feel wide in the fore foot and form fitting in the heel. In no way, shape, or form should your foot feel restricted. Now that you have footwear that is not trying to strangle your toes, it's going to feel as though the shoes are too loose, but think again, for once you start to feel comfortable with your feet being able to spread out, then you will never turn back to 'conventional' footwear; this is what the Lems Shoes footwear is all about.

Adapting your feet to the Lems Shoes footwear:

Lems Shoes are specifically designed to mimic the shape of the human foot. For some people it can take time to adapt the feet to wearing Lems Shoes. This is because all of the bones, ligaments, and muscles of the feet will start to spread, remobilise and strengthen now that the footwear is no longer impeding the structural and functional integrity of the feet.

If you are just starting out, please remember that you may initially feel some discomfort when wearing Lems Shoes for an extended period of time. If you do feel discomfort then it is recommended that you slowly introduce wearing the Lems Shoes into your daily life. You can start with an hour per day and slowly increase the time by an additional hour each day. Once your feet begin to strengthen and get used to the design of the shoe, that pain or discomfort should subside and your feet should feel better than ever before.

What about the Arch Support:

Lems Shoes are designed to most closely match barefoot conditions. We believe less support under your feet is good thing provided the feet have an opportunity to move without being impeded. Over time this full movement increases the strength of the muscles and ligaments and improves the alignment and mobility of the bones. This retraining of the feet will raadically strengthen the arches whether they are high or low. Once you have adjusted to wearing minimalist footwear, you should find Lems Shoes to be a life changing experience.

For customers that feel they need more support under their feet, the Correct Toes product is perfect as it realigns the position of the toes that then feeds into the support of the feet without restricting the functional movement. This allows the feet to strengthen and remobilise back to their full potential.

About the Lems Shoes removable insole:

All Lems Shoes contain a removable insole that is 3 mm thick. The insole can be worn in the shoes for those individuals who are seeking more arch and heel support or for those people who have narrow feet and seek a more snug feel within the shoe. Lems Shoes are also designed to be worn without the insole for those who want to experience a more minimalist shoe fit.

Wearing Custom Orthotics inside of Lems Shoes:

Custom orthotics can certainly be worn in Lems Shoes, but as a company that whole-heartedly believes 'less is more', we feel that with time you should be able to eliminate the need for custom orthotics. As an alternative to custom orthotics, the Correct Toes product can be used to retrain and restrengthen the feet back to structural integrity and function.

3Lems Product Care
General care and maintenance applies. Lems Shoes can be either hand washed with soap and warm water or machine washed. Remove the insoles before cleaning. Avoid using the dryer as this will damage the shoes.
Shipping - Products usually ship within 2 business days from the date of order. A confirmation email will be sent upon payment, and an additional email with tracking information will be sent upon shipment.

At this time we are shipping to Canada only. Shipping fees are listed in the checkout cart.

An expedited shipping service is available for an additional fee. Shipping fees are listed in the checkout cart.
5Return Policy
We understand that an order does not always work out.

Correct Toes products can be returned or exchanged within 30 days of purchase and come with a 90-day materials warranty for replacement.

Lems Shoes and Altra Shoes products that are unworn without any visible wear and tear can be returned or exchanged within 30 days of purchase.

*Note: Return shipping fees are not covered under the return policy and will be the responsibility of the customer. All returns/exchanges require a return authorization number that can be acquired by contacting us at support@vitalfeet.com or by calling 250.920.8818.

Returns Can Be Sent To:

Vital Feet
#208, 2186 Oak Bay Ave
Victoria BC V8R 1G3