When it comes to minimalist footwear, probably the hardest type of shoes to find is a pair of boots that will keep your feet warm in freezing conditions, have a decent grip on slippery icy conditions, while providing the benefits of minimal footwear that most barefooters love: light weight, flexibility, comfort, freedom of movement and zero heel drop.
I have had a chance to try a pair of Lems Boulder Boots (Amber Blue) in Toronto winter conditions over the last couple of weeks and I can tell you I have not been disappointed. Once again, the guys at Lems have proven that they are committed to delivering good quality products for the minimalist footwear fans
Being a long-time barefooter, and living in such a barefoot-unfriendly urban environment like Toronto, Canada, I have gotten used to carrying along “emergency” footwear for those situations when bare feet are not an option; whether it’s because of dress code, or because I need just a bit of protection for my soles.
As you can imagine, I don’t like carrying bulky shoes as my emergency footwear, simply because it’s not practical. I want something light, easy to stuff into my backpack or even into a pocket. My solution: Homemade Huaraches, made out of a discarded yoga mat.
A few weeks ago, a client approached me with a custom request for a slightly larger wallet that would allow easy access to cards, as well as a bigger pocket that could house both bills and a passport. I immediately jumped at the chance of designing something elegant, practical and simple that would fulfill my client’s needs. So, I conducted a quick brainstorm session, and got to working on some prototypes.
As part of my life philosophy, I’m always in search of practical and elegant solutions that reflect a back-to-basics approach. For a few years I’ve been looking for the perfect wallet with a few key characteristics, which fulfill my essential needs: simple and elegant design, minimal and slim profile, handmade and full of character. I found different products that feature one or two of these requirements but not all of them. I decided I had to do something about it: I had to make my own.
I’ve had the chance to wear a pair of Lems Mariner (Sand) for the last couple of weeks. The Mariners are the Lems, minimalist version, of topsider or a boat shoes. I must admit I’ve been positively impressed with these shoes from the moment I got them delivered in the mail. From the packaging to the manufacturing quality, I can see that the guys at Lems have put a lot of thought into designing a good product.