Feet function optimally when positioned naturally. We have developed a certification system, through which we evaluate shoes for their foot-healthy qualities.
Our feet are designed perfectly. With 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments we can flex, rebound, and absorb shock naturally, throughout many activities. Therefore, we recommend shoes that allow your feet to function naturally.
Many manufacturers add features that can hinder our feet and alignment. Below are important features to consider when looking to purchase healthy shoes.
Lems Boulder Boot | 5 

This boot has an excellent natural foot-shape design. We found this boot to be extremely lightweight, with a very thin sole and zero added features such as artificial arch support and motion control.

  1. Weight | 9.9oz
  2. Stack Height | 10.0mm
  3. No Arch Support
  4. No Motion Control

We recommend shoes that are flat, from heel to the ends of the toes. This means that you want to purchase shoes that do not have elevated heels or toespring (lifting the ends of the toes higher than the ball of the foot).
Lems Boulder Boot | 5 

Most hiking boots are designed with several unnatural features including an elevated heel and toe spring. This is an excellent boot because it is completely flat (heel to toe), and possesses zero heel elevation, and zero toe spring.
We recommend shoes that are widest at the ends of the toes (like a baby’s shoe), not the ball of the foot. This shape allows for natural toe splay, and will not compress your toes into a deformed position.
Lems Boulder Boot | 5 

This boot offers excellent width in the toe box – allowing for natural toe splay. This boot also accommodates Correct Toes for most people, but not everyone.
Natural feet are widest at the tips of the toes, not the ball of the foot. Correct Toes help place the toes back into natural alignment. To make sure your shoe is wide enough to accommodate natural toe splay – remove the sock liner from the shoe and stand on it while wearing Correct Toes. If your foot stays on the liner this is a good shoe. If your foot spills over the shoe liner considerably, then this shoe may be too narrow and could cause adverse effects.
Lems Boulder Boot | 4.5 

As you can see, the Boulder Boot shoe liner is slightly narrower than this man's foot.  However, due to the flexible material he is able to comfortably wear Correct Toes inside the Boulder Boot.

Note: Most people are able to wear Correct Toes inside the Boulder Boot; however, they may not accommodate someone with an extremely wide foot.

Unlike other companies that recommend “supportive” shoes - which can act like a cast, we recommend shoes that allow natural movement and articulation of your foot bones. We test each shoe for flexibility within each point of flexion and extension.
Lems Boulder Boot | 5 

This boot is extremely flexible, especially when compared to other boots on the market. Each test point offers great flexibility, and allows natural movement of the foot.

Points of Flexion & Extension     

  1. Material
  2. Heel Counter
  3. Arch
  4. Ball
  5. Ends of Toes

This boot is an excellent shoe for outdoor and casual wear; we cannot recommend this boot enough! Thank you Lems for creating a great looking, casual boot that possesses all the natural foot-healthy qualities.
Final Recommendations:
We would love to see this shoe a little bit wider in the toe box so everyone could fit Correct Toes inside.
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