Lems Mesa Hiker Sneakers Huckberry Review



Scouting Report: Perfect for backpacking, street walking, travel and more, these stylish shoes have excellent grip, water resistance = and even store easily.

I generally despise unitaskers, whether in the kitchen or in the closet. Finding clothes, especially in summer, should be about longevity. That’s why I was so excited to try out a pair of Lems, shoes that seem like they can go pretty much anywhere from the trail to the office.

The first thing I noticed about Lems Mesa was how light they were. Putting them on I felt like I was barefoot, well, with a lot more traction. Unlike your average sneaker, the Lems come with a rubber outsole that works wonders on sidewalks as well as dirt roads. But are they hiking shoes? I’m not sure, although they did a great job on a hike I used them. While they don’t offer much ankle support, the construction is sturdy despite being lightweight, and the tight knit upper has adapted very well to my feet. And with all that, I haven’t slipped once. I was actually climbing rocks like I was wearing a sturdy pair of boots. Beyond that they are extremely waterproof – I walked into a puddle and within minutes they were dry again.

And yet, while these turned out to be great on a hike, that’s not why I fell in love. Instead, what I found most impressive was how stylish they are. Every time I put them on I feel like I’m wearing chic sneakers, not something I took to hike a rugged trail. And beyond their style, they also have another impressive feature. They are foldable and can easily be stored in a backpack or crammed into a suitcase. These are definitely the perfect travel shoes, but putting them in that box would be limiting: these are the perfect shoes for any shoe, and I love them for that.

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