Thursday, February 26, 2015

I have a job that requires me to wear dress shoes at least 4 days a week.  Since I started running I found it very difficult to find comfortable dress shoes that did not compress my toes or have a heel drop that was too high.  I was told about a company that makes zero drop shoes with minimal cushioning and a wide toe box.  That company is called Lems.

Lems is a 100% family owned company that started designing their shoes in 2008.  After three long years of making prototypes, they sold their first shoe in 2011.  Lems believes in only including materials that are needed and eliminating the rest, “…no gimmicks, no fluff.”  From their first design, their goal was to develop a shoe that considers the foot and what it needs; a flat, flexible shoe that fits the natural shape of the foot.

While Lems has a full line of casual shoes, boots, and dress shoes, I am only reviewing their dress shoe today.  The Nine2five comes in Black, Mocha, or Coffee&cream.  I tried the black shoe because it is typically what I wear to work.  These shoes are incredibly light, weighing in at around 8.6 ounces.  They are so flexible that you can literally fold them in half!  The Nine2five is made with 100% genuine leather and looks great.  The shape is a little different than most dress shoes because they have that wider toe box, but I like the look.

I have been wearing them for almost 2 months now because I wanted to see how they would feel and wear before I posted a review.  What I found was that after the first day or two, which they felt kind of weird, I fell in love with the shoes.  My initial uncertainty came from not being used to a zero drop dress shoe with a wide toe box, since most dress shoes fall on the other end of the spectrum with a high heel drop and very narrow toe boxes. 

Lems uses top of the line materials and it shows.  My old shoes used to come apart between the upper and the outsole from bending down and playing with my kids after work.  These shoes look just as good today as they did the day I got them, and they keep feeling more comfortable with every use. 

If you are looking for a comfortable dress shoe that is great for your feet, give the Nine2five a try.  You can buy them at the Lems website for around $125.  They have great customer service and even sent me an email asking how I liked the shoes a few weeks after they arrived in the mail. It was a personalized email too, not a canned one.  Now that’s customer service!   I love Lems and I am sure you will too.    

Note:  I received this product in exchange for a review.  The review is my personal opinion of the product and I was not required to give a particular opinion of it.  I am not a doctor, so please use all of the products that I review at your own risk.

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