I’ve got oddly shaped feet – specifically my heels. An unfortunate side effect of this is that leather shoes tend to be more trouble than they’re worth. They’re rigid, they’re sharp, they make me bleed. This often has me avoiding leather shoes altogether. That, or bearing a painful period of breaking them in. That’s what I was expecting when I tried on the LEMS Shoes Mariners – boy, was I wrong.

Look how flexible! Photo Credit: lemsshoes.com

They look like the typical boat shoe, made hugely popular among millennials thanks to Sperry, but they feel more like an athletic slipper. Flexible and conformed to the feet, they fit the foot like a glove in the best way possible. After wearing them for several days straight, I’ve got no blisters and no raw skin, something I’ve never been able to say about a leather shoe before. As an added bonus, they’ve got quite a bit of traction – something standard for a boat shoe, though I’ve found it more helpful on slick Colorado ice. Want to check them out? Purchase them here.

A company out of Boulder, Colorado, LEMS Shoes is a family-owned company that aims to create sustainable shoes. Aside from their line of boat shoes, they’ve also got a long list of athletic footwear and boots.

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