Primal 2 VS. Primal 3: The Differences

Primal 2 VS. Primal 3: The Differences

Primal 2 vs. Primal 3: What's the Difference?

A shoe is more than just a fashion statement; it's a vital part of how we interact with the world. At Lems, we understand that the right footwear should not only look good but also prioritize your foot health, comfort, and performance. That's why we're excited to introduce you to the evolution of our Primal series by bringing you the Primal 3. In this detailed comparison, we'll explore how the Lems Primal 3 builds upon the solid foundation of the Primal 2, delivering even more features and benefits to your feet.

Quick Overview

The Primal 3 stands as a testament to our commitment to continuous improvement, customer feedback, and sustainable practices. This new model introduces advancements that elevate the wearer's experience:

  • Outsole Enhancements: The Primal 3 features a wider footprint, offering improved weight distribution and stability.
  • Sizing Options: The introduction of half sizes significantly increases the likelihood of finding the perfect fit.
  • Insole Advancements: The switch to a recycled PU insole aligns with eco-conscious values without compromising on foot support.
  • Consistent Upper Design: Retaining the upper design from the Primal 2 ensures that the transition to the Primal 3 is seamless for existing fans, while still appealing to new customers.


Heel Drop
  • Widest toe box
  • 9mm stack height
  • Outsole: Lems IBR
  • Rounded heel shape on outsole
  • Lower sidewalls
  • Widest toe box
  • 9.5mm stack height
  • Outsole: Lems IBR
  • Wider footprint for more ground contact
  • Higher sidewalls
Whole sizes only
Whole & half sizes
6.9 oz (M10 / W11.5)
8.6 oz (M10 / W11.5) 


Outsole Enhancements

The Primal 3 is made with our Widest Fit Last, just like the Primal 2. The difference is that we developed a new outsole on the Primal 3 with a wider footprint for more ground contact underneath the foot. 

  • Balanced Weight Distribution: The increased overall outsole width ensures that your body weight is spread out more evenly, reducing the pressure points on your feet. This even weight distribution enhances comfort during various activities. For those with lower arches and flat feet, you will find that this is a big improvement. But for those with high arches, you may feel very little, to no difference. 
  • Higher Sidewalls - When examining the Lems Primal 3 from a lateral view, you may notice a visual difference — the sidewalls now wrap up higher on the sides. This is a deliberate design choice aimed at improving both fit and lateral stability. The higher side walls provide a snugger fit around the contours of your feet, cradling them comfortably.

Sizing Options

With the Lems Primal 2 being available only in whole sizes, it presented a dilemma for those who found themselves between sizes, leading to a compromise on either a slightly snug or somewhat loose fit. We are so happy to announce that the Primal 3 will now be offered in half sizes! With a more precise fit now available, wearers can enjoy heightened comfort and better performance. 

Insole Advancements

The Lems Primal 3 brings a significant upgrade in comfort and sustainability with its new removable insole. Reflecting our ongoing commitment to enhancing wearer experience and environmental responsibility, the Primal 3 features an insole made from recycled PU. Despite being recycled, the quality of the PU insole is not compromised. It provides a comfortable, cushioned base, ensuring foot comfort throughout the day.

Consistent Upper Design

For those who have grown accustomed to the fit and feel of the Primal 2, the transition to the Primal 3 will be smooth and natural. The consistent upper and fit, combined with the improved features mentioned above, make upgrading an easy and appealing choice.

While the Lems Primal 3 introduces several significant upgrades, it’s reassuring for fans of the series to know that there has been no change in the upper or fit from the Primal 2. This commitment to maintaining the aspects that customers already love ensures a seamless transition to the newest model.

By keeping the upper consistent, we ensure that long-time wearers of the Primal series can confidently choose the Primal 3 without concerns about a different feel or fit. This familiarity is crucial in building brand loyalty and customer satisfaction.

Primal 3 Uses

Whether for everyday wear, light running, or walking, the Primal 3 provides balance of comfort and responsiveness making this shoe versatile for various activities:

  • Everyday use
  • Light exercise
  • Walking/jogging
  • Around town
  • Casual wear

We invite you to experience the enhanced comfort and performance of the Primal 3. The upgrades are designed to elevate your footwear experience while maintaining the familiar feel you love. The Primal 3 offers an excellent opportunity to step into the world of minimalist footwear with a product that has been refined and improved based on years of customer feedback and expert design.

In conclusion, the Lems Primal 3 is more than just a new model in a product line; it's a symbol of evolution, attention to detail, and a deep understanding of what makes minimalist footwear effective and enjoyable. Whether you're a long-time enthusiast or new to the minimalist shoe journey, the Lems Primal 3 is poised to offer a superior experience that combines the best of comfort, health, and style.

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