photo credit to Mike Rigelsky of Casual-Runner









WOW! We are so thrilled to have been reviewed by Mike from Mike describes himself as a lawyer by day and a Casual Runner by night, which seems to be a great combination given the detail he put into the review was as detailed as a legal brief and as strenuous as only a runner would do!

For his first ZEM review, Mike took a pair of U Cross round toe shoes out for a spin. If you can call “100 miles in conditions ranging from temps in the low 90s all the way down to the mid 30s (Fahrenheit)” a spin.

Here are the highlights of Mike’review.

photo credit to Mike Rigelsky of Casual-Runner


Zem is a sports gear company that produces a variety of athletic footwear for sports enthusiasts who, as they say, are tired of the “same old shoe.”

And these are certainly are NOT your same old shoes! Zem’s design concepts are, well, for a lack of a better term, awesome. Their products just look cool, and that is what caught our eye and put this neat little company on our radar in the first place.

Zem divides their shoes into the following categories: running & training, sand, hiking & trail, travel, water, and yoga. Obviously, the running category appealed the most to us, but, as Casual Adventurers who enjoy a variety of activities, we wouldn’t mind checking out some of their other products as well.


Every Casual Runner knows that he or she will forever find himself or herself in a quest to find the perfect running shoe that works for his or her specific running style and conditions. I am no different. In fact, when I started running, I found myself plagued by nagging shin splints. It was not until I tried running in barefoot style shoes that I overcame this problem and could truly call myself a committed Casual Runner. As my asphalt miles increased, I moved onto minimalist (i.e. zero drop) running shoes with a little more cushioning, but I always missed the barefoot style shoes.

If you read my series on running while on vacation in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina (if you missed it, you can check it out now: Part 1 & Part 2), you know that these are not the first barefoot style running shoes I’ve used. On that trip, the Fila Skeletoes I wore for running on the beach shredded the skin on my ankles and caused some not-fun bleeding. I wanted to find a barefoot style shoe that works for me, sans any bleeding or other injury. Hence, I decided to give Zem a shot, and I was glad that I did.

If you’d like to see the full article for the ‘who, where, when, and how’click here: