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Bearded Brothers Energy Bars

Posted by Brad Maniscalco on 4/23/2014

Andrew, Steve, and I pride Lems Shoes' minimalism.  We often preach that not only our products our made using a minimalistic approach, but with the minimal amount of materials possible.  Not only do we focus the Lems' brand on minimalism, we try to incorporate the same attitude towards our lifestyles.   Therefore, anytime we see a company or brand that we feel resonates well with us, we like to spread the word to our customers as well.

Bearded Brothers is a wholesome snackfood company that specializes in energy bars made with only natural, organic ingredients.   Have an allergy? Not too worry, their bars are raw, vegan, gluten, soy free, not to mention they are pretty damn good as well. 

 Being outdoor enthusiasts with a background in health food Chris and Caleb began "Bearded Brothers" to fulfill the need for tasty organic energy bars on the go.   Unlike many of the "nutrition bars" available, Bearded Brothers ingredients list often only consists of 5 to 6 ingredients, all of which are completely natural and don't sound like something you would find in a science lab somewhere (we're lookin' at you Yellow 5).

 Available in 5 different flavors, Bearded Brothers has become a favorite in the Lems offices' allowing us chow down on something tasty without having to drop the phone!

 Check em out, www.beardedbros.com

 

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You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania

Posted by Brad Maniscalco on 4/9/2014

Hillbillies. Rednecks. Farmers. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, we have heard it all.  I didn't realize how "hick" our little Valley of Shenango actually appeared until I joined a Penn State fraternity where Sweater Vests and Boat Shoes were standard uniform for night of drinking.  So since the first time I showed up in my overalls and cowboy hat,  my friends have never let me forget how "backwoods" home happened to be. 

While I admit that we do not live in the most urban of places, there are many things to be said for the little place the Lems' Office sets up shop, and no, one of them is not the setting for Deliverance.

 

7 Things I Bet You Didn't Know About The Shenango Valley

 

1.) We have the only free golf course in the world.

 No, it's not a country club. But for being a free golf course that you can literally walk onto without paying a dime, "Dum Dum" is pretty legit.  Almost makes it a crime that instead of selling shoes we're not all professional golfers.  But after that one time I decided to hit the links alone and on my first drive I shanked the ball five feet to the left, I picked up my clubs and B-lined it back to my car, never picking up the ball and never returning to the links again.


2.) Joy Cone is located in our backyard.

Next time you grab an ice cream cone, ideally four scoops loaded with oreos, snickers, peanut butter, and then thrown into a deep fryer, take a look at the cone before you scarf it down.  Odds are that the wonderfully edible cake or sugar ice cream holder was made right here in the Valley.

 

3.)  Western PA Landmarks!

Self proclaimed as the largest shoe store and off-price fashion store (whatever that means), these two downtown Sharon gems have been landmarks for ages.   Unfortunately, much of our area has been taken over by restaurant chains and football field sized Wal Marts, so its nice to see the Mom and Pop chain stores still holding strong after all of these years.  And although we cannot speak for the Winner, Reyers stocks some pretty cool shoes (ahem Lems ahem).

 

4.) Celeb Status

Oh what's that you say, you don't have an Olympic Archer and a Super Bowl Record Holder from your hometown?? Enter, Hermitage, Pennsylvania: home of Olympic Gold Medalist Rodney White and Former NFL receiver Andre' Coleman.   If these two happen to be reading, just know that as soon as an order of 100 pairs of Lems comes from each of you, I will be the biggest advocate in making sure those statues are finally built in your honor. 

 

5. Hickory vs. Hickory Hills vs. Hermitage

Back in the day, there was a little indecisiveness about what to call this little area.  Therefore the townsfolk decided to put it to a vote with the options of Hickory, Hickory Hills, and Hermitage.  Well kids,  Hermitage won.  In my opinion, either of the other two would have been significantly better as Hermitage sounds like something straight out of Middle Earth.

 

6.)  Chocolate Rivalry

So if I haven't sold you on taking your next family vacation our way, then you better hold on to your butts.  This little piece of land between Cleveland and Pittsburgh not only has one of the best chocolate stores in the country, it has two.  Daffins and Philadelphia Candies (Why the name of Philadelphia I have no clue) both offer tours of their factories equipped with free smells and free chocolate.  And although it is hard to tell which chocolate is more scrumptious-diddily-umptious, Daffins does have an land made entirely out of chocolate.  FYI Life-sized Chocolate bunnies wins us over every time. 


Book your flights and pack your cameras because once you drive over that hill into the valley, those lights are gonna gleam like Vegas! 

 

 

 

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All Black Everything.

Posted by Brad Maniscalco on 4/7/2014

Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself 

Whether your Jordan, Jay-Z, or Brett Favre, if you're coming out of retirement, you better make sure you know what the hell you're doing. Come back too late, and you can end up playing for the Wizards gettin' schooled by 19 year olds (KOBE for President!), come back too often and the only way you can still grab people's attention anymore is by sending penis pics to a smoking-hot Jets reporter. So when you announce that you are ready to make a comeback, you better not let people down. 

Several months back we announced the Black Nine2Five and unfortunately, due to a production line that was not up to our standards, we had to pull the plug. Therefore when we say that the Black Nine2Five will FINALLY be available next month, we toe the line carefully. The last thing we want to do is "cry wolf" one to many times and star in the next Wrangler Jeans commercial, I mean that U-Shape stuff is bullshit right? 


The Black Nine2Five will be made using 100% Genuine leather and have the same fit and size as the Coffee & Cream Nine2Five. Additionally, it will feature the same zero drop, wide toe box design that Lems has become known for. Unlike the origina Nine2Five, that had a contrasting sole, the black Nine2Five will be entirely black giving your foot a more professional look. 

No longer do you need to get your grind on with the hot bridesmaid while wincing in pain and when that temp job comes to an abrupt end with Harver, Harver and Lewis, well, at least your feet won't be on fire (Probably a better punch line in there somewhere, but it's Monday so give me a break.) 

With the arrival of the Black Nine2Five will also come a replenished stock of the Coffee & Cream version as well. You're welcome World. 

Wide toe, zero drop, all black everything.



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Tom Foolery

Posted by Brad Maniscalco on 4/1/2014


Damn, the man. Save the Empire!!

Corporate America can be a bitch.  We have all had a job or two that makes us want to shove pencils through our eyelids and burn the TPS Reports to the ground. 

Companies often blur the line between professionalism and uptight, often times creating a workplace and more importantly a company that takes themselves way too seriously. 

Well, if you happen to know us or follow us on our social media (Uhhh what are you waiting for?), then you know we are not that company. 

Today is April Fools, which Mark Twain claims.. "is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four."

Yes Mr. Twain, I admit I am a fool, a joke if you will.  Often laughed at instead of with.  But if I am going down, I try to take as many down with me.  Therefore, pranks will be had.  In my younger days, I have Toilet Papered houses (We called ourselves SWAT aka Sabotage With All Toiletries) I have drawn on a passed out friends face with Sharpie, and in a rare instance or two, I have shaved an unexpected friends head. 

Now that I am grown (in age, not stature) I like to think I have matured, at least a little bit.  Instead of the aggressive acts of vandalism or physical defamation of a friend's face, I like to throw Jello at a friend's face instead.


So go ahead and play a prank on that uptight boss of yours.  You may be sitting on your couch looking at the Classifieds tomorrow, but in the end, it will be all worth it.  I mean besides telling you the Black Nine2Five was coming out months ago, have we ever steered you wrong before? 


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Find Your Inner Chi....Running

Posted by Brad Maniscalco on 3/26/2014

Let's face it, you're not going to buy crab legs to feed your dog.  So why would you buy a pair of minimalist shoes if you are not going to use them properly?  Hell, I would love to sell a billion pairs of shoes so I can roll up to the office with my Lambo sittin on 22" rims....what what, but I also don't want to be accountable for customers heading to the hospital.  And more importantly, I care about our customers (You should be proud ma!).


Therefore, when someone new to the game buys a pair of zero drop shoes, the last thing we need is for them to run around the track like they are having a muscle spasm.  Not only does it make you look bad, but what are people going to think of minimalist footwear and more specifically Lems Shoes if we have people representing our products doing this?

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In order to perfect something, we practice.  You don't step into the ring with Ali just because you think you can box (so stole this from Fast and the Furious) and you don't start booking gigs if you want to learn to play guitar.  Well my friends,  I hate to break it to you but running is no different.  It takes practice to learn how to run properly.  Don't believe me?  Then I suggest you take a little trip to your nearest Planet Fitness and I challenge you to call whatever is happening on those treadmills "running". 


Luckily, Chi Running is there to answer all of your running and (yes) walking questions.  So maybe instead of looking like a duck the next time you decide to "go for a run", you will be the smoothest mother...SHUT YO MOUTH, in the gym. 


Whether you run a mile in the park or are an elitist marathoner, Chi Running teaches how to engage your core to run more efficiently without losing speed or exerting too much energy.  


Pain in the joints, a rapid heartbeat, and simple fatigue can all be eliminated by learning to run correctly by eliminating a heel strike and utilizing a correct alignment a posture.  All can be taught by logging on to www.chirunning.com and reading an article or two next time you're on the pot instead of checking out Buzzfeed's latest post on the "top ten most adorable kittens".


Don't take our word for it, but don't look worse than this guy after running a single mile either.  

Check out Chi Running at http://www.chirunning.com and get on the right foot.

Later gators.  

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