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Best Camping Shoes

Featuring our unique KURUSOLE midsole for increased performance and support as you breach camp at the summit.

Updated on May 31, 2024

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If you’re a hiker, backpacker, or simply an adventure junkie, you know that wearing the best camp shoes makes life a lot easier, as it provides enough comfort that you and your feet need after hiking all day. While appreciating the beauty of nature—the magnificent views, the birds singing, and the sense of pride and fulfillment for reaching the summit—your feet should also remain safe, comfortable, and pain-free.

Fortunately, KURU has camp shoes designed with comfort, support, and performance in mind. Whether you’re looking for ultralight camp shoes, backpacking camp shoes, or lightweight camp shoes, you should pick the one that excels in durability, packability, foot protection, and more, like our KURU shoes. Shop our camping shoes for men and women now to be more equipped for your next adventure!

What are Camping Shoes?

Camping shoes refer to footwear that you wear once you arrive at the camp after a hot, long day of hiking. They let your feet breathe and remain clean and healthy. In case your active shoes get wet, a dry, quality pair of shoes for camping will keep your feet protected.

The best camping shoes help you avoid rashes, blisters, fungus, and other types of foot pain. They’re also super comfy and give your feet enough time to recover. If you have achy joints or tired feet, then wearing camp shoes is more necessary and beneficial than you think.

  • Man wearing KURU QUEST trail hiking shoes for camping sitting in her tent.

How To Pair Your Camping Shoes and When To Wear Them

Camping shoes are all about comfort, so wear them with a plain shirt and shorts. While you can choose any color you like, make sure they’re moisture-wicking to absorb enough heat and moisture from your body. Lighter and pastel shades are also perfect for summer camping.

Whether you pair your camping shoes with shorts and pants, choose quick-drying ones for added convenience. Complete your cool and comfy camping look with a sun hat and sunglasses to freely explore the surroundings while staying protected under the sun.

Whether it’s a rainy day or not, bring a rain jacket when going camping. You can easily pair yellow, blue, red, and more with the same color of shoes for camping or classic ones like black. For the winter and fall seasons, you can wear your camp shoes with some layers, like thermal gear, shirts and fleece jackets, and waterproof pants. You can also wear a nice pair of gloves for added style and protection. You can just remove the layers when it gets too hot.

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Camping Gear Checklist

Gear up for your camping adventure with the ultimate checklist created for you by our KURU gurus.

To help make your camping experience a success, we’ve prepared the following checklist for you. We’ve covered the basics and added some extras, but you can modify the list, depending on your plan and group:

  • Shelter and Sleep: sleeping bags, tent, footprint, stakes, sleeping pads, camping pillows, camping blanket, camp chair, camp table, and flashlight, headlamp and extra batteries.
  • Camp Kichen: stove and fuel, matches, cooler, food containers, biodegradable soap, spong, garbage bag, can or bottle opener, cookware and utensils, and pots, pans and other kitchen kits.
  • Clothes and Shoes: Long- and short-sleeved shirts, quick-drying shorts or pants, underwear, good camping shoes, socks, gloves, rain pants, rain jacket, sleepwear, and towel.
  • Miscellaneous: camera and batteries, sunscreen, books, candles, sunglasses, tissues, first aid kit, water filter, and saw or ax.

FAQs

  • What shoes do you wear on a campsite?

    You should wear camping shoes that are comfortable, lightweight, breathable, and durable. Whether you prefer camping boots or ultralight camp shoes, pick shoes that let your feet rest and recover from a long day of hiking like KURU.

  • Are your shoes considered orthopedic shoes?

    While our shoes are not currently considered orthopedic by a medical standard, we have received thousands of positive reviews from customers who say their KURUs helped reduce or eliminate their pain.

  • How do I know which shoes to buy? Which is best for me?

    The best shoe for you will depend on your unique foot type and the style you’re looking for.

    The best shoes for men and women alike offer adequate arch support and cushion. Whether you’re looking for bright blue shoes, dark blue shoes, or white shoes with blue accents, KURUs line of pain-relieving footwear help alleviate foot pain symptoms for all-day comfort.

  • How is the arch support of KURU shoes?

    KURU shoes deliver excellent arch support without the need for thick inserts or expensive, custom orthotics.

    Superior arch support starts with our patented KURUSOLE technology, which delivers natural cushioning and dynamically hugs your heel with every step. Every foot is unique, and our ULTIMATE INSOLES adapt to fit your needs by using your own body heat to custom-mold to the shape of your feet over time.

    The corrective nature of our superior arch support is designed to neutralize your weight distribution and place your foot in the best anatomical position. This support can take some getting used to. We suggest slowly breaking in your new shoes over the course of 2–3 weeks.

  • I just received a pair of your shoes and my feet are sore/hurt after wearing them. Why is that?

    Some customers experience tenderness when they first start wearing a new pair of KURUs. That’s ok! Your body may need time to adjust to the new levels of anatomical support you experience with our patented KURUSOLE technology. Our shoes are also designed to mold to your unique foot shape, which takes a bit of a break-in period.

    To help mitigate this, we suggest you follow our break-in procedure, including wearing your KURUs for a couple hours per day around the house in the first couple of weeks as they break in and form to your foot.

In our 2024 study on foot pain across America, we found that a significant proportion of individuals sought professional assistance from podiatrists due to various foot ailments. Among the 2,500 survey respondents experiencing foot pain, a notable 12% cited plantar fasciitis as their primary concern.

Explore the latest foot pain trends, common causes of pain, treatment and prevention plans for maintained foot health in our 2024 Foot Pain Trends Report!

Key Considerations Before Making Your Purchase

To pick camping shoes that fit well, don’t trust the given shoe size as each manufacturer has different standards. Get your feet measured at the end of the day too, as it’s when they’re fully expanded. Also, there should be a finger-width space between the end of the camping shoe and your longest toe.

When choosing the best backpacking camping shoes, look for these factors for a more well-informed purchasing decision as well as safe and comfortable feet:

  • Comfort
    Whether it’s lightweight camp shoes, backpacking camp shoes, or camping boots, these types of footwear are meant to give you relief from a sweaty pair of active shoes. Thus, make sure they’re comfortable enough like KURU, which has unique patented technology giving your feet maximum comfort.
    Comfort
  • Packability and Weight
    Lightweight and packable camp shoes make your backpacking or hiking adventure a little bit easier. Some camping shoes can be packed down into tiny balls, while others can be packed in pockets. You can also hang backpacking camp shoes outside your bag if they don’t compress. Then, for weight, choose between six and 12 ounces and not over a pound.
    Packability and Weight
  • Durability
    The best camping shoes, like those we offer at KURU, last for several years. They may not be the main shoes you’ll use when hiking, but they should be able to withstand rocky conditions in the camp and protect you from different water sources.
    Durability
  • Breathability
    The camp shoes should also be breathable enough to let your feet air out and keep your feet clean.
    Breathability

Three Layers of Support

At KURU, we pride ourselves on our unique approach to shoe design. We believe that shoes should be shaped to fit the natural contours of your feet, which is why we create every pair in three distinct support layers, not just an insole.

 

Our revolutionary ergonomic design starts with a curved footbed and adds unparalleled triple-layer support that includes shock-absorbing KURUCLOUD, heel-cupping KURUSOLE, and arch-supporting ULTIMATE INSOLES. The result? Shoes that are so comfortable you’ll stop thinking about your feet.

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    KURUSOLE

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    KURUCLOUD

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    ULTIMATE INSOLE

  • How KURU brings relief

    KURUSOLE

    Our patented KURUSOLE technology feels like a gentle hug for your heels with its heel-cupping design. It also dynamically flexes with every step for natural cushioning and maximum foot protection. From reduced pain and impact to all-day comfort, you can rely on the best backpacking camp shoes with our KURUSOLE midsole.

Our Secret

Animated GIF showing KURUSOLE tech in KURU shoes vs. typical flat interiors for plantar fasciitis pain.
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2nd pair of KURU comfortable shoes. My second pair of Kuru shoes and love them sooooo much. Beautiful, comfortable and I am pain free no more walking on glass. I can look forward to camping and walking up hills. Walking pain FREE. Thank YOU Kuru.

SANDRA J.

A foot saver. My second pair of Kuru shoes and love them sooooo much. Beautiful, comfortable and I am pain free no more walking on glass. I can look forward to camping and walking up hills. Walking pain FREE. Thank YOU Kuru.

WARREN

Women’s DRAFT house shoe. I love these shoes! I got tired of my house slippers wearing out so soon. I needed something sturdier. These shoes fit the bill! Comfortable and easy to use. In fact, I’m planning on using them for middle of the night bathroom runs while camping too. They are so easy to slip on and have great traction. I’m so glad I have these.

Cindy K.

Surpassed My High Expectations. I had always heard great things about Kuru footwear but these shoes are even better than I could have hoped. I’ve been wearing them regularly for 6 months and have no complaints. I tend to have very sensitive feet yet there is no pain or discomfort with Chicane. I’ve been especially impressed with the strength and durability of the shoe; I’ve been camping and hiking, even in the snow, and they’re quite rugged. Thanks Kuru!!

Kurt

Helping with my plantar fasciitis. I have been struggling with getting rid of my plantar fasciitis for months when I heard about Kuru’s shoes and I am pleased to say that they are helping. When I wear them to work or around town, there is a definite relief in my feet, especially that initial pain when getting out of bed in the morning. I haven’t been wearing them full time because I haven’t wanted to ruin my new shoes doing yard work, hiking through creeks or camping but now I am thinking of buying a second pair just for work so I can get the ones I have dirty and be in Kuru’s full time since I can see that they are helping.

Krista F.

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