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Updated on May 31, 2024

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You’re working hard to get fit, but your old fitness sneakers aren’t cutting it. Even if you’re pounding the pavement or hitting the gym, if you’re still wearing those same old sneakers from years ago, you’re not getting the most out of your workout.

It’s time for a change. Our patented KURUSOLE midsole provides improved performance and makes for the best shoes for high fitness. The KURUSOLE helps you tone muscles, burn calories, and increase endurance while providing superior comfort and support. These are the best fitness sneakers to help you achieve your fitness goals, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned athlete.

KURU shoes are perfect for any activity or workout; they’re truly the best shoes for functional fitness, and they have a sleek, stylish design to boot. You’ll love how they feel on your feet—and you’ll love being able to achieve more in less time.

What are Fitness Shoes?

Welcome to our comprehensive guide to fitness shoes, where we’ll help you navigate the world of athletic footwear and find the perfect pair to support your active lifestyle. Choosing the right fitness shoes is crucial for maximizing performance, preventing injuries, and ensuring overall comfort during your workouts. In this guide, we’ll cover everything from understanding different types of fitness shoes to important factors to consider when making your selection. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just starting your fitness journey, we’re here to provide you with valuable insights and expert tips to make the best choice for your feet. Get ready to step up your game and find the ultimate fitness shoes that will take your workouts to new heights.

With countless options available in the market, finding the ideal fitness shoes can feel overwhelming. But fear not! Our guide will break down the key factors to consider when choosing fitness shoes, such as cushioning, stability, breathability, and traction. We’ll help you understand the specific features that cater to different activities, whether you’re into running, cross-training, or high-intensity workouts. Furthermore, we’ll delve into the importance of proper fit and provide practical advice on measuring your feet and trying on shoes to ensure optimal comfort and support. From discussing the latest advancements in shoe technology to sharing insider tips on maintenance and longevity, our guide has you covered every step of the way. Get ready to find the perfect fitness shoes that will support your goals and inspire you to push beyond your limits.

  • A woman exercising while wearing KURU QUANTUM women's fitness shoes.

How To Pair Your Fitness Shoes and When To Wear Them

When it comes to pairing fitness shoes, finding the right combination of style, comfort, and functionality is key. Whether you’re hitting the gym, going for a run, or simply running errands, how you pair your fitness shoes can make a difference in both your performance and overall look.

From matching them with appropriate workout attire to considering the specific features of your shoes, here are some essential tips to help you create stylish and functional outfits that suit your fitness activities. So, lace up those shoes and let’s dive into the world of pairing fitness shoes!

  • Choose appropriate workout attire
    Match your fitness shoes with suitable workout clothing, such as leggings, shorts, or workout pants.
    Choose appropriate workout attire
  • Consider activity level and intensity
    Opt for shoes with enhanced support and stability for high-impact activities like running or aerobics.
    Consider activity level and intensity
  • Coordinate color and style
    Create a cohesive look by coordinating the color and style of your fitness shoes with your outfit.
    Coordinate color and style
  • Prioritize comfort and moisture-wicking
    Select breathable and moisture-wicking socks to keep your feet comfortable and dry during workouts.
    Prioritize comfort and moisture-wicking
  • Adapt to weather conditions
    Pair your fitness shoes with appropriate layers or outerwear to stay comfortable in varying temperatures.
    Adapt to weather conditions
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Fitness Shoe Care Tips

Proper care for your fitness shoes is essential to keeping them in good condition and preventing foot pain down the road. Here are some tips from KURU on how to best take care of your fitness shoes.

When it comes to fitness shoes, there are several features and factors to consider, including the following:

  • Clean them regularly with water and a mild detergent. Avoid harsh chemicals or bleach, as these can damage the materials and colors of your shoes.
  • Let wet shoes dry completely before storing them away. Wet shoes can allow mold and mildew to grow, which can smell bad, damage your shoes, and cause foot pain.
  • Store your shoes in a cool, dry place when you’re not wearing them. Avoid storing them in direct sunlight or near heat sources, as this can damage the materials and cause them to break down.
  • Replace shoes as soon as they begin to show signs of wear. Worn-out shoes can cause foot pain and injuries.


  • What are fitness shoes?

    Fitness shoes are specialized shoes designed to provide comfort, support, and stability during high-intensity workouts.

  • Can I measure my foot to determine my shoe size?

    While it is possible to measure your foot to determine your shoe size, KURU cannot recommend a size based on inches, centimeters, or a foot sketch. We offer free returns, exchanges, and shipping on all of our footwear so you can try them on before committing to them.

  • Do you sell replacement insoles or sock liners?

    We are happy to offer free replacements on ULTIMATE INSOLES for the lifetime of the shoe. While we don’t offer inserts as a separate purchase, you can always contact a KURU GURU for a free replacement if your ULTIMATE INSOLES wear out or suffer damage.

  • Are your shoes considered orthopedic shoes?

    Even though KURU shoes were not initially intended to be orthopedic shoes, thousands of our customers say they experience relief from various foot conditions—including bunions!

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

    There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as your optimal shoe will vary depending on several factors. These include the type of exercise you plan to do, your foot type, and any existing foot pain or problems that you have. That being said, our team of experts can help you choose the perfect shoe for your workout.

Foot pain significantly impacts daily activities and independence, diminishing physical function, mobility, and overall quality of life, thus limiting routine tasks such as walking, standing, and exercising and increasing dependence on others.


In fact, 66% of respondents in our study reported their ability to walk as being affected by foot pain.

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!

Features of Fitness Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

No matter what features you’re looking for in fitness shoes, it’s important that they fit properly and offer ample support for your feet and joints. Do your research and try on several different pairs of shoes before making your final decision.

There are several features and factors to consider, including the following:

  • Fit
    Finding the right fit for your fitness shoes is essential to prevent foot pain and injuries. Try on various different pairs of shoes to find a pair that properly fits your feet and provides ample support.
  • Style
    There are many styles available, from minimalist shoes to sporty and athletic sneakers. Choose the style that fits the best with your workout routine and personal fashion sense.
  • Weight
    Fitness shoes can vary significantly in weight, from light and airy designs to heavier options that provide more support. Consider the type of workouts you’ll be doing and how much support you’ll need before selecting a pair of shoes.
  • Cushioning
    One of the most important features of fitness shoes is the amount of cushioning. Consider the type of workouts you’ll be doing and your foot strike to determine the amount of cushioning you need.

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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  • How KURU brings relief


    Our patented KURUSOLE flexes with each step, providing the precise level of the heel, ankle, and arch support that your feet need. The KURUSOLE flexes with each step, providing the precise level of the heel, ankle, and arch support that your feet need.

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Animated GIF showing KURUSOLE tech in KURU shoes vs. typical flat interiors for plantar fasciitis pain.
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Best Shoes Ever! I had plantar fasciitis a few years ago and it was miserable so when I felt it coming back in my right foot recently, I knew I had to get decent shoes. After a week of wearing these shoes and stretching exercises, the pain has lessened a great deal. I DEFINITELY recommend these shoes!

Betty M

Very Comfortable. Bought these for light exercise. In the few months that I’ve had them, they have not disappointed. This is the third pair of shoes I’ve bought from KURU. All of them are great.

Christian R

Best shoes ever for me!!! What a big difference they make on my feet. I have plantar fasciitis and these shoes do the job. I can stay on my feet longer and do all my exercises without my feet hurting. Very happy with my purchase.


Three pairs. When I turned about 41 years old, I learned that I had a congenital disorder called metatarsus adductus. At first, I thought it was “turf toe” from doing burpees, but then the bunion formed at an exponential rate. Long story short, I have had it surgically repaired and my feet are wider than ever. These shoes have enabled me to get back to exercise and even running so much so that I now have three pairs!


Excellent fit and support. Wore them after 1 week of breaking in around the house to a dance exercise class. My feet felt wonderful after the class. No aches or burning heels.

Linda K

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