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Best Jumping Shoes

Lightweight flexible design with stability and bounce back resistance for functional training in comfort.

Jump for joy! Not in pain. Jumping can take many forms—from jumping rope to Burpees during your HIIT workout to your favorite Zumba class. Regardless of why you leap, jump landings can represent quite a bit of impact on your body.

High-quality jump shoes that feature lightweight, shock-absorbing cushion and bounce-back for safe landings can help protect your joints and ligaments for healthy, happy feet.

KURU offers athletic footwear with plenty of cushion, shock-absorbing foams, and lightweight materials that can help support you in your fitness journey.

What are Jumping Shoes?

Jumping shoes are a form of athletic footwear that help you achieve better energy return and agility through the use of shock-absorbing foams, lightweight materials, and a stable base.

Jumping shoes are a great choice for high-impact athletic activities to help cushion bones, joints, and ligaments. Paratroopers in the military even use specialized jump boots to help boost ankle support and reduce impact of their landings. Ultimately, the best shoes for jumping are those that help reduce impact and maximize energy return. Lightweight shoes that feature shock-absorbing EVA foam can help you jump higher and land softer.

A few features to look out for when searching for jumping shoes of your own are shock-absorbing EVA foam, plenty of arch support and cushion, and a wide, stable base for healthy landings.

  • A woman wearing KURU ATOM shoes for jumping jumping on a boardwalk bridge

How To Pair Your Jumping Shoes and When to Wear Them

Wondering how to wear your jumping shoes? Our KURU GURUs outline tips for wearing jumping shoes below.

Jumping shoes can be styled with any type of athletic or athleisure outfit. The more flexibility and breathability your attire has, the better it can support you in jump-heavy workouts.

The best activities to wear jumping shoes are athletic activities that require consistent explosive movements or landings. Here are a few examples!

  • Jumping rope
    When jumping rope, you are essentially pushing off the ground and landing repeatedly. This action can put a lot of strain on your body, so be sure to support your joints and ligaments with footwear that features shock-absorbing foams.
    Jumping rope
  • Agility training
    Agility shoes not only need to offer shock absorption, they also should provide a level of lateral stability and rubber outsoles for traction, so you can effectively make side-to-side movements with reduced risk for injury.
    Agility training
  • Zumba class
    Zumba class can be a high-octane work out with plenty of high-impact, dance-like movements. Choosing a lightweight, shock-absorbing shoe with a rubber outsole for traction can help support you as you fly.
    Zumba class
  • HIIT workouts
    A power-packed workout, HIIT training is made up of a series of fast-paced intervals, often with high-impact cardio bursts like Burpees or jumping jacks. Support your stamina with shock-absorbing footwear that helps reduce the impact of each landing.
    HIIT workouts
  • Jumping sports
    Sports that require consistent jumps and landings—such as basketball, tennis, and volleyball—are fantastic candidates for jumping shoes. A lightweight, shock-absorbing pair can help support your body through long bursts of high-impact activity.
    Jumping sports

Fitness Shoe Care Tips

Proper care for your jumping 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 jumping shoes.

  • Protect your footwear from the elements and everyday spills with a preventive spritz of KURU Shield, our proprietary blend of shoe protector spray. This water-repellent layer works on all shoe materials and helps safeguard your footwear from water.
  • Refresh a pair of athletic shoes with our KURU Shoe Cleaning Kit. Equipped with an all-material shoe cleaner, cleaning brush and microfiber cloth, this kit helps your shoes last.
  • Allow your fitness sneakers to dry out between workouts, away from sunlight. Sweat and sunlight can prematurely break down materials.
  • Always wear socks with your jumping footwear. This will help reduce your risk of blisters and create a barrier against sweat and bacteria. Keeping bacteria and sweat at bay can help extend the life of your shoes and reduce the risk of odor over time.


  • What are the best shoes for jumping?

    The best shoes for jumping are those that help you go farther with less effort. Shoes that are lightweight and feature shock-absorbing EVA foam help you jump higher and land softer.

  • What are the best shoes for jumping rope?

    Some features to look out for when searching for the best jump rope shoes are shock-absorbing EVA foam, arch support, cushion, and a wide, stable base for healthy landings.

  • 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.

  • Can I use custom orthotics with KURU shoes?

    Due to the anatomical shape of the KURUSOLE, custom orthotics with a rounded heel fit best inside our shoes. If the underside of the custom orthotic (the part that sits on the footbed) is squared off, then it may not fit into our deep heel cup—which is rounded like your foot.

    That said, many of our customers tell us the KURUSOLE technology offers better support and stability than they expected, and that they don’t need to wear their custom orthotics with KURU shoes.

  • 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.

Athletes, active individuals, and even those embarking on a new fitness regimen face a higher risk of experiencing foot and ankle injuries, whether from trauma or overuse.


In fact, 47% of respondents in our study reported that their foot pain began due to an injury.

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

Explore the process of selecting and fitting the ideal jumping shoe for your feet and fitness goals.

Regardless of the type of activity you’ll use your jumping shoes for, keep an eye out for these key features as you hunt for a jumping shoe.

  • EVA foam
    EVA foam is a form of shock-absorbing foam that helps reduce impact and offer better energy return to your body.
    EVA foam
  • Plenty of arch support
    Arch support that molds to and protects your arches can help reduce the strain on your feet during high-impact activities.
    Plenty of arch support
  • Ergonomic fit
    Shoes designed with your feet in mind help ensure your shoes work with your body instead of against it. Look for footwear with a contoured footbed and a flexible upper that can move with you.
    Ergonomic fit
  • Wide, sturdy base
    In a jump, your landing is just as important as your takeoff. A wide, sturdy base in a shoe can help keep your landing as stable as possible.
    Wide, sturdy base
  • Structured support
    Choose a shoe that offers structured stability in the upper—especially when doing quick, side-to-side movements.
    Structured support

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 plate features a unique design that cups and protects the heel and allows for dynamic flexion with each step. This superior support helps utilize our body’s natural cushioning system, the heel’s fat pad, so you can last through every Burpee.

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Best Training Sneaker For All My Activities. I almost never write reviews. But, I had to review ALL of the shoes I’ve purchased from KURU. If I could have an entire shoe and boot wardrobe from this brand, I would! The QUANTUM is like walking on clouds! It’s practically cured my plantar fasciitis and my heel spur. I take Zumba & Spin Classes in these sneakers plus lift weights. They are great for all the squats, leg lunges and burpees I do. They’re even great for all the jumping jacks & mountain climbers I do in my cross training workout classes. BEST Training Sneaker I’ve ever purchased. Will keep buying KURU for every activity I can!

Angelica In The City

The most comfortable shoe I have ever worn! I broke my 5th metarsal at the base & i have a plantar spur In each foot so I bought these shoes 10 weeks ago for additional support, I just cant believe how much they have helped me, I feel absolutely no discomfort, I can jump up and and down and walk for miles….thank you so much Kuru…I am so looking forward to the slippers when you make more….size 11 for me;)

Shawn Godin

So Comfy. Didn’t take me long to break in this shoe. I Crossfit and had debilitating bone spurs. Today, tried the Kuru’s in the WOD with box jumps. My partner said I landed so softly that she could hear me as if I was a butterfly with sore feet. A compliment when I weigh 180lbs! Lol!


Good shoe for working out. I like the support they give during working out. I bought a 10 since I’m usually 9 1/2 Wide. They fit pretty well though the toe box is a bit snug. But the support is good an they absorb the shock of jumping jacks, etc well.

Nathan P.

Ohhhhhh my. I am so happy with this shoe. I have chronic metatarslia. Have had 400.00$ insoles made for my work shoes. I bought these for exercise. They are every bit as good as my custom insoles. I can jump again without pain. I plan on buying more for running around and some insoles for my dressier shoes. Sooooo happy.

Tammy S

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