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Best Shoes for Seniors

Lightweight and adaptable design for better foot health and mobility.

We’re guessing even Grandpa and Grandma don’t want to hear the words “old man shoes” or “old lady shoes” when describing their footwear. But since many orthopedic footwear options pay more attention to comfort than style, there can be a bit of a stereotype.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself, Dad, or Grandma, finding easy slip-on shoes for seniors can be an undertaking—especially if you want a cushioned footbed and arch support along with them.

KURU offers some of the best shoes for seniors with anti-slip or slip-on options, shock-absorbing cushion, superior arch support, and deep heel cup that can help promote stability and alignment.

Just because the number on the calendar has changed doesn’t mean your feet can’t stay feeling a little younger.

What are Senior Shoes?

Shoes for seniors or the elderly are footwear that helps support mature feet with plenty of cushion and arch support, an easy slip-on design, or anti-slip materials.

The best shoes for elderly with balance problems are those that feature an anti-slip outsole for traction, a deep heel cup for better alignment, and cushion and arch support to provide stability and comfort.

We are all built with natural cushioning in our heels—charmingly called the “fat pad.” However, over the years—especially when we wear flat, unsupportive shoes—our heel’s fat pad breaks down and no longer cushions us as it should.

Every KURU shoe is designed with unique KURUSOLE technology, which helps contain and preserve the fat pad, keeping your feet as young and healthy as possible.

KURU offers comfortable slip-on designs, anti-slip options, and shoes with wide toe boxes or wide widths—perfect for mature feet. Our superior arch support and cushion helps reduce the risk of common foot pain conditions, including plantar fasciitis.

  • Woman wearing KURU BREEZE shoes for seniors relaxes in the sunshine.

Types of Senior Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

Senior shoes that fill well can improve stability and reduce injury. Find comfort and support with the help of KURU.

The best shoes for elderly and seniors are easy to put on and take off, have traction to stabilize each step, and feature superior arch support and cushion to protect the feet from foot pain conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

Here are a few styles of footwear for seniors.

  • Anti-slip Footwear
    Anti-slip shoes provide excellent traction on slippery surfaces for improved balance. Slip-resistant footwear are some of the best shoes for elderly with balance problems to keep them as stable and secure as possible.
    Anti-slip Footwear
  • Slip-on Styles
    These versatile, comfortable styles are easy to put on and take off—a must as we get older. Many slip-on styles feature mesh or knit uppers for added comfort.
    Slip-on Styles
  • Athletic Shoes
    Athletic footwear—with either a traditional tongue or a sock-like, one-piece fit—is an excellent choice for seniors. The shock-absorbing design, flexible uppers, and stable soles can keep you comfortable for long periods on your feet.
    Athletic Shoes

Fall Prevention: Simple Tips to Prevent Falls

Falls Can Endanger the Health and Independence of Seniors and Elderly. Find Some Simple Tips Below From Our Kuru Gurus on Staying Safe.

No one can completely prevent the physical signs of aging (and we happen to think there’s a ton of beauty in them!), but there are a few steps you can take to help preserve your stability for as long as possible.

After all, falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults, ages 65 and up. To help reduce your chance of slips and falls, here are a few simple tips.

Add strengthening exercises. Hip, leg, and foot strength is a must for balance, and we naturally lose muscle mass and stability as we age (strength = stability!). Adding a few strengthening exercises to your routine each week can help keep your legs and feet strong for a more secure foundation.

Make walking a part of your routine. Adding a daily walk to each day can help seniors and the elderly maintain a healthy level of activity and maintain bone and muscle mass to help promote balance and stability. Walking 30 minutes per day can reduce your risk of heart disease by 35% and Type 2 Diabetes by 40%!

Wear supportive, anti-slip footwear. When buying shoes for seniors or elderly women and men, it’s smart to consider footwear with support, ease of use, and slip resistance to help prevent falls. Consider a slip-on shoe with breathable mesh like our STRIDE, or walking shoes with non-slip rubber outsoles like our KINETIC.


  • What are the best shoes for seniors?

    The best shoes for seniors are those that are easy to put on and take off, offer traction to stabilize each step, and feature superior arch support and cushion to protect the feet from foot pain conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

  • What types of shoes should elderly wear?

    Comfortable, easy to put on, slip-resistant footwear are some of the best shoes for elderly to keep them as stable and secure as possible. KURU offers some of the best shoes for seniors with anti-slip or slip-on options, shock-absorbing cushion, superior arch support, and deep heel cup that can help promote stability and alignment.

  • What is the best kind of footwear to reduce risk of falls in the elderly?

    The best kind of footwear to reduce your risk of falling would be shoes with anti-slip outsoles, like our KINETIC for women and men. In addition, footwear with arch support, cushion, and a deep heel cup can help offer added stability and motion control.

  • Is wearing loose shoes dangerous for the elderly?

    Wearing loose shoes can be dangerous for the elderly due to the adding risk of tripping over the shoe and leading to a fall. A shoe that fits snugly and securely around the foot can help prevent balance issues.

How to Choose Senior Shoes

Curious How to Shop for the Best Shoes for Seniors? Our Kuru Gurus Outline How to Select the Perfect Pair.

As we get older, our bodies start to feel the effects of a life well lived. At KURU, we want to keep you moving with stylish footwear built for pain relief.

So how can you select the most comfortable shoe for seniors? Here are a few features to keep an eye out for.

  • Stable, slip-resistant outsole
    Shoes for seniors should help stabilize each step they take. Check to see if footwear meets ASTM F2913 and SATRA TM-144 standards for slip resistance (KURU’s KINETIC does!). This internationally recognized standard can help keep seniors safe.
    Stable, slip-resistant outsole
  • Easy, slip-on design
    Putting on your shoes should be easy. As we age, bending over or struggling into shoes becomes more difficult. Look for a shoe with an easy slip-on, slip-off design so you can step into comfort with ease.
    Easy, slip-on design
  • Cushion and arch support
    Cushioned, shock-absorbing shoes can help support your arches, joints, and ligaments. Wearing these for long days on your feet can lead to less fatigue and more comfort, so foot pain doesn’t have to be the reason you stop chasing the grandkids.
    Cushion and arch support
  • Breathable upper with a wide toe box
    Swollen feet are common among the elderly, and wearing a shoe with a wide toe box and a breathable, flexible upper can help avoid the pinching and squeezing associated with a change in foot shape.
    Breathable upper with a wide toe box
  • Deep, rounded heel cup
    A deep heel cup can offer added motion control while walking. KURU’s patented KURUSOLE technology goes a step further to cup and protect your heel’s fat pad, helping it stay in place and preserving its integrity over time.
    Deep, rounded heel cup

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 is designed to support and cradle your heel’s natural, supportive “fat pad.” Our fat pad breaks down as we age, exposing each step to more bone and less cushion. KURU shoes help protect and maintain your body’s natural cushion to keep you moving without the ache.

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Animated GIF showing KURUSOLE tech in KURU shoes vs. typical flat interiors for plantar fasciitis pain.
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These really work for me. I am an active 69 years young senior who walks 4 to 5 miles every other day. I play golf and ride my bike whe the weather is ok. I also have developed neuropathy in both feet at the ball of each foot making them tingling when walking and wearing any type of shoe. These shoes have stopped the tingling and feel great. So marked was the improvement, I purchased a second pair within a week. Great product! SO WORTH THE MONEY!!


Gym Fitness. I am a senior citizen who values staying in shape; it is an important aspect of good health. Plantar Fasciitis was keeping me from an active workout; soreness across the ball of my foot complicated by heel discomfort. And, while ice and stretching helps I needed a shoe that would ‘protect and support’ my foot enabling me to achieve a high level of activity. My KURU Quantum’s came to my rescue providing the structure I need and the comfort I desire. The gym is a pleasure again!


The Quantum–the shoe that solved my lower back. I have been through every shoe and foot doctors trying to relieve the lower back pain, knees and muscle strain. Long story short– The Quantum solved the problem in one week! I am 68 years old, 156 pounds at 5′ 8″…it is not weight but I have flat feet like a duck!

John R. K.

Great toe design. Has wide toe box with extra depth to accommodate hammer toe or injured toes easily. Very comfortable shoe from the start. Enjoyed wearing it as I transitioned from surgical protective shoe to regular shoes. Attractive design so it doesn’t look like an orthopedic shoe or an “old ladies” shoe.


My Quantums. They are the best walking shoe for me that I’ve had in a long time. Lightweight and conform to my wide foot, plus give support. I’m a senior and have always had jobs since my teens where I’m on my feet on concrete. That has taken a toll on them. These shoes feel good!

Kathryn J.

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