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Orange Shoes: Your Guide to Finding the Ideal Match

From vibrant orange hues to subtle pastel tints, give a splash of color to your ensemble.

Let’s be real, orange is not an easy color to wear. Not because it’s hard to match with other colors—it’s quite a versatile color. Depending on the shade or hue, orange goes well with earthy tones, warm colors, and even cool colors.

Orange is a fun color to mix and match. The challenge lies in wearing the color well, instead of letting it overpower you and your whole ensemble.

You need a whole lot of confidence and a certain je ne sais quoi to pull off a bold orange look. This holds even if the only splash of orange is in your shoes.

Wearing orange shoes is a great way to incorporate the color into your wardrobe. You aren’t limited to just casual footwear, either. There are a variety of styles of orange shoes, men’s and women’s, you can wear to fit different occasions — including formal dress shoes.

Starting from the bottom and working your way up doesn’t only apply to your career. It’s a great philosophy to follow when adding an unfamiliar color to your wardrobe. That’s what makes orange shoes for women and men a great way to experiment with style and color.

Take your fashion game to the next level while keeping your feet well-supported and comfortable with the help of KURU footwear.

Elevate Your Style with Versatile Shades and Styles

Orange is a polarizing color and by extension, orange shoes can cause a few raised eyebrows. But if worn with confidence and styled well, shoes in orange shades can bring life to an otherwise plain ensemble.

When it comes to choosing the right orange shoes, you’ll want to start with the color itself. Different shades of color match with different shoe types, fashion styles, and more. The shade of orange shoes you wear can greatly change your look and the overall feel you give off.

The first thing to consider when shopping for orange shoes is your skin undertone.

Shoes in orange tones run the gamut from pale tones and subtle splashes of color to bright, eye-catching tones. Different tones or shades of orange go well with different skin undertones.

If you have a cool skin undertone, it’s best to start with oranges that have a red or pink undertone. It may also be best to avoid softer shades of orange.

If you have warmer undertones, then bright, warm, and golden or yellow-toned oranges would suit you well. These are only guidelines, though.

As long as you can work it and feel good wearing it, you can wear any orange shoes from pastels to the most vibrant shades as your confidence grows — regardless of your skin tone.

  • Woman wearing KURU FLUX orange shoes for arch support.

How to Pair Your Orange Footwear

Wondering how to style your orange shoes? Our KURU GURUs outline the best ways to wear them below.

Your style is your own, no matter what we or anyone says. But if you’re having a hard time pairing your orange shoes with the rest of your wardrobe, here are a few basic tips to help you get started.


  • Basic Casual
    In general, bright orange looks amazing with other orange shades or tones, earthy colors, blues, and of course, white.You can easily build a foolproof casual ensemble around orange tennis shoes with just a white shirt, blue jeans, and white socks. Throw on an army green jacket or plaid green overshirt and you’ll soon be turning heads.If you prefer skirts or shorts, the same formula can still apply white shirt, jean cutoff shorts or skirt, white socks (or invisible socks), and orange and white running shoes.Creams and whites are great if you want to tone down intense orange colors. Meanwhile, olive or army green, dark reds, and browns create an eye-catching, cohesive autumnal color palette.
    Basic Casual
  • Business Wear for Men
    Orange shoes can be a stunning addition to plain or monochrome formal wear, especially for men.When styling orange dress shoes, you can generally style them the same way you would tan or brown shoes. This means wearing them with navy blue, beige, or khaki pants and suits. For a more adventurous look, you can go for brighter shades of blue or patterned pants and suits, like delicate pinstripes.Other pants or trouser colors that pair well with orange shoes are white, light gray, and olive green. Keep in mind that pants and trousers (or long skirts for women) can be slightly more unforgiving when it comes to pairing with orange shoes. The reason is simple, too: these bottoms fall right on top of the shoes. With little to no break in between, clashing colors can seem much harsher.In contrast, wearing shorts, short skirts, and tops in black, gray, red, or other non-trouser recommended colors can be styled to look amazing with orange shoes.
    Business Wear for Men
  • Business Wear for Women
    The same pants colors that look good for men would also look stunning on women. They can be used on any type of bottoms, whether its pants, skirts or entire dresses.Orange and white shoes would go well with white slacks, white or orange turtleneck, and a crisp white blazer. For a business casual style, you can go for orange running shoes with tapered dark blue pants, a blue and white striped shirt, an orange blazer, and a brown handbag.Admittedly, it’s much easier to style orange shoes for women. The reason is simple — women usually accessorize more than men. Even if your orange shoes do not match your tops or bottoms, you can match them to your bag, scarf, earrings, necklace, sunglasses, and more.Although black and orange can look a bit Halloween-y, it does have its appeal. Wearing a black dress (or black power suit) with vibrant orange shoes has its moments. Just remember to wear it with confidence.
    Business Wear for Women

Shoe Care Tips

Follow these simple tips to keep your orange shoes looking their best for years to come.

  • How you clean your orange shoes will largely depend on the material used to make the uppers. Canvas, mesh, and leather orange shoes will naturally have different washing and cleaning requirements.
  • Some fabric flats may be safe to put in the washer, but be sure to check the manufacturer or brand’s care instructions first.
  • In general, though, you can use a mild soap solution, an old yet soft toothbrush, and towels. Additionally, avoid fully submerging orange shoes in water or putting them in the washer. We have Expert Pages on Mesh Shoes and Canvas Shoes with more detailed cleaning instructions and tips.
  • Some orange shoes, like ones made of patent leather, may only need a thorough wipe using a damp cloth or paper towels.
  • For orange leather dress shoes, use a horsehair brush to get rid of any dust, dirt, and dried mud. If there are any stubborn stains, wipe them away using a damp, clean cloth. You can also use saddle soap or a mild soap solution. Remember to apply the leather conditioner as well.

The Color Psychology of Orange

Learn more about the meanings behind the colors we wear and how we can craft the perfect color palette to accomplish our goals.

Unlike what some may assume, orange isn’t just worn on or for Halloween. Though it may be widely associated with the holiday, the color orange carries a lot more meaning than just being the color of jack o’ lanterns and autumn leaves.

Bright and vibrant oranges are often associated with positive emotions or feelings. It is used to denote happiness, excitement, enthusiasm, releasing inhibitions, and expressing ourselves more freely.

People who wear orange shoes and other orange clothes are usually seen as more sociable, optimistic, cheerful, independent. Orange-lovers also often come across as flamboyant, self-confident, risk-takers.

Feng shui considers orange to be a social color — helping to boost connection, creativity, and conversation.

Orange is also said to be a color of rejuvenation and courage. It is also thought to be a helpful and motivating color for people recovering from depression or even abuse. Wearing orange may help us take heart, encourage us to face the consequences, and move onward and upward in life.


  • What should I wear with orange shoes?

    Orange is quite a versatile color, so it stands that orange shoes can be pretty versatile to style as well. If you’re new to wearing orange shoes or just the color orange in general, here are a few quick and easy style tips:

    • The easiest pants or trouser colors to pair with orange shoes are blue, white, and beige or khaki. Blue jeans look amazing with orange shoes while light gray and navy pants can work well, too.
    • Shades of blue in general match orange shoes, whether as bottoms or tops.
    • Black matches with almost anything but wearing black and orange shoes, especially bright pumpkin oranges, can make it look like Halloween came early.
    • Olive green and army green shirts, tops, or jackets look great with orange shoes.
    • When wearing orange shoes for women, an easy way to tie the color with the rest of the ensemble is to use orange accessories, such as a bag, scarf, jewelry, or sunglasses.
    • Orange running shoes with one-color sweatpants and hoodie set, ideally in white, blue, or green, make a fashionably foolproof sporty look.
  • 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.

  • 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 perday around the house in the first couple of weeks as they break in and form to your foot.

Key Considerations Before Making Your Purchase

Wondering if orange shoes are the right addition to your wardrobe? Here’s what you need to think about before making a purchase.

Orange is a polarizing color and by extension, orange shoes can cause a few raised eyebrows. But if worn with confidence and styled well, shoes in orange shades can bring life to an otherwise plain ensemble.

When it comes to choosing the right orange shoes, you’ll want to start with the color itself. Different shades of color match with different shoe types, fashion styles, and more. The shade of orange shoes you wear can greatly change your look and the overall feel you give off.

  • Fit and size
    When choosing the ideal orange shoes for you, it’s important to ensure a perfect fit and proper sizing. Keep in mind that your feet tend to expand naturally during the day, particularly in warm weather, so take this into account when making your selection.
    Fit and size
  • Quality
    Before making a purchase, it’s important to examine the quality of the orange shoes you desire, whether it be leather shoes, nursing shoes, or sandals. Assess factors such as the materials utilized, its durability, sturdiness, grip, flexibility, and other pertinent aspects.
  • Comfort and support
    While the appearance of orange shoes is undoubtedly important, it’s crucial not to sacrifice comfort or support. It’s advisable to opt for a pair that provides excellent arch, heel, and ankle support, as well as soft cushioning, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing.
    Comfort and support
  • Style
    Your choice of orange shoes should be based on your lifestyle, work, and daily routine. For instance, if you engage in sports, you may require orange running shoes, orange tennis shoes, or other high-quality athletic shoes. On the other hand, if you only need shoes for short walks, then orange sandals may be a suitable option.

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


    The patented KURUSOLE is the unsung hero in all our shoes. Although not visible, it offers significant protection to your heel — particularly your fat pad. The KURUSOLE gently cups your heel then comfortably curves along your arch, allowing it to dynamically flex, support, and cushion impact with each step. This technology not only redirects stress to reduce foot pain but also helps improve alignment and encourage a healthy gait.

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Animated GIF showing KURUSOLE tech in KURU shoes vs. typical flat interiors for plantar fasciitis pain.
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Breeze pink/orange sandal. Bought a couple weeks ago and really like them and it helps my feet problems.”

cozy slipper

Great fit. This is the best walking/running shoe I have had in over 5 decades. Perfect fit, great heal cushion and overall support. I have the grey and bright blue…waiting for a bright orange version.”


Only shoes I wear. I’ve worn Quantums for the past 6 years. I have 4 pairs now and I’ve purchased at least 5 before and wore them down. I was a courier so I was walking constantly. I’m waiting for the light lavender and orange in my size. The price has increased a bit since I first started buying them but it’s so worth it. I’ll continue to buy my Quantums.”


Rhonda. 65 Elkins

Good color, great fit. This shoe helps eliminate the pain from the bone spur in my heal.”

Larry Z.

Swell shoes. I thank they are beautiful…..love the dash of orange. They must like my weird feet because they were very comfortable right away…..love them.”


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