Canvas shoes are one of the most beloved styles of footwear around the world. Owning a pair of black or white canvas shoes is a staple for most people. Lightweight, easy to clean, and comfortable to wear—it’s not hard to see why you would want to have a pair yourself.
Canvas shoes are particularly popular among young adults and teens looking for casual, sturdy, and affordable footwear. With the right style and design, a pair of high-quality canvas shoes won’t look out of place when worn with smart casual or office outfits, either.
What’s more, the styles of canvas shoes are universal. It’s hard to find a teenager who doesn’t have a pair of lace-up, high-top black canvas shoes.
KURU has taken your beloved canvas shoes to greater heights. Browse through our collection and see how we made your comfortable canvas slip-on shoes even better than before.
Canvas shoes get their name from the material used to make them. Just as we have leather shoes and mesh shoes, we also have canvas shoes.
A basic pair of canvas shoes is made with a canvas upper and a rubber sole. This results in comfortable and breathable footwear that’s easy to wear for casual outings.
Canvas is a durable and coarse fabric that’s similar in texture and composition to the fabric artists use for painting. It is also used in manufacturing a vast number of items, including ship sails, tents, and more.
Canvas is a common fabric. This lends to the shoes’ affordability and widespread use. Canvas is also easy to dye or recolor, leading to many different styles you can choose from.
Many people love canvas shoes because they are lightweight, highly comfortable, and don’t require any special maintenance. Additionally, the rubber soles of most canvas shoes offer enough support for extended wear and long walks.
Lace-ups are perhaps the most common style of canvas shoes, with canvas slip-on shoes a close second. Canvas lace-ups have long been a staple in the wardrobe of teens and young adults, especially those who love to skateboard.
There is a wide variety of canvas shoe styles, colors, and designs you can choose from: from casual canvas slip-on shoes to the ubiquitous lace-up, high-top canvas shoes.
Aside from being low-maintenance and breathable, canvas shoes are also highly versatile in design and style.
The most common types of canvas shoes are:
High-top canvas shoesCanvas shoes whose tops fully cover the ankles.High-top canvas shoes
Low cut or low-top canvas shoesThese are canvas shoes whose tops reach below the ankle.Low cut or low-top canvas shoes
Slip-on canvas shoesMost high-top and low-cut canvas shoes come with laces. As the name suggests, slip-ons do not. They often feature elastic sides or backs to make them easier to put on.Slip-on canvas shoes
How to Pair Your Canvas Shoes
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White canvas shoes are the easiest to style, closely followed by black canvas shoes. It’s hard to go wrong with standard jeans, shirt, and canvas shoes combo—for both men and women.
However, that is far from your only option! Canvas shoes may have started as casual footwear, but today more people have taken to wearing canvas shoes as part of a smart-casual ensemble.
Outfit ideas for men:
As casual shoes, canvas sneakers pair best with casual bottoms. This includes shorts, chinos or khakis, and jeans. Here are a few outfit ideas:
- For a casual hang-out or vacation look: Low-top, lace-up canvas shoes in any color with invisible or no-show socks, a pair of shorts, and a casual shirt or loose button-down
- For a smart-casual outfit: low-top or slip-on canvas shoes, slim-fit suit bottoms and blazer, and a shirt or turtleneck that contrasts in a different color from the suit
- For a more approachable formal look: a full suit, dress shirt, and tie with canvas men’s slip-on shoes in a contrasting color (black canvas shoes for a light-colored suit and vice-versa)
Outfit ideas for women:
Canvas outfit combination ideas that work for men can also work for women. Here are a few other ensemble inspirations:
- For a cute date outfit: all-white canvas shoes, low or no-show socks, a casual dress that falls to your knees or mid-thigh, and a jean jacket
- For a casual Fridays outfit: high top black canvas shoes, ankle socks, black pencil or skater skirt, striped shirt, and sunglasses
- For running errands: joggers that fall to the ankles, women’s canvas slip-on shoes, and loose long sleeves or shirt
Shoe Care Tips
Keep your shoes looking new with our easy to follow care tips!
Part of what makes canvas shoes quick favorites for a lot of people is that they are easy to clean. All you need is water, mild detergent, and maybe less than an hour of your day.
Top canvas shoe cleaning tips:
- Wipe or brush any dirt from your canvas shoes before storing them. Use a damp cloth to wipe stains on the rubber sole and a dry old toothbrush to remove dried mud on the fabric.
- You can use either mild liquid dish soap or a gentle laundry detergent mixed with water to clean the shoes.
- Never brush or scrub the fabric too vigorously.
- Brush more gently when cleaning parts of the canvas shoe with stitching.
- You may use bleach (one part bleach to six parts water) to remove stubborn stains and brighten white canvas shoes. Don’t forget to still do a spot check beforehand.
- Spot clean stubborn stains to prevent too much scrubbing or wear and tear.
- Always dry the canvas shoes completely by hanging them to dry. If using a hairdryer to speed up the process, make sure to keep the device at least a foot and a half away from the shoe. Do not focus the hot air on the rubber.
- Dry white canvas shoes in a sunny area and colored ones in a shady spot to prevent fading.
What are canvas shoes?
Canvas shoes are made out of canvas fabric — a tough, sturdy, and breathable fabric also used to make tents and sails. The soles are commonly made out of rubber, providing ample support and comfort. KURU takes canvas shoes to the next level with a rubber outsole for durability and our three-part technology.
Together, these three ensure cushioning and arch support for utmost comfort and better foot health.
How do I wear canvas shoes?
Canvas shoes can be worn in a variety of ways. High-top canvas shoes look great with knee or calf-high socks, while low-top and canvas slip-on shoes are best worn with low or invisible socks for a sock-free look.
Men’s white canvas shoes can be worn with jeans and a shirt, knee-length shorts and loose button-down, or even with a monochrome office suit to make it look less formal.
Women’s white canvas shoes match perfectly with white tennis skirts, ankle socks, and shirts. They also go well with jean shorts and tank tops, a long T-shirt dress, or try dark, tapered jeans with a shirt and blazer for a business casual look.
How do I take care of my KURU shoes?
Here are a few basic and easy care instructions to help prolong the life and use of your KURU shoes:
– Store the shoes in a cool, dry environment. Make sure to keep them away from direct light and extreme temperatures.
– Use a moist, lint-free cloth or a soft-bristled brush.
– For a DIY cleaning solution, mix warm water and a small amount of mild detergent or liquid soap.
– Always let any mud or dirt dry completely before gently brushing them off.
– KURU shoes should always be air dried, not dried in your dryer. Remember to remove the sockliner insole to ensure the inside properly dries, too.
– Invest in one of our high-grade shoe protector sprays to further protect your shoes from stains, water, oils, and other substances.
Measure FeetMake sure to measure both your feet first. Always do this later or at the end of the day, when your feet are at their largest, and while standing. One foot is generally larger than the other, so make sure to remember which one and to fit shoes using the larger size.Measure Feet
Fit from the StartBuy shoes that already fit well, instead of counting on the shoes to stretch and fit better over time.Fit from the Start
Look for CushionLook for shoes with soft and generous cushioning to better absorb shock while walking.Look for Cushion
Shoes the Shape of Your FeetMake sure the shoes closely follow the shape of your foot, instead of narrowing on the front and constricting blood flow in your feet.Shoes the Shape of Your Feet
Consider PurposeIn terms of fashion and functionality, always consider the activities you’ll be doing while wearing the shoes. If you’ll be walking a lot, a darker canvas shoe may be better to hide any stains and scuffs.Consider Purpose
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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Fine, We’ll Tell You Our Secret
What makes KURU different? Every KURU shoe comes with built-in patented KURUSOLE tech—a foot health game changer.
While other shoes are flat on the inside, KURUSOLE is shaped like your foot to hug and prevent fatigue and pain.
Finally! I can wear a flat tennis shoe again! I tried the white, straw yellow, and deep navy options. Love the fit of these! I returned the white, as I prefer the canvas vs. vegan leather. Very comfy and supportive. I can see these will be my favorites in Spring with shorts & dresses.”
A boat shoe. I’m happy. All my shoes now are Kuru. I have wicked high arches and I love the support I get from them. I had a pair of canvas Kivis I bought a few years ago and I walked through them. No fault of the shoe but soles can only take so many miles. I wanted a slip on for summer so I bought the new Stride and I like them a lot. I’ve been wearing them all summer. My only complaint about Kuru since I discovered them 2016 was that they didn’t have a boat shoe. I love boat shoes. I grew up wearing boat shoes. But every boat shoe I ever bought had to supplemented with arch supports, and while those help your arch, they aren’t always as comfortable as one would want. Especially when you don’t wear socks in a boat shoe. Then I got an email touting the new Pace. A boat shoe! Finally! They only have them in Men’s sizes but i have big feet so I found the size chart and ordered a pair. I put them on as soon as i got them. They are canvas and have all the benefits of the Kuru footbed. The inside is lined with something soft and they look good. They feel good. I am happy. I have a boat shoe I don’t have to buy arch supports for. I don’t have to wear socks.”
Classic Style. I bought this style because they had a classic look of the navy canvas and brown leather trim. The cut was not one that I was use to, so I needed the break in time to get acclimated. Love them now! Just ordered the Roam for my husband in black.”
No more pain!! My husband suffers from Achilles tendonitis. It even threw his back out of whack because it made him walk oddly. After just 3 days of walking in his new Chicane Kuru shoes, his feet felt wonderful, no back ache, and get this….. the podiatrist said they are the best too!!! The doctor even checked his gait while wearing the shoes. Everything is in alignment and he’s pain free. I even bought him a canvas pair for warm weather. A real god send!”
Quantum canvas and leather. I bought the canvas gray Quantum a few months ago and haven’t wanted to wear any other shoes so when the Leather black and white was 40% off I had to buy them. I had PF and when searching for help I read about these shoes. If your worried about buying on line like I was, don’t because my first pair size 81/2 had to be returned, no cost to me and they sent me an 8 which is my true size.”