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Cotton Shoes

Light and airy, made to keep your feet cool, comfortable and supported.

Cotton is a common material used in making all kinds of footwear, especially cotton canvas shoes, cotton tennis shoes, cotton slip-on shoes, and cotton boat shoes. Moreover, these no-fuss shoes don’t need constant care to keep them looking good.

KURU Footwear offers a huge range of cotton shoes for all kinds of events, activities, and preferences.

Cotton is a great material for making breathable shoes that allow air to penetrate our feet and keep them cool even during intense physical activity. You’ll find the perfect cotton shoes for you for working out at the gym, intense running sessions, and even for boating and sailing.

What are Cotton Shoes?

Cotton can be used to make a wide variety of shoes, which come in all kinds of shapes and designs. One of the biggest advantages of buying cotton fabric shoes is how low maintenance they are.

There are also cotton-padded shoes that are designed to be super comfortable, which makes cotton one of the most common materials you’ll see in shoes. You’ll usually encounter sneakers, tennis shoes, or canvas shoes, all of which will have cotton woven into them. Because they’re lightweight and versatile, cotton shoes also work well for people who wish to walk in comfort during their daily activities.

  • Woman wearing KURU STRIDE cotton shoes for foot pain.

Types of Cotton Shoes

From sneakers to loafers, learn more about this versatile shoe material and find your fit today!

When you want protection outside of getting the right shoes for retail, there are a few other things you can do to keep the environment around you safer for your feet:

  • Sneakers
    Also known as athletic shoes and used by people who are active in sports, these shoes are usually made with cotton. These may be the best shoes for you if you regularly work out or participate in various sports.
  • Running Shoes
    These are a specific type of sneakers that offer additional support in the heel to protect feet from high impacts in running. If you run every day, these are the ideal companions for your feet.
    Running Shoes
  • Tennis Shoes
    Tennis shoes are designed to be flexible and keep up with the rapid twists and turns involved in tennis. Despite their name, many people use tennis shoes to achieve a casual, everyday look.
    Tennis Shoes
  • Boat Shoes
    These shoes can be made from leather or cotton and have rubber soles to prevent slipping on wet decks. If you’re on boats often or simply want to pull off a nautical yet casual look, boat shoes will be a great fit for you.
    Boat Shoes

How to Pair Your Cotton Shoes

  • White Tennis Shoes with Shirt and Joggers
    If you’re looking for a casual, sporty look, this ensemble is perfect for you. A simple black or plain-colored shirt combined with black joggers and a pair of white cotton tennis shoes is a quick but classic go-to look. You can also throw on a stylish necklace or other jewelry to complete the look.
    White Tennis Shoes with Shirt and Joggers
  • Red Cotton Shoes with Shirt and Denim
    Summer is the best time to show off your toned legs, and this outfit is a great way to do that. Get this look by wearing a button-up shirt with a slim fit, along with cute denim shorts. To make your legs stand out even more, you can wear long sleeves instead of short sleeves. The focal point will be your red cotton shoes, which will immediately get other people’s attention.
    Red Cotton Shoes with Shirt and Denim
  • High Top Sneakers with Jeans and Fleece Coat
    This winter outfit will ensure that you stay warm and look gorgeous. The look consists of black skinny jeans, a gray hoodie, and a long fleece coat. To match your whole ensemble, be sure to wear black cotton shoes, such as a pair of high-top sneakers. These are great winter cotton shoes, which will not only protect you from the cold but also make a great fashion statement.
    High Top Sneakers with Jeans and Fleece Coat

Cotton Shoe Care Tips

Keep your shoes clean and free of dust with these tips on cotton shoe care.

No matter what kind of shoes they are, cotton-based shoes will be easy to care for and maintain. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure they’re always clean.

1. Always clean your cotton shoes by hand using warm water, dishwashing detergent, paper towels, and an old toothbrush.

2. Start by wiping down your shoes using a dry paper towel and removing any loose soil.

3. Mix two cups of warm water with one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid inside a small bowl.

4. Working in sections, dip the toothbrush to get some of the soap solution and gently scrub on the cotton shoes.

5. Be sure not to over-wet your shoe and work with the grain of the fabric while moving throughout the shoe to prevent spotting and to keep a consistent color on your shoes.

6. Use paper towels and a bit of water to rinse your shoes and remove soapy residue.

7. Set the shoes aside and allow them to air dry in a shady area, away from direct sunlight and heat.

Don’t believe the so-called “hacks” you see online — tossing your cotton shoes in the washer is a bad idea. These wash cycles can be aggressive, where the tumbler combined with the impact of moving water can tear or warp your cotton shoes. It can also be tempting to throw your shoes in the dryer for a quick drying process, but the high heat of the machine can melt any rubber or plastic components of the shoes and can shrink or warp other parts, like the insoles.


  • How do I clean white cotton shoes?

    No matter what you do, don’t wash your cotton shoes in your washing machine. Instead, opt to hand wash them using warm water, dishwashing detergent, paper towels, and an old toothbrush. Be sure to take your time and work gently to keep your shoes as nice as possible.

    Rushing through the process could lead to bleeding in different sections and may also lead to spotting. Don’t directly wet your shoes with water—instead, rinse your shoes using damp paper towels. You can then set them aside to dry away from direct sunlight.

  • How do I take care of my KURU shoes?

    Protect your shoes from water, stains, oils, and chemicals by applying the exclusive KURU Shield Shoe Protector.

  • 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.

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

    The best shoe for you will depend on your unique foot type and the style you’re looking for.

    The best shoes for men and women alike offer adequate arch support and cushion. Whether you’re looking for bright blue shoes, dark blue shoes, or white shoes with blue accents, KURUs line of pain-relieving footwear help alleviate foot pain symptoms for all-day comfort.

  • Are any KURU shoes waterproof?

    KURU currently offers water-resistant shoes (though waterproof is on the horizon!). Our TREAD sandal for men and women features water-resistant leather, non-wicking microfiber, and trail-ready rubber.

    If you want to protect other leather shoes from water, check out our KURU Shield water-resistant shoe protector to help protect them from the elements.

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 can reduce foot pain, redirect stress, and encourage a healthy gait. It also features a unique design that cups the heel and allows for dynamic flexion with each step, where it provides superior support that helps protect and preserve the heel’s fat pad. As a result, it guides your body to a more natural alignment, which guarantees personalized comfort that can’t be replicated.

Our Secret

Animated GIF showing KURUSOLE tech in KURU shoes vs. typical flat interiors for plantar fasciitis pain.
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Most comfortable sneaker. I bought the KURU ROAM in the navy color because I loved the classic look of them in the canvas. I immediately loved them so much that I ordered another pair in the yellow because I was afraid that by next summer they might not be available in that color. They are awesome in every way — comfortable, supportive, and were wear-ready for me with no break-in period — and are so cute!!! If you are looking for a classic sneakers that are kind to your feet, these are the ones.”

Colorado Buyer

Love them! Had them about a week and feel a big difference! My feet have basically not hurt and I work retail full time. I’m already looking at another style.”

Jay T

Best ever. Most comfortable shoes ever. Like my feet are being hugged. My neuropathy plagued feet feel better in these shoes than not.”


Gail F

Can’t get enough. I bought my first pair when I had a mild case of plantar fasciitis. The problem cleared up, but I kept buying Kurus because they are so comfortable. This is my 4th pair of Qunatums and I tried their other styles too.”

Robert Leventer

Yellow and navy roams. Received the yellow & navy blue roams last week, have worn them both one time. Got lots of compliments. Love them!”


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