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Mesh Shoes

Breathable and lightweight fabric, perfect for your active lifestyle.

It’s difficult to find a better material for sneakers and running shoes than mesh fabric. It’s no wonder mesh shoes have become so popular. Take a look at anyone jogging, walking, or working out at your local park or gym, and you’ll see most of them wearing comfy and stylish mesh shoes.

Women’s and men’s mesh shoes are not only flexible and comfortable, they are also one of the most lightweight and breathable materials—ideal for staying cool while working out.

KURU offers many styles of footwear that feature breathable mesh uppers and our exclusive three-part technology for breathable, cushioned, supportive shoes.

What are Mesh Shoes?

Mesh shoes are footwear made with polyester or nylon mesh fabric uppers.

Athletic mesh shoes often also feature a sturdy base and plenty of cushion to support your feet during high-impact activities. Mesh footwear styles are perfect for working out, as the material allows for plenty of ventilation and breathability, while the soles give proper support.

Mesh can be made from a variety of materials, which is then knitted or woven together to create the mesh structure. All mesh fabric is constructed to have gaps or holes throughout the material. The looseness of the knit or weave determines the size of the gaps, giving mesh fabric its signature breathable quality.

Mesh shoes are typically lightweight, breathable, and offer outstanding moisture-wicking abilities. This allows the sweat to evaporate faster and your feet to stay more dry.

As a result, mesh shoes offer maximum air ventilation and increased comfort levels. When combined with high-quality shoe construction and proper arch support, you get the best possible shoes for sports and everyday use.

  • Comfortable, breathable and lightweight mesh shoes for your active lifestyle.

Types of Shoe Mesh

Learn about the different types of mesh used in shoes and find the perfect type for your needs.

  • Polyester Mesh
    Made out of polyester fibers, this type of mesh is available in a wide range of colors. Its high breathability and moisture-wicking properties make it a popular option for athletic apparel, including footwear.
    Polyester Mesh
  • Nylon Mesh
    Nylon mesh is made of synthetic fiber and is often used to make sports shoes. It is prized for having a soft feel, high tensile strength, and dust resistance. It is also easy to cut, color, and clean.
    Nylon Mesh
  • Power Mesh
    This is a durable type of mesh typically made from a nylon and spandex blend. Though typically used to make undergarments and sportswear, power mesh is also an ideal lining material for dresses, skirts, and shoes.
    Power Mesh
  • Air Mesh
    Also referred to as 3D mesh fabric or spacer knitwear, this is a common material for sports shoe uppers. Air mesh has multiple layers, keeping the two sides of the fabric at a distance. It can be made of polyester, nylon, or a blend of both.
    Air Mesh

How To Pair Your Mesh Footwear

Mesh shoes are versatile and can be worn with a variety of outfits. Here’s how to pair them perfectly every time!

Gone are the days when mesh sneakers and running shoes were worn only when working out. Nowadays, white mesh shoes have become iconic fashion staples.

Indeed, you don’t need to do much to make a stylish outfit using white mesh shoes. They work well with casual and business casual ensembles alike.

Pair your white mesh shoes with a dress and jean jacket and you’ve got a cute-but-casual outfit for brunch with friends. Wear the same white mesh shoes with all-black slacks or skinny pants, turtleneck, and blazer and you’ve got yourself an amazing office power outfit.

Black mesh shoes are also a great wardrobe staple, as they are easy to pair with any outfit color. The neutral tone matches well with formal gold and silver accessories as well as more casual jewelry.

For a clean, minimalist look using mesh shoes—women and men alike—wear low, invisible socks. If you do opt for a sockless mesh shoe look, make sure the length of your pants does not go beyond the tops of your ankles or sneakers.

Shoe Care Tips

Freshen up your kicks with our easy-to-follow mesh shoe care tips!

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to clean mesh shoes:

  • Lightly brush away any dried dirt using a soft shoe brush or soft toothbrush. Avoid fully submerging the white mesh shoes in water to maintain their shape and structure.
  • For stubborn stains, use a solution of mild laundry detergent and warm water. Do not bleach as it may damage the mesh fabric.
  • Damp a clean cloth with the cleaning solution and use gentle, circular motions when washing away the stains. Use a toothbrush again for deep-seated dirt and stains.
  • Make sure to periodically rinse the cloth while cleaning the shoes to avoid spreading the stains. Thoroughly rinse off the cleaning solution by wiping the mesh fabric with a damp, clean cloth.
  • Blot the excess moisture inside the shoes and air dry them overnight. Stuff the inside of the shoes with paper towels to absorb all the water.

General mesh shoe care tips:

  • Consider investing in a high-quality shoe protector spray to boost the shoes’ water repellent or water-resistant qualities. This will further protect your shoes from stains, water, oils, mud, and other substances.
  • Wipe off the soles and tops of the shoe after every use, especially during rainy days.
  • Store the shoes in a dry and cool place. Make sure the storage area does not directly face the sun or any other light source.
  • Place desiccants, such as silica pouches or mothballs, inside the shoes or the shoebox to absorb moisture and keep the shoes smelling better.


  • How do I clean white mesh shoes?

    Cleaning mesh shoes can be challenging, especially if they are white. Here are our top five tips on how to clean white mesh shoes:

    – Lightly brush away any dried dirt using a soft shoe brush or soft toothbrush.

    – Use a gentle cleaning solution. Avoid using bleach as it may damage the mesh fabric.

    – Damp a clean cloth or soft brush with the cleaning solution and use gentle, circular motions when washing away the stains.

    – Thoroughly rinse the soapy solution without dunking the shoes in water.

    – Air-dry the shoes overnight.

  • 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. The best mesh shoes offer adequate arch support and cushion. It also depends on your style preferences and the intended purpose for the shoes. Whether you’re looking for running shoes, dress shoes, or neutral shoes, KURUs line of mesh shoes helps alleviate foot pain symptoms (including plantar fasciitis!) for all-day comfort.

  • How do I take care of my KURU shoes?

    All KURU shoes are made of durable materials to ensure better performance for a long time. Still, taking good care of them helps prolong their life. Here are our top tips for taking care of your KURU leather shoes and sneakers.

    – Store your KURU shoes in a cool, dry environment. Avoid keeping them anywhere with direct light or sun.

    – Store your leather KURU shoes with a cedar or poplar shoe tree to help absorb moisture and odor from the leather.

    – Use a moistened, lint-free cloth or a soft-bristled brush to remove dried mud and dirt.

    – Let the mud or dirt fully dry before gently brushing them off the shoes.

    – Always air dry your KURU footwear. Remove the sockliner insole to dry separately and to ensure the inside dries properly.

    – Use the KURU Shield water-resistant shoe protector spray for added protection against stains, water, oils, and other substances.-

  • 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 prefer other KURU shoe styles, they can easily become water repellant using our KURU Shield shoe protector spray.

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 KURUOLE flexes with every step to dynamically protect your heel and maximize your body’s natural cushioning. KURUSOLE cups and contours to your foot shape so it feels like a gentle hug for your heels along with the flexible, moldable quality of mesh uppers.

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Animated GIF showing KURUSOLE tech in KURU shoes vs. typical flat interiors for plantar fasciitis pain.
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Another great shoe. I have Chicane and Kivi styles that are so comfortable. The Quantum fits just as well, and is a lighter, mesh shoe. I’m a nurse, and have tried so many brands of shoes because I’ve developed neuromas, which are so painful. Kuru shoes have been such a relief to me. They are different, and worth the money. My size 7M have been consistent in all 3 styles. Foot pain can alter so many things in your life, and I really recommend these shoes for relief of pain. Secondly, they are so darn cute and fun to wear!”

Linda M

As always, kuru pulls through. Second pair of KURU, and just like the last, these are amazing. Lightweight, breathable and extremely easy on the feet. First pair lasted 7 years, and I am expecting no less from these. KURU knows how to make a great pair of shoes.”

A. Mann

Kuru for the win. This is my second pair of the Quantum shoe. Just wore them on a 3 mile walk today and my feet weren’t sore at all! Love them!”



3rd pair of KURUs. The Quantum is my most recent style. The first pair took my heel pain away instantly out of the box. I immediately bought a second style with the same relief. I bought the Quantum as my spring/summer sneaker and I am already wearing them in early February. All the Kurus get my recommendation.”

Old Linetrash

Hugs like a Glove! I found this brand based on a google search for the best walking shoes for women and they were right! The shoe hugs like a glove without being tight. The fabric is breathable and the shoelaces stay tied! The shoe is light weight but also very sturdy. Highly recommend!!”


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