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Best Athleisure Shoes for Comfort & Support

Designed with your health and well-being in mind, so you can stay active without sacrificing your feet’s well-being.

A great pair of athleisure shoes can only be created from a continuous process of getting the right style and fit. While some shoes can provide a casual fit, they just don’t have the right style you’re looking for—they’re often poorly constructed and also flat.

Luckily, KURU Footwear can give the support and fit you’re looking for, with an anatomically designed midsole that’s both comfortable and ergonomic.

What are Athleisure Shoes?

Athleisure shoes have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their comfortable yet stylish design. These shoes are a combination of athletic and leisure wear, making them perfect for both working out and casual wear. Athleisure shoes are designed to be versatile, providing a comfortable fit and support for a variety of activities, from running and hiking to everyday errands.

One of the key features of athleisure shoes is their emphasis on comfort. They are designed with lightweight and breathable materials that allow your feet to move and breathe easily. They often feature a cushioned sole that provides support and shock absorption, making them ideal for high-impact activities like running or jumping. Additionally, athleisure shoes often come in a variety of trendy colors and styles, making them a fashionable choice for everyday wear.

Another benefit of athleisure shoes is their versatility. They can be worn with a variety of outfits, from leggings and workout gear to jeans and casual dresses. This makes them a convenient choice for those who are always on the go or prefer a minimalist wardrobe. With so many styles and brands available, there is an athleisure shoe for everyone, whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or just looking for a comfortable and stylish shoe for everyday wear.

  • Man wearing KURU ROAM athleisure shoes.

Types of Athleisure Shoes

Athleisure shoes are a combination of athletic and leisure wear, designed to provide comfort, support and style. They are becoming increasingly popular for their versatility and practicality in modern life.

Here are some types of athleisure shoes that are trending in the market.

  • Running shoes
    Designed for running, these shoes provide a comfortable fit and a cushioned sole to absorb impact while providing traction. They are made of lightweight materials that help reduce fatigue and improve performance. Running shoes come in a variety of styles and are suitable for various terrains.
    Running shoes
  • Training shoes
    These shoes are designed for cross-training activities such as weightlifting, aerobics, and other gym workouts. They have a flat sole that provides stability and support during lateral movements. They also come with a cushioned sole to reduce impact and protect the feet during high-impact activities.
    Training shoes
  • Walking shoes
    These shoes are designed for comfort during long walks or standing for extended periods. They have a cushioned sole and a breathable upper that helps prevent blisters and reduce foot fatigue. Walking shoes come in various styles and are suitable for all types of walking.
    Walking shoes
  • Sneakers
    Sneakers are a versatile type of athleisure shoe that can be worn for various activities, from running to casual wear. They have a flexible sole and a breathable upper that make them comfortable and suitable for all-day wear. They also come in various styles and colors, making them fashionable and trendy.
    Sneakers
  • Trail shoes
    These shoes are designed for hiking and walking on uneven terrain. They have a durable sole that provides traction and stability, as well as a protective upper that helps prevent injuries from rocks and other debris. Trail shoes are suitable for all types of trails and outdoor activities.
    Trail shoes

How To Pair Your Athleisure Shoes

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

Athleisure combines both streetwear and exercise wear, so you can look your best whether you want to go for lunch with friends or go out jogging. But to successfully pull off this look, you need to keep things basic, while using simple pieces of neutral or block colors. For instance, men can wear a pair of casual shorts along with a basic shirt and trainers, while women can wear a long shirt with leggings and sneakers.

Athleisure aims to bring comfort and functionality together so that you can go in confidence no matter where you go. As a result, it is the perfect solution for pretty much anything; whether you’re going to a cafe, running an errand, going to the mall, or even modern workplaces. It’s also a great style for travel, these flexible and comfortable outfits can be used for changing temperatures, where you can wear more layers as needed.

Athleisure Shoe Care Tips

Keep your athleisure shoes looking great with this simple tips from our KURU GURUs.

Once you decide on a favorite pair of athleisure shoes, they will go through regular wear and tear. It’s important to give them proper care to ensure that they keep their proper form for as long as possible. Here are a few tips and tricks to cleaning your KURU athleisure shoes.

Midsoles and Outsoles

  • Both parts will typically go through the same kind of process, so begin by removing excess dirt using a soft-bristled brush — an old toothbrush is fine.
  • Mix one part laundry detergent and one part baking soda to make a paste.
  • Apply the mixture to the midsole and the outsole.
  • Take a damp cloth or sponge and clean the residue left behind.
  • Pat your shoe dry using a clean cloth.

Athleisure Shoe Upper:

  • Use warm water to moisten a clean cloth.
  • Wring the cloth and ensure there is no excess water.
  • Use the cloth to remove dust, dirt, or stains from the surface.
  • Use a waterproof spray to avoid water spots.
  • If you see touch stains, you can soak the shoe in water with detergent.

FAQs

  • What are athleisure shoes?

    Athleisure shoes are a cross between gym wear shoes and everyday wear shoes. Because they have such a casual look, you can wear them almost anywhere at any place. Athleisure shoes represent comfort and are made from stretchy and breathable fabrics which support the foot.

    You will usually find them on everyday people you encounter on the streets without realizing it — they also come in various neutral colors such as white, black, and gray. Lucky for you, KURU offers the most comfortable athleisure shoes, no matter what your preference.

  • Do you sell replacement laces?

    Yes, we do! Simply see the full range of our replacement laces to freshen up your pair.

  • Are your shoes considered orthopedic shoes?

    While our shoes are not currently considered orthopedic by a medical standard, we have received thousands of positive reviews from customers who say their KURUs helped reduce or eliminate their foot pain.

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

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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    KURUSOLE

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    KURUCLOUD

  • 3

    ULTIMATE INSOLE

  • How KURU brings relief

    KURUSOLE

    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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A shoe that works for me! I have tried so many shoes for my problem feet and finally I found Kurus! I love to walk and the quantum is great for long walks. No foot pain and plenty of room in the toe box for my bunions. Also have the Roam for running errands and casual wear. Great shoes!

DMT

Excellent comfort. This is my first pair of Chicane’s and they are out of this world comfortable. I know all about the KURU sole and support for foot issues but the Chicane is like having a pillow wrapped around your foot. I can walk all day long in these and still have enough energy and be pain free to trek a mountain! I bought these for walking and a casual dress shoe and they are perfect for both!

Erick La.

Like walking on supportive pillows! Just got my first pair of Kuru’s and LOVE them! I have a high arch and plantar fascitis from a lot of jumping, and these sneaks are both supportive and super comfortable. It’s like walking on pillows! The bonus is that the style is fun and they don’t look like typical running shoes, so they look great with athleisure. Will definitely buy another pair!

RW78

Great look and comfort. I bought these for my dad to give him a little more stylish shoe. They’re super cute and I wish they made them in women’s wide width! They’re a great casual shoe with the same comfort as the Quantum.

Sarah H

Cute! Comfortable! I’ve bought other Kurus before (Quantum, Atom, and Flex) this is by far the cutest shoe so far. Great casual shoe. Seems to run a tiny bit smaller than the other ones. But still would recommend if you want a comfortable shoe that works with many different clothing styles.

G. O.

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