Best Adult Shoes

Flexible and lightweight design that promotes foot health.

Once we reach adulthood, a lot of things change. These include our responsibilities, personality, fashion style, and yes—even shoes.

You face an incredible range of shoe options, from regular adult dress shoes and sports shoes to more niche choices, like adult water shoes or yoga shoes. All these mean that you have your work cut out for you if you’re looking for the best shoes for adults.

So, what exactly is it you need if you want the best? When it comes to adult shoes, you need to look for the best fit, maximum comfort, good flexibility, and superior support. Combined, these three factors will ensure optimum foot health—something you can never discount when you’re an adult.

Lucky for you, that’s exactly where KURU shoes shine: comfort, arch support, and shoe design engineered to fight foot pain.

A woman sitting on a rock wall wearing gray KURU CHICANE trail hiking shoes
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Experts Guide to the Best Adult Shoes

What are Adult Shoes?

It’s all quite simple: adult shoes encompass all the shoes we wear once we graduate from the youth or junior shoe sizes. Alternatively, this can happen once we enter adolescence or our teenage years.

Adult shoes mostly only differ from kids’ shoes on the size. Naturally, they’re a lot bigger and, as a result, more expensive than kids’ shoes.

In terms of shoe design and style, one of the common differences is the lack of laces in many children’s shoes. Since most kids don’t yet know how to tie their shoe laces, velcro is often the easiest and best option.

KURU offers some of the best adult shoes on the market with built-in arch support and cushion in every pair for all-day comfort and style.

Top Selling Shoes

Our Customer Favorites

"Expensive but worth it

These shoes live up to their hype. I’ve struggled with plantar fasciitis throughout my adult life and these shoes support the heel with each step. I’m a personal trainer and these are what i recommend to PF clients and what i wear to work every single day. I did have to order a 1/2 size larger than my normal shoe size."

- Jennifer South MS

"Great every day shoe

I bought for my adult grandson who had heel spurs and pain from a reconstructed ankle. He said the shoes fit him great and his heel spur has calmed and his ankle is feeling much better from the great support!"

- GailD

Technology for a Natural Fit, Engineered to Fight Foot Pain


Experience walking-on-clouds comfort with the KURUCLOUD midsole. This base layer of our three-part technology offers superior shock-absorption with every step. The lightweight EVA foam not only gives you plenty of bounce but also helps relieve pressure on your feet.

KURU Footwear's KURUCLOUD base layer delivers superior cushion and shock-absorption with every step


The KURUSOLE offers patented protection and support. This technology dynamically flexes with each step and cups your heel to keep the fat pad in place and minimize wear and tear. The KURUSOLE also curves under your foot and extends to your arch. This gives you firm support for a healthy gait and helps encourage better posture.

KURU Footwear's patented KURUSOLE technology cups your heel and dynamically flexes with each step


Rounding out our unique three-part technology is our ULTIMATE INSOLE. Made of durable dual-density polyurethane foam, this insole is also double-duty. It offers superior support for your arch and provides areas of softness to help cushion each step you take. Best of all, the material slowly molds to your unique foot shape for a custom, personalized fit.
KURU Footwear's ULTIMATE INSOLE features high-quality arch support and dual-density foam that molds to the shape of your feet

How to Choose Adult Shoes

Curious how to shop for the best shoes for adults? Our KURU GURUs outline how to select the perfect pair.

One important thing to remember when buying adult shoes is to buy shoes that fit their purpose.

If you’re an active person, running shoes or sports shoes might be the best for your training sessions. If you work in pools and want to avoid slipping or walking on hot concrete, then you might prefer the best water shoes for adults.

Here are some other tips to help you find your best pair of shoes yet:

- Get your feet measured the next time you shop for a new pair.

- Use your shoe size as a guideline, rather than a hard and fast rule. If a shoe in your size doesn’t feel comfortable, then try the next size.

- Go shoe shopping in the afternoon, since our feet naturally expand throughout the day.

- Check the shape of the shoe. You can usually tell whether the shoe will fit you comfortably or not based on how well it resembles the shape of your feet.

- Wear the same kind of sock you would wear with the shoes you buy.

- If you want more support or greater ease of use, consider velcro shoes for adults or slip-on shoes.

A man wearing KURU QUANTUM fitness shoes for adults stops to tie his shoe laces

Healthy Aging: Ways to Care for Your Aging Feet

As we age, our feet need a bit more love and care. Here are four easy ways to keep your aging feet happy and healthy.

Wear comfortable shoes (and socks).

  • Don’t wear shoes or socks that are too tight.
  • Choose shoes with sufficient cushioning.
  • Look for adult shoes with wide toe boxes.

Practice good foot hygiene.

  • Wash your feet daily. Make sure to dry them thoroughly, too.
  • Wear a fresh pair of socks each time you put on shoes.
  • Don’t go around barefoot, especially on hardwood floors, cold floors, and public areas.
  • Don’t shave or cut off your foot calluses.

Give your feet some TLC.

  • Massage your feet after a long day.
  • You can also try rolling a tennis ball under your feet to relieve soreness.
  • Get a foot soak or foot bath to relieve stress and soften your skin, including calluses.

Practice proper shoe care.

  • Keep your shoes clean on the inside and outside.
  • Alternate your pairs of shoes, instead of wearing the same pair day after day.
  • Store shoes in a cool, dry environment.

Types of Adult Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

Types of Adult Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

Athletic or Running Shoes: These are the shoes you’ll want to get for jogging, running, or gym workouts. Look for shoes that are made for the specific sports or activities you do. For example, wear basketball shoes when playing basketball and hiking shoes for hiking or other rugged outdoor activities.

Formal or Dress Shoes: These are typically closed leather shoes. Traditional brogues or oxfords have laces but there are also plenty of slip-on styles of dress shoes.

Boots: If you’re looking for stylish footwear that offer ankle support, then ankle boots are perfect for you. There are other types of boots as well, ranging from iconic cowboy boots to practical rain boots.

Adult Velcro Shoes: These types of shoes have become trendy over recent years. Adult shoes with velcro used to be worn mainly by the elderly, those with mobility issues, or foot problems.

Corrective Shoes: These are shoes worn to address trouble areas on your feet and, as the name suggests, correct feet problems. Corrective shoes for adults are typically worn to help with fallen or collapsed arches, absorb more shock to relieve pressure, or protect against ulcers and blisters.

The best shoes for adults will always be the ones that fit your feet perfectly. Instead of focusing on the design, prioritize finding comfortable, roomy, and supportive shoes.

- Choose shoes with wide toe boxes so your toes are not cramped inside.

- Make sure the shoe doesn’t come off while walking or running.

- Look for shoes that offer quality arch support, especially if you plan to wear the shoes for long periods of time.

- Try on both the shoes to ensure they fit both your feet.

A woman wearing KURU ATOM athletic sneakers standing on a set of stairs

Our top tips for finding shoes that fit right:

- Choose shoes with wide toe boxes so your toes are not cramped inside.

- Make sure the shoe doesn’t come off while walking or running.

- Look for shoes that offer quality arch support, especially if you plan to wear the shoes for long periods of time.

- Try on both the shoes to ensure they fit both your feet.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"A pleasant surprise

I bought this shoe for my adult daughter. She was hesitant at first trying it on, 15 minutes later she was raving about how comfortable they are, a week later she still loves them. Thank you Kuru♥️ my only advice is to order a half size up. they seem to run small."

-- Mom on the case

"No more orthodics for me

I have worn custom orthotics all my adult life at least 40 years. I have 2 pair of KURU one black one brown. These are definitely the most comfortable slip on shoes I have ever invested in. AND NO ORTHODICS!!!!"

-- Antonem1

"Good looking shoe!

My young adult kids all loved the look of this shoe. I purchased it for foot relief. My old KURU Striders lost their protective barrier so I tried a different style. My feet have been hurting for a week or two so I don't expect full relief the first time I wore these. They are comfortable and fit true to size, but when I work I can feel the tenderness in my feet. With my Strides, the minute I put them on the pain was gone (until I took them off). I am hoping this will come around."

-- Anoosh


Answers to the most frequently asked questions are just a click away.

How can I make sure I get the right size?


Buying adult shoes online can be daunting since you don’t get to try the shoes on first. Here are a few tips to help you get your correct size when shopping for the best walking shoes for adults:

Familiarize yourself with international size conversions. A U.S. size six for women translates to a size 36 for EU sizes, 3.5 for U.K. sizes, and 22.5 for Japanese sizes.

Look for shops that offer free shipping, free returns, and free exchanges like KURU. This way, you can return or exchange your shoes for the right size if they don’t fit you.

Measure your feet using a Brannock device the next time you shop in a brick and mortar store so you can be better sure of your size.


Can I wear my own orthotics with your shoes?


We build our technology into every shoe we make, so you never have to worry about aftermarket inserts. Many of our customers find they don’t need their previous orthotics because of the superior support they get from their KURUs.

If you do want to combine our shoes with your existing solutions or a heel lift, you’ll find that equipment with rounded bottoms fit best inside our shoes, since they feature a rounded shape to match nature.

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 KURU shoes with good arch support helped reduce or eliminate their pain—from plantar fasciitis to bunions.

Each of our shoes feature a wide toe box, superior arch support, shock absorption and patented heel technology, engineered for pain relief.

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.



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