Best Orthotic SHoes

Three pain-relieving technologies provide unparalleled support and comfort.

With KURU on your side, you can enjoy top-quality orthotic shoes that offer superior shock absorption and powerful support for your feet.

There’s a recommended break-in period for every KURU pair, even orthotic house shoes. However, once you get past this stage, you’ll realize there’s nothing quite like cute orthotic shoes to give you the protection you deserve from your footwear. Finally, you can wear shoes that make you look and feel great.

It’s time to say goodbye to heel spurs, excessive pronation, shin splints, and knee and joint problems. Switch to KURU now to discover a whole new world of style and comfort.

A woman wears KURU QUANTUM orthotic shoes at the gym.
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Experts Guide to Orthotic Shoes

What are Orthotic Shoes?

Orthotic shoes are prescribed footwear designed to restore natural feet function. Sometimes, specialists prescribe them for foot, leg, and back problems.

However, not all orthotic shoes are the same. Some of the best minds in medicine, science, and footwear created KURU products to adapt to the natural contours of the feet, providing users with superior impact absorption and cushioning.

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Our Customer Favorites

"Perfect for me!

This is my 3rd pair of Quantums. I wear one just for distance walking, (wore them out and bought another pair for that). I have another pair I use for shopping, walking around town, etc. I wore them just this past week walking days and days, miles and miles at Disney World while keeping my feet in comfort. I LOVE these shoes. I no longer need expensive orthotics in my shoes since I've been wearing Quantums these past 3 years. Give them a try."

- Landscape Lady

"Love them!

This is my second pair of Kurus. Love them! I don’t have to keep switching out my orthotics any more. These shoes have built in support that works just like my orthotics. They do take time to break in, but so worth the time."

- Elbert

Technology for a Natural Fit, Engineered to Fight Foot Pain


As the name suggests, the KURUCLOUD technology makes consumers feel like they’re walking on clouds! It uses a unique blend of lightweight EVA foam with the latest manufacturing equipment and techniques to give users a silky-smooth stride with every step. You can run, dance, or walk as you please without the fear of pain or injury.

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


The KURUSOLE technology is one of those breakthroughs that the team wanted to share with the rest of the world immediately. With its features on your side, you get unparalleled support levels on your ankle, arch, and heel. The patented shape ensures you won’t have alignment or mobility problems while wearing your stylish orthotic shoes.

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

Ultimate sole

The KURU ULTIMATE INSOLE technology enhances every pair’s support and comfort through its space-age polyurethane foam. The dual-density enhancement molds to your heels and arches as you wear them. It works with KURUCLOUD and KURUSOLE to ensure your feet remain aligned, safe, and pain-free.

KURU Footwear's ULTIMATE INSOLE features high-quality arch support and dual-density foam that molds to the shape of your feet

How to Pair Your Orthotic Shoes and When to Wear Them

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Everyone can benefit from wearing the best orthotic shoes—athletes, avid travelers, and outdoor lovers of any age and gender. However, they can be life-changing for some individuals. They are particularly useful for the following scenarios:

Long standing time: People who stand for more than five hours a day should consider wearing the best orthotic shoes for plantar fasciitis. Surgeons, environmental engineers, high school teachers, patrol officers, and paramedics could benefit from such a pair.

Flat-footedness: Individuals who have flat or high arches in either or both feet can experience the benefits of orthotic shoes. The support, cushioning, and stability of KURU orthotic shoes for flat feet help reduce the pain and discomfort of this condition and bring relief.

Severe pain: Anyone experiencing recurring foot pain or those who have recently had lower limb injuries should get in touch with a specialist immediately to request recommendations for orthotic shoes. Sometimes, a simple act such as changing your shoes can do wonders for your everyday comfort.

Ankle support: Some exercises like dynamic sports require more ankle support than other activities. The additional protection can prevent conditions like shin splints and muscle strains. For this reason, you can check with brands if they have specialized pairs like orthotic tennis shoes.

Existing injuries: If you already sustained injuries like bunions, blisters, or ingrown nails due to ill-fitting shoes, you don’t have to look any further to address your distinct needs. These conditions can slow you down or even stop you from moving and going about daily life. Shop KURU shoes now to find the ideal pair to support your healing.

The best part about picking KURU is that you can choose from an extensive range of orthotics, from flip flops to sandals to loafers to sneakers. Plus, you don’t have to compromise aesthetics for comfort or functionality. Whether you’re going for a casual or a more dressed-up look, there’s an ideal KURU pair for you.

A woman wears KURU ROAM orthotic shoes at the park.

Shoe fit tips

Simplify the process of finding a pair of orthotic shoes that fit well with these helpful tips from our KURU GURUS.

As with any footwear, KURU shoes work best if they fit you perfectly. Below are some elements to consider when buying orthotic shoes:

  • Shoe size: Before purchasing shoes, try on your usual size. However, most people prefer the next one-half size up for orthotic footwear.
  • Room for the toe: Your shoes should have a roomy toe box. If there’s not enough space for the toes to move, you may need a larger size.
  • Closure type: People without mobility issues are free to choose whatever style they like. However, if you have trouble putting on and removing your shoes, velcro shoes may be a good choice.
  • Stock up: Lastly, if you find a pair that fits you perfectly, get more than one pair. You can try different colors or closure types for variety. After all, having more than one pair extends the life of each shoe.

Features of Orthotic Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

Here’s what to look for when searching for the best orthotic shoe for you.

Orthotic shoes are special doctor-prescribed footwear. They have features that make them unique from other shoe types in the market. Below are some components to consider when looking for the perfect pair of orthotic shoes:

Unmatched support: Orthotic technology should hold the shoe onto the foot perfectly without slippage or twisting. However, it’s crucial to find the right size to avoid too-tight shoes. Some people prefer going half a size up for maximum comfort.

Well-cushioned: When it comes to orthotics, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for everyone. A pair that works well on another person might not work well for you. Pro tip: Your orthotic shoes should support your body weight. The added cushion on the shoes will help reduce the impact of any movement on your feet.

Strong heel counters: The back of the heel should not be too flimsy. It should protect your ankle from too much movement. This feature is ideal for relieving stress and tension on various body parts. Apart from your feet, orthotics can also positively impact your hips, legs, knees, and ankles.

Built-in insole: Orthotic shoes should have supportive insoles, like KURU’s ULTIMATE INSOLE technology. This part of the shoe serves two purposes: to boost comfort and provide support. With KURU on your side, you can redistribute the pressure on your feet as you perform your daily activities.

Deep toe boxes: Many people, especially women, suffer from unnecessary pain and foot problems because of ill-fitting shoes. When picking the best orthotic shoes for you, choose one with deep toe boxes that won’t cramp or squash your feet.

Orthotics might be ideal for various applications, but not all brands are the same. KURU stands out from competitors because it offers all these features and more! Remember, shoes shouldn’t only protect your feet from getting dirty. They should be your partner in elevating everyday experiences.

A woman wears KURU ROAM orthotic shoes at the park.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"So comfortable

I have only had these shoes about a week, but I can tell you I love them! They are so light weight, yet, provide fabulous support to my heels and arches. I suffer with plantar fasciitis and I don’t have to wear orthotics with this shoe! Very comfortable, and the black atom shoe is very fashionable."

-- Megan SS

"I love these boots!

So comfortable, no breaking in time. These are my 2nd pair. I wear them all day, every day. These have healed my very bad plantar fasciitis in a few months when custom orthotics did not work. I don’t know how that is even possible, but these boots are a true lifesaver for me. And they look good too. Thank you!"

-- eblmnop

"Walking better

I bought these shoes about three weeks ago and am still in the break-in period suggested. However, I look forward to putting these shoes on for the daily three hour period suggested. It has become a time of physical therapy for my feet. As suggested, I do not use my orthotics. These shoes are teaching my feet a new way of walking. I still have to try them outside. That will be the big test. Being 81, I have had to go slowly to adapt my feet to KURU technology."

-- Charlotte A.


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

Are orthotic shoes covered by HSA?


Yes, orthotic shoes fall under the therapeutic footwear category. They qualify as medical expenses through an HSA or FSA, meaning you can get reimbursed for them through your provider.

What are orthotic friendly shoes?


Orthotic-friendly shoes are footwear types that offer superior foot support, helping users walk with more ease. KURU is a cut above the rest because it provides consumers with the highest level of support and comfort.

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.

Our break-in procedures include 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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