Best Summer Shoes for the Season

Strappy sandals or closed-toe classics for cool comfort.

Summer is finally here, and you’ve got your vacations lined up and activities kicked into high gear.

Whether you’re traveling to explore a new city or sitting poolside to get some fresh air, keeping your feet cool and comfortable can help ensure your mind stays focused on the fun—not on foot pain.

KURU offers some of the best summer shoes for men and women, each equipped with our pain-relieving arch and heel support for last comfort all season long.

Person at a beach stands in KURU KALA sandal.
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Experts Guide to the Best Shoes for Summer

What are Summer Shoes?

Summer shoes for women and men are those that can keep you cool and comfortable even in the hot summer sun.

Footwear that features light, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics are smart to have in your closet each summer. Think strappy sandals and flip flops, breathable slip-ons or mesh sneakers.

The best summer shoes for men and women feature light and airy fabrics for maximum breathability or open-air styles that let your toes stay cool and dry.

KURU offers a wide variety of super comfortable summer shoes with our pain-relieving technology built into every pair. That means you can stay fresh, cool, and comfy, even when the temperature is sky high.

Top Selling Shoes

Our Customer Favorites

"My new KURU favorite

I now got an 4 pairs of these shoes-really supportive and nice looking flip flop. I have very flat feet and planter fasciitis and these really give me the level of comfort I want in a casual summer shoe."

- Sarah844

"Great arch and heel but support!

My favorite summer shoes. I wear them everywhere. Look nice too."

- DrFoot

Technology for a Natural Fit, Engineered for Foot Pain Relief


Our KURUCLOUD base layer is a cushioned footbed that offers extra comfort and shock absorption for the whole foot, no matter the type of shoe. This layer of dense EVA foam helps absorb impact to your joints, ligaments, and bones for closed-toed shoes and sandals alike.

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


Our patented KURUSOLE plate features a unique design that cups and protects the heel and allows for dynamic flexion with each step. This superior support helps us use our body’s natural cushioning system, the heel’s fat pad, so you can experience all the summer has to offer with less pain.

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


The final layer in KURU’s technology trio, our ULTIMATE INSOLES feature premium arch support and cushion for the entire sole of your foot. Made of 5mm of durable polyurethane foam, these insoles form to your feet to provide lasting comfort through every vacation.
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 Summer Shoes

When it comes to summer shoes, there's a lot more to style than just your favorite sandals. Here are some tips on how you can match your shoes with any outfit!

It’s the season for lakeside gatherings and beach-friendly vacations. Let’s hear it for cute summer shoes that can keep you comfortable and stylish while you explore new places.

As you head to the beach this summer, a strappy or thong sandal pairs perfectly with slick chino shorts, airy dresses, or breezy linen shirts.

For days of adventuring through a new city, a comfortable leather sneaker with arch support will give you the comfort, traction, and stamina you need to keep going all day.

When you’re ready to see the wildflowers in the mountains, an open-toed trail shoe for breathability or a closed-toe hiking shoe for protection can keep you comfy and cool even on the warmest of trails.

women wears KURU ROAM court sneaker.

Best Materials and Colors

With the temperatures heating up, it's important to have a pair of shoes that can keep up. Check out our list of the best materials and colors for summer shoes!

  • Breathable fabric: As the sun stays out longer, materials that offer plenty of ventilation, including mesh or canvas, can help feet stay comfortable even in hot temperatures.
  • Light, airy colors: Light and white colors can bounce light away instead of absorbing it, keeping your feet cool and comfortable even in direct sunlight.
  • Mesh uppers: Breathability and ventilation is key during the summer, and mesh is a perfect material for just that.
  • Lighter, neutral colors: Trade your darker black and brown winter shoes for lighter shades in line with the season. That said, water and mud can come into play during the spring, so opting for easy-to-clean canvas or leather is a smart option.
  • Canvas material: Easy to clean, versatile, durable yet lightweight, canvas is an excellent option for summer months.
  • Moisture-wicking liner: Shoes that feature moisture-wicking liner can keep sweat at bay for comfortable, dry feet.

Types of Summer Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

Are you looking for the perfect pair of summer shoes? Learn how to find a great fit and style that's right for you.

Sandals: Strappy or thong sandals for men and women are a go-to footwear option in the summertime. These styles can easily transform from a casual summer shoe to a dress shoe with the right outfit.

Slip-On Shoes: An everyday spring or summer shoe, a slip-on shoe like STRIDE offers casual ease and a breezy feel.

Sneakers: Sneakers or athletic shoes for women and men are a versatile option for every season. Choose a mesh upper for the extra warm summertime days.

Boat Shoes: A casual yet chic summer option, canvas boat shoes like our PACE offer classy, versatile style for work or play.

Summer Trail Shoes: When you want to reach the summit on a hot day, an open-toed trail shoe with great traction like our TREAD is your best bet.

Ballet Flats: A classic, lightweight ballet flat can work with almost any outfit. Opt for a cotton or canvas upper instead of leather for an even cooler feel.

woman wears KURU CHICANE trail hiker.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"Awesome summer shoe!

I owned a black pair if these which I wore out (after a few years of use!). I bought this pair to replace them. I need the support these shoes have in a lightweight summer shoe. Sandals and flip flops can be the worst type of shoe to wear if you need any type of foot support - not these! Once these have been broken in and molded to your foot - best fit too!"

-- Trisha12

"Anticipated Comfort

Looking forward to experiencing the comfort this summer as we travel."

-- Clifton C

"Great summer hiker

I've had several of these shoes before (and boots from other seasons) and I always come back to Chicanes when it is time to get new weekend shoes. This particular pair is great for summer, more breathable that the all leather ones I wear in winter/wet weather. I do light hiking and these have good traction for this and are comfortable to wear, keeps my heel from hurting. My go to weekend shoe."

-- Kaydub


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

Which shoes are best in summer?


Lightweight shoes that offer maximum breathability, moisture-wicking materials, and airy colors and fabrics are ideal for the hot summer months. A white sneaker can reflect the sun’s rays instead of absorbing them to keep you cool, a thong sandal gives you an open, airy feel, and a shoe with a mesh upper and moisture-wicking liner offers ventilation to keep your feet dry and cool.

Can you wear closed toe shoes in the summer?


Absolutely! Closed-toe summer shoes can be a go-to during the summer months—especially when they feature breathable uppers and moisture-wicking lining. Closed-toe shoes also offer added protection from harsh summer sun, so you won’t have to worry about applying sunscreen to your toes!

What shoes do guys wear in summer?


There are a variety of men’s summer shoes on the market today. Some of the best men’s shoes for summer include canvas boat shoes, thong sandals, and canvas or leather sneakers. Men’s casual summer shoes often feature a slip-on design for ease of use.

How do I store summer shoes for the winter?


Once it’s too cold to wear those summer shoes, you can store them up and away from dust and sunlight to help preserve them. Since moisture can degrade materials over time, just be sure to dry them thoroughly before putting them away.



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