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.

woman wearing athleisure shoes relaxes in the grass at the park.
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Experts Guide to Athleisure Shoes

What are Athleisure Shoes?

Athleisure, also known as activewear, is a trend that has taken the country by storm. Perhaps you’ve noticed a lot of people wearing leggings instead of pants. It’s a cross-over between sporty and athletic gym wear and casual streetwear that’s worn every day. As a result, athleisure shoes represent comfort and are made from stretchy and breathable fabrics which support the foot.

Top Selling Shoes

Our Customer Favorites

"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.

Technology for a Natural Fit, Engineered to Fight Foot Pain

KURUCLOUD

With our KURUCLOUD midsole, you can enjoy smooth and comfortable strides. Forming the base layer of our three-part technology, KURUCLOUD uses an advanced blend of lightweight and high-grade EVA foams to provide support in every step. This shock-absorbing technology helps to alleviate pressure while offering a soft cushion for comfort that feels like walking on clouds.

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

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.

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

ULTIMATE INSOLE

Finally, our three-part technology is complete with our ULTIMATE INSOLE, which provides support similar to orthotics without any additional purchases. Made from dual-density polyurethane foam, the ULTIMATE INSOLE offers a superior cushion. This technology also supports any changes to the shoe’s mold as you use it for the first time, and will adjust as needed after every use.
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 Athleisure Shoes and When to Wear Them

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.

woman wearing athleisure shoes kicks up her feet in a camping tent.

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

  1. 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.
  2. Mix one part laundry detergent and one part baking soda to make a paste.
  3. Apply the mixture to the midsole and the outsole.
  4. Take a damp cloth or sponge and clean the residue left behind.
  5. Pat your shoe dry using a clean cloth.

Athleisure Shoe Upper:

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

Alternatively, you can also use a washing machine to wash your shoes.

Types of Athleisure Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

With such a wide variety of alternatives to choose from when it comes to athleisure shoes, we review our top picks!

athleisure shoes, we review our top picks! There are tons of cute athleisure shoes available in the market right now, but not all will provide support and comfort, so it’s important to determine which kinds can help you. Some of the most popular kinds of athleisure shoes include the following:

– Athleisure slip-on shoes

– Athleisure tennis shoes

– Athleisure sandals

– Athleisure boots

woman ties the laces of her athleisure tennis shoes.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"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.

FAQS

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

What are athleisure shoes?

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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?

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

Are your shoes considered orthopedic shoes?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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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