Open Toe Shoes

From flip-flops to sporty outdoor versatile sandals—patented KURUSOLE technology delivers superior arch support and a custom fit.

During the summer months, you’ll want to go out wearing something cool and comfortable while being stylish at the same time. This is where open-toe shoes, as well as open-toe sandals, can help you.

At KURU Footwear, we carry a wide range of comfortable open-toe shoes of various models, colors, and styles, where you’re sure to find the perfect match for you.

A man sits on a hand railing wearing open-toe shoes.
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Experts Guide to Open Toe Shoes

What are Open Toe shoes?

Open-toe shoes are shoes that are designed with an opening at the front which exposes the toes. This kind of shoe can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and different kinds of materials can be used to make them. As a result, open-toe shoes come in all kinds of forms such as open-toe walking shoes, open-toe diabetic shoes, open-toe orthopedic shoes, and more.

Top Selling Shoes

Our Customer Favorites

"Kala women's sandal

I currently have 6 pairs of this style and these did not disappoint. I have suffered in the past with plantar fasciitis & this is a sandal that prevents this from reoccurring. They are perfect for my Florida life style. Thanks KURU!!!"

- Patti Baranowski

"Great sandals!

This is my second pair of these and the first ones lasted about 4 years before wearing out. The new pair are even more comfortable than I remembered."

- JBridge

Technology for a Natural Fit, Engineered to Fight Foot Pain


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


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


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 Open Toe Shoes and When to Wear Them

Wondering how to style your open toe shoes? Our KURU GURUs outline the best ways to wear them below.

There are plenty of ways that you can show off your feet through the use of open-toe shoes since they can be mixed and matched with all kinds of styles and outfits. Here are just a few ways in which you can use open-toe shoes:

Combine Bright + Bold: You can pair a blue open-toe shoe to create a statement piece. You can then match it with a floral outfit consisting of a flowy floral blouse and a pair of full-length pants.

Choose a Maxi Dress: Another great combination is a full-length dress along with silver open-toe shoes—whether you opt for heels or sandals is up to you. While not a lot of people would think of this ensemble, this look certainly comes together.

Comfy and Chic: Nude open-toe shoes can be a great replacement for chunky sneakers when you want to stay in your comfort zone. Pair your shoes with a flowy dress that has either neutral or pastel colors and you’ll be all set.

Office Smart Outfit: If you’re looking for something that’s office-appropriate, consider pairing black open-toe shoes with a nice sweater and dark full-length jeans.

A woman wearing open to sandals walks along the beach with her purse in tow.

Open Toe Shoe Care Tips

Follow these simple tips to keep your open toe shoes looking their best for years to come.

Open-toe shoes require care that’s different from regular shoes because they’re usually made from other kinds of materials. If you’re looking to collect a few open-toe shoes, here are a few things you need to know when it comes to their needs:

1. Always clean the insole: If you notice marks on the insole of your sandals, these could look dirty and worn out. They may look like permanent footprints, but these can be cleaned. Get a toothbrush and some upholstery cleaning spray to scrub the area. Once it looks better, rub the shoe with a soft cloth.

2. Get rid of odors: Open-toe shoes are typically worn during the summer months, which tends to make our feet sweat. If you encounter problems with odor, you can use tea tree oil to swab the inside of your shoes and leave it overnight. This has antibacterial properties which can eliminate odors.

3. Get protection spray: With a waterproof protective spray, your open-toes shoes can stay scuff-free longer even when exposed to dirt and rain. Moreover, a protective spray is useful in particular for both leather and suede, which can protect their delicate surfaces. By using a protection spray, your shoes will retain their durability and color while extending their lifespan.

Types of Open Toe Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

There are so many options for open toe shoes out there, we’re breaking down our favorites!

Open-toe shoes come in all sorts of shapes, colors, and sizes, as well as a wide range of materials that can be used to make them. Here are just a few of them:

Peep-toe shoes: These are shoes designed specifically for women. These include pumps, booties, slingbacks, or any other dress shoes. Peep-toes will usually have an opening right at the toe-box which exposes the toes.

Sandals: These are an open type of footwear that consists of a sole which is held to the wearer’s foot through straps that go around the ankle and over the instep. Because sandals also have a heel, people will often confuse sandals with other footwear. However, what makes sandals distinct is that it leaves most of the foot exposed.

Slides: This is an open-toed and backless shoe and is an open-toed mule. They can be flat-heeled, high-heeled, and can cover the whole foot or may have only two narrow straps.

Person at a beach stands in KURU KALA sandal.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us


I bought this shoe to wear with dresses and summer wear. I already have the beach wear shoe and loved them! This pair was also comfortable and a great fit!"

-- Joes girl

"Durable and great support

This is my second pair. The first was stolen out of my golf cart. I had those for almost three years and wore them daily. Great sandal and super durable. I'm 6'5", 280 lbs so most other sandals don't last long."

-- Dan 45

"Comfort and style

Yes. We can have it all. I love the new brown color and the brown sole. It doesn’t show the dirt. And it is wonderful to have some new sandals with that great arch. I haven’t taken them off. Another great winner."

-- Babs44


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

Are open toe shoes business casual?


If you work at a formal corporate office, open-toe shoes will be questionable. However, they could be more acceptable in a business-casual office and are commonly seen within a creative office environment. Wearing open-toe shoes in construction is not acceptable but rubber flip flops are generally acceptable in a casual setting.

How do I know which shoe to buy? Which is best for me?


The best shoe for you will depend on your unique foot type and the style you’re looking for.

The best shoes for men and women alike offer adequate arch support and cushion. Whether you’re looking for bright blue shoes, dark blue shoes, or white shoes with blue accents, KURUs line of pain-relieving footwear help alleviate foot pain symptoms for all-day 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.

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.

Can you wear open toe shoes in the winter?


There’s no rule saying that you can’t do this but it’s probably not a good idea to wear open-toe shoes in the snow. However, you can certainly wear a pair of snow boots while you’re traveling outside, then switch over to your favorite open-toe shoes when you reach your destination.



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