Best Construction Shoes

Engineered for superior comfort and protection while on the job site.

Many job site workers don’t have shoes that offer the correct level of comfort and protection. Instead, they’re given heavy, clunky, traditional construction shoes that can cause foot pain.

Imagine if you could change all that with the right pair of construction shoes—ones so comfy that you can focus on your work and not your foot pain.

At KURU, we aim to be the solution to this common problem. Our best construction work shoes are designed with our patented sole technology, which provides superior cushioning and arch support so you can work your hardest without issues.

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Experts Guide to the Best Construction Shoes

Top features to look out for when picking the perfect pair of construction shoes.

When it comes to choosing the best construction shoes, there are a lot of factors to consider.. These include:

  • Lightweight design: Lightweight construction shoes are ideal for prolonged periods of standing and walking on rough terrain. They not only help to minimize fatigue and strain, but they can also reduce the risk of injuries like ankle sprains or twisted knees.
  • Water-resistant materials: Construction sites typically involve a lot of exposure to moisture, whether it’s rain or snow or simply muddy ground. Go for shoes made with water-resistant materials like leather or durable rubber to ensure that your shoes hold up under these conditions.
  • Slip resistance: Since job sites are always changing, you will want a pair of construction shoes that provide good traction and adequate grip, both on wet surfaces and on uneven terrain.
  • Workplace-specific features: Think about your job site's specific needs and look for shoes that address them. For example, construction shoes for summer typically come with breathable mesh uppers, while winter models have insulated linings to keep your feet warm in cold temperatures.

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Our Customer Favorites

"I'm in LOVE!

I received the Quantum the other day in hopes that it will help with my plantar fasciitis and heel pain. The quality of the shoe looked nice and it felt GREAT the only bummer was it was about a half size too big. I normally wear an 8.5 in a running shoe but decided to return the pair of Quantums I received in exchange for size 8. Overall, the color of the shoe was just adorable and I could tell they would be the right shoe for me! I did also order a pair of Chicanes in an 8.5 and those fit perfectly! The arch support and heel cushion in both shoes was like having pillows on my feet! I cannot wait to receive my 8's in the mail and also have my husband try Kuru's also since he is on his feet working construction all day and has foot pain as well."

- Julie

"Eliminated my Plantar Fasciitis!!!!

I had severe Plantar Faciitis. After trying several ortho option I found Kuru and selected the Chicanes. I had immediate relief. After a few short weeks my pain was totally gone. I’ve been wearing them ever since. After over 4 years I’m ordering my 5th pair now. (I’m very hard on shoes as I’m on my feet all day in construction)"

- David T

Technology For a Natural Fit, Engineered for Pain Relief

KURUCLOUD

The KURUCLOUD is a revolutionary midsole that absorbs shock with its lightweight EVA foam construction. It’s the perfect blend of soft and firm so you can feel supported and like you’re walking on a cloud.

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

KURUSOLE

KURUSOLE is designed to cup your heel as you move around, protecting it from discomfort and pain. At the same time, it’s flexible enough to support your heel while you’re walking, leading to lasting support.

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

ULTIMATE INSOLE

Our ULTIMATE INSOLE is designed to provide additional cushioning and support for your feet. The polyurethane (PU) foam in our ULTIMATE INSOLE is specifically engineered mold to your feet, keeping you comfortable on even the longest days of work.
KURU Footwear's ULTIMATE INSOLE features high-quality arch support and dual-density foam that molds to the shape of your feet

Workplace Foot Injuries

Find out what types of safety or ergonomic hazards construction laborers face that can lead to foot injuries.

When it comes to workplace safety, construction laborers face several hazards that can lead to foot injuries. These hazards include heavy machinery, sharp objects, and jagged edges on building materials. Plus, workers can be at risk for strain or overuse injuries if they are standing or walking for extended periods in unfavorable conditions like slippery or uneven terrain.

Common foot injuries among construction workers include:

Sprains: Sprains are caused by ligament damage and usually occur when the foot is suddenly twisted or turned.

Strains: These injuries happen when a worker overuses a muscle or tendon, resulting in pain and swelling.

Cuts and punctures: These injuries can occur from contact with sharp objects like nails or jagged pieces of metal.

Blisters: Blisters form when the skin rubs against a hard surface, causing friction and irritation.

Fractures: Fractures are often caused by heavy loads or sudden impacts and may require surgery to heal.

Ankle injuries: These injuries are common among construction workers due to the constant walking and standing.

To minimize the risk of these injuries, it’s always best to wear high-quality construction shoes.

woman skips in KURU QUANTUM sneakers.

Construction Industry Facts and Stats

We take a look at some facts and stats you might not have known about footwear worn by construction laborers.
Read on to find out more!

The construction industry is an essential part of the global economy, providing jobs and necessary infrastructure for communities worldwide.

Despite many challenges, the construction industry continues to grow and thrive. In 2021, the global construction market was valued at 7.28 trillion, and it is expected to reach 14.41 trillion by 2030. This growth is being driven by rising demand for new buildings in expanding economies, as well as areas needing updates to existing structures.

Foot Injury Prevention

Learn how to best protect your feet in the construction industry.

Construction workers spend a lot of time on their feet, leading to the risk of injuries. You can do a few things to prevent foot injuries, though:

Make sure you're wearing the right shoes: Construction shoes have extra support and cushioning to protect your feet from the hard surfaces you're walking on all day. Also, you don't want to constantly adjust your shoes or have them slipping off because that can lead to falls and other injuries.

Wear socks or liners: To help prevent blisters, wear socks or liners that fit well and don't bunch up. You might also want to consider wearing double socks or two pairs of socks if you're working in extremely cold weather.

Toe guards: If you're going to be working in an environment that exposes your feet to sharp materials or objects, it's a good idea to wear toe guards. These are made of metal or plastic that are designed to protect your toes from being punctured or cut.

Ankle support: Another good way to prevent foot injuries is to wear ankle support. This can help reduce the risk of rolled ankles or other ankle injuries.

Take breaks and elevate your feet when you're not working: This helps to reduce swelling and gives your feet a chance to rest. It can also help to stretch your feet and ankles regularly. Stretching helps to keep your muscles and joints flexible, which can reduce your risk of injury.

Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for potential hazards: These include things like loose nails, sharp edges, and slippery surfaces. If you're aware of the potential hazards, you can avoid them and reduce your risk of getting hurt.

Keep your shoes dry and clean where you can: Construction sites can be dirty, which makes it easy to get your feet covered in mud or other debris. Cleaning your footwear when you can makes it easier to walk around safely.

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Why Others With Wide Feet Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"Great work shoe

Very much like them so far. In construction, so most shoes last about 6 months ...we will see how these hold up."

-- TBlackburn

"The Best Shoes

This is the 3rd pair I have owned. I am in construction and they are comfortable all day with no foot pain, the leather lasts longer in my line of work. I do wish they would make a work boot for construction. I have worn Kuru shoes for over 3 years and they were lifesavers, from the 1st pair I worn the pain has been gone."

-- Scott n Ellie

"Fabulous sturdy shoe!

I'm always looking for a well-made, all-weather, sturdy shoe that comes in wide. This is it! Looking forward to enjoying it for years."

-- Taxicat

FAQS

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

Does the KINETIC qualify as a slip resistant shoe?

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Yes, it does! Our KINETIC anti-slip shoe for both men and women features a high-grade rubber outsole that meets ASTM F2913 and SATRA TM-144 standards. The KINETIC also comes with our pain-relieving cushion and arch support built in, so you can last for long hours on your feet.

What type of shoes should construction workers wear?

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Construction workers should have a construction shoe that provides both comfort and support and some type of protection from hazards like jagged edges or heavy machinery. Additionally, slip-on construction shoes are typically recommended over lace-up shoes since they are easier to put on and take off quickly when you need to get back to work.

Are hiking shoes construction work shoes?

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While hiking or outdoor shoes may have some features that can be useful in a construction work environment, they are not necessarily the best choice. A good construction shoe will typically offer more support and protection than most hiking shoes. Moreover, construction shoes must meet certain safety standards, such as providing slip resistance and electrical hazard protection to protect workers from injury.

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 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.

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