Best Restaurant Shoes

Designed with your comfort and safety in mind.

When you’re carrying a tray full of food, you need a shoe that can stop on a dime.

It’s difficult enough to balance plates and glasses, glassware and utensils. The slippery floor shouldn’t have to be one of the hurdles you face. Anti-slip restaurant shoes help make sure you shine on your shift for all the right reasons.

Whether you’re behind the counter, serving guests, preparing food, or bussing tables, KURU has some of the best shoes for restaurant work to help you stay stable and comfortable for your entire shift.

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Experts Guide to the Best Shoes for Restaurant & Food Service

Top features to look out for when picking the right restaurant & food service industry shoe.

It’s not always easy to find the right footwear for a food service position—especially if you are customer-facing. Ill-fitting shoes or too-tight heels can wear down the feet, leading to pain and injury.

The best kitchen shoes for crews feature an anti-slip rubber outsole for traction and stability, a wide toe box to maintain circulation and natural movement, an easy-to-clean leather upper, and plenty of cushion and support to stand comfortably for long periods of time.

KURU offers a line-up of lifestyle shoes that look chic while being comfortable, and slip-resistant shoes for restaurant workers that prioritize stability even on wet floors.

KURU’s KINETIC anti-slip shoe for women and men is one of the best non-slip shoes for restaurant work. It offers slip-resistant treads that meet ASTM F2913 and SATRA TM-144 standards and comes with our comfortable and supportive insole technology built in. That means you can stay stable and comfortable for your entire shift.


Our Customer Favorites


I work in the restaurant business and I am on my feet for many hours during the week. I also suffer from planter pasciitis. I have bought several shoes over the past year to find the best fit and these are BY FAR the most comfortable shoes I have ever bought! I highly recommend them. If you have bunions on your feet (as I do on one foot) I would buy your size shoe but in a wide size. I also recommend buying a high end insert to get the most out of your shoes. So happy with my purchase! I will be buying again in the near future!"

- JEN2349


I don’t think I’ll ever wear a different shoe. I now own multiple kurus and I love them. I work in a restaurant and am on my feet 9 plus hours a day. These are awesome restaurant shoes"


Technology for a Natural Fit


Our KURUCLOUD base layer acts as a cushioned footbed to offer superior padding and shock absorption. This layer of lightweight EVA foam helps absorb impact to protect your joints, ligaments, and bones, especially when on your feet for long hours.

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 premium support helps us use our body’s natural cushioning system: the heel’s fat pad.

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


The top layer of our tech trio, ULTIMATE INSOLES feature advanced, dual-density foam. Longer lasting than traditional inserts, these 5mm insoles provide bounce back and lasting comfort even when standing or walking all day.
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 food workers face that can lead to foot injuries

When you work in the food service industry, you are likely trained on some of the hazards you could face on the job, especially from burns, cuts, or falls. But how about foot or ankle injuries? Let’s unpack a few conditions that can develop from being on your feet all day in the kitchen.

Ankle sprains and strains: Since restaurant floors are prone to spills and wet surfaces, sprains and strains are common among food service workers. Reduce your risk from trip-related injuries by wearing supportive men’s or women’s non-slip restaurant shoes.

Arthritis: One of the most common foot pain conditions restaurant workers face is arthritis. A chronic condition, arthritis is an inflammation of one or more joints that can be made worse through repetitive movements.

Hip, knee, or low back pain: WIthout the proper footwear and adequate breaks, long hours on your feet can lead to foot pain and cascading pain up the body.

Plantar fasciitis: Inflammation of the plantar fascia (a band of tissue on the sole of the foot) can occur with both too little and too much activity. To help reduce your risk, wear supportive kitchen work shoes and roll out your arches after a long day.

Morton’s neuroma: Repeated high-impact activity or standing using ill-fitting footwear can cause the tissue around the nerves in the metatarsal to thicken. This can lead to pain and a feeling of a lump or pebble in the shoe.

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Restaurant & Food Service Industry Facts and Stats

We take a look at some facts and stats you might not have known about food service workers.
Read on to find out more!

  • Restaurant workers walk as many as 23,000 steps per day—that’s about 10 miles!—according to one study.
  • Arthritis is one of the most common chronic injuries faced by food service workers.
  • It is estimated that 12.1 million people were employed in the restaurants & food service industry group in 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Waiters and waitresses make up 20.5% of the positions held in the restaurants & food services group—the largest percentage in that industry.

Foot Injury Prevention

Learn how to best protect your feet in the restaurant and food service industry.

Now that we’ve unpacked some common injuries faced by those who work in the restaurant and food service industry, let’s take a look at a few tips for foot injury prevention.

Choose supportive, slip-resistant shoes for restaurant workers. Get through your day in safety, stability, and comfort with high-quality footwear. Restaurant work shoes should feature a non-slip outsole, a wide toe box, and a shock-absorbing insole with plenty of cushion and arch support.

Wear moisture-wicking socks. Socks can help reduce
bacteria build up in your footwear by absorbing and wicking moisture during long days of standing. They can also help reduce the risk of blisters by providing a smooth layer between your feet and shoes.

Roll out the soles of your feet. Keep a tennis ball or lacrosse ball on hand to roll out the soles of your feet at the end of long days on your feet. This can help prevent plantar fasciitis by keeping the tissue and muscles stretched and healthy.

Put your feet up. Taking even short breaks during the day can help relieve pressure on your feet and joints to help you last longer.

Ice or soak your feet. If your feet are tired, swollen, or achy, soak them in ice water or ice them for 10 minutes to reduce swelling and inflammation.

Stretch and exercise your feet. Regularly stretching and strengthening your feet and ankles can provide a strong, stable foundation for your body, especially when you stand for long hours.

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Why Others in the Restaurant & Food Service Industry Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"I feel like a human

Working as a manager of a restaurant I’m on my feet 12+ hours a day and I struggle with sciatica it gets very bad this shoes and make me feel like I’m floating on a cloud great support and most importantly my back is so much better so grateful can’t wait to buy a new pair"

-- Russia78

"3rd pair

I rock these shoes at work managing 3 restaurants and walk an average of 11 miles a day. They typically support me for 4-6 months before needing to be replaced. This color is lighter than my two previous ones (green & blue) and stains show but that is no more than to be expected with a light color. I try to choose a color that will go with most outfits. Compliments or the norm while they are new."

-- EEmerson

"Immediate Relief!

I bought these shoes for my wife. She is a restaurant manager and is on her feet 10+ hours per day. We have tried everything to help her plantar fasciitis, but nothing helped. Until now! From day one, she has finally found relief from her pain and can get through her shifts without crying or needing to sit! Kuru has been her miracle!"

-- Gphillips7778


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

Does the KINETIC quality as a slip resistant shoe?


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.

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. The best chef shoes—for women and men alike—offer adequate arch support and cushion along with slip-resistant soles.

Whether you’re looking for anti-slip kitchen shoes, work boots, or athletic shoes, KURUs line of comfortable chef shoes for men and women so you can stay safe and comfortable all day long.

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.

Are your shoes considered orthopedic shoes?


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 pain in their kitchen environment and everyday lives.



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