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Best Beach Shoes

From boat shoes to flip flops, find comfort with patented KURUSOLE.

For many people, summertime is all about lounging by the pool, the beach, or other bodies of water. Although there are plenty of footwear options that fit the season, it can be difficult to choose shoes that work well near the water. That’s where KURU’s best beach water shoes come in.

With our beach shoes and sandals, you'll never have to worry about your feet hurting again when you're out and about on the sand. Whatever your plans are this summer, you'll want to take these airy, lightweight shoes to the beach or for a day of sightseeing in town.

No matter where you're going, we care about the comfort of your feet. Traveling or doing errands should not leave you feeling like your feet are tired and unsupported. Wearing KURU beach shoes is a great way to relax and look good when you're at the beach or just going around the city.

Experts Guide to Beach Shoes

What are Beach Shoes?

A good pair of beach shoes is essential for anybody who engages in activities that frequently transition between the water and dry land. Water shoes should not only dry fast, but also be stable and durable enough to protect your feet from jagged pebbles and the slippery surfaces of the sea or pool. Most are built with neoprene or mesh uppers with a gripping rubber sole that gives improved traction on land while preventing cuts and abrasions when walking on the rough ground near the water.

Beach shoes are made to keep your feet safe and comfortable both in and out of the water. There should be no noticeable difference in your speed when going for a swim in water shoes. When you wear them out in public, you should be able to go from the ocean right into a nice restaurant without looking out of place. While the best shoes for beach walking have changed from bulky styles to more fashionable ones over the last century, they have also evolved in terms of their overall quality.

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Our Customer Favorites

"Replaced All My Sandals With The LETTI
Went on a huge shoe shopping spree on KURU. Bought the LETTI to go with all my beach attire. A great sandal that made my feet feel good! Very comfortable & stylish! I get compliments from men & women asking me where I got the shoes. Very high quality. I wear them for casual events & about town running errands and on the beach. Highly recommend!"
-Angelica In The City
"very comfortable
No regrets. Highly recommend. Great shoes for my beach patrol job."
-Donald U

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a woman wearing beach walking shoes preps her paddleboard for the water. a woman wearing beach walking shoes preps her paddleboard for the water.

How to Pair Your Beach Shoes and When to Wear Them

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

Beach shoes aren't just comfortable; they're fashionable, too. Here are a few outfits for women to wear with their beach shoes:

  • Maxi dress: Maxi dresses can be casual, classy, and quirky all at the same time. They also go with any style of beach shoe. Add a wide-brimmed hat and a floppy beach bag to complete your ensemble.
  • Tank top and denim shorts: This is another popular beach outfit for the summer. Throw on your best beach shoes, a baseball cap, and sunglasses to round off this timeless look.
  • Jumpsuit: While they're a popular pick for the streets, jumpsuits are also a great choice for the beach. Pair it with your favorite beach shoes to get the perfect beach outfit with a fun and flirtatious vibe.
  • Athleisure: When going to the beach, consider donning athleisure wear that is appropriate for the weather for a more active look. Throw on a pair of running shorts and a basic tee or performance tank top over your bathing suit. Finish your sporty outfit with a classy pair of beach shoes.

When it comes to matching their shoes to wear on the beach, men have a wealth of options as well:

  • Open shirt and khaki shorts: This outfit is ideal for a casual summer outing. With sunglasses and beast beach water shoes, an open shirt and khaki shorts are sure to make you feel at ease.
  • Sleeveless top and vibrant-colored shorts: Wearing a pair of beach shoes with this outfit can help you get a classic style that is simple to achieve.
  • Cotton shirt and chino shorts: Although this is a simple beach ensemble for men, brightly colored shorts add a vibrant splash of color and a strong sense of the season.
  • Cargo pants and a t-shirt: Cargo pants are a great option if you're looking for a casual outfit that nonetheless looks put together. Just a simple tee and a pair of beach shoes can transform these pants into an unforgettable summer attire! Go with pastels and neutrals for a more laid-back vibe.

Beach Shoes Care Tips

Don't let your shoes become casualty to sand and water after a long awaited trip to the beach! Keep your shoes looking good with our easy tips.

Here are a few pointers for keeping your beach shoes clean and in good condition:

  • Clean immediately: You should always immediately clean your beach shoes after wearing them all day. Rinsing them off will help keep bacteria from forming within, but they don't require a deep clean. If you don't clean them, the material will eventually degrade.
  • Wipe down the insides: It's impossible to know what types of bacteria and germs might be hiding within your used beach shoes, making them potentially hazardous to your health if you wear them again later. Because of this, it is best to clean your shoes' interiors and ensure that all the sections are disinfected.
  • Dry thoroughly: We advise drying your shoes thoroughly before storing them to extend their lifespan. The best place for your shoes to dry is a spot with good airflow and adequate light. As a general rule, putting your shoes outside in the sun will help kill germs and speed up the drying process. However, they might shrink if you keep them under the sun for too long.
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Types of Beach Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

For a walk on the beach, a wade in the river, or a trip out on the boat at the lake, find the perfect pair of beach shoes fit just for you.

If you're going swimming, jogging, kayaking, or just taking a walk on the sand, investing in the best water shoes for the beach may make a world of difference to your feet's comfort and safety. However, choosing the right pair of water shoes isn't the same for everyone. Here are a few things to keep in mind when buying water shoes:

  • Material: When picking shoes for the beach, look for ones that are predominantly made from materials that are friendly to the skin, like rubber, mesh, leather, or textile. Shoe soles are normally made of rubber to improve shock absorption and support, while the upper portion of the shoe is constructed from mesh. In addition to being quick-drying and comfortable, mesh beach shoes are breathable and don't pinch your feet.
  • Fit: Make sure your beach walking shoes are comfortable and well-fitting but not too tight. When wet, shoes that fit snugly are less prone to causing blisters and irritation. You want your beach shoes to fit like a glove.
  • Traction: When walking near water, you may encounter slick surfaces, pebbles, or sandy shorelines. Because of this, you'll need water shoes that have good traction. Make sure it has a rubber sole and provides adequate grip to keep you safe and stable during all your beach activities. Such footwear is also useful for treks because it makes walking over rocks and shells easier.
  • Protection and support: It's important to keep your foot health in mind, especially if you're planning to do a lot of walking. That’s why you need a beach shoe that provides enough protection for your feet. A good shoe with excellent arch support can make a big difference for those with plantar fasciitis, a condition characterized by heel pain.
  • Draining: Look for a beach shoe that drains water quickly and is highly breathable. If you wear shoes that take a long time to dry, you may risk getting trench foot. Feet that have been left in water too long can develop this condition, resulting in pain, blisters, numbness, damaged skin, and a foul odor.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"From beaches to mountains!

I purchased the Quantum shoes a few days before our trip to Hawaii. After breaking the shoes in, I wore them non-stop in Hawaii. From walking on coffee farms, to farmers markets, up to Kilauea, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, these shoes kept me walking comfortably all day long! I can't say enough about these shoes. When I don't wear my Kuru shoes, my feet start hurting within an hour or two. I love my KURU's! Thank you so much for making a product that handles my foot pain and allows me to do the things I love to do."

"Like Walking In Sand!

If you have ever experienced the pure joy of walking a beach in Cape Cod you will immediately know what my Kuru feels like-walking barefoot with an absence of any pressure or discomfort. After taking a few days to ramp up my actual time in the shoes by first just walking on carpet and then to a shopping mall I could feel the shoe become one with my feet.Simply amazing! No pain and a liberation I had not felt since taking those walks on the Cape's pristine sands barefoot. I raved about them to my wife and she tried a pair and she first said they were fine but now...she loves the fit and the feel. So if you plan a hike or even walking around an amusement park enjoy all day comfort and freedom like a stroll on a Cape Cod beach!"

"My Go-To Sandals

I LOVE THESE!! They have definitely become my go-to sandals. The toe part was a little uncomfortable when I first received them but by the second or third time wearing them, they softened up and I had no issues. They are dressy enough for work and casual enough for a day at the beach. Just perfect."
-Sarah P.


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

What shoes are best to wear to the beach?

Sandals are among the best shoes for the beach since they give adequate traction on the sand while also allowing the wearer's feet to breathe freely. For those who intend to exercise instead of simply lazing around on a beach towel, sneakers are an excellent choice for the day.

Do you wear shoes to run on the beach?

Yes. Running barefoot on the beach is not recommended due to the abundance of sharp seashells and other debris. In addition, it might lead to or exacerbate ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles injuries by the lack of support provided by shoes.

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.

Can I use custom orthotics with KURU shoes?

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.

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.

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