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Best Workout Shoes

Footwear built for performance and pain relief.

Let your muscles feel the burn, not your feet.

Whether you’re gearing up for the 25th rep of your strength training routine or the final stages of your elliptical sesh, you need a shoe with just as much stamina. Experience workout shoes built for pain relief—and performance.

KURU offers some of the best workout shoes on the market with our shock-absorbing EVA foam, superior arch support, and patented heel protection that cradles your heel and dynamically flexes with each step.

Experts Guide to Workout Shoes

What are Workout Shoes?

Good workout shoes are built for performance—designed to keep you comfortable and moving through your exercise routine.

The best work out shoes typically feature shock-absorbing midsoles, extra cushion where it counts, breathable and flexible uppers, and arch support for lasting endurance.

There are a variety of workout shoes on the market today, often based on activity—from stability training shoes to walking shoes to trail runners. We’ll unpack them in more detail below.

KURU offers some best shoes for working out, featuring premium arch support, patented heel protection, and shock-absorbing foams to help your feet (and joints!) last through every Burpee.

Top Selling Shoes

Our Customer Favorites

"Most comfortable workout shoe I have ever worn.
Nice wide toe box, cushioned heel, excellent shoe construction all the way around. this is my 4th pair of KURU shoes and I love them all."
-Peg O.
"Super comfortable workout shoe!
I’ve had foot and knee pain from running on a treadmill. My Kuru Quantums are really helping and it’s only been a couple of weeks. Super glad I bought them, planning to get a second pair!"
-Andrew D

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How to Choose Workout Shoes

Discover key features of workout shoes and how to select the perfect pair for you.

Keep a bounce in your step all workout long with pain-relieving workout shoes.

Let’s unpack a few considerations and features to look out for when buying a pair of workout shoes.

  • Activity type: Just as running shoes aren’t the best shoes for fitness walking, trail runners aren’t the best choice for Zumba. Each shoe type offers different strengths, so searching your options by activity type can help you find the best pair.
  • Foot conditions: Knowing a little bit about your feet can go a long way. For example, the best workout shoes for flat feet have plenty of shock-absorbing cushion on the footbed to help protect low arches. Similarly, those with high arches might prioritize a contoured footbed or arch support that can hug and support their feet.
  • Shock-absorbing midsole: Whatever style of workout shoe you choose, shock-absorption is a must. When we workout, we often place extra impact on our muscles and joints, so shock-absorbing foams can help reduce that added stress.
  • Cushion in the right places: If you’re a runner, you’ll want extra cushion in the heel and forefoot to protect your feet in the landing strike zones. That said, a walker will do best with a more evenly distributed cushion.
  • Quality arch support: Supportive shoes that hug and support the contours of your foot can help treat plantar fasciitis and keep you moving even during a challenging workout.
  • Lateral stability: If you’re performing a strength training routine, an HIIT workout, or other high-impact movements, look for a shoe that features lateral stability to keep your ankles aligned and protected during tough landings.
  • Sturdy base with a wide toe box: Stability is important in a workout shoe, and a wide toe box allows the toes to lay flat and articulate without getting squished through high-impact activity.

Workout Shoe Care Tips

Keeping your workout footwear fresh and clean is as simple as following these simple tips from our KURU GURUs.

Tip #1: Workout shoes probably take some of the most beating out of all your footwear, with consistent sweat, high-impact movements. Keep your workout sneakers fresh by alternating their use and allowing them to fully dry out between uses.

Tip #2: Protect your colorful or white workout shoes from wet conditions with a preventive spritz of KURU Shield, our proprietary blend of shoe protector spray. This water-repellent layer works on all shoe materials and helps safeguard your footwear from the elements.

Tip #3: Refresh an extra-loved pair of gym shoes with our KURU Shoe Cleaning Kit. Equipped with an all-material shoe cleaner, cleaning brush and microfiber cloth, this kit helps your shoes last.

Tip #4: Always wear socks with your shoes for working out. Feet tend to sweat even more while we exercise, and socks can help reduce your risk of blisters and odor. Keeping bacteria and sweat at bay can also help extend the life of your shoes.

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Types of Workout Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

Workout shoes that fit well can improve performance and reduce injuries. Find the best style for you with the help of KURU.

The best workout shoes for you are those best suited to the activity you’ll be performing. Take a look at a few styles of workout shoes for your next gym or outdoor workout.

  • Cross-training shoes: Cross-training shoes often feature lateral stability and heel-to-toe cushion to adapt to almost any workout. Our FLUX for men offers 15% more bounce and 3X longer-lasting cushion to keep you moving.
  • Walking shoes: Fitness walking does best with evenly distributed cushion from heel to toe, flexible upper, and a wide toe box, like our stylish ATOM for women and men.
  • Strength training shoes: Strength training calls for a wide, sturdy base for safety when lifting weights. Try our versatile QUANTUM or anti-slip KINETIC.
  • Trail shoes: When your workout is on the hiking trail, a pair of quality trail or hiking shoes can help stabilize your feet and ankles over more technical terrain. Look for a trail shoe that features traction-heavy rubber outsoles, a rounded heel cup, and arch support like our CHICANE or QUEST.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"Best workout in years!

I have really terrible bunions which causes pain with almost all shows. So glad I tried these! They provide comfort and security even when I work out. First comfortable shoe I’ve found in a long time."
-Ashley J

"Great shoe for running / walking

I bought this a month ago and followed the break-in guidance so I'm just now getting to the point where I'll start wearing it in my regular workouts. So far, I couldn't be happier, great support and cushioning and most importantly, no foot pain."
-Rob S

"Repeat Buyer!

Love this shoe -this is my 3rd pair. Cured my plantar fasciitis and ankle issues. Great arch support and comfortable for work-outs, long walks with dog, or just all day wear. Only wish it would last longer (I need a new pair every 9 months or so)."
-LeAnn H

FAQs

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

What shoes are best to workout in?

The best shoes to workout in feature shock-absorbing foam, cushion, stability, excellent arch support, and a wide toe box. The perfect pair for you will depend on your activity. For strength training, you’ll want a more stable and firm base, whereas for walking you might prefer more evenly distributed cushion and some extra flexibility.

Can you workout in boots?

It’s possible to workout in boots, but we don’t recommend it—unless of course you are hiking! Boots don’t often have the cushion, breathability, and flexibility ideal for completing a workout, so it’s best to stick with exercise-specific athletic shoes.

How do I shop for workout shoes?

When shopping for workout shoes, it’s smart to first consider the types of activities you’ll use your shoes for. Each exercise type lends itself to different needed features.

For any shoe, podiatrists recommend replacing walking shoes every 300–500 miles, or every six months to a year. The rubber and support starts to wear down over time, which can lead to an increased risk for injury.

Is it okay to exercise in bare feet?

It depends on the type of exercise you’re doing! If you’re rolling out your mat for a yoga or Pilates class, bare feet might actually be preferable. But if you’re performing high-impact cross-training activities like box jumps, HIIT workouts, Zumba, or strength training, proper gym shoes can provide you with added cushion and shock absorption to help you exercise safely and comfortably.

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