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We’re guessing even Grandpa and Grandma don’t want to hear the words “old man shoes” or “old lady shoes” when describing their footwear. But since many orthopedic footwear options pay more attention to comfort than style, there can be a bit of a stereotype.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself, Dad, or Grandma, finding easy slip-on shoes for seniors can be an undertaking—especially if you want a cushioned footbed and arch support along with them.
KURU offers some of the best shoes for seniors with anti-slip or slip-on options, shock-absorbing cushion, superior arch support, and deep heel cup that can help promote stability and alignment.
Just because the number on the calendar has changed doesn’t mean your feet can’t stay feeling a little younger.
Experts Guide to Shoes for Seniors
What are Senior Shoes?
Shoes for seniors or the elderly are footwear that helps support mature feet with plenty of cushion and arch support, an easy slip-on design, or anti-slip materials.
The best shoes for elderly with balance problems are those that feature an anti-slip outsole for traction, a deep heel cup for better alignment, and cushion and arch support to provide stability and comfort.
We are all built with natural cushioning in our heels—charmingly called the “fat pad.” However, over the years—especially when we wear flat, unsupportive shoes—our heel’s fat pad breaks down and no longer cushions us as it should.
Every KURU shoe is designed with unique KURUSOLE technology, which helps contain and preserve the fat pad, keeping your feet as young and healthy as possible.
KURU offers comfortable slip-on designs, anti-slip options, and shoes with wide toe boxes or wide widths—perfect for mature feet. Our superior arch support and cushion helps reduce the risk of common foot pain conditions, including plantar fasciitis.
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Made of advanced EVA foam, our KURUCLOUD helps protect tired joints and shield bones from more impact than they need. This bottom layer of support absorbs shock to offer comfort you can count on. For those with mature feet, this is your ticket to doing more of what you love—pain free.
Our patented KURUSOLE is designed to support and cradle your heel’s natural, supportive “fat pad.” Our fat pad breaks down as we age, exposing each step to more bone and less cushion. KURU shoes help protect and maintain your body’s natural cushion to keep you moving without the ache.
KURU ULTIMATE INSOLES act as our final layer of support. Made of high-quality polyurethane foam, ULTIMATE INSOLES mold to your feet for a customized fit with each pair. They also feature a “plantar fascia bridge” of arch support to provide relief to the most sensitive of feet.
How to Choose Senior Shoes
Curious how to shop for the best shoes for seniors? Our KURU GURUs outline how to select the perfect pair.
As we get older, our bodies start to feel the effects of a life well lived. At KURU, we want to keep you moving with stylish footwear built for pain relief.
So how can you select the most comfortable shoe for seniors? Here are a few features to keep an eye out for.
Stable, slip-resistant outsole: Shoes for seniors should help stabilize each step they take. Check to see if footwear meets ASTM F2913 and SATRA TM-144 standards for slip resistance (KURU’s KINETIC does!). This internationally recognized standard can help keep seniors safe.
Easy, slip-on design: Putting on your shoes should be easy. As we age, bending over or struggling into shoes becomes more difficult. Look for a shoe with an easy slip-on, slip-off design so you can step into comfort with ease.
Cushion and arch support: Cushioned, shock-absorbing shoes can help support your arches, joints, and ligaments. Wearing these for long days on your feet can lead to less fatigue and more comfort, so foot pain doesn’t have to be the reason you stop chasing the grandkids.
Breathable upper with a wide toe box: Swollen feet are common among the elderly, and wearing a shoe with a wide toe box and a breathable, flexible upper can help avoid the pinching and squeezing associated with a change in foot shape.
Deep, rounded heel cup: A deep heel cup can offer added motion control while walking. KURU’s patented KURUSOLE technology goes a step further to cup and protect your heel’s fat pad, helping it stay in place and preserving its integrity over time.
Fall Prevention: Simple Tips to Prevent Falls
Falls can endanger the health and independence of seniors and elderly. Find some simple tips below from our KURU GURUs on staying safe.
No one can completely prevent the physical signs of aging (and we happen to think there’s a ton of beauty in them!), but there are a few steps you can take to help preserve your stability for as long as possible.
After all, falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults, ages 65 and up. To help reduce your chance of slips and falls, here are a few simple tips.
Add strengthening exercises. Hip, leg, and foot strength is a must for balance, and we naturally lose muscle mass and stability as we age (strength = stability!). Adding a few strengthening exercises to your routine each week can help keep your legs and feet strong for a more secure foundation.
Make walking a part of your routine. Adding a daily walk to each day can help seniors and the elderly maintain a healthy level of activity and maintain bone and muscle mass to help promote balance and stability. Walking 30 minutes per day can reduce your risk of heart disease by 35% and Type 2 Diabetes by 40%!
Wear supportive, anti-slip footwear. When buying shoes for seniors or elderly women and men, it’s smart to consider footwear with support, ease of use, and slip resistance to help prevent falls. Consider a slip-on shoe with breathable mesh like our STRIDE, or walking shoes with non-slip rubber outsoles like our KINETIC.
Types of Senior Shoes & Finding the Best Fit
Senior shoes that fit well can improve stability and reduce injury. Find comfort and support with the help of KURU.
The best shoes for elderly and seniors are easy to put on and take off, have traction to stabilize each step, and feature superior arch support and cushion to protect the feet from foot pain conditions such as plantar fasciitis.
Here are a few styles of footwear for seniors.
Anti-slip footwear: Anti-slip shoes provide excellent traction on slippery surfaces for improved balance. Slip-resistant footwear are some of the best shoes for elderly with balance problems to keep them as stable and secure as possible.
Slip-on styles: These versatile, comfortable styles are easy to put on and take off—a must as we get older. Many slip-on styles feature mesh or knit uppers for added comfort.
Athletic shoes: Athletic footwear—with either a traditional tongue or a sock-like, one-piece fit—is an excellent choice for seniors. The shock-absorbing design, flexible uppers, and stable soles can keep you comfortable for long periods on your feet.