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Grey Shoes

A softer alternative to the traditional black, pair your ensemble with a timeless neutral grey shoe.

If we give awards to colors like we do with movie actors and actresses, then gray is a shoo-in for the Best Supporting Color award. Just like black and white, gray is an unassuming yet strong color.

When worn and styled well, the color grey can make you look classy, sophisticated, and timeless. It’s a perfect color to wear when mingling with business professionals if you want to give off a smart and cool vibe.

At the same time, you can easily wear grey shoes for everyday things—from grocery runs to get-togethers with friends. In these settings, gray can actually help you look effortlessly casual and approachable.

Set up the stage for leveling up your fashion game with a timeless and dependable pair of gray shoes from KURU.

Experts Guide to Grey Shoes

Wondering if grey shoes are the right addition to your wardrobe? Here’s what you need to think about before making a purchase.

Before going out to buy your own pair of versatile grey tennis shoes, you need to make sure the shade of grey goes well with your skin tone.

Light gray on fair skin can make you look washed out, especially if you have a cool undertone. It’s better to stick to medium and darker grays instead. Though if you have fair skin and a warm undertone, some shades of light gray may still look great.

If you have a medium skin tone, then light gray is your most flattering shade. People with cool undertones look best with gray and silver. For those with olive skin, then you can pretty much choose from all the shades of gray available.

For those with darker skin tones, the go-to gray shades are light to medium. Gray shades that are darker or too close to your skin color won’t look as flattering. Also, try to steer clear of cool grays, especially if you have dark skin with cool or gray undertones. This can make you look washed out.

Moreover, inspect your wardrobe before placing your order for your grey running shoes. If you wear a lot of dark colors, then a darker gray shoe will match more of your clothes. If you wear a lot of light colors, then you’ll get more use out of grey and white shoes.

Top Selling Shoes

Our Customer Favorites

"Walking on clouds
I bought this pair recently because I loved the first ones I bought in grey. They are so comfortable! Once you break them in, it feels like I’m walking on clouds. I work standing eight hours a day and my feet don’t hurt. I recommend these slip on! Love them!"
-Orchid85
"Awesome Antislip Shoe
I am on my second pair with a third pair in reserve in the grey!!!! The best shoe I’ve possibly had!!"
-Sean Hodge

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A woman wearing KURU ATOM grey running shoes. A woman wearing KURU ATOM grey running shoes.

Pair Your Grey Footwear

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

People may think grey looks boring, but when styled well or paired with other colors, it can be the key piece that can elevate your outfit.

Color combinations with grey:

Neutrals always match with other neutrals. This means you won’t have any problems pairing your grey footwear with black, white, cream, beige, tan, and khaki.

Black and white can be worn with either dark or light gray. Pair light grey shoes with light neutrals and dark grey shoes with deeper neutrals.

The grey and neutrals combo always looks polished and works well for office or formal business attire. For example:

  • Black pants, black turtleneck, light gray coat or jacket, black socks, and grey and white shoes
  • White skirt, light gray blouse, beige jacket or coat, and gray flat shoes

Matching other colors with gray:

You have a lot of leeway when building outfits for your gray footwear. The easiest and most fool-proof way to style gray shoes with other colors is to wear “like with like.”

You can do this in two ways. First is pairing light grays with light colors and dark grays with dark colors. Second is wearing an accessory in the same shade of gray as your shoes.

As long as the style of your shoes are appropriate for the occasion, you’ll hardly run into any problems. Just make sure you don’t wear your gray hiking shoes to a formal or business event and you’ll be safe.

Here are a few casual outfit ideas for men and women:

  • Light grey running shoes, white or gray socks, knee-length gray shorts, and loose green shirt
  • Blue and grey shoes, low socks, tapered washed jeans, and dark purple shirt
  • Gray hiking shoes, colorful socks, white shorts, orange or coral long-sleeved shirt, and blue hiking vest
  • Gray sandals, pink tiered miniskirt, white tank top or large loose sweater, and matching gray handbag

Shoe Care Tips

Follow these simple tips to keep your gray shoes looking their best for years to come.

How to clean and maintain grey shoes:

If you want your grey shoes to last longer and get more uses out of them, you need to clean them regularly. Try to clean your shoes thoroughly every two weeks. You may also do it more frequently if you wear your gray running shoes often.

Rubber gray sandals meant for activewear may survive a cycle inside your washer. Still, your other shoes likely wouldn’t, so avoid putting shoes in the washer and dryer.

Canvas, mesh, and other fabric are relatively simple and hassle-free to clean. All you need is a shoe cleaning gel and a soft brush. Alternatively, you can use mild soap or detergent mixed with water.

For gray leather shoes, use a horsebrush to remove dirt and mud. For stubborn stains, you can wipe them off with a damp cloth or towel. After that, use natural shoe polish or leather conditioner to protect the leather.

How to store shoes properly:

  • Always wipe away any dirt or mud off your shoes before storing them
  • Store your shoes away from direct sunlight
  • Keep your shoes in a cool, dry, and moisture-free environment
  • Use mothballs and other moisture-absorbing products
  • Invest in shoe trees to maintain the shoes’ shape
A woman wearing KURU QUANTUM grey running shoes. A woman wearing KURU QUANTUM grey running shoes.

The Color Psychology of Gray

Learn more about the meanings behind the colors we wear and how we can craft the perfect color palette to accomplish our goals.

Gray is one of the neutral colors. It is a mix of black and white, making it highly versatile when styling outfits.

Unlike other colors that can calm you down or energize you, gray does neither. Gray is regarded as the color of conformism, as it does not have any personality of its own. Instead, it adapts to the colors you pair it with and enhances their meaning or effect.

Gray helps you look impartial, distant, and professional, especially when worn with other neutral colors. It helps increase your sophistication and elegance while exuding calmness.

Gray makes you appear strong, steady, and cool. Dark gray can look mysterious, while light or bright gray can look futuristic.

In a positive light, gray can represent neutrality, intelligence, stability, dignity, and compromise. On the flip side, gray can also be taken to mean a lack of confidence, low energy, dreariness, boredom, sadness, and monotony.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"Worked its magic!

I bought these because we were taking a trip to France for 2.5 weeks and know how difficult all the cobblestone is on me. I have a lot of issues with my hips and need extremely good support in the shoes I wear. I did a lot of research and ended up finding KURU. I ordered these shoes in grey because they would match whatever I was wearing. I brought 2 other pairs of shoes with me both from excellent makers known for their support. They were not nearly as effective as these! As a result, I wore these every single day except for one! I highly recommend them and because they work so well, I am ordering another pair in white. Thank you KURU!"
-raven21

"Great shoes

This is my second pair of Pace shoes (one grey and one green). So far they are great."
-Charles B

"Most comfortable shoes!

My KURU ATOM shoes might be the most comfortable shoes I have ever purchased! I started wearing KURU shoes because of plantar fasciitis, and they really help. The ATOM is stylish AND therapeutic. I like the range of colors offered (I have the grey and pink pairs), and they are great for my narrower feet. I would love to see this shoe in a leather version. Try these shoes!!!"
-crewrites

FAQs

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

What should I wear with gray shoes?

Wear light gray tennis shoes with pastels and bright, bold colors, such as coral, aquamarine, neon yellow, or bright red. If you’re sporting dark gray hiking shoes, you can wear it with deep, muted, and dark colors, like navy blue, dark purple, and pine or army green.



You can be flexible if you’re wearing all neutrals, though. Dark grey boots pair well with both dark gray and light gray clothes and accessories.



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.

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.

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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