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Most Durable Shoes for Foot Pain Relief

Engineered with KURUSOLE technology built to last and features that enhance the longevity of each shoe—promoting your foot health for years to come.

If you’re looking for durable shoes that will provide you pain relief, you’ve come to the right place. Foot pain is caused by a wide variety of conditions, with plantar fasciitis being one of the most common causes. Finding a pair of durable and comfortable shoes will help you enjoy your day-to-day activities in comfort.

To get the most durable shoes available to help relieve your foot pain, be sure to look for features that will address your particular needs. KURU Footwear offers a wide range of shoes that not only offer relief but also last for years. No matter what you’re looking for, from the most durable hiking shoes to the most durable tennis shoes, we’ve got you covered.

Experts Guide to Durable Shoes

What are durable shoes?

When looking for new shoes, there’s nothing worse than spending a lot on a gorgeous pair that breaks or is damaged after just a few wears. This is where durable shoes come in. This doesn’t refer to just one shoe, but a wide range of shoes that are created with durable materials. There are various types, including:

Durable running shoes
Durable work shoes
Durable tennis shoes
Durable walking shoes

If you’re someone who loves to work out or is constantly on the move, you’ll benefit from purchasing a pair of durable shoes that will be able to withstand daily use and harsh environments. Particular features make a shoe durable, such as Goodyear welt construction, which is a special stitching process that secures the shoe’s upper layer to the sole with a leather strip.

Another way to make a shoe more durable is through vulcanized construction, which is often applied to rain boots and skate-style sneakers. This process can enhance natural rubber, curing it to offer more durability. Leather is another material known to provide high durability since it doesn’t peel or crack over time.

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Our Customer Favorites

"Very durable shoe!
This shoe is perfect for walking around and stubbing ur toes on wooden pallets. I still need two pairs of socks for extra cushion, but these shoes do everything they claim."
-BNW
"Only shoe you'll ever need
Blows my mind everyday at work how comfortable and amazing these shoes are. I’ve dealt with foot pain since college after breaking my foot playing football. Kuru- fixed all of it. I never want to take them off. They are durable supportive pillows for your feet. Never will wear any other shoe again. Worth every single penny."
-Wohlgamuth55

Technology for a Natural Fit, Engineered to Fight Foot Pain

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Dress in Style With Durable Shoes

Explore how to wear the latest styles of durable shoes from KURU.

Leather Boots and a Minimalist Outfit

If you’re looking to achieve a casual look with a feminine touch, try wearing a sleek pair of black pants that are cut off at the ankle and pair them with a beige cardigan and white shirt or blouse. These neutral colors work well together and will help your gorgeous leather boots stand out.

Red Canvas Shoes with Shirt and Denim

Men who want to look smart but hip will appreciate this ensemble. Start by wearing a loose denim jacket and a plain white shirt for a comfortable, classic look. Wear a pair of white or light wash ankle jeans and finish the look with red canvas shoes.

Suede Sneakers with Jeans and Coat

This winter outfit will keep you warm and in style. A pair of beige-colored suede shoes is a great place to start. Opt for a pair of ankle jeans and add a white shirt and gray or cream-colored coat to tie everything together. You can also add a thick scarf and/or knit beanie to keep cozy.

Shoe Fit Tips

Simplify the process of finding a pair of durable shoes that fit well with these helpful tips from our KURU GURUs.

Unfortunately, many people believe that everyone’s feet are the same, but everyone has different foot shapes. Your shoe needs will depend on your unique foot shape, as well as your personal needs and preferences. If you’re looking for durable shoes, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Shoes that have a stiff back—you shouldn’t be able to move it around the heel
  • Shoes that have an adjustable strap or shoelaces
  • Shoes that bend with your toes
  • Shoes that provide support for your arches
  • Shoes that are long and wide enough in the toe box
  • Shoes that feel comfortable the moment you try them on
  • Shoes made from flexible and durable materials
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Features of Durable Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

Here’s what to look for when searching for the best durable shoes for you.

When you suffer from any kind of foot pain, comfort is at the top of your list for shoe requirements. However, there are many other features that you will need to keep in mind if you want to find the best-fitting durable shoes for you. Here are a few things to look for:

  • Sturdiness: Be sure to check that the shoe’s soles are sturdy. These are a good indication that they will be durable and won’t wear out easily over time. It is important that shoes can handle a variety of surfaces without compromising on comfort. It’s also best to purchase shoes according to their intended purpose because, for example, the soles on a canvas shoe won’t be as strong as the soles of boots.
  • Shoe Height: The durability of a shoe will often be affected by its height since heels are more prone to damage. Furthermore, taller shoes can harm your feet, and those that have a height of more than about an inch can cause strains and pain. As a result, you won’t be able to comfortably walk in them, and will most likely experience foot pain after wearing them for long hours.
  • Easily Adjustable: This is another important factor when deciding what kind of durable shoes to buy. Be sure to opt for shoes that come with shoe straps or shoelaces, since they can help keep your shoe in place and will allow it to adhere to your foot’s shape. They will keep you comfortable while keeping their original shape and design.
  • Provides Enough Space: This means that they shouldn’t be too tight once you put them on. Whenever you wear your shoes, they shouldn’t hurt your toes or fold your toes. They will need to fit your feet properly and allow you to comfortably walk with them.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"Super comfortable

I have flat, wide feet and a history of plantar fasciitis. I work 12s. I found these back in 2018 and wore the first pair until October 2021. They last, durable, good quality, offer great support. I had a kid since my first pair and sized up a half size. They’re perfect. Worth every penny."
-Summer0329

"Really help with my plantar fasciitis pain

It's been over a month with this new shoe, I'm getting no more heal pain or pain under my feet due to plantar fasciitis, it's strong and durable and I will order another next year."
-Jason M

"Love the versatility of this shoe!

This is my third pair of Chicane Wide shoes…two pair of womens and one pair of men’s. The wide fit works well for my flat feet and these shoes are very durable!"
-KAK

FAQs

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

What shoe material is the most durable?

The ultimate material for shoes is leather, simply because it lasts long and can flex to the shape of the foot. However, other great choices for durability include suede and canvas. If you’re not a fan of these particular materials, you can always look for shoes that have strong soles since these will provide the durability you need. Another good option is to look for shoes that have been constructed with a Goodyear welt since these are the most durable kinds available in the market.

How long should a shoe last?

It is best to replace your shoes regularly to maintain good foot health. Generally, your shoes will need to be replaced every 8 to 12 months of use, or if you’re looking for running shoes, be sure to replace them after 300 to 450 miles. However, keep in mind that some shoes will wear out much quicker while other shoes may last longer.

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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