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Best Mid-Top Shoes

Engineered for all-day comfort—designed with a cushioned footbed lending to lasting underfoot support.

KURU mid-top shoes have cutting-edge technology and innovative styles to help you overcome any challenge in your path. A new take on the classic silhouette, our mid-top shoes are available in a wide range of colors, designs, and high-quality materials so that you can discover the perfect pair for your needs and preferences. This unique footwear is built for both casual and performance wear. Whether you need mid-top hiking shoes or mid-top running shoes, we have them here at KURU.

More than simply a fashion statement, KURU mid-top shoes also provide all-day comfort, stability, support, and ankle protection. It's time to get your hands on our best mid-top shoes that are both stylish and functional, bringing Pain Relief Beyond Belief.

Experts Guide to Mid-Top Shoes

What are Mid-Top Shoes?

Mid-top shoes have a collar that rests directly on your ankle. Because of this, they provide excellent stability, cushioning, and support. Athletes who need quick acceleration and average jumping performance will appreciate these shoes. Although these provide some ankle support, they do not impede sharp twists when playing. In addition, most mid-tops can be used as "transitional shoes" throughout the cooler seasons because they are both warmer and drier than other shoes.

With our pain-relieving technology, KURU's mid-tops shoe line goes above and beyond basic ankle support. Shock absorption, improved arch support, and revolutionary heel protection are all included in every pair to help you stay safe and mobile.

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Our Customer Favorites

"Comfy!
I bought these because I'm having a flare up of heel pain. I love the way they support my arch, heels and ankles . They do look more orthopedic than I thought they would and I'm not a fan of the glittery cuff material but for comfort, they are excellent, they are well made, and I'll use these for walking the dog once I finish breaking them in. (Honestly, they feel great right out of the box) I usually wear dansko, but this mid height boot is really secure for hitting a trail. I'm sure I'll try another style at some point."
-Andrea D
"Most comfortable shoe I've ever worn!
I work as a full time server sometimes 50 plus hours a week and my Kurus have made an enormous difference. Best work shoes I’ve ever worn by far!"
-Dennis Keller

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Pair Your Mid-Top Shoes for Every Occasion

Explore how to style and wear the latest styles of mid-top shoes.

Mid-top shoes are versatile enough to go with a wide variety of outfits and occasions. Here are some outfit ideas you can try:

  • Jeans: A pair of jeans with mid-top work shoes is among the most timeless casual combinations out there. If you're looking for an outfit that's stylish but not over-the-top, this is it. You can't go wrong with this classic look.
  • Dress: You can keep your dress from coming off as overly fancy by pairing it with mid-top tennis shoes that match the color of the rest of your outfit!
  • Chinos: Although chinos are frequently associated with the "smart casual" look, they can also be worn on the streets. With mid-tops, it's a stylish, slightly normcore aesthetic that's a step up from the classic jeans and shirt.
  • Activewear: A pair of mid-top training shoes combined with tracksuit pants and a t-shirt is a winning combination for a casual weekend walk. If you're looking for a more edgy style, go for black mid-top shoes with workout shorts. Keep your outfit simple by matching your shorts and tee in the same color.
  • Shorts: Maintaining a laid-back look is the trick to pulling off mid-top shoes with shorts. Start putting this outfit together with a pair of denim or chino shorts in a basic design and solid color. Then, wear a cap and sunglasses to complete your casual getup. Adding these items to your ensemble can give it a summer vibe.

Mid-Top vs. Low-Top vs. High-Top

What's the difference between a mid-top, low-top and high-top shoe? Find our more from our KURU GURUs below, so you can make a smart choice when shopping for your next pair of shoes.

Basically, the primary difference between these three types of footwear is the height of the collar. Let's take a closer look at each one:

  • Low-top: Low-top shoes are the most common when it comes to sneakers. These versions are typically lighter because of their lower cut. You forego the ankle padding in favor of the lesser weight.
  • High-top: When compared to other shoes, high-tops have a higher cut that typically ends above the ankle. As a result, high-top sneakers provide more ankle support and padding, enhancing safety, protection, and comfort.
  • Mid-top: As a compromise between high and low tops, mid-top shoes are the best option if you're looking for just the right stability and padding. These shoes are cut a little higher than low-tops, and the laces usually sit right at the ankle.
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Features of Mid-Top Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

Need a new pair of mid-top shoes? Learn more about the features you should look out for in mid-top shoes and find the perfect fit for any activity.

Here are some things to consider when choosing a high-quality mid-top shoe:

  • Traction: Traction is all about having a good grip. If you're going fast and changing directions, you're going to need this. In addition, when working on slippery terrain, things will be much safer if your feet don't slip out from beneath you with each stride. With our best mid-top hiking shoes, you’ll find the traction you need even for the most extreme activities.
  • Support: The shoe must be strong enough to support your weight and allow your body to perform its best. Supportive shoes help relieve strain on your back and lessen the discomfort of long hours on your feet, whether you're working on exercising.
  • Comfort: Comfortable shoes can be worn for prolonged periods and should not cause your feet to hurt. The shoe's width, tightness, and cushioning all have a factor in how comfortable your feet feel.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"Cozy, cute, and complements every day!

I bought a pair of black Lunas two years ago after breaking my ankle because I heard they would be incredibly helpful during my recovery. So true! I can walk miles in those boots. I recently decided to get a new pair, and this time purchased the taupe Tempos. I'm just an impressed with how comfortable they are, and I literally get complements on them every day!"
-Marley_Colorado

"Comfort, fit

I tried the atom shoe first and was so impressed how my back legs and feet felt I had to buy the boots. I am equally impressed with the boots as well. Now just to see how long they hold up. Kuru customer service is also awesome had to send back the atoms for larger size within a week had the new size and as kuru says I was off and running."
-Todd Obrecht

"Very Helpful

So far this has helped my serious weakness and pain upon walking. It also supports weak ankle and arch. Better than other orthopedic shoes."
-Jodster

FAQs

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

How should I lace mid-top shoes?

Lacing a mid-top shoe can be done in a variety of ways. However, the simplest method is much like lacing up a pair of standard rubber shoes. The first step is to thread the lace through the first bottom-most eyelets on each side of the shoe. Next, thread the laces diagonally on opposite sides while crossing over each other. Do this until you reach the top, then securely tie the laces.

What is a mid-top shoe?

Mid-top shoes have a collar that sits right at your ankle. So, they're quite stable, shock-absorbent, and supportive.

What's the difference between high top and mid top shoes?

In general, a pair of mid-top shoes will not go any higher than the ankle, but high-tops do. Because of this, high-top shoes are superior in terms of support and stability. On the other hand, mid-top shoes are more lightweight.

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.

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