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Best Orthopedic Shoes

Pioneering patented technology engineered for pain relief—with superior style.

Imagine an orthopedic shoe or ortho shoe that doesn’t look like one.

Our mission at KURU is to help eliminate foot pain to keep you doing what you love—in style.

We’ve designed some of the best orthopedic shoes for women and men that feature our pain-relieving technology in every pair we make. That means you don’t have to spend extra money on expensive orthotics or aftermarket inserts.

Whether you have plantar fasciitis or flat feet, need a diabetic shoe, want a supportive flip-flop, or need a wide toe box, KURU’s line of stylish orthopedic shoes are made with the support and cushion to relieve pain and keep you moving.

Experts Guide to Orthopedic Shoes

What are Orthopedic Shoes?

Orthopedic shoes are footwear designed to offer quality support and place your feet in the proper anatomical position.

Orthopedic tennis shoes and walking shoes are often designed specifically to treat foot pain conditions such as plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, hammertoes, bunions, and neuropathy. They are often built with wide toe boxes, arch support, and shock absorbency to support your feet and reduce impact on your joints and ligaments.

KURU shoes offer women’s and men’s orthopedic shoes with our signature technology built into every pair.

Our KURUCLOUD base layer absorbs impact, our patented KURUSOLE heel plate dynamically flexes with each step to protect your heel, and our ULTIMATE INSOLES offer superior arch support with lasting bounce back.

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Our Customer Favorites

"Comfortable and cute!
I have AS which gives me a lot of heel pain due to inflammation. These shoes have helped immensely! My pain has been greatly reduced and I’m able to walk much longer. I’m still in my twenties so I was looking for cute orthopedic shoes, these are the best-looking ones out there! I’ve actually received numerous compliments on my cute shoes. Little do they know, they are orthopedic shoes! Would definitely recommend!"
-Char20
"The best and most comfortable orthopedic shoe around
I Love Kuru shoes I have 3 pair they are awesome...They have a wide shoe that gives your toes plenty of room to be comfortable. The most comfortable orthopedic shoe and lots of support for your heels. For an orthopedic shoe I am impressed that have so many styles to choose from and they dont look like orthopedic shoes which is what I like.There customer service is awesome . Tney are very helpful and friendly with all your questions. Will be ordering another pair soon.I recommend Kuru Shoes 100%"
-Christina46

Technology for a Natural Fit

man jumps in KURU ATOM orthopedic shoes for men. man jumps in KURU ATOM orthopedic shoes for men.

Dress in Style With Orthopedic Shoes

Don't let your orthopedic shoes cramp your style! Read on to learn how to style them in a way that still looks fashionable.

Orthopedic shoes haven’t historically prioritized style. While pain relief should always be the #1 priority in an orthopedic shoe, at KURU, we believe you can have both. Each one of our cute orthopedic shoes is made to relieve pain and match your own unique style.

Here are a few ways you can feel comfortable and confident in our fashionable orthopedic shoes.

  • Classy or casual: Our men’s PACE and women’s TEMPO offer a perfect blend of casual and classy, perfect for dress shoes at the office or out to dinner with friends.
  • Athletic: When you’re ready to hit the gym, wear a high-performance shoe like ATOM or FLUX for stylish footwear that works with any activewear or athleisure outfit.
  • Outdoorsy: For hiking trails or gardening days, our stylish CHICANE, orthopedic boots for women which include the QUEST, or TREAD can keep you moving on uneven terrain.
  • Lifestyle: Our LUNA chelsea boot, ROAM court shoe, or our KALA sandal can fit a wide variety of outfits and activities for every season.
  • All-Day Standing: Whether you’re in scrubs as a nurse or a high-class outfit as a hairstylist, the KINETIC anti-slip shoe or the TEMPO can keep you on your feet.

Shoe Fit Tips

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

The right pair of orthopedic shoes is sometimes (at least in part!) about finding the right size. Take a peek at guidelines on how to find the right fit at KURU.

In general, we recommend ortho shoes should fit snug and secure around the forefoot without any tightness in the toes, heels, or bunion area. Your toes should lay flat and feel comfortable. You should be able to put a finger-width of length between the end of your toe and the edge of your shoe.

A Brannock device is an industry standard tool to determine your true shoe size. We recommend getting fitted at your local shoe store for the most accurate sizing, and never hesitate to reach out to a KURU GURU for tips on finding the fit for you!

Five Signs You Need Orthopedic Shoes

Orthopedic shoes may be needed if you experience the following signs:

1. You have swelling or pain in either foot: This may be experienced from doing simple everyday activities such as standing or walking.

2. You feel a sharp pain in your heel: This is especially true if you feel sharp heel pain first thing in the morning, which may indicate plantar fasciitis.

3. You have a high arch or flat foot: People who suffer from these conditions may experience inward rolling feet as well as arch pain.

4. You have problems with balance: Having collapsed arches may occur in older adults, leading to problems in balance.

5. You notice that your shoes are uneven when worn: The soles of your ortho shoes are more worn on one side or the other.

What to Look for in Orthopedic Shoes

Both men and women can benefit from a pair of orthopedic shoes. Below are features to look out for in a good pair:

1. Ensure that there is at least a quarter to half an inch of space between the end of the shoe and your longest toe.

2. Ensure that there is enough room in the toe box that your feet aren’t rubbing against the inside of the shoe, but also that they’re not too loose and slip off.

3. Look for a pair that matches your level of comfort.

4. Inspect the inside of the shoes to see if there are any materials, seams, or tags that could irritate the foot, and look for a pair that will care for your feet.

5. Examine the soles of the shoe and ensure that they are sturdy enough to protect you from sharp objects.

Be sure to look for a pair that suits your needs and feels comfortable, rather than trusting the measurements, especially since one foot can be bigger than the other.

woman stands in KURU DRAFT women's orthopedic shoes. woman stands in KURU DRAFT women's orthopedic shoes.

Orthopedics vs. Orthotics

Find out about the difference between an orthotic and an orthopedic shoe, so you can make a smart choice when shopping for your next pair.

Foot pain can come with a long list of expenses—from doctor’s visits to custom orthotics. Many podiatrists also recommend supportive, comfortable orthopedic shoes for men and women to help maintain and treat a wide variety of foot conditions.

So what’s the difference between orthotics and orthopedic shoes? Let’s break it down.

  • Orthotics: Orthotics are a pre-made or custom-built shoe insert designed to relieve pain or pressure from foot conditions or gait abnormalities.
  • Orthopedic shoes: Orthopedic shoes are footwear designed to help support or correct the natural biomechanics of the body. Orthopedic walking shoes are made to help relieve pain, improve alignment, and offer support for foot conditions.

With KURU, you can get the best of both words in one shoe. Every pair of shoes we make comes with our signature built-in technology (including premium inserts!) so you don’t have to worry about spending extra money on expensive orthotics.

You’ll just get Pain Relief Beyond Belief.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"Super comfortable and supportive

I don’t like spending $125 on sneakers, and I don’t like writing reviews, but in this case I’ll make exceptions. The Atoms have helped every weird pain I had going on in my heel and Achilles’ tendon. They’re supportive, comfortable, and seem well made. I think they’re also the best looking of all the Kuru shoes—you can’t tell they’re orthopedic or whatever. I’d buy these again, and I hope Kuru’s designs continue to lean towards the more fashionable. I’d be interested in other Kurus if the styles were less clunky. Thanks for making these, they’ve been a huge help."
-Cath985

"Great slipper for around house

I developed plantar faciitis two years ago...the options were surgery or orthopedic footwear. I started buying my shoes at Kuru two years ago and over time my foot is healed. I do not walk barefoot on hard wood floors in the house, so I am always in my Kuru Drafts. All the KURU products are great, but the Drafts are a very comfortable shoe to wear around the house as a slipper....don't even realize they're on my feet !! If you suffer from Plantar, then the KURU Draft is your best friend !!!"
-dewda

"Super comfortable

I have plantar fasciitis and I'm on my feet all day at work because I manage a large daycare. These shoes are so comfortable and supportive. My feet used to ache all night after coming home from work until I starting wearing them. Plus, they are super cute! They don't look like athletic shoes or traditional orthopedics. I can still pair them with jeans and a blouse or sweater for a business casual dress code"
-rhez

FAQs

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

What are orthopedic shoes?

The word “orthopedic” comes from two Greek roots: “ortho”, meaning correct, and “pedic”, meaning foot. These shoes are designed for individuals who may suffer from considerable deformities and are made to provide relief for their feet. Orthopedic shoes also aim to improve walking functions and may help correct three main foot dysfunctions, including instability, deformities, and difficulty putting on shoes. Your first pair of orthopedic shoes may need to be prescribed by a specialist. With that, you will be able to renew the shoes once the old ones wear out.

What does an orthopedic shoe do?

Apart from supporting the arches, orthopedic shoes can also help cushion the whole foot and provide support. Orthopedic shoes can also correct issues with foot alignment while minimizing pain and preventing any existing problems from getting worse.

However, if you wish to wear other shoes for particular events or occasions, you may also opt for an orthopedic cushion. These have molded arch support that will accurately fit your foot. They can also be placed in all kinds of shoes to allow for daily wear and versatility.

What is the difference between orthopedic and orthotic shoes?

Orthopedic shoes are made with additional features such as extra cushioning on the sole, a deep heel cup to help stabilize your foot, and extra room for your toes. They also work to minimize pain and discomfort, which makes them great for those with sensitive feet.

A custom orthotic insert, on the other hand, is a useful tool that can treat and prevent lower body issues. It is placed inside a regular or orthopedic shoe and can be available over-the-counter without the need for a specialist’s prescription. Custom options can also be constructed according to an individual’s needs and measurements.

Are my orthopedic shoes eligible through my HSA?

Orthopedic shoes can be eligible for HSA funds if you have a Letter of Medical Necessity from your doctor and they are considered to be a qualifying product. Visit hsastore.com for more information.

Are your shoes considered orthopedic shoes?

While our shoes are not currently considered orthopedic by a medical standard, we have received thousands of positive reviews from customers who say their KURU shoes with good arch support helped reduce or eliminate their pain—from plantar fasciitis to bunions.

Each of our shoes feature a wide toe box, superior arch support, shock absorption and patented heel technology, engineered for pain relief.

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 offers some of the best orthopedic walking shoes without the need for thick inserts or expensive, custom orthotics.

Superior arch support starts with our patented KURUSOLE technology, which hugs your heel and dynamically flexes with every step into our KURUCLOUD cushioned midsole. Then, 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 comfortable shoes are also designed to mold to your unique foot shape for the perfect fit, 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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