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Best Shoe Materials for Everyday Wear

Explore by material to find your perfect fit!

Leather, canvas, suede, mesh—how does shoe material influence your footwear decisions? Footwear materials typically serve a unique purpose, from style and fashion to feel and comfort.

KURU offers a wide selection of shoe materials to meet every need—all with the same patented tech to relieve your pain.

That means you can shop with confidence no matter what material you choose. You focus on the style, we’ll focus on the comfort.

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Experts Guide to the Best Shoe Materials

Find black suede shoes, canvas shoes, leather shoes, and more!

We get it. Sometimes your ideal shoe is about the material it comes in.

Since these materials often best complement specific activities or seasons, let’s take a deeper look at some popular shoe materials so you can find the best fit for your next pair.

From brown leather shoes for women to black suede shoes for men, every pair of KURU shoes feature our pain-relieving technology, so you can look good and feel great.

Leather Shoes: Footwear that Shapes to Your Feet

If you’ve ever owned a pair of leather shoes, you know how luxurious they can be. Unlike some synthetic materials, leather molds to your unique foot shape over time and allows for breathability and natural temperature regulation.

KURU offers a line of leather shoes for men and women featuring our patented, pain-relieving technology and eco-friendly leather uppers.

Choose from our KIVI, a business casual slip-on shoe, our LUNA or TEMPO, variations on the classic Chelsea boot, QUEST and CHICANE, our outdoor hiking shoes, and our classic court shoe, ROAM.

KURU women's KIVI leather slip-on shoes.
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You can help your leather footwear last longer by protecting it with a spritz of KURU Shield, our proprietary blend of shoe protector spray. This water-repellent layer can help lengthen the life of leather shoes by shielding them from the elements and everyday spills.

KURU women's KIVI leather slip-on shoes.

Finding the Best Fit

Leather is a fantastic shoe material choice for colder months with its weather-resistant and temperature-regulating qualities. Since leather molds to your feet over time, it might take a few weeks for new leather footwear to become one with your foot. That said, your toes should lay nice and flat right from the start.

Suede Shoes: Premium Look, Comfortable Feel

Even Elvis sang about his fancy blue suede shoes.

Suede is a near-iconic fabric that typically brings to mind elegance and a touch of class.

Nowadays, suede is not only used on the outside, it’s found on the inside in the form of microsuede, aiming to wick moisture away and offer a soft place for your feet to land.

At KURU, we offer both outer-shoe and inner-shoe suede. From Nubuck-leather uppers to microsuede soles, we’ve got enough options for you to experience this fine fabric.

KURU women's CHICANE suede hiking shoes.
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Suede comes in a variety of forms. Nubuck—the kind of leather found in our outdoor hiking shoe CHICANE—is a premium type of suede better suited at handling the elements, while our TREAD outdoor shoe features a moisture-wicking microsuede footbed for all-day comfort.

KURU women's CHICANE suede hiking shoes.

Finding the Best Fit

Nubuck leather is a fantastic choice for outdoor hiking. Its weather-resistant properties and ability to mold to your feet over time gives you a comfortable fit and helps keep your feet protected from cold and slush.

Canvas Shoes: Cleanable, Breathable Classics

Think of classic white canvas shoes. Canvas shoes for women and men have earned their popularity through their lightweight, breathable fabric that is easy to clean, making them a go-to footwear material. This course, breathable fabric has traditionally been made from cotton, hemp, or linen, and today is still often made with one of these materials or a unique combo.

There are a wide variety of shoe types that opt to use canvas, including canvas sneakers and boat shoes. In fact, KURU’s men’s canvas shoe, PACE, goes from casual to classy in an instant for versatile, everyday wear.

KURU men's PACE canvas slip-on shoes.
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Since canvas is a cloth fabric, you can wash out scuffs and stains with ease. Try our KURU Shoe Cleaning Kit that features care accessories including a cleaning brush, cleaning cloth and our all-purpose shoe cleaner to keep those canvas beauties bright.

KURU men's PACE canvas slip-on shoes.

Finding the Best Fit

With their casual, breathable fabric, canvas shoes for men and women are a fantastic choice for spring, summer, and fall months. Easy-to-clean and versatile in style, you can pair them with shorts, pants, and dresses alike.

Rubber Shoes: Non-Slip Grip for Confident Steps

Sometimes rubber doesn't just have to meet the road, it needs to meet every rock, crevice, or slippery wet floor in between.

Shoes with rubber outsoles give you stability to step confidently onto any surface, whether that’s uneven hiking terrain, long stretches of carpet, or a restaurant’s (sometimes wet) tile floors.

Many KURU shoes feature a stable, non-marking rubber outsole. From our non-slip KINETIC to the outdoor-friendly CHICANE, you can count on rubber to help keep you on your feet.

KURU women's QUANTUM rubber outsole shoes.
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Rubber outsoles are typically present in non-slip shoes to aid in stability and traction. We recommend a high-quality shoe with rubber outsoles especially for those with careers in the food or medical industry to help keep each step sure.

KURU women's QUANTUM rubber outsole shoes.

Finding the Best Fit

Rubber soles aren’t just for adventures (though they’re good for that, too). Whether you’re a full-time nurse moving quickly between patient rooms or you have an elderly parent who would benefit from extra stability, rubber soles provide the traction and confidence you need to tackle any task.

Mesh Shoes: Breathable Comfort for the Everyday

Mesh keeps you cool and comfy as can be. A lightweight, flexible material, mesh allows air to pass through it for a breezy, comfortable fit.

Shoes with mesh uppers offer a sock-like feel and unmatched ventilation, so you can hit the last mile of your run—or airport walk—with dry, happy feet.

Many types of shoes opt to use this material, from slip-on sneakers to classic tennis shoes, to running shoes. KURU offers plenty of mesh-like options, including our slip-on STRIDE, athletic PIVOT, and popular ATOM.

KURU women's STRIDE mesh slip-on shoes.
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Since mesh is one of the more breathable, lightweight shoe materials, many athletic and running shoes are made with this net-like fabric.

KURU women's STRIDE mesh slip-on shoes.

Finding the Best Fit

Shoes with mesh uppers are perfect for lasting comfort during spring and summer days or year-round indoors. Think of your long walk at the airport, a sweaty elliptical session, or a long stroll with your pup. The breathable fabric and foot-hugging feel keep you going mile after mile.

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