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Rubber Shoes

Style and practicality, rain or shine

Stylish, functional, and durable — that’s what makes rubber shoes universally loved.

When you hear or read the words rubber shoes, you likely think of athletic rubber sole shoes, not unlike the ones used by basketball players. It’s either that or all-rubber rain boots.

Regardless, both offer a high level of practicality. Rubber soles remain the undisputed best shoe outsole material for most physically demanding jobs. Meanwhile, rubber sole sneakers and slip-ons are favorites of anyone who walks extensively or plays sports.

All-rubber shoes are also experiencing a revival in worldwide fashion trends. Gone are the days when rubber boots were worn just for rainy days. Today, they are worn to make a statement and turn heads.

In short, rubber shoes are a tried and true footwear. And now, KURU has elevated it to even greater heights by incorporating our signature personalized foot comfort in your favorite rubber shoes.

Experts Guide to Rubber Shoes

What are Rubber Shoes?

Rubber shoes can be one of two things:

  • Shoes completely made with rubber, such as rain boots
  • Shoes with rubber soles and fabric or leather uppers, like sneakers and sports shoes

Rubber, with its incredible durability, is the ideal material for athletic shoes as these types of footwear can experience a lot more wear and tear than your everyday shoes. High-quality rubber shoes can last for years, especially when well-maintained.

This means buying premium quality rubber shoes can be a worthy investment, as they can cost you less than purchasing a couple of pairs of less expensive shoes.

Rubber shoes also offer the following benefits:

  • Anti-slip and fall: Rubber shoes are highly slip-resistant. They have better grips on most surfaces compared to other common shoe soles. Additionally, the grip of rubber soles increases with well-designed treads.
  • Waterproof: There’s a reason why most rain boots are made of rubber. This further enhances rubber soles’ anti-slip qualities.
  • Heat protection: Wearing all-rubber shoes or boots may feel a bit stifling after a few hours, but at the same time the material also protects your feet from high external temperatures and even chemicals.
  • Shock absorption: Rubber sole shoes naturally have a high level of shock absorption, allowing you to walk comfortably and reduce the feel of the hardness of the ground.

There are also synthetic rubber options available. Man-made synthetic rubber or elastic polymers offer much of the same benefits as natural rubber. Some popular examples of synthetic rubber include neoprene and polyurethane.

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Our Customer Favorites

"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
"Great support
I have purchased 4 pairs. My plantar fasciitis is completely gone. I play pickleball 4 to 5 times a week and I will not get on the court without them, although not expressly a court shoe they are very supportive and are non-marking, I do wish they had a finger tab in the back to make getting them on easier also the rubber soles will wear down pretty quickly when playing on a concrete surface. They look good and feel good. I have recommended them to four of my fellow pickelball players and they are all hooked on them."
-Pickelball Bob

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women's KURU QUANTUM sneakers. women's KURU QUANTUM sneakers.

How to Pair Your Rubber Shoes

Who knew rubber shoes could be so stylish? This guide will show how to pair your rubber shoes with any outfit!

First of all, you can’t go wrong with sporty or athleisure outfits. These styles are pretty unisex, too. Both men and women would look good in lace-up rubber shoes, joggers, and long sleeve shirts.

All rubber boots:

  • When in doubt, go for a monochrome ensemble: match the color of your rubber boots with your pants, top, coat, or jacket for an instantly sleek and sophisticated look.
  • Choose slim-fit pants that tuck well into the boots.
  • Long socks in contrasting colors and pants with elastic ankles can pair well with ankle-high boots.

Rubber shoes for men:

  • Casual outfits: Blue jeans, a white shirt, and a jacket or open plaid button-down is a classic look. Make it more modern by folding the hem of your jeans and going sockless.
  • Business casual: Go for low-cut white rubber shoes and pair them with turtlenecks or long sleeve shirts, suit blazers, and dark pants or ones in the same color as the blazer. Alternatively, you can forgo the suit blazer and instead wear a tie with a less formal leather jacket.

Rubber shoes for women:

  • Casual outfits: Try chunky, high, or mid-cut rubber shoes and high socks with short, high waist skirts and oversized sweaters or invisible socks with flowy pants ending above the ankle and a printed shirt.
  • Business casual: Go for rubber shoes, white pants, a striped shirt or silk blouse, and a formal blazer. Alternatively, you can pair rubber shoes with knee or calf-length pencil skirts, a collared blouse or knit cardigan (or both with the collar showing on top), and low socks.

Rubber Shoe Care Tips

Maintain your rubber shoes for a long time to come. Use these tips for maintaining them.

Rubber rain boots are easy to clean: simply soak them in a tub of soapy water and scrub well. Since rubber doesn’t easily deteriorate from cleaning solutions, you can safely use many commercial cleaners to get rid of any dirt or grime.

However, athletic or sports rubber shoes with fabric uppers require a little more care:

  • Brush off loose dirt using a dry, soft-bristled shoe brush or an old toothbrush. If you step on any mud, let it dry first before brushing off.
  • Use a mild cleaning solution. You can make one using mild laundry detergent or dish soap and water.
  • Make sure to remove the laces and wash them separately.
  • Thoroughly wash the rubber outsole and midsole using the cleaning solution and brush.
  • Be more gentle when brushing the fabric uppers. You may use a damp soft cloth instead of a brush.
  • Check out material-specific care instructions. Take note that mesh and canvas have different washing dos and don’ts compared to leather.
  • Air-dry the rubber shoes overnight or for at least eight hours. Avoid leaving rubber shoes with colored fabric uppers out in the sun for too long to prevent color fading.
  • Avoid drying your rubber shoes with a hairdryer. This can potentially damage or weaken the glue that holds the shoes together. Too much heat is bad for the rubber material too.

How to Clean White Rubber Shoes:

Since rubber does not easily deteriorate, they are generally safe to use with bleach or chlorine. Just make sure to exercise caution when using bleach.

  • Never dump or use a whole bottle of bleach to brighten white rubber shoes.
  • Use a bleach solution instead. Check your bleach bottle brand-specific recommendations. Some recommend three tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water while others suggest mixing one part bleach with five parts of water.
  • Baking soda and vinegar may also help bring back white rubber shoes’ original brightness. Create a paste with one tablespoon each of baking soda, white vinegar, and hot water. Work this into the shoes using your brush.
  • Lay your shoes out in the sun to dry and help whiten them further.
woman runs in KURU QUANTUM sneakers. woman runs in KURU QUANTUM sneakers.

Types of Rubber Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

From sneakers to boots, learn which type of rubber shoe is best for you!

There is a seemingly endless variety of rubber shoes. It seems almost any type of shoe can be a rubber shoe, as long as they have full rubber soles. This includes:

  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Slip-on shoes
  • Loafers
  • Sports shoes or trainers
  • Hiking boots
  • Work boots
  • Rubber toe shoes
  • Rain boots

The most beautiful shoe styles and designs can still leave you wanting more if the shoes themselves don’t properly fit your foot.

The activity you want to wear the shoes can affect the type of fit you’ll need. If you’re wearing rubber shoes for gym sessions or running, look for a snug yet comfortable fit. Make sure your shoes won’t slide around while exercising.

If you’re looking for winter-ready rubber-soled shoes and boots, look for ones that are a half or a full size bigger to accommodate thicker or multiple socks.

For more business-casual rubber shoes, choose ones with either canvas or leather uppers. For industrial settings or nature trekking, look for thicker rubber sole shoes and reinforced uppers, preferably waterproof leathers or synthetics.

General Tips to Find the Best-Fitting Shoes:

  • Measure both your feet. Make sure to do this at the end of the day, when your feet are the largest.
  • Try the shoes on both feet. Remember, one foot is almost always slightly larger than the other.
  • Wear or bring socks when trying on rubber shoes.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"Another win from Kuru A++++++

Love these I have ordered a pair of Luna's in a 10.5. They were too big and I exchanged them for the Tempo's in a size 10 as they had just come out. I love these boots and so glad I switched styles. Super comfy and my feet still don't hurt when wearing Kuru's!!!! Super cute boots!!!"
-Skingfrog

"Comfortable right out of the box!

I bought these for my husband and he started wearing them around the house and yard right away. He usually gets blisters from new rubber flip-flips but these caused no issues due to the straps being leather inside and out. He loves them!"
-lisaw

"Draft comfort

I love these shoes for doing things around the house. I can cook all day and my feet and legs don't hurt from standing. Great rubber soles lets me run the trash out too!"
-Tracey

FAQs

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

How do I clean rubber shoes?

It all depends on the style and type of rubber shoe. Rubber rain boots are easy to clean: simply soak them in a tub of soapy water and scrub well. However, athletic or sports rubber shoes require a little more care.

Follow these tips to learn how to clean rubber shoes properly:

  • Brush off loose dirt using a dry, soft-bristled shoe brush or an old toothbrush. If you step on any mud, let it dry first before brushing off.
  • Use a mild cleaning solution. You can make one using mild laundry detergent or dish soap and water.
  • Make sure to remove the laces and wash them separately.
  • Thoroughly wash the rubber outsole and midsole using the cleaning solution and brush.
  • Be more gentle when brushing the fabric uppers. You may use a damp soft cloth instead of a brush.
  • Air-dry the rubber shoes overnight or for at least eight hours.

Can I wear rubber shoes in winter?

Yes, you can. Non-slip rubber bottom shoes are the best type to use in snow and ice. Rubber boots are amazing for the cold and snow. Waterproof rubber shoes and boots offer a reasonable amount of insulation and don’t suffer from salt stains.

If you’re planning to wear sneakers with rubber soles, here are some tips to help you choose the right ones for the weather:

  • Go for high-top style sneakers to keep your ankles warm
  • Opt for black or darker colors
  • Choose shoes with uppers made of warm or waterproofed material, like leather
  • Look for rubber shoes with have lining

Do your shoes contain Latex or Formaldehyde?

Our manufacturer assures us that none of the KURU shoes contain latex. While it is unlikely that any of our shoes contain latex, we are still unable to guarantee they are 100% latex-free.

We also cannot guarantee that all KURU shoes are formaldehyde-free. We use a variety of industry-standard glues to create different shoes. As such, formaldehyde may be used during the manufacturing process for different products.

How do I take care of my KURU shoes?

KURU shoes can last for a very long time, thanks to the durable and premium-quality materials we use. Taking proper care of your KURU shoes can further extend their lifespan. Follow these instructions to better care for your KURU footwear.

  • Store your shoes in a cool, dry environment. Avoid storing them in places with direct light or sun.
  • Make sure to keep them free of moisture. Silica packs or dehumidifiers may help.
  • Use a shoe gleaning gel to clean the shoes. Remember to do a spot test before using it all over the shoe.
  • Use a damp, lint-free cloth or a soft-bristled brush to clean the shoes. An old toothbrush may also work.
  • Remove dried mud and dirt using a dry, soft-bristled brush. Make sure to brush lightly to avoid damage.
  • Air-dry the shoes. Make sure to remove the sockliner insole to dry the shoe interiors completely.
  • Use the KURU Shield water-resistant shoe protector spray to further protect your shoes against stains, water, oils, and other substances.

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