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Best Active Shoes with Arch Support

Engineered with built-in technology for a customized fit—designed for pain relief and improved performance.

We believe foot pain should never have to be the reason you slow down.

Whether you need agility for your next hike or cushion to stand on your feet all day, KURU shoes offer superior arch support, ergonomic heel protection, and shock-absorbing foams to keep you moving, standing, walking, working, playing…all with lasting comfort.

To equip you for your active lifestyle, KURU offers some of the best active shoes with arch support on the market. From active casual shoes to active outdoor shoes, every pair comes with built-in arch support and shock-absorbing cushion.

Experts Guide to the Best Active Shoes

What are Active Shoes?

Active shoes are athletic-inspired shoes designed to absorb shock and keep you active in comfort and safety. The best shoes for active lifestyles typically feature a shock-absorbing midsole and a rubber outsole to keep a healthy pep in your step.

The best active shoes—for flat feet and high arches alike—are those with plenty of cushion, arch support, breathability to keep your feet comfy and supported, no matter the activity.

Every KURU active shoe—from our active sandals to our active sport shoes—comes with built-in arch support and cushion in every pair. That means there’s no need to supplement your next pair with extra inserts. Get it all with KURU.

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Our Customer Favorites

"Saved my heel
I’m extremely active and have a dog walking side hustle business. My heel spur on my left foot was getting out of control. My sister who’s a nurse swore by these shoes and referred me to this brand. Couldn’t be happier! They literally saved my heel and allow me to be without pain!"
-Andrea Doria
"I can walk without pain again!
A couple months back, I ruptured my plantar fascia in my right foot and I was very reluctant to do much. I have lived with terrible foot pain on and off for years. After discovering kuru shoes, it became possible to be more active without terrible pain. Today I put on my new favorite shoes, the Atom. I walked a few miles pain free. The shoes fit well and look great. I have waisted so much money on insoles. I wish I would have discovered Kuru earlier."
-pmw2479

Technology for a Natural Fit

a man ties the laces of his active outdoor shoes. a man ties the laces of his active outdoor shoes.

How to Pair Your Active Shoes and When to Wear Them

Active shoes can be a versatile footwear option, especially when you know how to pair them.

Active shoes are among the most versatile footwear options out there. Let’s dig into a few ways you can style them!

Casual wear: Stylish black active shoes like our ATOM for women and men can be effortlessly paired with an athleisure outfit, jeans and a T-shirt, or leggings and a long blouse.

Business casual settings: Our timeless sneaker ROAM for men and women, PACE for men, or TEMPO for women all make excellent active work shoes for versatile, dress-it-up or dress-it-down looks.

Gym sessions: Fly through your workout with an active sneaker like the FLUX for women and men, which pairs well with almost any athletic or athleisure outfit.

Outdoor wear: Being active often means being outside. KURU’s line of comfortable outdoor shoes feature grippy outsoles and cushioned insoles that you can wear hiking, gardening, and exploring—all in comfort.

Shoe Care Tips

We take a look at helpful tips and suggestions to keep your favorite footwear in tip-top form.

Tip #1: Protect your active shoes from accidental spills and wet weather with a preventive spritz of KURU Shield, our shoe protector spray. This water-repellent layer works on all shoe materials and helps safeguard your footwear from excess water and dirt.

Tip #2: Refresh a tired pair of active shoes with our KURU Shoe Cleaning Kit. Equipped with an all-material shoe cleaner, cleaning brush and microfiber cloth, this kit ensures you can make your shoes look like you just bought them—over and over again.

Tip #3: Allow your active shoes to dry out between workout sessions, away from sunlight. Sweat and sunlight can each prematurely break down materials, so giving shoes some breathing room in the shade after being worn each day can help them stay fresh.

Tip #4: We recommend wearing socks with your sneakers. Socks provide a barrier against sweat and bacteria, so it doesn’t all land in your shoes. Keeping bacteria and sweat at bay can help extend the life of your footwear and reduce the risk of odor.

a woman wearing active shoes relaxes in the grass at a city park. a woman wearing active shoes relaxes in the grass at a city park.

Types of Active Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

Learn about the different types of active shoes and how to find the best fit for your foot type and activity.

Wearing the best active shoes based on activity type can improve performance and reduce injury. Here’s a few types of active shoes for your next adventure!

  • Walking shoes: One of the most accessible ways to be active, walking offers plenty of muscle-building, heart-healthy activity. Walking shoes should have full-length cushion, arch support, and a wide, solid base for the utmost comfort.
  • Cross-training shoes: When you’re ready to get a sweat sesh in, a versatile cross-training shoe can offer stability and shock-absorption—whether you’re on the elliptical or doing a set of Burpees.
  • Running shoes: With the high-impact landings that come with running, a shoe with extra cushion in the heel and ball of your foot can help reduce impact with every strike. Look for shoes with shock-absorbing EVA foam, quality arch support, and a breathable mesh upper.
  • Trail shoes: A quality pair of hiking shoes can help keep you moving on the trail. KURU’s trail shoes offer built-in support and cushion that helps you focus on the scenery—not foot pain.
  • Slip-on sneakers: A daily lifestyle active shoe can be a healthy and versatile wardrobe staple. Slip-on sneakers make it easy to slip-on and go, whether you need to run out for a few errands or to head to the gym for a workout.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"Best shoes!

I first bought these shoes about 6 years ago. I presently own 5 pairs of Quantums and plan to order more. I used to suffer from plantar fasciitis and these shoes corrected the problem. I am very active and can wear them for any physical activity. They are well made and hold up very well. It took about two days to get used to the initial fit, but afterwards they felt great. I highly recommend them!"
-Jean L

"Comfort and relief!!!

I just got these shoes about a week ago. I have lumbar spinal stenosis, and experience pain daily. These shoes have already made a significant difference by reducing that pain. I'm also a live performer, and pretty active. I was skeptical at first because of price and online ordering shoes, but I reviewed the return policy, and took the leap. I will be ordering more as soon as I can. They arrived very quick. I dont think anything is ever going to take away myvpa8n completely, but these have made a huge positive difference. Thank you, Kuru!!"
-Leo Dyer

"I have tried so many and these are the best.

Just writing a review to help save someone time. I have plantar fasciitis with extremely high arches. These are fabulous and the second pair I have ordered. Do give them a few days to fit your foot, but they last a long time with amazing comfort they allow you to stay active without foot pain."
-Jordan J

FAQs

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

What are active shoes?

Active shoes are athletic-inspired shoes designed to absorb shock and keep you active in comfort and safety. The best shoes for active lifestyles typically feature a shock-absorbing midsole and a rubber sole fit for a wide variety of activities.

How should active shoes fit?

Sneakers should fit snug around the forefoot and allow about a finger-width of space from the edge of your longest toe to the shoe’s tip. Your toes should be able to lay completely flat and not feel any pinching or squeezing.

For the most accurate sizing, we recommend checking out these fit and sizing recommendations or getting fitted with a Brannock device at a local shoe store.

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.

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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