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Business Casual Shoes

Polished and professional without sacrificing comfort.

It’s another day at the office—or out on the floor of your food service shift—and you want business casual shoes that can keep you comfy and classy.

Long days on your feet or bustling between conference rooms make arch support, breathability, and cushion a necessity.

We got you. Whether you need office shoes for women or men or smart business casual sneakers, KURU offers a wide range of comfortable business casual shoes for women and men with our proprietary arch support and cushion built into every pair.

Experts Guide to Business Casual Shoes

What are Business Casual Shoes?

Business casual shoes for women and men feature some professional class without all the formality.

Since the definition of business casual shoes might shift from one person or company to the next, there tends to be a bit of wiggle room in what footwear is classified into this genre.

A few examples of business casual shoes might be leather loafers, ballet flats, boat shoes, chukka boots, chelsea boots, and even smart casual sneakers in some cases.

Top Selling Shoes

Our Customer Favorites

"Amazingly comfortable shoe
I bought this shoe because I switched jobs and now needed a shoe that I could wear with my business casual look. I had wonderful experiences with Kuru in the past and I thought I’d give it a try. I plan to buy the same shoe in another color next! These Kuru shoes are the BEST for someone like me that has planter fasciitis and foot pain."
-Jan Elizabeth
"Best comfort by far
I bought these to wear at work, with a business casual dress code. I'm on my feet all day, on hard floors. Before these shoes, I'd often be on the verge of tears from foot pain at the end of the day. I've tried half a dozen other shoes that are supposed to be comfortable and dress-casual acceptable. I've tried several orthotic inserts. Nothing else has come close to the comfort of these shoes. Game changer!"

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How to Pair Your Business Casual Shoes and When to Wear Them

Wondering how to style your business casual shoes? Our KURU GURUs outline a few ways to wear them below.

  • Slacks or formal pants: A quintessential combo, slacks and formal pants pair well with Oxfords, loafers, chukkas, and flats alike.
  • Dark-wash jeans and blazer: One of the most versatile styling options, this pairing works equally well with casual leather sneakers or more formal Oxfords.
  • Business casual dresses: Ballet flats are a fantastic standby for office dresses. For a more formal flair, try block heels, or wear chelsea boots with tights for cooler months.

Business Casual Shoe Care Tips

Keep your shoes polished and professional with these tips to care for them.

Tip #1: Protect your business shoes from water cooler drips or wet conditions with a preventive spritz of KURU Shield, our proprietary blend of shoe protector spray. This water-repellent layer works on all shoe materials and helps safeguard your footwear from everyday spills.

Tip #2: Refresh those leather or canvas uppers on your office 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 shoes to dry out away from sunlight after being worn, especially if your shoes were exposed to water. Sunlight and moisture can prematurely break down materials, so giving shoes some breathing room after being worn each day can help them stay fresh.

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Types of Business Casual Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

Find the best style for you to look sharp and stay comfy at your workplace.

  • Leather loafers: Business casual leather loafers like our KIVI offer a sure-footed rubber sole and a leather upper for comfort and class all at once.
  • Boat shoes: A comfortable dress shoe with a can-be-casual, can-be-classy vibe, boat shoes like our PACE can effortlessly transition from work to play.
  • Ballet flats: A versatile flat shoe that works equally well with pants as with dresses, ballet flats are a timeless classic that evokes professionalism and class.
  • Chelsea boots: Perfect for business casual settings in fall and winter, black or brown chelsea boots like our TEMPO or LUNA can pair well with pants or a dress with tights.
  • Classy sneakers: Smart casual sneakers like our ROAM can pair well with dark-wash jeans and a blazer or Chino pants and button-up shirt.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us


This is my second pair of Atom they are great for the person required to do business casual. I do 12 hour shifts on concrete floors. My feet don’t hurt anymore. I will be collecting all the colors to complete my wardrobe. I would like to see a tan or brown color come out."
-James Hawkins

"Very comfortable!! Love them!

This is an extremely comfortable shoe and easy to get on and off. I wear them to work in a business casual environment. I definitely recommend these shoes."
-Young Professional

"Favorite KURU

I have purchased other Kuru shoes, and they have been great, but this pair may be my favorite. It is just so comfortable. Luckily, it is acceptable for business casual wear, so I wear them to work. Very much recommended."


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

What are business casual shoes?

Business casual shoes for men and women feature some professional class without all the formality.

Since the definition of business casual shoes might shift from one person or company to the next, there tends to be a bit of wiggle room in what footwear is classified into this genre—from leather loafers to ballet flats to Chelsea boots. The color black is also a classic standby for professional footwear, and many all-black formal shoes fit the bill.

What shoes are acceptable for business casual?

There is a wide range of footwear options that make up the list of best business casual shoes.

A few shoe styles that might be acceptable in this category might be leather loafers, monk strap shoes, block heels, chelsea boots, cap-toe Oxfords, desert boots, and ballet flats. Even a classy pair of leather sneakers can pair well with classy dark-wash jeans or pants for a work setting that leans more casual than business.

Are dress shoes business casual?

Dress shoes tend to be a step above business casual but can work well with a pair of slacks or a dress. Footwear like tuxedo shoes might be a bit much, whereas derby shoes could go both ways.

Can I wear open toed shoes for business casual?

Business shoes for women can often get by with open-toed shoes. While we wouldn’t recommend flip flops or slip-on slides shoes, open-toed flats or low heels can look professional and put together in a variety of work settings.

Can I wear sneakers for smart casual?

Many offices these days have a dress code that’s a bit more casual than business. In this environment, sneakers totally work. Classy leather or suede sneakers like our ROAM for men and women can serve as a comfortable business casual shoe in the right environment.

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