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Open Heel Shoes with Arch Support

Engineered with KURUSOLE technology to provide maximum comfort and support all day long.

Open heel shoes, or back open heel shoes as some call them, might not be as iconic or fashionable as some shoe styles but they can definitely be just as comfortable—or, in the case of high heels, even more so.

It all depends on what type of open heel shoes you get and where or when you wear them. Open heel sandals are unbeatable when it comes to summer months and beach trips. Sneaker-style open heel shoes are gaining popularity as a go-to footwear for casual hangouts and errand runs.

If you want something convenient so you can go out at the drop of a penny, then open heel slip on shoes are amazing. The only possible downside is that many of these types of shoes don’t exactly have the best support or cushion.

With KURU, though, you can have it all—an easy-to-wear, ultra comfortable, supportive, and stylish pair of open heel shoes for fatigue-free feet!

Experts Guide to Open Heel Shoes

What are Open Heel Shoes?

As its name suggests, open heel shoes are footwear that are open at the back or along the heel. In the shoe world, any kind of shoes with no backs or constraints around the heel are called mules.

This means open heel shoes have a wide range of styles. This ranges from ones that basically look like backless sneakers and moccasins to the ubiquitous flip-flops, slides, and even formal open heeled sandals.

There are just as many flat styles of shoes with open heels as there are short or even high-heeled versions. Basically any style of footwear can have an open heel version.

The biggest advantage of shoes with open heels is the convenience they offer. You literally just slide your foot in with no problems at all. As for the main cons, heel open shoes can be a bit less stable or comfortable to wear than regular shoes.

But that’s not a problem with KURU’s line of open heel shoes—you still get the same three-part technology for maximum comfort, support, and Pain Relief Beyond Belief!

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Our Customer Favorites

"Love the style and comfort!
I broke them in at home and then started wearing them as soon as it got warm. I wore them over 14 hours the first day and had no problems at all with foot pain. They are a bit wide for me but still fit well. LETTI are super cute and comfy!"
-Lisanne
"Best slipper ever!
Bought for my husband who has had two back surgeries and many side issues from that. He hasn't had a shoe/slipper with so much support and has alleviated some hip and feet issues. Have just purchased some regular shoes for him as well to use."
-Back pain

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a woman wearing open heel sandals lounges on some patio furniture. a woman wearing open heel sandals lounges on some patio furniture.

How to Pair Your Open Heel Shoes and When to Wear Them

Wondering how to style your open heel shoes? Our KURU GURUs outline the best ways to wear them below.

Go for straight and skinny: Straight, tapered, narrow, or skinny jeans are some of the best pants you can pair with open heel shoes for work. Blue jeans will give you a more casual look while white or black jeans will work great for a smart casual or office ensemble.

Dress down with leggings: Leggings are a go-to for an easy, effortless casual and sporty style. They pair well with both flat sneaker-style open heel shoes and open toe, open heel shoes with heels. High heeled open heel shoes give you an instant classy and elegant look, even when wearing leggings.

Eyes on the hemline: Keep a close watch on the hemline of the pants, skirts, or jumpsuits you wear. This applies to both men and women. You’ll risk tripping, slipping, and falling if you wear bottoms whose hem reaches your heel.

Keep it short and simple: Shorts and skirts up to or above your knee generally look good with open heel closed toe shoes—especially ones in a sneaker or tennis shoe style. These are great for going on dates, sightseeing on vacation, and spending the day out in the sun.

Pair like with like: When it comes to pairing your open heel shoes according to color, one of the rules of thumb is pairing like with like. This means wearing dark with dark, pastel with pastel, and brightly colored mules with bright clothes or accessories.

Spice up a monochromatic outfit: Colorful open heel shoes also pair well with a monochromatic outfit, such as all-black or all-white ensemble.

Stay chic and comfy indoors: Open heel shoes with proper arch support and cushioning can also be worn as indoor slippers. Since they match well with shorts and flowy skirts, they are perfect for hosting house parties and looking cozy but still ready to go out.

Shoe Fit Tips

Simplify the process of finding a pair of open heel shoes that fit well with these helpful tips from our KURU GURUs.

Know your size: Always measure your foot size before going or at the store itself. There are sometimes small differences depending on the shoe brand, so we recommend using a Brannock device to measure your feet.

Shoe size isn’t the end all, be all: If shoes in your regular size don’t fit you well, try them in a size bigger or smaller. Trust your comfort level and consider how your feet actually feel while wearing the shoes, not just the size.

Shop in the afternoon: Our feet naturally expand throughout the day, so it’s always best to shop for new backpacking boots in the afternoon or even evening. This way, you can avoid having shoes that only fit you well in the morning.

Look for wide toe boxes: You want snug and comfy shoes, but that doesn’t mean you need to have your toes all crammed together. It can make it harder to wear open heel slip on shoes if you keep wiggling your toes to relieve pain or tension.

Walk around in the shoes: When you try on your shoes, don’t just stand there and admire them. Take a short walk or two around the shop to determine how they feel while walking.

Find shoes that fit from the start: Don’t rationalize that your shoes need to be “broken in” to feel better. Make sure they fit you snugly and comfortably right at the start.

a woman takes off her open heel sandals to perform yoga at the park. a woman takes off her open heel sandals to perform yoga at the park.

Types of Open Heel Shoes & Finding the Best Fit

Slip into a pair of open heel shoes for work, beach, or travel. Find your perfect pair with the help of our KURU GURUs.

Mules: Technically, any footwear that does not have a back or enclosed heel counts as a pair of mules, whether they’re open heel slippers or regular closed-toe open heel shoes. Mules of all types are generally great for casual occasions, less formal workplaces, and traveling.

Clogs: By definition, clogs are mules with a wooden sole, wide body, and rounded front. Today, you can find both flat and high heeled clogs in stores. There are also clog-style shoes that are no longer made of wood and instead made of synthetic materials, such as rubber or plastic.

Sandals: Open heel sandals can be as high and deadly-looking as stilettos. They can also be flat and instead look cozy and comfy. High-heeled shoes with an open heel match perfectly for formal and semi-formal occasions. You can wear them to meetings, presentations, weddings, and more.

Sneaker slip-ons: An increasing number of mules today are designed to look just like sneakers, tennis shoes, and other regular closed toe shoes. Like their closed heel counterparts, this type of open heel shoes are ideal for casual outings and smart casual office wear. Since these do not have back heel support, they aren’t great for actual sports and athletic endeavors.

Why Others Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"Great Sandal

It is wonderful to have good looking sandal and still have the great heel and arch support of Kurus. This shoe is a little off white, but still goes with white clothes. I like the cream colored top sole better than the white ones that show dirt. The sandal stays on without flopping. I do have a high arch and a wide foot. On my older Suomis I had to put extra holes in the straps. I have 6 pairs of the Suomi."
-Babs Butterfly

"Used to hate flip flops - now these are my favorite shoes!

I used to hate wearing flip flops. Got plantar fasciitis from playing tennis, and these were an important part of my recovery. I wear them every single day, before and after work. Even weekends, wearing them all day around the house, they are super comfortable. My absolute favorite pair of shoes!!!"
-anonymous

"So comfy, fit is perfect

I have flat feet due to wearing shoes with little or no support for years. I LOVE these. Working at a martial arts studio I need shoes that easily slip on and off and also provide support for my arches. Really impressed with the craftsmanship and durable, high quality materials as well as comfort. Will be ordering more and recommending!"
-Vera J

FAQs

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

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.

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.

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.

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 do I know which shoe to buy? Which is best for me?

The best shoe for you will depend on your unique foot type and the style you’re looking for.

The best shoes for men and women alike offer adequate arch support and cushion. Whether you’re looking for bright blue shoes, dark blue shoes, or white shoes with blue accents, KURUs line of pain-relieving footwear help alleviate foot pain symptoms for all-day comfort.

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