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When you’re working, you want to focus on your job, not on how much your feet are killing you.

That’s why KURU makes work footwear that pampers the feet of professionals who walk and stand for hours on end. If you work in health care, education, personal care, construction, retail, food service or other physical professions, KURU has the shoe or boot for you. We've built KURU technology into non-slip shoes, outdoor boots, lightweight footwear—whatever you need to meet the demands of your job in comfort.

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If you work on your feet, you’ve learned the painful lesson that most shoes just aren’t designed for people who are on their feet all day. The flat, hard sole of most shoes doesn’t give enough cushioning and support when you’re standing and walking on hard floors.

As your feet start to hurt, you try shifting this way and that to relieve the pain, which just ends up spreading the pain to your knees, lower back and even your shoulders and neck.

But KURU work shoes are specifically designed to keep you comfortable when you walk and stand for hours on end. The shoes’ patented design gives you support and shock absorption that reduces stress on your whole body. The sole supports your arch, while the deep heel cup keeps your heel’s natural cushion in place, reducing impact. And foam in the foot bed responds to your body heat, molding to the shape of your foot for a custom fit.

Discover the difference that KURU footwear can make in how you feel at the end of your workday.

Nursing Shoes: Your Perfect Fit Awaits

First, thank you for being on the front lines of patient care. We appreciate the long hours and physical effort you put into caring for your patients’ bodies and souls.

Wearing the right nurse shoe goes a long way in reducing the toll those long shifts put on your body. A shoe that fits well, supports your arch and cushions the balls of your foot and your heel helps you maintain good posture. The result: your back, shoulders and neck endure less stress.

Plus, a good nurse shoe protects you from inevitable fluid spills. Non-slip soles prevent falls, and water-resistant uppers keep your feet and socks dry.

Nurse wears KURU KINETIC work shoe.
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On average, a day-shift nurse walks 4 to 5 miles during a 12-hour shift and burns 1,400 calories.

Nurse wears KURU KINETIC work shoe.

Finding the Best Fit

Comfortable shoes with enough support are a must, so you can keep your mind on your patients instead of your sore feet, knees and back. KURU shoes feature ULTIMATE INSOLES, which mold to your feet in response to body heat, so you get the right support for your foot. And the more you wear them, the better the fit becomes.

Cushioning also is critical for the parts of your feet that absorb the most impact. The KURUCLOUD midsole gives your foot a Goldilocks ride—not too hard, not too soft.

What else makes a good nurse shoe? Look for these traits:

  • Non-slip sole to prevent falls
  • Lightweight, so you don’t waste energy dragging around a couple extra pounds over the course of a 12-hour shift
  • An easy-to-clean, water-repellent upper
  • Breathability, so your feet stay cool and dry
  • Shoes that are easy to slip off, especially if you’re a surgical nurse who changes shoes before entering the OR

Restaurant & Food Service Shoes: Your Perfect Fit Awaits

Working in food service puts a lot of strain on your body. Depending on your role, you might be exposed to heat from ovens and stoves, or to carry heavy pans and trays or perform repetitive motions like chopping. You may either stand much of the time (often on a hard surface) or run back and forth between the kitchen and the front of the house.

Such physical work demands a lot of stamina, so you don’t want footwear that drains your energy by causing foot pain.

Restaurant worker wears KURU KINETIC work shoe.
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A study found that waiters and servers are the most active profession, walking an average of 22,778 steps during a full-time shift.

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Finding the Best Fit

Spills are common in kitchens, so a non-skid sole is essential to prevent falls on a slippery surface. To keep those spills from soaking into your shoes, look for a waterproof upper. Besides protecting your feet from hot liquids, a waterproof upper also makes it easier to clean your shoes. The downside of a waterproof upper is that it doesn’t breathe, so find footwear with an absorbent lining.

To help offset the physical impact of your job, choose work shoes with a firm sole that doesn’t flex much to provide stability, and good arch support and cushioning to encourage good posture.

KURU shoes boast a trio of features that deliver the support and cushioning you need: The patented KURUSOLE hugs and flexes with your heel so your foot’s natural cushioning retains its shape, while the thick KURUCLOUD relieves pressure and the ULTIMATE INSOLE shapes to your foot for a custom fit.

Chef Shoes: Your Perfect Fit Awaits

As a chef, you want to focus on food, not footwear. That’s why choosing the right chef shoe matters.

You spend a lot of time standing in one place prepping food—unless you’re supervising the kitchen, in which case you dash around during much of your shift.

Whether you stand or dash, you’re vulnerable to the same foot, calf, knee and back pain as anyone who’s on their feet for hours. But your job also makes your feet vulnerable to specific safety risks—such as slipping on a wet floor, dropping sharp or heavy objects on your feet, spilling hot foods or liquids on your feet, and even twisting your ankles during a quick direction change.

Chef wears KURU KINETIC work shoe.
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Chefs are prone to a condition called Chef’s Foot, or Hallux rigidus, in which the base big toe becomes painful and stiff. Fortunately, wearing the right shoes and doing specific foot exercises can provide relief.

Chef wears KURU KINETIC work shoe.

Finding the Best Fit

Like anyone who stands for hours, you want a stable, comfortable shoe with good arch support and cushioning, so your feet, knees and back don’t ache. That’s where the unique features of KURU shoes come in. The patented KURUSOLE cradles your heel so your foot’s natural cushioning retains its shape, while the thick KURUCLOUD absorbs impact and the ULTIMATE INSOLE shapes to your foot for a custom fit.

To prevent the unique problems chefs face, foot doctors recommend these footwear features:

  • A non-slip sole to prevent falls on wet floors
  • A toe box with enough space for your toes to wiggle
  • A breathable lining, so your feet don’t sweat excessively
  • A firm sole that doesn’t bend for good support
  • A solid upper surface—not mesh—to protect your feet from cuts, bruises and burns
  • A waterproof upper for easy cleaning

If you spend much of your shift pivoting in different directions, choose a shoe at least as high as your ankle to prevent ankle injuries.

Teacher Shoes: Your Perfect Fit Awaits

Stand up, sit down. Dash here. Dash there. Sound like a typical day in the classroom?

With that kind of routine, it’s important to choose shoes that don’t make your feet hurt, so you can concentrate on your lesson plan and not foot pain. Shoe comfort is very individual, but generally, people need arch support to relieve pressure on the ball and heel of the foot. Cushioning matters too—to absorb the impact of each step.

Teacher walks upstairs in KURU QUANTUM work shoes.
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A small study done in Australia fitted 10 teachers with a pedometer and found that teachers walk an average of 12,564 steps a day. That doesn’t take into account all the time they spend standing.

Teacher walks upstairs in KURU QUANTUM work shoes.

Finding the Best Fit

To prevent problems like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, shoes with good support are essential.

Look for shoes that are wide enough for your feet and that give your toes room to move. You also want shoes that provide support for your arches and cushion your insole.

Because you’re in motion much of the day, opt for a lightweight shoe to prevent fatigue. If your school district allows running shoes, you might find them to be a good option.

Fortunately, KURU gives you plenty of choice so you can both keep your feet comfortable and look stylish. KURU shoes combine three technologies that support and cushion your whole foot: The patented KURUSOLE cradles your heel so your foot’s natural cushioning retains its shape, while the thick KURUCLOUD pampers pressure points and the ULTIMATE INSOLE uses your body heat to mold to your foot for a custom fit.

Construction Shoes: Your Perfect Fit Awaits

Construction is an occupation fraught with risk of injury, including foot injuries. Wearing the right construction footwear is critical for protecting your feet on the job site.

Beyond safety, you need a shoe or boot that’s comfortable, whether you’re walking, standing, or climbing a ladder. Odds are you’re exhausted after a day of physical effort. You don’t want to also be in pain because of your footwear.

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Construction workers often must stand and walk for long hours on very hard surfaces. A study showed that because of their typical daily conditions, construction workers have an increased risk of developing plantar fasciitis. KURU shoes are designed with the shock-absorbing cushion and long-lasting support needed to get you through your long shift.

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Finding the Best Fit

What the “right” construction footwear is for you depends on the construction project and your trade. At a minimum, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that construction footwear be slip resistant and puncture resistant.

Most construction projects require footwear with reinforced toes to prevent crushing. Steel-toe footwear is most popular for workers other than electricians, who wear footwear with toes reinforced with non-conducting materials like Kevlar, plastic or fiberglass.

The protection built into construction shoes can make them uncomfortable. That makes it even more important to choose a construction shoe that fits well: look for good arch support to take pressure off your heel and the ball of your foot, and cushioning to minimize stress, especially when you’re wearing a heavy tool belt.

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