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The Best
Chef Shoes

Engineered for long-lasting, all-day comfort.

When you’re slicing and dicing, baking and frying, the last thing you need to worry about is foot pain, slips, or trips.

In a kitchen environment, liquid spills, onion scales, and food fragments on the floor are all part of the territory. So when you’re hurrying from one station to the next, stability and traction is a must. And with long shifts on your feet, you need lasting support and cushion to keep you going.

KURU offers some of the most comfortable chef shoes, including non-slip chef shoes, work boots, and lifestyle shoes, so you can get through your shift in safety and in comfort.

Experts Guide to the Best Shoes for Chefs

Top features to look out for when picking the right chef shoes.

When looking for high-quality kitchen chef shoes or shoes for crews in the kitchen, you want footwear that helps you focus on your work, not on slip hazards or foot pain.

The best chef shoes feature a non-slip rubber outsole for stability, a wide toe box for a relaxed fit and better circulation, an easy-to-clean, water-resistant leather upper, and cushioned arch support for long hours on your feet.

While it might be tempting to go with memory foam insoles, we recommend an insole that offers support and bounce back over time to keep your feet from sinking into the shoe.

Our KINETIC anti-slip shoe for women and men offers a slip-resistant outsole that meets ASTM F2913 and SATRA TM-144 standards. The KINETIC comes with our pain-relieving technology built in, so you can stand all day in comfort—making it a smart choice for a chef work shoe.

Top Selling Shoes for Chefs

Our Customer Favorites

"Wow!
I work as a Chef, long hours. Also flat and narrow feet. I’ve bought every shoe out there. I can’t believe I’m finally saying this but, these are the best shoes I’ve ever worn. I will absolutely be purchasing these again."
-Melalaha
"Best work shoe I have ever purchased !!
I have been a chef for almost 30 years, I have probably tried 20 or more different non-slip shoes thru the years, with comfort being the number 1 most important attribute of the shoe. I can only say I wish I heard about KURU 20 plus pairs of shoes ago..... Hands down most comfortable work shoe EVER !!!!"
-Chef JP

Technology for a Natural Fit

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Workplace Foot Injuries

Find out what types of safety or ergonomic hazards chefs face that can lead to foot injuries.

As a chef, you likely know about the risk for injury from burns and cuts due to close proximity to heat sources and cutting tools. But how about injuries of the foot? Let’s unpack a few conditions that can develop from being on your feet all day in the kitchen.

Injuries from slips and falls: The kitchen environment is extra prone to slippery floors and trip hazards, which can lead to twisted ankles, sprains, and other injuries. Wear shoes with a slip-resistant sole to help each step remain as stable as possible.

Hallux rigidus: One of the most common foot pain conditions chefs or restaurant workers face is Hallux rigidus, which is a stiffening of the big toe joint caused by long hours on your feet. Shoes that feature a wide toe box, like KURU shoes, can help prevent this condition.

Plantar fasciitis: Inflammation of the plantar fascia can occur with too much overuse or underuse. To help reduce your risk, wear supportive footwear and roll out your arches after a long day.

Morton’s neuroma: A thickening of the tissue around the nerves between the third and fourth toes can develop with repeated trauma on the metatarsal or wearing too-tight footwear.

Hip, knee, or low back pain: When your feet hurt, it can cause cascading painful effects up the chain of joints and muscles in your body. Adequate supportive footwear and strengthening exercises can help reduce pain throughout your body.

Athlete’s foot: When you’re moving for hours on your feet, excess sweat can lead to an overaccumulation of bacteria. To help reduce the risk of this condition, wear shoes with a breathable upper and moisture-wicking socks for as much ventilation as possible.


Culinary Industry Facts and Stats

We take a look at some facts and stats you might not have known about chefs. Read on to find out more!

  • Chefs and culinary workers can be on their feet 10 hours a day, 6 days per week. That’s about 120,000 hours throughout one career!
  • One of the most common workplace injuries chefs face is hallux rigidus, or a painful stiffening of the big toe joint.
  • “Chef’s foot” is a blanket term used to describe the variety of foot conditions that can develop from long hours on your feet, including hallux rigidus, plantar fasciitis, and Morton’s neuroma.
  • The chef occupation outlook is growing faster than average— at a rate of 25%—for 2020–2030.
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Foot Injury Prevention

Learn how to best protect your feet in the culinary industry.

Wear supportive, slip-resistant chef shoes: Get through your day in safety, stability, and comfort with high-quality footwear. Chef shoes should feature a non-slip outsole, a wide toe box, and a shock-absorbing insole with plenty of cushion and arch support.

Choose moisture-wicking socks: To help your feet breathe and stay dry, pair your high-quality footwear with high-quality socks. Choose socks that form to your feet and wick moisture to help reduce bacteria and blisters.

Roll out your arches consistently: To help prevent plantar fasciitis, roll out the soles of your feet with a tennis ball or lacrosse ball to help loosen and stretch the fascia and surrounding muscles.

Get off your feet when possible: Taking even short breaks during the day can help relieve pressure on your feet and joints to help you last longer.

Ice your feet when needed: If your feet are red, swollen, or in pain after a long shift, soak them in ice water or ice them for 10 minutes. This can help reduce swelling and inflammation.

Stretch and exercise your feet: Performing toe, foot, and ankle stretches and exercises can help keep the muscles strong and healthy to reduce the risk of injury.

Why Others in the Culinary Industry Love KURU

See What Our Customers Are Saying About Us

"Awesome

I am a executive chef, on my feet 13 plus hours a day, I tried every shoe out there these are the best. My feet do not hurt at all"
-MS1223

"Super supportive fit really well

Super supportive fit really well! I am a chef and I work on my feet... I also suffer from plantar fasciitis and I have a bunion on the right foot. These shoes fit amazing straight out of the box. My feet feel great at the end of the day!"
-Chefbecca

"Great non slip shoe

Working in a restaurant. Have tried other non slip shoes and these Stand up to the wet and oily surfaces in the kitchen!"
-Chef NS

FAQs

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

Does the KINETIC qualify as a slip resistant shoe?

Yes, it does! Our KINETIC anti-slip shoe for both men and women features a high-grade rubber outsole that meets ASTM F2913 and SATRA TM-144 standards. The KINETIC also comes with our pain-relieving cushion and arch support built in, so you can last for long hours on your feet.

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. The best chef shoes—for women and men alike—offer adequate arch support and cushion along with slip-resistant soles.

Whether you’re looking for anti-slip kitchen shoes, work boots, or athletic shoes, KURUs line of comfortable chef shoes for men and women so you can stay safe and comfortable all day long.

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 KURUs helped reduce or eliminate their pain in their work environment and everyday lives.

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