Kuru Insight Walking Shoe Review

Comfort and Support

Kuru Insight
Wendy Bumgardner 

Kuru produces comfort walking shoes with design features that work well for fitness walking. Those with plantar fasciitis or a thinning fat pad on the soles of their feet will appreciate their anatomical KuruSole midsole which flexes with each step to support but not flattens the sole. It helps you make the most of your natural foot cushioning. They have an orthotic heel cradle to fit well around the heel.

Walkers with a wide foot and those with bunions may appreciate their designs as they have a wide toe box. Kuru shoes come in both men's and women's versions.

The Kuru Insight shoe model shoe model described here was discontinued as of 2013. It was replaced with the Kuru Quantum Performance Fitness Walking Shoe, which is available in both men's and women's styles. The Quantum has many of the same features, including the KuruSole.

An All-Day Shoe

The Kuru Insight is a very good all-day shoe to wear at home, work, on errands and fitness, walking workouts. The construction combines leather and canvas with a breathable, moisture-wicking lining.

  • Weight: These shoes are a little heavier than is optimal, but most people would consider them to be an average weight for a comfort shoe.
  • Flexibility: The Kuru Insight has good forefoot flexibility, making it appropriate for moderate-speed fitness walking.
  • Flat: The Kuru Insight is flat, as is appropriate for walking, but even more the heel cradle and midfoot flex so that you don't feel the impact of the heel strike as much. It feels like your heels are sitting lower in these shoes than in most, which is good for a walking shoe.
  • Rounded Heel: A good walking shoe design has a rounded or slightly undercut heel rather than a flared heel. The Kuru Insight features a rounded heel that works well for a good walking heel plant and roll through the step. The Quantum also has this feature.
  • Fit: The lacing system was adequate but needed a few tricks to prevent getting too much tightening over the forefoot. The lacing system appears to be improved for the Quantum.
  • Width: The toe box is generously sized. While the Insight came only in medium width, the Quantum is available in either medium or wide.
  • Cushioning: The shoes feel well-cushioned, especially at heel strike.

Style and Color

The Insight was available in black, brown, white and white/gray. These worked well for wearing in a casual office and for travel as well as for walking for fitness. Other Kuru styles come in a variety of bold and fun colors. The Quantum comes in a variety of bold and fun colors as well as a couple of more sedate combinations.

The rubber outsole and leather around the midfoot and heel should keep out most rain, while the canvas over the toe box allows them to be breathable.

Bottom Line on Kuru Insight Shoes

The Kuru Insight shoes worked well for daily wear through the winter at work and for sneaking in a brisk walk during breaks and lunches. Kurus could be good for travel in wet and cold seasons. While claims about great sole technology are common, there is a pleasant difference in support and cushioning at the heel with Kurus.

Shoes and Insoles for Plantar Fasciitis

The Kuru Quantum Performance and Insight models are designed to allow the fat pad on your heel to provide the natural cushioning it should. They have a slight rocker sole, which also takes some of the stress off of the plantar fascia when walking. They do not make any claims that their shoes will relieve plantar fasciitis but say they should provide comfort.

The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society recommends wearing sturdy, lace-up shoes with good arch support and heel cushioning when you have plantar fasciitis. They also suggest over-the-counter arch supports with a heel cushion. The Kuru heel and midsole provide some of the suggested cushioning and the shoes provide good support. If you have plantar fasciitis, you can try them without an additional insole but you may get even more comfort with an over-the-counter product with a gel heel cushion.

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons likewise recommends supportive shoes with good arch support and a slightly raised heel to reduce stress on the plantar fascia. They note that pads in your shoes can help soften the impact when walking when you have plantar fasciitis.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

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Article Sources
  • Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis). American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. https://www.acfas.org/footankleinfo/heel-pain.htm.
  • Plantar Fasciitis. American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. http://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/conditions/ailments-of-the-heel/Pages/Plantar-Fasciitis.aspx.