Kuru Footwear Trail Shoes Review

Kuru Footwear Chicane Trail Shoes

At first glance of the Kuru Footwear website, I thought the shoes were very unique looking.  I was instantly intrigued.  Turns out that Kuru has developed a revolutionary technology to create the “World’s Most Anatomical Midsole” for active footwear and walking shoes.  With the intelligence of Podiatrists and Physical Therapists, they were able to combine the support of custom orthotics along with space-age materials resulting in the ultimate comfort shoe. Product was received for review purposes and this post may contain affiliate links.


The KuruSole™ chassis was specially invented to create a cushion-y heel pocket that literally molds to your foot, instead of other flat insoles that provide little to no support and can result in an uncomfortable shoe – and even injury.  The fat pad that we have under our heel bone works as a shock absorber for our whole body.  The Kuru shoe works with this fat pad by protecting it with their secret HeelKradl™.  The HeelKradl™ flexes inward with each step, which creates a cupping action to keep that fat pad under your heel instead of squishing it on flat insoles like typical shoes.

Impressed yet?

kuru chicane

Well, I got to see for myself with my new Kuru Chicane trail shoes.  The Chicane won the best trail shoe in the 2011 About.com Reader’s Choice awards!  It has some impressive features, like:  A fully gusseted tongue which keeps out debris, water and dust, a unique lacing system that wraps the webbing around the foot so it fits like a sock, moisture-wicking liners, large lugs for excellent traction,  and much more!

swallow cliff

Since spring is just around the corner I look forward to heading to our favorite hiking trails at Swallow Cliff!  Also known as “the stairs”, Swallow Cliff is a popular place to work out around here.  My sister and I like to do the stairs just once or twice and then head to the trails.  My Chicanes will get a great test there, but for now I have been trying them out on daily tasks.  I definitely notice less impact on my heels.  At first I did not like the way they felt in the arch area, but I can already feel them forming to my feet more.  The more I wear them, the more comfortable that they get.  I love the way they look, too!  They are different, but I think they are sharp.


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  1. Shoes!?
    Oh, you KNOW I can’t wait 😀

  2. Looks like a nice pair of shoes.

  3. I love the look of those shoes! I really need a great pair for hiking this summer! That trail looks gorgeous!

  4. Nicole Strunk says:

    I love these! They have some really cute unique shoes! Thanks for introducing me….. I always need more shoes!!

  5. Nancy Brumfield says:

    These sound like super comfy shoes!

  6. Shelly Sawicki Lash Neuhouser says:

    These sound great, thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Great review! Makes me want to try a pair!!

  8. Lauren Rasor says:

    Super Cute

  9. They look very comfortable and cute.

  10. These shoes sound amazing! Love how its mixes fashion and function!

  11. These look so supportive! I’m on my feet all day and these would make my life so much more comfortable.

  12. I like that it has the technology to help keep the fat pads of your feet where they belong. It helps against plantar fasciitis that way.

  13. Evelyn Goettner says:

    These look and sound so comfy yet fashionable!

  14. Please, please let me win these. I have bad feet with orthotics and I need some variety 🙂

  15. Always looking for a comfortable shoe and these look great!

  16. Jennifer Speed says:

    maybe if I win I’ll go hiking and see how they work

  17. Sharon Rooney says:

    These sound really comfortable. I am always looking for comfortable shoes. They are really cute too

  18. These shoes sound very cool. It’s not uncommon for my heels to hurt after a long day of standing or walking, so I’d love to try these!

  19. Iliana Reyes says:

    I love the colors on the shoes and they look soo comfy!

  20. tami husak says:

    boy do they sound comfy

  21. Janelle Prentice says:

    What cute shoes! I’d love to try these out- my running shoes are totally done in!

  22. I’m always looking for a more comfortable pair of shoes and would love to give these a try.

  23. I love the way these look, and I think it’s amazing that they sound so comfy. Thanks for the view…I will be looking for these!

  24. Mikki Tuohy says:

    These shoes are adorable! I would love to have them for my workouts.

  25. These are so cool! I love that that are asymmetrical!


  26. Danielle Davis/Grady says:

    I love these shoes & they look so comfy!
    Thanks for the review!

  27. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I need the cushioning ; hope to win

  28. Matt Ferrell says:

    nice review and shoes!

  29. These shoes look awesome!

  30. Nice review! Interesting to know that they worked with Podiatrists and Physical Therapists to make the shoe both bit correctly and comfortably. Nice pic’s too.

  31. We have lots of trails at a park near our home, so these would be great. I’ve been looking for trail shoes and it’s nice to know these won a reader’s choice award.

  32. Kuru are nice looking shoes! I like these shoes because they have the support that is needed for people who walk. I am a walker and I need a good shoe to support me! Kuru shoes do the job!

  33. jean carlisle says:

    I love the colors and they look so comfortable!

  34. Carrie Phelps says:

    They look comfy & I would love a pair of hiking shoes as I’m going to start hiking with my four year old grandson this year. Thanks!

  35. wow! these shoes look like they have so much science in them! hope i win the giveaway to try them out..i have such bad feet! 🙂

  36. They look amazing for working out in! I’d love a pair!

  37. I love the look of the Kuru shoes. Nobody else wouls have them. Very original!

  38. Somehow my hiking shoes have become too big for me…these look great and I love the trail pictures, hope I win!

  39. tamatha hunter says:

    would love to check them out

  40. These look so cool. I love the unique design

  41. They look comfy and sound like great shoes.

  42. Seriously need good walking shoes! These look like the ones!

  43. I love the look of these shoes! Thanks so much for the review, hubby and I are hoping to start hiking soon (he’s wanted to for the past year) so I really need to find a good pair of shoes.. these sound perfect.

  44. Barbara R. says:

    I walk everyday for my program plus 4-5 times walking the dog. I had never heard of these shoes. I am interested in the secret HeelKradl. I think that there will be less impact on my heels. They sound perfect for me, as I wear out a pair rather quickly.

  45. They look very practical. I could use a pair of durable shoes! 😀

  46. Deb Hornick Gotham says:

    These sound like great shoes 🙂

  47. Russell Moore says:

    Interesting look; I kind of like it.

  48. Now that’s my kind of shoe!

  49. Great review! These are a really cute pair that you tried out too. I’m excited that Spring is so near b/c we live in Oregon & we have limitless trails & hiking/walking areas & our son is almost 3, so now is a great time to get serious with my footwear! Thank you for the chance to win!

  50. Styling is really different. I like it!

  51. elven johnson says:

    I love how the lacing is done. Very diff.

  52. crystal lane says:

    They look very comfortable.

  53. This is a very smart looking shoe. Would definitely love to win a pair.

  54. The shoes look very comfortable! Thanks for the chance to win a pair!

  55. Ron Casteel says:

    I like the style you tried also the cushion in the the heel is a plus looks comfortable

  56. Missy Lynnh says:

    Those look SO comfy and the colors are perfect! Love them!

  57. Deidra Bigham says:

    I’m definitely going to be checking out their website because I’m sold on the heel pocket that molds to your foot.

  58. Amanda Alvarado says:

    Forget the hiking! These would be great for me to wear at work! I am on my feet just about all day and finding good shoes with support is hard without having to spend a small fortune on a good inserts!

  59. These Kuru shoes like they are just the answer for my daughter’s feet! In her free time from graduate school, she’s enjoyed hiking in AZ. From the heal protection to the moisture wicking liners, they seem like they would be a perfect fit for her!

  60. Suzanne B. says:

    Love the cushion-y heel pocket. That is just what I need. I really walk hard on my heels.

  61. BlackAsphodel says:

    I think they look very unique and classy! And who doesn’t want shoes that protect your feet? 😉

  62. Jaimee Sorensen says:

    Those shoes look great-I have been trying ot find a good shoe for walking around town or trails!

  63. Julie Lynn Bickham says:

    This look so comfy, would love to try these.

  64. Kim Allmon says:

    They sound like the perfect shoe. I’ve found that since I’ve lost weight, my current shoes don’t provide enough protection/padding for me…these seem like they would fit the bill! I’ve got a lot of places where I live where I can use these, too. Thanks for your review!

  65. I really like the looks of these shoes!

  66. Heather Bridson says:

    These look great!!

  67. I like them but my favorite is their Aalto Chukkas. Thanks for the review.

  68. I’ve never heard of Kuru before, but they do seem to appear more logistically designed for our feet. Maybe my next running shoe??

  69. I could really use a good pair of shoes like this!

  70. Thank you for the chance to win shoes that mold to my feet.

  71. These look really awesome…I wear Birkenstocks all the time because of their footbed…but they really are not made for hiking and my tennis shoes kill my feet…..thanks for the review and for the giveaway!

  72. Debbie Welchert says:

    These look and sound like the kind of shoe I need. My heels are so sore all of the time. Sounds like these would help.

  73. I could definitely use a pair of good hiking shoes! I love hiking and my current shoes are really old and worn out.

  74. I love the look of these shoes, and they have the world’s best anatomical insoles too? SOLD! Even if I don’t win this giveaway I plan on buying some next time I need new shoes! (I love sneakers – I’m a sneakers gal, no Jimmy Choo heels for me!)

  75. Rachel Robertson (Azrael) says:

    Nice review, I’ve been wearing Vasque and Merrel, but am almost ready for a new pair 😉

  76. Woohooooo thank you for this chance!!!

  77. I think these shoes look awesome and I love reading a “real” person’s evaluation of them.

  78. I like the very cool design, and they look very comfy! Great review…

  79. Sara Logan says:

    They look very comfortable! That is important to me

  80. I like the shoes they are nice and look good with jeans or for those long walks. Thanks

  81. Debbie Trammell says:

    Wow what an awesome review. Thank u for that. If I had a job I wld definitely give these a try based on ur review. Thanks again.

  82. Michelle Macaluso says:

    These look so comfortable! I really need some new shoes for walking and working out. And they are super cute too!


  83. Vicki Chrzanowski says:

    I have a difficult time finding closed toed shoes, I live 90% of the time in sandals in Florida, but I spend about 3 months in Michigan where I need better shoes. This sound like the shoes I may need

  84. Cheryl Free says:

    These are some smart looking shoes! I love shoes that are comfortable ヅ

  85. Devona Fryer says:

    They are very unique looking.

  86. Danielle Papsis says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  87. Gladys Parker says:

    What a sweet pair of shoes! Thanks for the review! My son would love these shoes more than I do (and that is a lot.) He has such pain in his feet after just walking, these are like what the Podiatrist suggested for him.
    Gladys P

  88. Shannon Gallagher says:

    I think I would love the cushion-y HeelKradl in these shoes!!

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  89. Tracy Juliano says:

    I love that these are well padded. That makes all the difference.

  90. These look super comfortable! Hope I win!
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  91. Trying to get back in shape… these would really help!!! Thanks for the chance….

  92. These seem super comfy! I’ve had issues with my heel before so I think these would be great for me! Thanks so much for the review and giveaway!


  93. Timothy Sternberg says:

    I love that these are well padded.

  94. These look great, I really could use a new pair of walking shoes. Mine are over 6 years old!

  95. I had never heard of this brand before. They definitely sound as if they would be worth trying.

  96. ericka coello says:

    they are a unique design, they look very comfortable

  97. Love the shoes and what a wonderful place to go to exercise

  98. Rachel Buiten Rohde says:

    I love the shoes! 🙂

  99. Azslyn Cole says:

    These shoes look very comfortable

  100. Love the shoes! Thanks for the opportunity!

  101. love the review, now I need these shoes lol.

  102. I would love to try these, I need comfortable shoes!!
    Thanks for the review 🙂

  103. Clare Blakeslee Toll says:

    I hope I win these shoes! My feet are terrible!

  104. Linda Henderson says:

    These look like great shoes, I’d love to try them out.

  105. these look awesome..would love to win these. but I would need a 10 wide.


  106. These look super cool. I am a shoe lover 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway

  107. I’ve never heard of this brand, but they look awesome! Thanks for a great review!

  108. Thanks for the great review. I like the looks of them. My husband truly has problems with his feet now that he is getting older. These might be great for him.

  109. Enjoyed your review. I think their shoes look very comfortable. Thank you for this awesome giveaway. 🙂

  110. I love how lightweight they look. For someone with extreme fatigue due to illness this would be great not to LUG heavy footwear around under you. Some tennies are extremely heavy. The other point I would love is that the cushioning should provide some great shock absorbing capability, which would mean a lot of pain relief for those with back injury. My spine is a mess after being tangled up with a semi many years ago…good shoes are REALLY important for good back health and posture. I will have to see about any endorsements by foot docs? Thanks for showing us some cool shoes. Most would never have heard of them without the reviews.

  111. My wife loves these shoes.

  112. I’m going through the grand canyon this sprung and could really use something this awesome! 😀

  113. sandy weinstein says:

    i saw these recently in a dept store, think belk’s, and really liked them…the heel looks very supportive as well as the toe pad area.

  114. kathy pease says:

    i love these shoes they look light and comfy..I hate shoes that are heavy and drag you down

  115. I’d love to try the walking shoes!

  116. Those are cute shoes So many trail shoes look like something my brother would wear, just smaller and with a pink stripe….

  117. These shoes are so cute! I especially love the colors!

  118. I love how they look. What an interesting way to lace shoes! Would love to try these.

  119. i think the HeelKradl™ sounds nice.

  120. Linda Kwolek says:

    This sounds like it would feel comfortable with my bone spur problem.

  121. I think these are really neat. Love that they are designed well for feet comfort

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  122. MeLisa White says:

    These looks so comfy!!!

  123. Barbara Blanton says:

    I love going hiking with my family but I work 12-16 hours days at work(at my local hospital) and I am on my feet the majority of the time. I love how the shoes seem to be comfortable and molds to your feet I could use these!

  124. Aranda Gibbs says:

    These are really cute and comfy 🙂

  125. Vicky Carlson says:

    I walk everywhere and don’t own a car. These look like they would be awesome to walk in and love the self molding chassis and the shock absorbing heels. 🙂

  126. I have never heard of these shoes before and so thankful to check them out. Even if I dont win I am going to look into these more

  127. Jennifer Hiles says:

    Hmm,maybe a new pair of shoes will motivate me to exercise! 10 months post birth and I can’t drop a darn lb to save my life! So frustrating. These shoes look pretty awesome though.

  128. these shoes look very comfortable!


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