Kuru Insight Walking Shoe Review

Comfort and Support

Kuru Insight
Kuru Insight. Wendy Bumgardner ©

Note: This shoe model 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.

Manufacturer's Site

Kuru Insight shoes are 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 flatten the sole.

It helps you make the most of your natural foot cushioning. They have an orthotic HeelKradl™ to fit well around the heel. I appreciated the design, which fit my wide foot very well and didn't irritate my bunion. The Kuru Insight comes in both men's and women's versions.

An All-Day Shoe

The Kuru Insight has proven to be a very good all-day shoe for me 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 I like, but most people would consider them to be an average weight for a comfort shoe.
  • Flexibility: The Kuru Insight has good forefoot flexibility, making them 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.
  • Fit: The lacing system is OK, I used some extra knots and tricks to ensure that I didn't get too much tightening over the forefoot. I was able to get good heel retention through lacing.
  • Width: The toe box is generously sized. I have trouble with a bunion and have had zero pain with these shoes. They come only in a medium width, but I think they would work well for many people who need a wide shoe.
  • Cushioning: The shoes feel well-cushioned, especially at heel strike.

Style and Color

I was interested in a shoe that I could wear in a casual office setting that would work for fitness walking during breaks and lunch and that would also work well for those who walk to work or school. I think the style of the Insight works great for those purposes. They should also be a great travel shoe.

The come in black, brown, white and white/gray. Dull colors, but I really like my black pair for wearing in my office situation and for travel. Other Kuru styles come in a variety of bold and fun colors.

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

I am very pleased with the Kuru Insight shoes and am wearing them daily through the winter months as my office/commute shoes. It is rare that I receive a pair of shoes from a manufacturer that I can say that about.

Kudos to Kuru.

While I would probably choose sandals as my travel/touring shoes in summer, I think the Kurus would be great to take along for travel in wet/cold seasons.

I'm always a skeptic about claims about great sole technology and how they might help those with plantar fasciitis. But in the case of the Kuru shoes, I can feel the difference in support and cushioning at the heel and I think their design can relieve some of the stresses that lead to plantar fasciitis.

Manufacturer's Site

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