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Traveling In My Kuru Shoes

2009/11/05by Donna Hull

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Hiking on Kodiak Island, Alaska

Baby boomer travelers, are you looking for a pair of comfortable shoes that are suitable for hiking, yet easy to pack? Well, look no more. I have just the shoe for you.

When the folks at Kuru asked me to try out a pair of their Kuru Womens Shoes, I knew I’d found my lightweight hiking shoes to bring along on our Vancouver to Singapore cruise. I chose the “Chicane” style in a brown color (Java) with turquoise lacing. The look of the asymmetrical lacing system, meant to follow the top line of my foot, took some getting used to; but I appreciated the secure fit it provided. The collapsible uppers made the shoes especially easy to pack.

Although my Kuru shoes felt light as a feather on my feet, they provided the sturdiness that I needed when I hiked on Kodiak Island in Alaska. I liked the way the soles gripped the slippery surface at Nalychevo Nature Park on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. And in rainy Juneau, the water beaded up on the surface of my Kurus, proving their water resistance.

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No wet feet for me on a rainy day in Juneau, Alaska

What makes Kuru shoes different from their competitors? According to the Kuru website, Kuru shoes are designed with an ergonomic and anatomically correct active midsole. The patent-pending technology custom molds to your feet providing orthotic quality support. “The thermoplastic HeelKradl™ orthotic keeps the fat pad where nature intended, under the heel bone and reinforced to support the arch.”

What do other hikers and travelers think about Kuru shoes? Check out these reviews:
SectionHiker.com
The Adventure Blog
Mom Most Traveled
Gear Diary

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Resting with my Kurus near a smoking volcano in Russia

 

 

Would you like to win a pair of Kurus? Post a comment after this post telling me where you would hike in your Kurus for a chance to win a pair of Slipstream, Draft or Rapid models of Kuru shoes. Please include your email for contact purposes. Contest ends on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 11:00 p.m. Arizona Mountain Standard Time. Winner will be announced as soon as possible after Monday, November 16, 2009. Remember, according to my general contest rules, the winner must be a U.S. resident and respond within 48 hours of receiving the notification email, or I chose another winner.

Disclosure: Kuru Footwear provided a pair of shoes for me to try; however, they did not pay me to write this post.

UPDATE: November 13, 2009. This contest has expired. As soon as the winner acknowledges receipt of my email, I’ll make the announcement.



A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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devnzac November 12, 2009 at 9:00 pm

We live in the foothills of the Sierras. We are blessed with many wonderful places to hike.. all year round. what is even more weird is that kuru is the name of our almost 4 year old black lab and my boyfriends old band. ;-)

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redfantum November 12, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Hubby wants to hit the Grand Canyon again. These look like just the ticket.

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lilshuga2001 November 12, 2009 at 11:11 pm

I would take them to the Trails in Seattle!!

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nesta67 November 12, 2009 at 11:17 pm

I would hike in Itasca State Park.

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Swtlilchick November 12, 2009 at 11:40 pm

I would go hiking with my Kuru's in the Blue Ridge Mountains.There are beautiful trails there and the scenery is breathtaking.It is a serene place to go and find peace

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Swtlilchick November 12, 2009 at 11:40 pm

I would go hiking with my Kuru's in the Blue Ridge Mountains.There are beautiful trails there and the scenery is breathtaking.It is a serene place to go and find peace

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gkran November 12, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Split rock!

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Aisling November 13, 2009 at 12:40 am

We're hoping for a trip to Germany next year and I'd have plenty of opportunity to really test these shoes out. In the meantime, however, I'd probably wear them whenever I was going to be doing some walking (like the shopping mall at this time of year).

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Anonymous November 13, 2009 at 6:11 am

I would hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. garrettsambo@aol.com

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reallycool31 November 13, 2009 at 1:56 am

I'm considering a trip to Colorado or Wyoming and would love to wear them while hiking through the mountains.

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KEVEN November 13, 2009 at 2:56 am

THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN A GREAT PAIR OF WALKING SHOES AND THAK YOU kuru FOR THE EXTRA EFFORT…

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devnzac November 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

We live in the foothills of the Sierras. We are blessed with many wonderful places to hike.. all year round. what is even more weird is that kuru is the name of our almost 4 year old black lab and my boyfriends old band. ;-)

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Anonymous November 13, 2009 at 9:15 am

I would hike in Europe in my Kurus.

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redfantum November 13, 2009 at 4:41 am

Hubby wants to hit the Grand Canyon again. These look like just the ticket.

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DanV November 13, 2009 at 4:55 am

I'd like to hike in Yosemite

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lilshuga2001 November 13, 2009 at 5:11 am

I would take them to the Trails in Seattle!!

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nesta67 November 13, 2009 at 5:17 am

I would hike in Itasca State Park.

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lilyk November 13, 2009 at 5:38 am

I would like to hike in Kurus in Europe.

lilyk@mail2world.com

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Swtlilchick November 13, 2009 at 5:40 am

I would go hiking with my Kuru's in the Blue Ridge Mountains.There are beautiful trails there and the scenery is breathtaking.It is a serene place to go and find peace

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heather c November 13, 2009 at 5:47 am

I think these would be great while hiking in Ireland. Pretty wet over there!

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gkran November 13, 2009 at 5:59 am

Split rock!

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nenieves May 26, 2010 at 12:51 am

A GREAT PAIN OF SHOES FOR MY WIFE

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Petert9 July 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I recently purchased a pair of Kuru shoes size 13 . . . tried them out in my bedroom (hardwood floor) for 5 minutes and found them too big . . . sent them back to the company to exchange for a size 12 and they told me they couldn’t exchange them because they were worn . . . what a rip-off . . . what out for these guys!

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Donna Hull
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July 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Sorry you had this experience. I found that Kurus run big. Since I have a narrow foot, I have to wear two pairs of socks with them.

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Eleanor Roberts May 1, 2013 at 10:41 am

My husband and I are planning an around the world retirement trip. I would like to wear these shoes everywhere we go but especially for hiking in Nepal, touring Petra, hiking in New Zealand and hiking the Inca Trail. Thanks.

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Donna Hull
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May 2, 2013 at 8:12 am

Thanks for commenting, Eleanor. Unfortunately, this contest expired in 2009. However, we will be hosting a Pinterest contest to win a pair of Kuru shoes beginning 05.03.2013. Please check back for details.
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Lindsey July 4, 2013 at 11:12 am

I love Kuru shoes, just got my first pair a couple weeks ago and went hiking and didn’t get my shin splits! It was so nice not to be in pain after the hike.

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