An All-Day Shoe
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
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.
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.