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Kuru Chicane Light Duty Hiking Shoe

Have you ever wondered why hiking boot manufacturers put such cheap foot beds in their boots? I pay $230 for every pair of Asolo TPS 520s I buy, and after that I still need to purchase a $35 pair of Superfeet Green foot beds to properly support my heels and arches and prevent plantar fasciitis.

Kuru Chicane Shoes

Kuru Chicane Shoes

So I was pleased when I discovered a new company called Kuru Footware that has just released a new light hiking shoe called the Chicane. This shoe includes the most advanced and well thought out foot bed system of any shoe I’ve ever owned. The system is called a HeelKradl and includes a heal stabilizer and reinforced arch support that are built right into the shoe’s foot bed. A removable foam sock liner sits on top of this layer that has additional padding under the heel and ball of the foot.

This shoe is also very cool looking. It uses a softshell, highly breatheable fabric that helps reduce the amount of sweat retained in your shoe while hiking.The sole is sticky rubber that grips well on rock scrambles but each shoe in a size 9.5 US only weighs 14.6 oz. I’ve taken to wearing these every day, rain, snow or shine.

Sizing is a bit small. I normally wear a size 9 hiking boot, but a size 9.5 Kuru fits me best.

Disclosure: Kuru provided SectionHiker with a complementary pair of shoes for this review.

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7 Responses to Kuru Chicane Light Duty Hiking Shoe

  1. Jolly Green Giant January 25, 2009 at 3:26 pm #

    If you purchase this shoe, rate it on your site and let us know how it works out as your initial report is intriguing. I wore Asolo's for a long time until I got tired of the weight and poor ventilation. I now wear Inov-8's which are extrodinarily light and breathe well, but I worry about long-term durability since they are so lightly built. Truth be told, I haven't found the perfect hiking shoe yet (I don't use "boots" as I've found them to be too restrictive and too heavy which fatigue my feet more than they'd help it).

  2. Earlylite January 26, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    I actually already have a pair. Everything reviewed on my site is experiential. Maybe I should emphasize that more.

  3. ChaiG February 2, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    Good to know (re: experiential), Still, would like a follow up in say 3-6 months. I'm curious how well it wears too. If they're somewhat durable, I'd definitely buy a pair.

  4. David D. from the Up November 9, 2009 at 11:00 am #


    What type of socks to you wear with those shoes?  Light hikers?

    – David

  5. Earlylite November 9, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    White crew socks. I mainly wear these during the day at work or when I'm driving. The foot bed support really is exceptional.

  6. Dug Shelby December 8, 2010 at 8:33 pm #


    These look intriguing and I haven't seen them before. Do you think, in your estimation, that they would be sufficient to wear on a long distance hike such as the PCT? Would they stand up to the daily high mileage, harsh terrain, and stress under pack weight? (pack weight being 35lbs at most).



  7. Earlylite December 11, 2010 at 6:14 pm #

    Get yourself a pair of inov-8 roclites instead. Much more comfortable and breathable.

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