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.
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.