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Published on October 6th, 2023 | by Kirsten Borrink


Kuru Atom Fitness Shoe Review : Tina Finds Relief for Plantar Fasciitis

Kuru Atom

Kuru Atom

This review of the Kuru Atom is sponsored by Kuru Footwear. The opinions are completely our own based on experience.

Our friend Tina reviews the Kuru Atom fitness shoe:

Thanks so much for letting me try these shoes. I’m in love. I will definitely be buying another pair when these are worn out. My new Kuru Atom shoes were comfortable right out of the box. Never did I feel like I was “breaking them in.”

Kuru Atom

Kuru Atom

Putting the Atom to the test. Over the course of two weeks I:

  • Took the dogs for ¾ – 2 miles walks four times.
  • Wore to Orange Theory Fitness four times (they are now my go-to OTF shoe).
  • Ran a bunch of errands.
  • Walked and walked around Nashville visiting my son.

The Kuru Atom provided relief for my problem feet:

  • I have plantar fasciitis and definitely feel the support and cushioning at the heel– almost like a cup under my heel area.
  • I LOVE that the eyelets/laces start behind the big toe knuckle. I have a bone spur on my left big toe knuckle and have had no pain with these shoes.
  • There’s plenty of cushioning for my neuroma spots that can cause me pain and numbness. The toe box is perfect; not too wide, not too narrow.
Kuru Atom

Kuru Atom

I love the styling:

  • When your 27 year-old Orange Theory coach/firefighter stops you in the middle of your floor routine to ask if you got new shoes, asks what kind they are and if you like them, you know they are COOL! Seriously, this happened.
  • When you visit your 19 year-old at college in Nashville and he comments on your new shoes in the first 5 minutes of getting there, you know they are COOL!
  • The minimalist styling is similar to Allbirds Tree Dasher, but with more support and stability.
  • I can wear these sockless as the uppers are soft and breathable.

Kuru Atom

KURU, please change one easy peasy thing:

The laces! I almost feel bad saying this because I love this shoe, but they really are annoying. Every time I walked the dog they would come untied. It also happened during a work out so I am forced to double tie. Still, I had to stop and untie and retie because the laces came too loose. My husband thinks I am reverting back to my childhood and need shoe-tying lessons again. HOWEVER, I disagree. I’m not sure why this happens…perhaps the round laces?? For now I will buy new laces and see if that helps.

A few more observations to help you decide if the Kuru Atom is for you:

  • The Atom is fairly flexible at the forefoot. If you have hallux limitus/rigidus, it may be too flexible for you (see photo at right).
  • The heel to toe drop is 8mm.
  • True to size and width.
  • Made in the USA

The Kuru Atom performance shoe is available in whole and half sizes 5-12, medium and wide widths for $150 with free shipping and returns/exchanges (for 45 days) from

Kuru Atom outsole

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5 Responses to Kuru Atom Fitness Shoe Review : Tina Finds Relief for Plantar Fasciitis

  1. Shari D. says:

    I tried Kuru. I wished they had worked for my PF. Unfortunately, I had purchased them on eBay and couldn’t return them. They’re just too “soft” and did not provide the arch support and stiff bottom that I need to keep my feet from getting achy.

  2. Joan says:

    Hello – I keep trying to find shoes (or sandals) for Hamertoes. They all tend to cut across the “raised” toe, so I have to puta band-aid over certain spots?

  3. Kirsten Borrink says:

    I have hammertoes too and have had luck with the Kuru Score. It’s easy to slip on, has good support and the knit upper stretches to accommodate hammertoes.

  4. Rebecca Pipes says:

    I have a pair of the Quantums, I love them. I have narrow feet, so they get laced up, have big o’ bows LOL. I did have to break them in, I got them last Spring when I developed bilateral plantar fasciitis. But now they are awesome. I have been thinking about getting this style too. Thanks for the review, it’s extremely helpful. Also, just want to say how much I enjoy this blog, it’s a life saver.

  5. Denise says:

    I am on my first pair of Kurus, and on Black Friday, I bought a lighter pair for spring and summer. The relief has been incredible for my bunions and overall foot discomfort I was experiencing. Even though I was wearing wides with ASICS, they were too tight. I got a wide shoe here and it’s plenty big. I think I could get away with a regular width, but not gonna risk it. BTW, I 100% agree about the shoe laces failing to stay tied and I resort to double tying, too. When I forget, I have to retie after only a block or so with the dogs.

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