The Best Shoes For Nurses Reviewed & Compared

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When working in a career field that requires you to be on your feet all day long–sometimes literally–finding the perfect pair of shoes becomes essential. This is especially the case for nurses, who are not only upright for twelve plus hours at a time but who are devoting their hours to pushing, pulling, lifting, running, and giving it their all. When you’re working this hard, healthy feet are among your most important assets.  For this reason, shoes worn for nursing must be able to provide a sufficient amount of long-term support, comfort, and overall stability. Nowadays, there are many different choices that are currently available on the market, found in shoe stores and even online.

Shoes should fit the width of your feet well while also providing ample arch support, not just for the health of your feet but for the wellbeing of your spine and hips. Paying attention to these two factors can make a world of difference in terms of prolonged comfort, as well as injury prevention. This guide highlights a few of the best options for comfortable shoes which will meet the high-performance standards of the nursing environment.

Last Updated: August 17, 2018
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By Mark Smith:

We have updated this guide with a few proven picks for being on your feet for extended periods of time, including models fro Alegria and New Balance. 07/04/2018 In this update we've added two new shoes to the list, the SoftWalks and the Nurse Mates. Links and information have been edited for accuracy and readability. 8/17/18 This time around we made sure that our FAQ were applicable, helpful, and informative. We want to make sure the questions we are answering are the ones you are asking. We also went through and tightened up our definative criteria so that the information is as straightforward while still elaborating properly on our process.

Dansko  Professional Mule
  • Dansko Professional Mule
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Leather reinforced uppers
  • Non-slip polyurethrane sole
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Skechers Sport - Loving Life
  • Skechers Sport - Loving Life
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Memory foam insole
  • Breathable mesh uppers
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Nurse Mates Dove
  • Nurse Mates Dove
  • 4 out of 5
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  • Removable EVA insole
  • Stain resistant leather uppers
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The Best Shoes for Nurses

Dansko Professional Mule

Dansko  Professional Mule
Dansko is the next brand that is worth trying, especially if you’re a nurse. This model is a hit among the customers .This is the next clog on our list but this one is more fashionable than the others. If we had to decide, we would go to buy them in the store immediately. Check the features of these shoes.
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Comfort / fit
There’s padded instep collar for boosting the comfort while walking. PU foam footbed is really breathable and helps to regulate the temperature and your feet don’t sweat too much. People say that their muscles and tendons are less fatigued after wearing Dansko.

Support and stability
There’s special PU outsole and there’s also rocker bottom to provide more stability and it’s very easy for these shoes to absorb the shock. To boost the stability in these shoes, producer offers wide heel strike. If you’re going to walk or stand in these shoes all day, you need great arch support which Dansko provides.

Quality and price
These shoes are very easy to clean. All you need to use soapy damp sponge to remove all the dirt. Remember to not saturate the leather. These are one of the most expensive shoes on our list. However, we think that this quality and comfort are worth these money.

Style
These shoes are available in some many colors and it’s fantastic because you can add something extraordinary to your nursing clothes. These height of the heel really depends on the size you choose but it makes your legs look better but still comfortable.

Skechers Sport - Loving Life

Known for comfort and style, it would be a bit of a surprise if Skechers didn’t have a shoe on this list. The Skechers Sport Foam Sneaker is a shoe that can fit many roles, including nursing. When it comes to spending most of your days on your feet, this shoe is often shared as a good choice. Let’s take a look at some of its features.
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Comfort

The comfort of these shoes is owed to the lightweight construction and memory foam insole. Additionally, the FlexSole midsole aids greatly in making these shoes comfortable enough for all day wear. The mesh upper also lightens these shoes up and helps to keep your feet cool and comfortable.

Breathability

The primarily mesh upper provides a god amount of airflow and ventilation. This makes these shoes a good choice nursing jobs, even in warm conditions.

Style

The Skechers Sport Foam Sneakers are good for both casual wear or work attire. This style is perfect for those in the nursing fields because of its ability to provide incredible comfort and support. Their style is sporty, yet conservative enough for a medical environment.

Durability

These sneakers are built mostly of memory foam, mesh and other synthetic materials, all of which have been assembled well in a sturdy and good looking design, providing long lasting durability.

Support

These shoes have good shock absorption, suitable enough for a 12 hour shift on your feet. Also, the memory foam insole supplies long lasting comfort for prolonged activities.

Stability

The sole of this shoe flares out slightly, adding an extra bit of stability. Additionally, the bungee securing laces are attached to lower part of the upper, which is made of a stronger synthetic material.

These are fairly inexpensive shoes. The comfort that they offer for prolonged periods of time spent active makes them a worthy investment.
Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Memory foam sole allows comfort for prolonged standing.
  • Breathable mesh upper
Cons
  • Sizing runs a bit small

Nurse Mates Dove

Nurse Mates Dove
The Nurse Mates Dove shoes were made with nurses in mind, sporting a clean, stain resistant white finish and heavy cushioning. They aren’t the most fashionable looking slip-ons, but they are a smart choice for those looking for a basic work shoe.
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Comfort/Fit
These shoes have thick EVA cushioning that is easy to remove and replace, and are ultra light. The collars are padded and the elastic edges make them easy to slip on and off. Most find them to be true to size but those with wider feet may want to try a half size larger.

Support and Stability
With steel shanks built in, these are great for those who need more arch support. They are non-slip and super lightweight, keeping you on your feet without the fatigue.

Quality and Price
A little pricey, especially for those who might still be in school, but pretty average when compared with other shoes on our list. For the wear you’ll be getting, they’re worth the initial cost.

Style
These shoes are a great choice for those needing a plain white design while working in clinic, but they also don’t have any other options to choose from besides black. There is a small heart design on the side which adds a nice touch, but overall these probably won’t appeal to people looking for a little more flair.
Pros
  • Slip on
  • Lightweight
  • Stain resistant
  • Rubber non-slip
  • EVA cushioning
  • Plain white design great for clinic work
Cons
  • May be prone to cracking and fading
  • Plain design and limited colors
  • Narrow for those with wider feet

Alegria Women's Keli Professional Shoe

Alegria Women's Keli Professional Shoe
Alegria has been designed stylish and comfortable shoes for more than twenty years. They’ve been a great hit with nurses and other professionals who spend a lot of time on their feet. The Keli professional shoe demonstrates the company’s dedication to quality, comfort, and style.
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Comfort / fit
The Keli professional shoe uses the Alegria footbed. This footbed is used by the company for all their shoes. It consists of an outside rocker that cradles a cork and polyurethane layer. Above that is a memory foam pad which is under a leather sole. This makes for a highly slip resistant (and squeakless) and well-cushioned shoe. They do run quite small, and you might have to order a whole size bigger than usual. The toe box is pretty strict and may not work if your toes are longer than usual.

Support and Stability
This shoe is a great choice for anyone suffering from plantar fasciitis. The Alegria footbed provides stability from right out of the box. If you have specialized orthotics, you can easily remove it and swap in your own if the footbed doesn’t work for you.

Quality and Price
These are very well made shoes. They’ll last you a long time even with frequent use. They are fairly expensive, though many users say that you’re getting what you pay for.

Style
These are nice shoes that look professional but still have personality. They are available in a number of patterns and even the darker colors have a slight shimmer to them. You can find them in subdued black patterns or vivid bursts of color. Even the brightest pattern still have a professional look.

Pros

·         No slip, no squeak sole

·         Very comfortable footbed that helps with plantar fasciitis and other issues

·         Fun yet professional style with lots of color options

Cons

• Expensive
• Run small

New Balance WX608v4 Training Shoe

New Balance WX608v4 Training Shoe
New Balance has been making reliably comfortable shoes for decades. All their shoes are made in the USA. Most people associate New Balance shoes with athletes, but the WX608v4 also provides the kind of support that nurses need.
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Comfort / Fit
As training shoes, the WX608v4 offers a lot of cushioning. The rubber AZORB sole also has compression resistance properties. It will help prevent your foot from absorbing all the force of its impact on the ground. This is great for runners, of course, but it is also helpful for nurses on shift who are constantly standing and moving.

For those with wide feet, these are simply great shoes. You’ll probably want to order them a half size bigger than normal to be sure there’s enough room for your toes. They fit well but are roomy enough to make sure you’re comfortable. There’s little to no need for a break-in period. The odd angle of the toe can cause a bit of rubbing issue for some users.

Support and Stability
This shoe has firmer support in the midsole for greater support. They provide a lot of support for those with plantar fasciitis and other issues. Lace your shoelaces through all the holes for even more support.

Quality and Price
Like most New Balance shoes, these hold up pretty well. Snow and water can cause problems with the sole staying on the shoe, however, and you may want to restrict these to indoor use. They’re reasonably priced for shoes that offer this kind of support.

Look
The WX608v4 comes in a number of colors. They have a tough yet cute style that's perfect for nurses. None of the color combinations are too vivid for a professional environment. You can choose for very subdued black-on-black or brighter pink-on-white. If you’re looking for sneaker-type shoes, these are a good choice.
Pros

• Great for those with wide feet, provided you order half a size up
• Great support for plantar fasciitis
• Impact absorbent sole

Cons

• Sole may come loose if often exposed to water

SoftWalk Grey’s Anatomy Meredith Clog

SoftWalk Grey’s Anatomy Meredith Clog
This is a shoe named and built with nurses in mind, bringing an array of essential features together in one affordable, stylish clog.
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Comfort/Fit
The insole is a dual-density footbed that is super cushioned for arch support and comfort. Most have reported these being true to size, and if you have wide or flat feet these are a great fit with wide specific sizes available.

Support and Stability
With a lightweight and well cushioned build, these shoes are easy to wear and will be sure to provide great grip with slip-resistant rubber soles.

Quality and Price
Compared to other shoes on this list, these clogs are pretty middle of the road. Some of the styles are cheaper and provide a fantastic value for the price. Although there are some complaints about the durability of the shoes themselves, they are made of good materials with leather casing and rubber soles.

Style
These are available in a huge variety of colors and patterns, as well as plain black and white. The trim separates the shoe at the lip for a little geometric flair.
Pros
  • Slip-resistant
  • Dual-density footbed
  • Lightweight
  • Great variety of colors
Cons
  • May be prone to peeling and cracking
  • Runs slightly small
  • Insole is not removeable

ASICS gel dedicate

ASICS gel dedicate
ASICS is not known only from making good quality running shoes but they also make nice shoes for those who need to walk or stand a lot of in the work. Don’t be surprised that they’re mostly intended for tennis players, they’re so comfortable that you can wear them all day and you don’t need to worry about the blisters. This combination of white and green looks great but it’s not the only feature of these shoes
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Comfort / fit
GEL Forefoot Cushioning is the thing that you really need if you have to walk for long hours. You have great amount of cushioning and you have still freedom of movement, the same as the tennis player. You won’t need to worry about the sweat as there are many little panels that boost the air flow and it makes shoes much more breathable.

Support and stability
These shoes are great when it comes to absorbing the shock. This helps to reduce muscle fatigue and you don’t feel so much pain even many hours of walking. There’s special plastic bridge in the these shoes. It helps you to feel more stable during the gait cycle. At the same time, you don’t lose the flexibility that is very needed in your job. There’s platform in the area of the heel and this is adored by some people. Great thing about this shoes is that they are perfect even on wet surfaces as they’re intended on the court.

Quality and price
The outer material is made of synthetic like the most of shoes. There’s however synthetic leather upper so we can say that these shoes are rather durable. The price is similar to Skechers D’Lites, it’s not a small one but you pay here for quality and comfort.

Look
The design of these shoes is very classical and that’s why they’re adored by many buyers. They have green accents which make them more extraordinary and they don’t look boring. Although the upper is white, the sole is grey with green elements so the dirt or any other staff isn’t visible very much on the sole.
Pros

They’re great if you’re afraid of slipping on different kinds of surfaces

The pricing is reasonable with this quality

These shoes provide full range of movement

Cons

There aren’t many sizes to choose from

Crocs Women’s Mercy Work Clog

Crocs Women’s Mercy Work Clog
Crocs have become pretty common nursing shoes. They’re easy to clean, inexpensive, and comfy. While Crocs have a famous (or infamous, depending on who you ask) look, their Crocs at Work collection has been designed to add more style and personality to it, while enhancing the comfort of nurses and other professionals who spend a lot of time standing or walking.
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Comfort / Fit
Crocs have been known for being ‘ugly but really comfy’ for a long time. These shoes are definitely comfortable. They offer a nice bit of cushion and are very lightweight. These shoes don't offer a lot of ventilation. They also have a tendency to squeak, but they are decently slip-resistant.

There are several differences from normal Crocs with the Mercy clog, however. They’re a bit narrower than most Crocs, though still wider than many other kinds of shoes. This means you might have to break them in if you have wider feet. Once that’s done, they should conform to your feet very well. Most users will find they offer plenty of room, especially if your feet tend to swell.

Support and Stability

These shoes offer a nice bit of stability and will help plantar fasciitis sufferers stand comfortably on their feet through their shift.

Quality and Price
The big selling point of these shoes is that they are easy to clean off while still being a bit stylish. They’ll hold up well even with a lot of use and abuse. They’re a great budget set of work shoes for those still in nursing school or just out of it.

Look
This shoes are a bit sleeker than your usual Crocs and don’t have that (in)famous ‘ugly but comfy’ Crocs look. They're available in four different colors: black, black with a gold leopard print design, white, and black with a silver floral design. The designs are restricted to a small part of the upper, so they still look very professional. They do retain a bit of the clunky Crocs look despite the sleeker styling, so if you're simply not a fan of Crocs, these aren't going to change your mind.
Pros

• Lightweight
• Inexpensive
• Roomy for most foot sizes

Cons

• Too narrow if you have wide feet
• Squeaky

Skechers Sport D'Lites

Skechers is the first brand that appears on our list but it won’t be the last time. Known for very comfortable shoes, is one of the most popular brands on the market. For nurses who are in move the whole day, this model will be perfect. They’re available in many versions when it comes to color so decision which one to take may be hard. Get to know why these shoes are in our top 3.
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Comfort / fit
If you need a real comfort, this shoe is for you. Special memory foam in the insole is excellent as you feel like walking on the clouds. There’s so much cushioning that these shoes also tend to make you a little bit higher. To make wearing more comfortable, the brand offers wide range of sizes.

Support and stability
These shoes have good traction. There’s excellent support on the outer sole of the shoe. They give a lot of support so your tendons and muscles are less fatigued during longer shifts. However, some people say that the arch support could be better. Ankle support is on high level- there are padded collar and tongue. The midsole is thick enough to absorb the shock very well.

Quality and price
This is definitely high quality product. The upper is mainly made from leather so the shoes are also quiet durable and they look nice. They hold up great even after many washes. Skechers aren’t the cheapest brand on the market but we can make sure that these shoes are worth every dollar.

Look
Well, if you look for good looking shoes, these were created especially for you. We know that there are a lot of people that aren’t the funs of clogs and that’s why we appreciate beautiful design of these sketchers. There are many color versions and you can easily find more neutral ones that look great with nursing clothes. There are contrast inlays which make these shoes even more stylish.
Pros

The shoes are perfect for people with wider feet

The rubber sole helps to avoid injuries

They are high quality shoes but they’re not very expensive at the same time

Cons

Some people say that the breathability could be better

Reebok Work N Cushion

Branded as shoes that are “designed to deliver all-day comfort and support”, Reebok’s Work N Cushion walking shoes have been primarily designed for the role of spending long periods of time on your feet. Let’s see what these shoes have to offer for the demanding duties found in nursing.
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Comfort / fit

As far as comfort goes, Reebok’s Work N Cushion receives mostly positive ratings. The leather upper combined with Reebok’s Kwik-Close design allow for a sturdy and more customizable fit, aiding in the overall comfort and fit of the shoe. This shoe has all of the features necessary to provide prolonged support and comfort, meeting the needs of the nursing professional.

Support and stability

Some of the stability and support from its sturdy leather upper and Reebok’s Kwik-Close lacing, which helps to provide a more custom fit. Additionally, the shoe features an oil and slip resistant sole for increased safety and stability, required for the medical setting.

Quality

This shoe’s sturdy construction comes mostly from its leather upper. Not an incredibly fancy shoe, the Work N Cushion works very well for what it was design to do, provide comfort and support when spending long periods of time on your feet. Going back a long time, Reebok has earned a good name for durability throughout many of their designs.
Pros
  • Designed for work environments such as nursing
  • Oil and slip resistant
  • Durable upper construction
Cons
  • Limited breathability due to the sturdier upper materials


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The Criteria Used When Finding The Best Shoes For Nursing

There are many features which can make a pair of shoes great, but when searching for something to use for a specific task, there are some attributes that are more important that others. When choosing a pair for nursing, style and aesthetics tend to take a backseat to other considerations such as comfort, support, stability and more.

Enough comfort for prolonged standing

As a nurse, you’ll be spending a majority of your shifts on your feet, and not just standing around either. The job requires constant movement back and forth between patients. Cushioning and support that lasts throughout the workday is an absolute must, as while on duty, the focus needs to be on the patients, not your sore feet.

Additionally, ignoring sore feet and continuing to wear footwear which may not be quite suitable for the task, can develop into painful foot problems down the road.

We look for things such as memory foam and other dense but giving materials. These tend to offer appropriate cushioning with the right combination of support and comfort.

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The Right kind of Support

Support is extremely important. Not only does it factor in with short-term comfort, it is the way a shoe works to allow prolonged standing without creating stress-related issues later on.

Footwear choices for this particular career field should be supportive but also maintain that support repeatedly on a reliable basis. Shoes with an ultra soft or squishy sole might feel great at first, but as the shift goes on that once cushy sole may compress. The shoe then becomes less supportive, with the material under your feet becoming squished into only a thin piece of foam.

There are many products which utilize memory foam, but with a more dense construction that will hold its form and maintain its provided support.

Are they protective enough?

Though nurses don’t need the same kind of foot protection that someone might need if they worked around heavy equipment, there are other environmental elements that their footwear should protect against. 

Footwear with an open toe is not only a bad choice, it is typically prohibited in this particular field. An upper made from nearly see-through mesh would not be a super great choice either. The nursing environment has its own set of risks to be aware of such as trip hazards, plenty of equipment to bump into, bodily fluids, and we can’t forget to mention the risk of bloodborne pathogens. All great reasons to have the appropriate type of upper construction in the chosen footwear.

 

Textiles are just fine, as long as they still provide a barrier between your feet and the possible risks. Leather and synthetics will give more protection, but at the cost of breathable material in most cases.

Another important factor to remember is slip prevention. It’s practically a guarantee that you will encounter spills and messes as a nurse. Shoes with adequate traction and slip resistance are an absolute must for the medical environment.

Style

This factor isn’t quite as critical as the others above but does matter a bit. Some hospitals require nurses to maintain a fairly conservative dress code, depending on the type of work they are doing.  Just because your job wants you to wear only white or muted colored shoes, it doesn’t mean that they have to be ugly or boring.

Some models secure with laces, some are slip-on with elastic or a bungee retention system. Some options are even backless slip-on without laces or retention of any kind. The choice you make should ideally reflect what is most practical for your particular work environment.

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Other important factors to consider when shopping around

Get the shoe that works best for your feet

Shoes should fit your feet perfectly. each person has unique feet, so you need to know your own specifics in order to choose the most suitable shoes.

Let’s say you have a normal arch with normal pronation (foot motion).  The only things you need to worry when choosing good shoes for nursing is the stability and comfort which they provide. However, there are other situations which require a little more attention when trying to choose a suitable shoe? Here are some suggestions:

In order To figure out what kind of arches you have, you can take the wet feet test. Step in the water, then put your leg on floor tile or a sheet of paper and look at your foot print.

To confirm your type of pronation, there are some things you can check:

You can take a photo of yourself from a barefoot perspective, and compare with the pictures below. Or, you can check your old shoes and see where on the sole they show the most wear, on the inner edge of the sole would be a sign of this problem, and wear on the outer edge of the sole would mean supination/under-pronation.

Depending on your arch and pronation, you need to look for more specific shoe features, for instance:

  • Stability – if you have a normal arch, you should look for this feature in your shoe
  • Motion Control – the most important feature for over-pronators
  • Cushioning – the most needed by people with high arches and if you have excessive weight

However, you often have several features in one shoe. For example, shoes with good arch support are needed for high arches as well as for flat feet, and that’s normal.

  • Athletic shoes should be your first choice for working all day if your employer allows them. However, if you have a normal arch and pronation, you can find stylish shoes (oxfords or slip-ons), that will also be plenty comfortable. if not, let’s stick to the “comfort-over-looks” rule.
  • Orthopedic shoes is another great option, but they should be worn with custom-made orthotics. If you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis (PF), you need to know what it caused. In case you have flat feet and PF, you should choose shoes suitable for flat feet. If you PF because of high arches, sneakers for high arches are the best solution for you. And buy sneakers for normal arch If your PF not caused by abnormal arches or pronation. Remember that all athletic shoes for Plantar Fasciitis should have enough cushioning to subside pain issue that is caused by PF. But even if you don’t have this issue you also need good cushioning that is the reason why all models of sneakers recommended by us are good both for feet of all types.

When buying shoes, you should also look for models which have a low heel, but not flat. You will benefit from the slight heel elevation. This parameter is also called “heel-to-toe” drop, which is often mentioned in athletic shoe description. A good nursing shoe should have 4mm “heel-to-toe” drop and higher.

  • Choosing models with wide toe-box for additional comfort.
  • In case you have diabetes and go with special diabetic shoes. A simple online search offer several suitable options.

You should buy a new pair of shoes around every six months if you want to have healthy feet. That’s because shoes deform with wearing and at some point they will not provide corrective help for you.

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Choose a shoe with the appropriate level of protection

Many working environments have different conditions and restrictions both enforced by the law and the employers. These strictures usually correspond to safety concerns and that’s why it is so essential that you choose the right style of shoe that offers the level of protection necessary for you and the people your helping.

Synthetic mesh or canvas

Synthetic materials used in the construction of a mesh or canvas shoe are one of the more breathable options available. They are a great choice if you want to avoid sweaty feet and blisters but tend to be less protective. We don’t recommend synthetic shoes if you work with hazardous substances.

Genuine leather or Synthetic

Leather offers some of the best protection against spills. Not only will genuine leather protect from hazardous materials but it is also stain resistant and easy to clean. There are synthetic leathers available which often have higher levels of breathability. We will discourage people from opting for suede shoes since they lack the protection of other natural material shoes and stain easily.

Rubber material

Rubber is a material that lacks any pores, meaning it lets nothing through its surface, liquid or gas. So while it provides the absolute highest level of protection against spills, not to mention being easy to clean, it will have the worst level of ventilation. Rubber shoes are also notoriously uncomfortable and won’t provide the long term support or comfort necessary for all day shoes.

Slip Resistance

Good traction is essential in shoes that you wear for your employment. Not only are you more likely to encounter slipping hazards but your ability to stay steady impacts those you are helping as much as it does you. Shoes made for athletics and shoes with rubber based construction will most likely provide the best grip.

Your shoes should stay securely in place

Proper lacing and other styles of anchoring are essential to a good pair of nursing shoes. Shoes that slip are detrimental to long-term wear and can cause hot spots and blisters. Additionally, it is extremely important that your shoes stay secured in emergency situations so that you can focus on the task at hand rather than your shoes.

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Different suitable styles

Depending on your safety rules or preference at your work place, you can choose such styles:  oxfords, sneakers, clogs, and slip-ons.

Sneakers

Sneakers, other athletic shoes or walking shoes are one of the best shoes for people who stand on their feet all day, especially in the medical and nursing industry. They are comfortable, light, and you can find shoes which will suit biomechanical needs of your legs.

Nursing sneakers are available in many brands in black and white, as well as in other colors. When buying nursing athletic shoes, you should make sure to choose shoes with wide toe-box for additional comfort.

Oxfords

Lace-up oxfords are the classic sneakers. They look neat, professional, protect from spills, and stay on the foot securely thanks to laces.

Clogs

Clogs and rubber clogs are popular productions among medical staff, but they are not the best perfect choice.  Your foot can slip out and get injured or twisted because of lack of laces. If you still choose clogs, nursing clogs with a strap is a smart choice, as they offer some foot security.   Available variety colors and patterns are the pros of rubber clogs to give you a unique and fun look, and they are very easy to clean.

Slip-ons

Slip-on shoes are a great option for comfort and stability, giving you the option to easily slip on your shoes instead of taking the time to tie them or worry about untied laces. They are often called clogs, but slip-ons usually have a solid back that keeps your foot secured which not all clogs typically have.

Shoes can vary by color and are usually divided into three groups: white shoes, black shoes and colored shoes.

  • You can look for shoes from brands like Nurse mates, Dansko, Merrell, Alegria, Sketchers, Timberland, Reebok, and in athletic shoe brands (Saucony, Asics, Nike, Brooks, Mizuno, New Balance)
  • Online stores are probably the best bet for finding the widest selection and the lowest prices for suitable options.

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FAQ

In order to provide the most complete and helpful information, we have put together some frequently asked questions regarding proper footwear for nurses. We hope some of your questions can be answered here, or maybe you will find answers to questions that you might not have known to ask.

Q:  I am a nurse but I also fill an administrative position. Are there options for me that work in both settings?

A: There are plenty of options on this, as well as beyond, that would be practical enough for the intense work of a nursing position while still being office friendly enough to do administrative work without being forced to change. We recommend still seeking out shoes that will provide protection and support, as these are the cornerstones of proper nursing shoes, but it is likely you will find shoes that are able to provide this and more without having to sacrifice office aesthetic.

Q: Are there breathable alternatives to leather shoes?

A: There are leather shoes that have synthetic aspects to there construction, such as a mesh upper, which allow them to be more breathable while still offering thorough protection. The one thing to pay attention to is the amount of protection is provided and where it is being provided. Since you need to be prepared for the specific hazards found in your working environment you have to be conscientious of what you will need and what you can get away with doing without.

Q:  I have flat feet, are there any options that will support my needs?

A: There are absolutely types of shoes on this list that provide support for a wide variety of conditions such as flat feet, overpronation, or even plantar fasciitis. If the type of shoe you would like isn’t one with the support you would need then there are many orthopedic inserts available that could provide the extra support that you will need.

Q: I like the style of backless clogs, but are they going to be a problem for my type of work?

A: Shoe security is an essential aspect of proper nursing shoes. It is generally inadvisable to have open backed shoes in this line of work. If your particular position allows for it then you should be able to find open back shoes that fit all of the necessary qualifications.

Q: What type of sole would be best for dealing with frequent spills?

A: Most often your employers will recommend a shoe with a slip resistant sole. Rubber soles are commonly very good at providing good traction and slip resistance if this is an obstacle you frequently encounter. There are also many athletic sneakers made for wet environment running that will be able to help you do your job without having to worry. You have many options and it all comes down to picking the right shoe for you.

 

At the end of the shift, if you notice a hugely positive difference in how you feel, then it’s the first sign that you have found a pair of the best shoes for your kind of work. It’s usually a wise decision to invest in a quality shoe that will hold up well and serve its purpose. Footwear is very important because if you wear low quality or cheap shoes, it can actually affect your entire body, and in some cases, cause health issues. In other words, if you try to save money and buy a cheap pair of shoes, it could actually cost you more in the long run, in terms of health and medical care.


Here are some sources that were used during our research

While researching the requirements for the most suitable options for nursing shoes, we used many different reliable sources that we found online. Here are some of the sources we used:

Sources

  1. Nurse Theory, The Most Comfortable Shoes For Nursing, Nursing website,
  2. Healthline, The Best Shoes for Nurses, Healthcare industry online publication, Apr 30, 2015
  3. Nurse Section, Choosing Perfect Nursing Shoes, Nursing website, Jan 05, 2016
  4. Foot Care Guru, Help Your Working Needs With The Best Shoes For Nurses, Foot care website,
  5. Nurse Theory, How To Choose The Right Nursing Shoes, Nursing website,
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