What to Consider When Shopping for Nursing Shoes


Brands and considerations when shopping for nursing shoes

By Erin Wallace, contributor

Nurses are on their feet for almost the entirety of their shift, easily covering a few miles or more in between checking on patients, filling out electronic medical records and a million other duties that can change every shift. That's a lot of walking, so it stands to reason that nurses need comfortable shoes.

If you've never shopped for nursing shoes before or you're looking to replace a worn out, tried-and-true pair, check out this guide on what you should keep in mind when shopping for nursing shoes.

1.Weight and comfort

A good pair of nursing shoes should feel relatively lightweight on your feet. You don't want them to feel heavy or clunky because these can be uncomfortable to walk in. Clogs or sneakers with rubber soles are typically good choices for lightweight, supportive shoes.

You also want your nursing shoes to be comfortable. They should feel supportive but not too tight and soft but not too spongy.

2.Stability and support

The right nursing shoe should cover your feet completely and provide enough support for your arch, ankle and back. Pay attention to things like heel height, material and overall shape. Clogs provide a lot of support, as do a good pair of walking sneakers.

When shopping for nursing shoes, look for those made with slip-resistant materials. Hospital floors can be slippery, especially when spills occur. Shoes with good grip and adequate slip resistance may help prevent you from losing your balance.

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3.Design, shape and shoe type

Nursing shoes come in a variety of designs, shapes and types to suit all sizes of feet and a wide range of tastes. Nurses with high arches may not like clogs because their feet may have trouble fitting in them, so in this case, sneakers are a good option. Other people may feel more comfortable in clogs or slip-on work shoes.

If you work in the OR or in the maternity ward, you may want to consider shopping for a waterproof nursing shoe.

Brands to Look For

1.Dansko clogs

One of the most popular brands of clogs are made by Dansko. These shoes have features such as lightweight midsoles for great shock absorption, moisture-wicking linings for keeping feet feeling less sweaty, anti-fatigue rocker bottoms and lots of foot and arch support. Many nurses rely on Dansko clogs to keep them feeling comfortable throughout their shift.

2.Alegria slip-on shoes

Shop for comfortable, slip-on nursing shoes from Alegria, which come in a wide variety of designs and colors. These shoes feature a wide area for your toes to prevent squishing and are made from high-quality leathers for longevity. Look for leather linings and footbeds, which are supportive, help manage moisture buildup and offer extra cushioning for improved comfort.

3.Crocs work clogs

Crocs, well-known for their colorful gardening shoes made of a kind of foam resin called Croslite, also produces a sturdy work clog. You may find it to be roomy and comfortable with plenty of arch support. They also come in a wide variety of colors, so you can mix and match pairs to coordinate with your favorite scrubs.

When shopping for nursing shoes, go with what works for you

Everyone's feet are different, and so a pair of shoes that may be comfortable for one nurse may make another nurse's feet ache. When you're shopping for nursing shoes, be sure to try on lots of different pairs to make sure you find one that's truly comfortable.

Also, you can talk to your coworkers to get ideas and find out what they like and what works for them. Your workplace might also provide some guidance too or even require certain types of shoes, such as waterproof or slip-resistant, if you work in the OR or ER.

Once you find one you really like, you can buy multiple pairs to have as backups once the first one gets worn out.

Pair your nursing shoes with compression socks

Compression socks are designed to improve blood circulation, which can help eliminate the heavy feel and leg fatigue nurses often experience. They might also help with spider and varicose veins and can reduce leg swelling.

Many retailers, such as Uniform Advantage and Nurse Mates, carry compression socks in a wide range of colors and patterns, so you can choose several pairs you like that go with your nursing shoes and scrubs.

Keep these tips in mind the next time you go shopping for nursing shoes, and you can hopefully help your feet, legs and back feel more comfortable during every long shift.








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