If You’re A Nurse You Should Buy These Shoes (Recommended for 2018)

It’s no secret that nurses spend a lot of time on their feet, as rushing from one room to another for extended periods of time requires you to. This of course means that your feet will take on a lot more stress than the average foot, making you more susceptible to injury and discomfort.

To deal with this added vulnerability, you need a great pair of shoes that not only provide comfort, but that keep you safe from external elements as well. We have done tireless research in order to bring you this list of such shoes, ensuring that your feet will stay comfortable and protected in 2016.

  • The Dansko Women’s Professional Clog provides your foot with excellent comfort and protection, making it great for long shifts where you’re standing on your feet. The problem with the shoe is that it causes knee pain and shin splints in some people.
  • The Alegria Women’s Paloma Flat is a great shoe for nurses because of its stellar arch support and memory foam insole which provides great cushion. Unfortunately for many, the heel of the shoe slips, causing discomfort in their heel.
  • Skechers Women’s Loving Life Memory Foam Fashion Sneaker conforms to your foot and provides your foot with a unique surface to land on, resulting in excellent support and comfort. Unfortunately, some reviewers found that the heel of the shoe is too shallow, causing it to slip with every step you take.
  • Out of all the shoes reviewed, the Timberland PRO Women’s Renova Professional Slip is the top shoe on our list. It’s slip-resistant, easy to clean, supportive, protective, comfortable, and breathable, and it costs as low as $64.00 on some online retailers.
  • While the Brooks Women’s Addiction Walker Walking Shoes are very protective and comfortable shoes with excellent support for your heels and arches, they tend to be very inconsistent in their sizes. This most likely has to do with the fact that they’re handmade.
  • The Merrell Women’s Jungle Moc Pro Grip Slip-Resistant Work Shoe is a great shoe for nurses because it’s easy to clean, slip-resistant, and comfortable, offering excellent support that benefits the entire body. One problem with the shoe is that it’s a bit narrow for people with wider feet.
  • Skechers for Work Women’s 76033 Soft Stride-Softie Lace-Up is an easy-to-clean, slip-resistant, breathable, comfortable shoe that can take on any external damage over short amounts of time. The problem with the shoe is that it is not very durable and starts to fall apart after just a few months.
  • The Dansko Women’s Professional Oiled Leather Clog provides excellent foot protection and heel support as well as a variety of styles and colors, making it a much purchased shoe for nurses. Its flaw lies in the fact that it has very hard insoles, causing foot pain in some after standing for long periods of time.
  • The Nike Women’s Flex 2015 Rn Running Shoe is a running shoe that suits nurses because of its excellent cushioning, great arch support, and fantastic comfort. But, because it’s a running shoe, some healthcare facilities might not allow their employees to wear it.
  • While the ASICS Women’s GEL-Venture 5 Running Shoe provides you with great support and premium comfort, some healthcare facilities might not allow their employees to wear them. One of the flaws of the shoe is that it does not provide your foot the protection that you can get from other shoes on the list.

Best Shoes for Nurses

1. Dansko Women’s Professional Clog

Dansko is a company renowned for making hand-made, uber-comfortable clogs, sandals, heels and other specialty footwear. For nurses, the company’s best piece of footwear is their clog, which provides a stylish look to go along with its ever-present comfort.

The clog is made of leather which gives you a firm structure that secures your foot and also provides a great safety barrier, protecting you from spilled liquids and falling equipment. It has a synthetic sole with a rocker bottom that is shock-absorbent and allows for excellent heel-to-toe transfer in each step, reducing stress on any one part of the foot.

The heel of the clog is widened which will provide you with added stability. It has excellent heel and arch support created by a 1.5” heel and a padded instep.

Reviewers love the clog for its ability to heal aching feet and provide comfort over long work shifts. They also like the fact that it comes in so many different colors.

Some reviewers have trouble picking the right size because the clogs are hand-made and are therefore not always uniform in size. Other reviewers have said that while they offer great foot support, they have also caused knee pain and shin splints.

What We Liked

  • Leather exterior provides external and internal protection
  • Great heel support
  • Very stable and easy to walk in

What We Didn’t Like

  • The fact that they’re hand-made makes it difficult for you to find the right size
  • Caused knee pain and shin splints in some reviewers

2. Alegria Women’s Paloma Flat

Alegria is a company that specializes in making stylish, but comfortable shoes for women that are both practical and visually appealing. This flat is an excellent buy because it provides your foot maximum comfort while giving you the confidence needed on a long, tiresome shift.

The shoe is made of leather which is both easy to clean and protective of your foot, ensuring safety. The sole of the shoe is made of rubber that is slip-resistant and very good at absorbing shock, giving your foot a cushioned, but firm landing with every step that you take.

A 1.75” heel provides your foot with fantastic heel support, ensuring that you never have too much stress put on your foot when you step. The interior of the shoe contains a removable suede, memory foam insole that conforms to your foot’s shape, giving your foot a unique surface to rest on whether standing or walking.

Reviewers laud the shoe for its light weight, large, roomy toe box, and excellent arch support as well as for the fact that it comes in many different styles and colors. One reviewer said that she usually wears orthotics in her shoes but that these shoes have such good arch support that she didn’t need them.

Some reviewers complained that the back of the shoe rubbed up against their heel, causing abrasions and discomfort. Others said that the shoes fell apart within two months and were not as durable as what they had hoped for.

What We Liked

  • Stellar arch support
  • Slip-resistant soles
  • The memory foam insole provides excellent cushioning

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not the most durable shoe
  • Heel of the shoe has a tendency to slip, resulting in discomfort

3. Skechers Women’s Loving Life Memory Foam Fashion Sneaker

Skechers is famous for making shoes that are visually appealing, yet superbly comfortable and practical. These Loving Life Memory Foam Fashion Sneakers are no exception and are a great choice for nurses spending 12-hour shifts on their feet.

They’re made from a combination of synthetic material and fabric that both protects the foot from external objects and gives the foot ultimate flexibility. This fabric also gives the foot excellent breathability, ensuring that heat won’t build up and cause discomfort.

The shoe has a rubber sole that allows for a cushioned, but sturdy step landing as well as a flex groove outsole that provides your foot with extra give. A memory foam insole conforms to your foot, giving it a comfort unique only to your foot and providing great arch and heel support.

Reviewers love how comfortable the shoes are, saying that their feet feel fresh even at the end of a long day. They also love the look of the shoe and the fact that it comes in different colors and styles.

Some reviewers say that the heel of the shoe is not high enough, which makes it feel like their heel is going to pop out when walking. Other reviewers have complained that the shoe is too narrow for their feet.

What We Liked

  • Memory foam provides excellent cushion and support
  • Very breathable
  • The rubber sole provides a cushioned, but sturdy landing

What We Didn’t Like

  • The heel of the shoe is shallow
  • The shoe’s a bit narrow for some feet

4. Timberland Pro Women’s Renova Professional Slip On

Timberland is famous for making protective footwear like boots and padded shoes, so it’s no surprise that they would have a high quality shoe for nurses. The Renova Professional Slip On was created specifically for people working in the healthcare industry, providing the protection and comfort needed in that industry.

The shoe is made from full-grain leather and microsuede with a Scotchguard protector, giving it great structure as well as the ability to protect you from falling equipment and stains. It has a synthetic sole with great traction which will keep you from slipping when rushing from one spot to another.

Armed with anti-fatigue technology, the shoe keeps your legs and back from getting sore over the course of long days. This technology also provides your feet with excellent shock-absorption, keeping them fresh.

Reviewers say that the shoes are breathable, protective, extremely comfortable and that they’re already broken in before you start wearing them. They also like how easy it is to clean them after the day is over, as they require only a wet paper towel to wipe them off.

Some reviewers said that they are a bit too narrow in the arch of the foot. Many reviewers said that they were the squeakiest shoes they had ever worn.

What We Liked

  • Very protective of your feet
  • Easy to clean
  • Shock absorbent, comfortable, and capable of keeping your back and legs from getting sore
  • Exceedingly breathable

What We Didn’t Like

  • Narrow in the arches
  • Very squeaky

5. Brooks Women’s Addiction Walker Walking Shoes

Brooks is most famous for making high-quality running shoes that provide excellent heel and arch support that provide your foot with everlasting comfort. But they are also responsible for these shoes walking shoes, which do the same for people working jobs where they must be on their feet all day.

The shoe is made from full-grain leather which provides your foot structure and protection as well as the ability to stretch in any direction it sees fit. It is a completely man-made shoe which means that it’s a shoe made with a great attention to detail.

The sole of the shoe is shock absorbent with a cushioned midsole that provides excellent rocking for seamless heel-to-toe transition. Each step you take will be cushioned, but firm enough so that you will be able to walk with a natural bounce that takes you to where you’re going in an efficient manner.

Reviewers love how well the shoe supports their heels and arches, with some reviewers saying they will never buy another brand. They also laud the shoe for its durability, as it has lasted well over a year in many cases.

Some reviewers say that the toe box of the shoe is too narrow, though some also say that the toe box is too wide,so that really comes down to personal size. Other reviewers have said that the shoe is a bit squeaky.

What We Liked

  • Great shock absorption
  • Cushioned midsole provides seamless heel-to-toe transition for easy walking
  • Leather exterior provides protection, flexibility and structure

What We Didn’t Like

  • Sizes are a bit inconsistent
  • It’s a little squeaky

6. Merrell Women’s Jungle Moc Pro Grip Slip-Resistant Work Shoe

Merrell is a company that makes a great many slip-on shoes that allow you to slip in and out of them with ease. The Jungle Moc Pro Grip Slip-Resistant Work Shoe provides this with the added benefits of slip-resistance and supreme comfort.

The shoe is made from a synthetic material that is cushioned and comfortable, yet thick and smooth enough that it’s protective and easy to clean. The shoe has a rubber sole that provides top-notch slip-resistance, ensuring that you won’t slip on wet surfaces.

The heel of the shoe is inclined 1.5”, giving you excellent heel support that keeps your feet relaxed throughout the day. The interior of the shoe wicks away sweat so that heat and odor won’t build up inside the shoe.

Reviewers love how slip-resistant, protective and easy to clean the shoes are, saying that they encounter many stray liquids at work and that the shoes withstand them all with flying colors. They also love how comfortable the shoes are, saying that the keep their feet, legs, knees, and backs from getting sore.

Some reviewers said that the shoes were far too narrow for their feet, saying that they made their feet very sore by the end of the day. Other reviewers said that the inside of the sole was very hard.

What We Liked

  • Excellent Slip-resistance
  • Supremely comfortable with great support for heels, arches, legs, knees,and back
  • Very easy to clean
  • Extremely breathable, ensuring that they won’t build up heat and odor

What We Didn’t Like

  • Too narrow for wider feet
  • Hard Inner sole

7. Skecher’s for Work Women’s 76003 Soft Stride-Softie Lace-Up

Skecher’s dedication to creating comfortable, practical shoes is the reason that they have two pairs of shoes on this list. The 76003 Soft Stride-Softie Lace-Up is a great, comfortable, slip-resistant shoe that can withstand any external element.

Made from leather, it gives your foot structure while also protecting your foot from falling objects and run-away liquids. It’s perforated, giving your foot fantastic breathability and ensuring that sweat and odor don’t begin to build up in the shoe.

Its sole is synthetic and slip-resistant, giving you the traction and feel you need when you’re walking at high speeds from place to place. The shoe has excellent heel and arch support as well as a lot of room for your foot to move for supreme comfort and flexibility.

Reviewers said that she shoes felt broken in from the time they put them on and that they have provided great foot support ever since. They also give the shoe a lot of credit for withstanding whatever substance work threw at them, as it was easy to clean at the end of every day.

Some reviewers said that the shoe was not very durable and that it fell apart within a few months of purchase. Some have also noted that the shoes are rather heavy.

What We Liked

  • Slip-resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Provide your feet with excellent support and comfort
  • Very breathable

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not the most durable shoe on the market
  • Heavier than most work shoes

8. Dansko Women’s Professional Oiled Leather Clog

This is the second Dansko clog on our list and like the first one we reviewed, this clog delivers performance and comfort in style. It’s handmade, ensuring that it was constructed with the greatest of detail so that it can provide you with max comfort and use.

The shoe is made from leather that has been oiled so that it’s firm and protective of your foot. It’s resistant to stains and falling objects and gives your foot the structure that it needs when you’re working around a lot of medical equipment.

The sole of the shoe is made from a synthetic material that has great traction which gives you a slip-resistant walking surface. It’s 2” heel provides you with stellar heel support, ensuring that you won’t develop serious foot injury from standing and walking around all day.

Reviewers love the clog for its ability to cure foot injuries like plantar fasciitis,with many saying that they have stopped wearing normal shoes since they started wearing the clogs. Other reviewers love the clogs for their traction.

One of the complaints about the clogs is that the insole is very hard, resulting in discomfort for some. Another complaint is that, because the clogs are handmade, they have inconsistent sizing.

What We Liked

  • Excellent Slip resistance
  • Fantastic heel support
  • Protect your feet from falling objects and liquids

What We Didn’t Like

  • The insoles are very hard
  • The sizing of the clogs is inconsistent

9. Nike Women’s Flex 2015 Rn Running Shoe

Nike has always been a frontrunner in the world of athletic shoes, with a shoe or two designed for each and every purpose you could think of. This Flex 2015 Rn Running Shoe is designed for running, but in healthcare facilities that allow their employees to wear them, they work great as shoes for nurses as well.

They’re made from mesh which gives your foot excellent breathability and flexibility, allowing it move in every direction with ease. The sole of the shoe is made from rubber and is accompanied by a Soft Phylon midsole to give you great traction and seamless heel-to-toe transfer.

Due to a great amount of cushioning, the shoe provides your foot with excellent support in both the heel and the arch, ensuring that you won’t develop injuries. The design of the shoe makes it very light so you will be able to land your steps gracefully, reducing pressure and stress on your heels.

Reviewers love how cushioned the shoe is, saying that they don’t ever want to take the shoe off because of the comfort it provides. They also love how light it is and say it feels like they’re walking on clouds.

A few reviewers reported that the shoe was very narrow in the toe box, saying that it rubbed roughly against their feet. Some reviewers also think that the shoes are a bit too bulky.

What We Liked

  • Excellent cushioning and support
  • Very breathable and flexible
  • Lightweight

What We Didn’t Like

  • Narrow in the toe box
  • They’re a little bulky
  • Not as protective as other shoes

10. ASICS Women’s Gel-Venture 5 Running Shoe

Like the Nike Flex 15 Rn’s, the ASIC Women’s Gel-Venture 5 Running Shoe is a running shoe that also works perfectly well as a shoe for nurses to wear. ASICS has a reputation for creating comfortable shoes with great heel and arch support, and these shoes uphold that reputation.

The shoe is made from a synthetic material that allows your foot to stretch out in any direction with freedom and ease. This also gives the shoe excellent breathability which keeps sweat, heat, and odor from building up and making your foot uncomfortable.

The sole of the shoe is made from a synthetic material as well as rubber, which work together to give the shoe maximum traction that is slip-resistant on any surface. Providing excellent heel and arch support , the shoe has a reputation for helping to heal people with foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

Many reviewers noted that the shoes left their feet feeling fresh, even after a long nursing shift. They also said that the shoes were easy to break in and that they provide great heel and arch support.

Some reviewers complained that the toe box of the shoe is not wide enough for people with wide feet. A few reviewers complained that the shoes caused them to develop knee pain.

What We Liked

  • Fantastic heel and arch support
  • Very breathable
  • Excellent slip-resistance

What We Didn’t Like

  • Caused knee pain in some who wore it
  • The toe box is a little narrow
  • Could use a little more structure for protection

Are nurses required to wear a specific type of shoe?

The type of shoe required changes based on what healthcare facility you are working in. In most facilities, you are required to wear closed-toe shoes with covered heels and a good deal of slip-resistance and foot protection.

What to look for in a nursing shoe:

  • Comfort

As a nurse you spend a lot of time on your feet. Shifts range anywhere from 8 to 16 hours, and sometimes go even longer.

You want to make sure that your footwear is comfortable so that you don’t start to develop nasty foot injuries. Shoes with excellent heel and arch support accompanied by a great deal of cushion are ideal if you want to be able to withstand dozens of hours on your feet.

  • Affordability

As with any shoe, you don’t want to spend your entire life savings on it. Consider your current economic situation and act accordingly.

You will be wearing these shoes a lot which means that they’re going to wear out rather frequently. There are quality shoes that can be bought at $40.00 that are just as good as shoes that can be bought at $150.00, so make sure to look for something that’s both practical and within your budget.

  • Traction

Working in a hospital requires that you move around a lot, and it sometimes requires that you move at high speeds. Rushing from place to place leaves you susceptible to slipping on a number of different things.

When buying shoes, you should look for ones that are proven to be slip-resistant on many different types of surfaces. Rubber soles with a cushioned, but firm consistency will provide this slip-resistance.

  • Closed Heels

Working around a lot of medical equipment means that you are vulnerable to knocking your feet into various instruments and chairs and tables. Because of this, you will want to ensure that your entire foot is kept safe by the shoe you are wearing.

Closed-toed shoes are the only solution to this problem, as they will act not only as a comfortable surface for your foot to rest on, but also as a protective device for your foot. Not to mention, wearing an open-heeled shoe for an extended period of walking will begin to take its toll on your foot, resulting in serious foot injury.

Conclusions

You’re a nurse. You spend about a third of your life on your feet, walking, standing, and rushing to where you’ve got to go.

As a nurse, the most important aspect of your wardrobe is undoubtedly your shoes. For you, a quality pair of shoes can be the difference between pain and pleasure.

Because we want you to feel pleasure and not pain, we have reviewed the best shoes for nurses on the market today. We have done this by taking into account: practicality, comfort and traction.

The top shoe that we reviewed is the Timberland Pro Women’s Renova Professional Slip On. It’s the most practical shoe in that it’s shock-absorbent, slip-resistant, breathable, and easy to clean while also being the most comfortable shoe on the list.

The shoe is also protects your foot from stains and falling equipment in a way that no other shoe on the list does.

Kimberly
 

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