The 7 Best Shoes for Nurses (Or Anyone Who Spends Hours On Their Feet)
Treat your feet to some TLC with these comfy kicks.
When your profession involves anything from running alongside a gurney to standing for hours in the ER or operating room, the right shoes are a must. Being on your feet all day puts your lower extremities under a lot of stress. So if you’re consistently wearing unsupportive shoes, you could develop achy arches,joint pain, and other uncomfortable problems. Fortunately, there are lots of footwear options perfect for people who stand all day—you just have to know what to look for.
“You now see all kinds of medical professionals on hospital floors wearing running shoes that are designed to stand up to a lot of stress and strain,” saysKaren Langone, DPM, a podiatrist based in Southampton, New York. Clogs are also a good choice, saysHoward Friedman, DPM, a Suffern, New York-based podiatrist. They tend to have a wide toe box, which helps accommodate feet as they naturally expand throughout the day. This is why you often see surgeons and other health professionals wearing them in the operating room, Freidman says.
To help keep pain at bay, you’ll want to pick up at least two pairs of supportive sneakers or clogs. (Or one of each!) A shoes cushioning becomes completely compressed after six hours or so and no longer offers support, Friedman cautions. So having two great pairs allows you to change halfway through your shift. The options below are perfect for nurses and anyone else—retail workers, servers, bank tellers—who spend most of their workdays on their feet.
Brooks Ghost 10
When you’re a nurse, you want a shoe that can withstand the rigors of a marathon, Langone says. Brooks is known for their quality running shoes, and their Ghost 10s are no exception. They’re described in terms typically reserved for luxury cars: plush, with a smooth ride. It’s this superior design that's earned it theRunner's World"International Editor's Choice"awardyear after year.
Nurse Mates Dove
This line was explicitly designed with nurses in mind. The lightweight rubber soles will keep you from slipping on slick hospital floors, while the steel shanks on the sides of the shoes provide extra stability. But that’s not all. These slip-ons also feature a stain-resistant finish—perfect for when things get messy. “You need a shoe that doesn’t allow blood and bodily fluids to penetrate through,” Langone says.
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Dansko Professional Clog
“I’ve often recommended Dansko clogs or similar type clogs to nurses because they are very supportive,” Friedman says. This classic leather pair—which has a seal of approval from theAmerican Podiatric Medical Association—features a roomy toe box, a comfy platform, and an antimicrobial lining to ward off odor after all-day wear.
Nike Tanjun Sneakers
Looking for something a bit more fashion forward? These sneakers come in nine different color combos and are a favorite of online reviewers. People love the comfortable, roomy toe box and thick sole, which is ideal for supporting your feet hour after hour.
Alegria Paloma Slip-On
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If your job doesn’t carry the risk of body fluid spills and you’re looking for something a little dressier, give these popular flats a try. Lightweight and available in a variety of fun patterns, these leather slip-ons conform to your feet with memory cushioning and feature a removable insole for extra personalization.
Skechers Work Women’s Sure Track Trickel Slip Resistant Shoe
These Skechers garner high praise from online reviewers for their comfort and durability during long work days. They’re also water-resistant, have memory foam insoles, and non-slip rubber soles.
Sanita Women's Professional Patent Clog
There’s nothing like a pop of color to lighten up a hospital setting. These clogs are not only cute but thanks to their hard plastic frame, they’re ready for anything. Tend to have achy arches after a long day? The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends these kicks because of their top-notch arch support.