One must have, for any nurse, is a good pair of shoes. Nurses are on their feet for most of their shift and we don’t have to tell you that those shifts can be long. Not only will your shoes need to provide comfort and support for standing for long periods of time they must also take a beating from all the walking and running you’ll have to do.
The first thing you’ll need to consider when buying shoes is the requirements of your place of employment. Some doctor’s offices and hospitals will only ask that your shoes be a certain color, while others will specify which type of shoe you will need to wear.
The next thing you’ll want to do is to actually go to a shoe store and get fitted by a professional. A lot of people are unaware of their actual shoe size as well as the width of their feet. Be aware of any special needs you have, such as arch supports. You will want the best possible fit you can get, so try on several different styles and brands before you make your purchase. Though affordability is always a concern, try not to sacrifice the health of your feet just to save a few dollars. Whatever your choice, make the best of your purchase by following the care instructions to the tee. Taking proper care of your shoes will strengthen your investment by extending their durability.
As far as brands to consider, a lot of nurses put their faith (and their feet) in a brand called Dansko. Dansko is a Danish company that prides itself on producing quality shoes with as small an environmental footprint as possible. Their shoes are well fitted, stylish, durable and highly rated. Dansko even makes vegan friendly footwear.
Some nurses practically swear by Crocs. These shoes also come in a wide variety of styles, colors and materials. Some say that Crocs are the perfect nursing shoe because the soles offer cushioning, the rubber styles are easy to clean and they’re durable.
If a more athletic style of shoe appeals to you, some nurses prefer a running shoe called New Balance. Well made and durable, these running shoes get nurses through those long hours with style and flair.
Nurse Mates Shoes offers some of the more classic nursing shoe styles as well as updating them with a few more modern twists. Hot pink, anyone? This company has the classic lace-up leather shoe as well as the more popular clog style and is favored by a large contingent of shoe-satisfied nurses.