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Top 5 Best Shoes for Nurses

Posted January 21, 2021

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that nurses are on their feet…A LOT! Nurses put on many miles in one day, so finding the perfect shoe to accommodate these marathon shifts is key. According to Dr. Howard Freidman, a New York-based Podiatrists. “to help keep pain at bay, pick up at least two pairs of supportive sneakers or clogs. (Or one of each!) A shoe cushioning becomes completely compressed after six hours or so, Dr.Friedman cautions. So having two great pairs allows you to change halfway through your shift.” Jen McCaffery and Sanah Faroke, Prevention. Let’s find you the perfect pair of nursing shoes or two… 😉

Top 5 Shoes for Female Nurses

1. Dansko Professional Clog

The Dansko Professional Clog is sure to make your feet happy. Dansko has a wide variety of colors, sizes, and widths to choose from. All these options will ensure that you find the best fit and style.

Review from a recent Dansko purchaser…

“Best shoes for nurses ever – I would very much the Dansko Professional shoes-they are the MOST comfortable shoes I have ever worn- I work in a hospital andpeople told me over and over again to buy some Danskos but I was unwilling tospend the $$…after 2 years of crappy shoes at a lower cost, I broke down andit’s the best decision I ever made. I would definitely buy them again. I wouldalso highly recommend I ordered my shoes online and received themwithin a 24 hour period. It was very fast. Great purchase.”

2. Nike Tanjun

Some nurses prefer to sport more of an athletic shoe and if that’s you then the Nike Tanjun’s are for you! This shoe line in a variety of colors and sizes. You’ll find these kicks provide great support and breathability with the mesh top. Easy transition from work to play!

A happy Nike Tanjun owner writes… 

“So I am a medical assistant and I am constantly on my feet, running back and forth, up and down and whatnot. I am also a bit heavier than other people. (5’5 & 265). These are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. I wear a size 10 or 10.5. I went with the 10 and they are a comfortable fit. However, if you plan to put insoles in them (even though you don’t need them) go .5 to a whole size up so you have room. The color is beautiful and it has a cushion on the back of the heel that holds you Achilles perfect. Plus that two-day shipping is awesome.”

3. Skechers Work Sure Track – Trickel

Comfort and traction all in one! These shoes have a removable memory foam pad, slip-resistant outsole, and pull tab for easy on and off. This sure sounds like the perfect shoe for comfort and stability. Let’s be honest, we all know you run into some messy situations – keep your footing with these Skechers!

Skechers owner writes…

“This shoe has so many positive things to say about, I hardly know where to start. First, let me say it is the most fantastic shoe I have ever worn.” 

4. Nurse Mates Women’s Dove Oxford

Light-weight, stain resistance, and comfortable. Sounds like a match made in heaven for every nurse! The icing on the cake with the Dove Oxford shoe is that they are also easy on and easy off. There is a wide variety of sizes and widths to ensure your feet stay comfortable. Snag a pair to test on your next shift!

Nurse Mates owner writes…

“Absolutely comfortable. I use these as a Surgical Tech. Helpsthrough 12hr standing through surgeries and are merciful on the back and feet! If bodily fluids fall, like blood, they wipe off easy. The leather prevents a possible falling tool to slice through the shoe, so they protect your feet in more ways than one!”

5. Nike Revolution 5

This is an awesome shoe with great flexibility and comfort. The Alphabouce Beyond has a natural stretch to adapt to your every move. It also features a molded heel counter. This provides a natural fit and excellent movement of your Achilles. Not only does this shoe offer comfort, but solid traction for all floor types.

Let’s hear from a Nike Revolution 5 purchaser…

“Right out of the box these were very comfortable. They sit a little higher on my ankle than my last pair of sneakers from another brand so that has taken some getting used to, but it’s personal preference more than anything. I wear them at work for 9 hours a day and they are still comfy at the end of the day.”

Top 5 Shoes for Male Nurses

1. Brooks Men’s Adrenaline GTS 19 Running Shoe

These Brooks are light, airy, supportive and so comfortable! You will be flying down the hospital hallways with ease. These shoes not only support your feet but your knees as well. The new Guiderail Support System focuses on letting you move with ease. But, also keeps excessive movements in check. The perfect way to keep your knees supported during those marathon shifts.

Review from recent Brooks purchaser…

“This has been my ‘go to’ running shoe for over 10 years. I’ve been unfaithful a couple of times, but always gone back to them and have ran everything up to Marathons in them.” 

2. Merrell Men’s Encore Gust Slip-On Shoe

You’ll find class and comfort with these Merrell shoes. The Encore Gust shoes have an air cushion heel to absorb shock. Also, a mesh lining wick to keep moisture away. To top it all off they have a compression mold foot frame to keep you comfortable and stable.

Let’s hear from a happy Merrell shoe owner…

“This is the 4th pair of these shoes I have owned. Needless to say I find them to be one of the most comfortable shoes I have owned and they ware like iron. Some may find the price to be somewhat high for a casual shoe but trust me, they are worth every cent. I hope Merrell never quits making them.”

3. Dansko Men’s Wynn Slip-On Clog

As you can see these Dansko shoes are quite like the Merrell’s listed above. But, they appear to have greater support in the heel. The Dansko’s have a contoured footbed and are 100% leather which keeps them looking and feeling new.

Proud Dansko owner writes…

“This is my 2nd pair of Dansko. They are tough, durable, and great for keeping my feet comfy. My first pair lasted me 5 years of constantly being in the kitchen and behind the bar before replacing them since they no longer look proper for professional use. I still use my old pair for day to day outings, and I’ll most likely get another pair of Dankso in the future.”

4. Reebok Classic Harman Run Sneaker

The Reebok shoes are the perfect mix of style, durability, and comfort. This shoe has removable orthotic inserts and soft leather to give extra comfort to your feet. If a solid black shoe is not your style, no worries! There are plenty of colors to choose from.

Reebok owner writes…

“Love my old school kicks. Been wearing this same style for years so I know how they fit. Comfortable and very stylish with scrubs or at least I think so. The only flaw is they loose support after six months but who cares since they aren’t expensive.”

5. Adidas Men’s Alphabounce Beyond Running Shoe

This is an awesome shoe with great flexibility and comfort. The Alphabouce Beyond has a natural stretch to adapt to your every move. It also features a molded heel counter. This provides a natural fit and excellent movement of your Achilles. Not only does this shoe offer comfort, but solid traction for all floor types.

Adidas purchaser writes…

“I’ve had these shoes for 8months now and they’re still in as good of condition as when I bought them. I usually do not buy best shoes for nurses online because I have a wide foot and most of the time they don’t fit, but these shoes fit people with wide and regular feet. They are extremely comfortable with the padding on the soul of the shoe and are great for athletic activities!”

Finding the right pair of shoes can be a trial and error process. It’s important that you feel comfortable, love the style and it’s easy to clean because you’ll be wearing them often! If you are struggling to find the perfect pair, visit a local running shoe store. They can fit you to the best shoes for nurses for your foot type. At the end of the day, you want a shoe with great support, breathability, a rubber outsole, and a padded tongue. Of course, a great style is vital too. Don’t be afraid to try a variety of styles and brands. You’re on your feet way too often to settle for anything less than the best!


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