And the shoes have it

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As fascinating as I find hospital fashion, I find working medical shoes even more intriguing.

There are your standard clogs, of course. There are your tennis shoes. There are those plastic shoes with holes in them (seems totally unsafe to me but…). There are weird shoes that are based off of some tribe in Africa. There are a host of shoes that promise to firm your bum.

It is amazing the foot wear that some people choose to work a twelve hour shift in. One woman I work with wears shoes that have a spring on the heel. She swears that they are comfortable although to me, it looks like an accident waiting to happen.

Then the colors!

There are some crazy colored tennis shoes out there but the clogs take the cake. The patent leather, the floral patterns, the glitter, the gold, the plaid, the you name it! I must admit, I bought a pair of pink clogs once that when you put your feet together it was a hippo. The head was on one foot and the body on the other. They were SO cute but SO uncomfortable. I think I only wore them twice before comfort outweighed the fashion.

I have worn my black clogs to the ground and then I buy a new pair that looks exactly the same. Boring, yes, but I learned my lesson with the hippo shoes. Always go for comfort, no matter what form that comes in. Springs and all.

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Rebekah Child

Rebekah Child attended the University of Southern California for her bachelor's in nursing and decided to brave the academic waters and return for her master's in nursing education, graduating in 2003 from Mount St. Mary's. Rebekah has also taught nursing clinical and theory at numerous Southern California nursing schools and has been an emergency nurse since 2002. She is currently one of the clinical educators for an emergency department in Southern California and a student (again!) in the doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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6 Responses to And the shoes have it

  1. Darcy Ali

    I used to wear the plastic clogs with holes…but ended up getting a swollen ankle. I went to my doctor and he told me to “Put on a pair of real shoes!” He banned these, flip flops, and sandals….told me to get a good pair of athletic shoes! So I had to trade them in for a pair of running shoes….

  2. LA

    I swear by my Dansko’s! Got a pair of the Marcelle (mary jane-ish) in cordovan and I love them! They keep my feet and calves feeling good, even through a 12hr shift!!
    I don’t know how anyone can wear the Crocs (or a look a like) with the holes…so unsanitary!!

  3. Your name

    Dansko clogs rock!!!!!……………..most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn!!!

  4. These are truly cool.. although somewhat unsafe around biohazards. I love innovation!

  5. Ellen Algava

    I’m a Dansko person, however be careful. You’ll safer if you get the closed heal style. Less chance of turning your ankle and falling and attracting Risk Management. Your best bet, however, are the Birkis Professional from Birkenstock. They’re polyurethane, and autoclave to 275F. You can order an insole for them too. The heel comes down lower, which reduces the wear and tear on your back.

  6. Them some pretty shoes dhat she got on they are so pretty on her feet.