When shopping for nursing shoes, you can easily become overwhelmed with the options: walking/running shoes, dedicated nursing shoes, Crocs, Birks, dishwasher-friendly clogs. The list goes on and on.
The best advice we’ve heard for any nurse in the market for a new pair of nursing shoes? Try out different brands to find the best fit for your feet. It’s absolutely normal to try on a dozen different pairs of shoes. When you find the right ones, you’ll know, because they’ll have these three key features:
- They’re comfortable and supportive for up to 12 hours.
- They have plenty of breathing room.
- They can withstand the wear and tear of your daily duties.
More shoe tips:
- Shorter nurses may want to consider shoes with a thicker sole. The height of the shoe will help you reach those taller shelves in the supply room.
- Found the perfect fit but need more support? Try a gel insole to add extra cushion.
- The soles are key to a good day on your feet: Make sure they’re breathable and slip resistant.
- If you have varicose veins, try a pair of quality lace-up shoes paired with support hose.
When to break up with your shoes and find a better pair: Pain in your feet, ankles, knees and/or back simply won’t do. The greatest investment you have as a nurse is your own health!
Bottom line: The perfect nursing shoe will have you echoing Nurse Elaine’s comment about her shoes: “Those babies can carry me through the craziest shift every time.”
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