Bad Shoes!

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Like many nurses, the search for the “perfect” shoe has been an ongoing adventure for me. Most of the time, I try new shoes, they end up hurting and I switch with little or no fallout…except for the time my shoes completely embarrassed me AND hindered my nursing.

I’d bought some clogs that were expensive but everyone was wearing them and raving about how comfortable they were. I should have known there’d be problems when, on my first night sporting them, my feet felt like they were caught in some kind of restrictive leather vise. Plus I felt like I was towering on stilts—I rose from a tall 5’9 to a towering 5’11.  I felt like a giant with really heavy and sore feet.

An hour into my shift, my feet were absolutely throbbing. My co-workers continued to reassure me that I just needed to “break them in.” I was skeptical but not willing to throw in towel after spending 120 bucks.

Then, at about 3AM, one of our emergency call lights when off. The room in question was 10 rooms away from where I was stationed at a desk–with my feet propped up. There was a real problem happening in that room, so I bolted out of my swivel chair and proceeded to run down the hall, anticipating a crash c-section. Coming towards me was one of the new 1st year intern guys—he was shorter than me, thinner than me, and obviously not aware that he should be running towards the room as well.

The moment I reached his side, my feet twisted sideways on the shoe heels and I toppled over. In slow-motion, I sprawled out on the floor, taking the intern down with me. In an attempt to right myself, I stomped hard on one of his hands with the rock-solid heel of my shoes. He yelped, which halted the progress of two other residents on their way to the emergency. We hoisted up off the floor and then everyone ran off without me. Yanking off the offending shoes with an oath, I found a twisted and swelling ankle to compliment my poor plantars.

That resident never really spoke to me again and I NEVER wore those shoes again. In fact, I just found those dang clogs on my closet floor in their box and have successfully listed them on Ebay in “near-new” condition. Good luck to their new owners!

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Amy Bozeman

Amy is many things: a blogger, a nurse, a wife, a mom, a childbirth educator. She started her journey towards a career in nursing when she got pregnant with her first child. After nursing school and studying "like she has never studied before" she entered the nursing profession eager to get her feet wet. The first years provided her with much exposure to sadness, joy and other complex human emotions. She feels that blogging is a wonderful outlet and a way for nurse bloggers to further build their community. Traditionally, midwives have handed down their skill set from midwife to apprentice midwife. She believes nurses have this same opportunity: to pass from nurse to new nurse the rich traditions of this profession.

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9 Responses to Bad Shoes!

  1. nan

    A number of years ago I worked with a respiratory therapist that wore 4″ heels all the time. In an emergency, she could run faster than I could!

  2. Susan

    I cannot help but wonder if you are speaking of a certain clog everyone tells me to buy! I am starting my first job as an RN and am already 6 ft tall and need a good solid shoe. I wish I knew for sure what clogs you are referring to…though I believe I may know. Don’t want to waste the money. Does it rhyme with Oh “Hand Toe”??? LOL or could you email me a name? thanks!

    • Doris

      I am sure they are talking about the Danskos, aka Dr. Shoes. …not good to run with

  3. My very first shift wearing a new pair of $130 Keen shoes I had a patient explosively shoot diarrhea down the leg of my likewise brand new scrubs. Somehow the poop completely missed my shoes–a small miracle. Now they’re considered my lucky shoes, Haha!

  4. amy

    Susan yep you are thinking of the right brand. People love them!

  5. Doris

    I have been there, bought a miilion and one shoes. Everything from Skechers, Danskos, New Balance, so on. I swear by Doves from Nurses Mates. Bought them in navy, white, black. Super comfy and light weight. You will love them.

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  7. bettinaj

    I have also had a tremendous amount of difficulty finding the right shoe for nursing. Until recently, I relied on my trusty running shoes – not very professional looking but at least they provided some cushioning for those long 12 hour shifts. I am definitely not a ‘clog’ type of person as they look far too clumsy and unforgiving for my tender feet. I recently discovered a WONDERFUL new shoe – they’re called Akesso’s. Great-looking, excellent traction and nearly as cozy as my slippers. The shoes come in several colors ( I have black and another pair in silver) and clean up easily in case of spills without staining. This is the first time in over 14 years as an RN that I have dared to wear anything other than a sneaker. I highly recommend them to anyone who works long hours, often at a run.

  8. Leah Reed

    Here is the thing about danskos… you cant just wear them for the first time on a 12 hr shift. You HAVE to break them in at home first. I have a super cute pair that I love and can run in if necessary (I’m im the ER so i occasionally have to run). Wear them at home for 2 hrs at first, then gradually work your way up to 5-6 hrs. When you can wear them all day at home, a full day including running errands, picking the kids up from school etc, you can wear them all shift with no problem. Took me about 3 weeks to fully break mine in. Expensive, yes, but i wouldn’t trade them for anything now!!