Putting your best foot forward

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When I started nursing school we got all the information about our uniforms. It was a happy day, and I couldn’t wait to get into my first all-white uniform (oh, if only I knew then!).

Then there were the shoes. I had to have all white tennis shoes, with no mesh, all solid. I remember making a trip to Sport Chalet with my  mom so we could find the right pair for my wide-ish feet so that I would be able to last all those hours on the floor walking back and forth. We found the right pair, and even the sales clerk told us, “Oh yes, a lot of nurses buy these shoes for work.”

Flash forward 2 1/2 years later and I’ve been wearing them to work. No more all-white requirement, but they are my “nursing shoes.”  It’s been a good few years, and those shoes have carried me through it all. But now when I get halfway through my day, my feet are burning, begging me to take them off! I couldn’t keep going much longer. I think those shoes have seen their final days, though I think I will probably always keep them for sentimental value (at least for a year or so).

I got new shoes for Christmas! And while returns and tracking down the right pair took about a month, I am finally donning my new kicks to work! They’re Reebok EasyTones, and while I don’t feel that anything is being toned at all (or any more than usual after a day’s work), I LOVE them for their squishy soles and lightweight feeling! I came home last night with my feet happy, I could have kept them on a few more hours!  It was a weekend of three in a row, and after nearly three years, I figured out what it means to have happy feet!

Nurses: What kind of shoes keep your feet happy??

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Ani Burr, RN

I'm a brand new, full-fledged, fresh-out-of-school RN! And better yet, I landed the job of my dreams working with children. I love what I do, and while everyday on the job is a new (and sometimes scary) experience, I'm taking it all in - absorbing everything I can about this amazing profession we all fell in love with.

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9 Responses to Putting your best foot forward

  1. Lisa Welch

    I used to think anything white would work, until i spent a few long hard hours in dialysis as a Tech. After a long bout with aching legs, hips, feet, I tried a pair of Nike Shox. What a world of difference! I have also known a few people who’ve tried Z coil, and say they are amazing! They are pretty pricey, but I’m thinking about giving them a try.

    Lisa Welch
    RN Student

  2. Barbara

    I wear avia’s motion I absolutely love them and my feet never hurt

  3. Jamie Rogers

    I love my white leather maryjane skechers shapeups!

  4. Jobi

    I have found that one of many shoes will work, the key is arch supports that can be switched between shoes. I use Good Feet brand arch supports and they do the trick every time.

  5. Ellen Algava

    I’m a Dansko person. They’re limited in colors for wide feet, but I get around that by buying a larger size.

  6. Stef

    Timberland PRO Renova, hands down! Keeps me going all shift long. http://renovacollection.com/

  7. Laurie

    Z-Coil Walking shoes

  8. Jan

    I’ve got a few pair of shoes comfortable enough to get me through 12-14 hr. shifts. The top of my list is my MBT’s. While they can be pricey, (I got mine on sale), they help with posture, my back/knees & are squishy soft! Years ago, I was told to rotate my shoes every day or two. This gives the insoles time to rebound & breathe. It really works! I rotate my MBT’s w/Skechers Shape Ups, North Face (also on sale), & lightweight, glove soft Saucony’s. I’ve scotchguarded all of them where it counts & they are all still like new!

  9. connie richardson

    i have been nursing for 25 yrs and have tried probably every shoe there is. I am wearing z-coils now. i truly love them and i have not had the problems with my feet that i did before wearing them