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Choosing The Right Nurse Shoes

nurse shoes choosingThere are literally hundreds of different styles of shoes on the market and nurses are on their feet for most of the time that they are on duty. Which can be anywhere from 8 to 16 hours a day depending if the nurse has to work overtime, or what type of shift work she is doing.

So footwear is a very important aspect to a nurse. It’s really important that you choose the best nurse shoes that you can find. Humans have varying issue with their feet and some require wearing special shoes. But even with all the various foot issues, it all comes down to comfort.

Depending on whether you have a normal arch, high arch, or are flat footed, there are shoes just for you. Some of the most common shoe styles are tennis shoes, oxford style, slip-on’s and clogs. Reducing the stress on your feet is the key to surviving your shift with minimal discomfort. Depending on your arch and pronation you need to look for different shoe characteristics such as:

  1.  Stability – look for this feature if you have a normal arch.
  2. Motion Control – the most important feature for over-pronators.
  3. Cushioning – the most needed by people with high arches and if you have excessive weight.

Some of the key aspects to consider when shopping for nursing shoes should be that they are slip resistant and that your feet should fit and stay securely in the shoes.

There are various materials that shoes are made of and you need to consider what your uniform policy allows or does not allow.

Some of the common materials that footwear are made of are:

  1. Rubber. Rubber shoes offer the highest level of protection from chemical and bio-hazards.
  2. Synthetic or genuine leather shoes. This is the most classic variant of shoes. Synthetic Leather is easy to clean and it does protect your feet from various spill hazards. Genuine Leather is the better option as it is breathable, whereas synthetic leather is not. Suede shoes are not a good choice nor are the recommended for most nurses as they stain easily and offer poor spill protection.
  3. Natural canvas – synthetic mesh shoes. These shoes are great for your feet because they are light weight and breathable. Due to the fact that they do not protect your feet from accidental spills, they are not allowed for nurses that work with or around bio-hazard or just plain hazardous materials.

Another thing to keep in mind is that shoes deform after a period of time and at some point will no longer provide corrective help if you suffer from various Plantar issues. Even though they may be good and worn in and feel comfortable, shoes should be replaced every six months or so.

Now we’ll take a look at the different styles of shoes.

  1. Sneakers or Tennis shoes. These shoes are one of, if not, the best shoes for people who are standing on their feet all day, which includes nurses. These shoes are light weight, comfortable, and you can find many of these shoes, which will suit the biomechanical needs of your legs. They are available in many brands and many colors, of which, white and black are the most typical for nursing. Additionally, choosing a style with a wide toe box will ensure additional comfort.
  2. Oxford shoes. These are the shoes that give the more professional look. They are neat and protect the feet from spills. Even though some synthetics look very good and stylish, always be sure to get the genuine leather ones as they allow your feet to breath as synthetic brands will not allow your feet to breath and they also make your feet sweat, which not only leads to foot excessive foot odor, but creates foot diseases as well.
  3. Clogs. Clogs and rubber clogs, not to mistaken with the brand Klogs, are highly popular with nurses. They are easy to put on and take off and they give a reasonable level of comfort. With a lack of laces which can cause the foot to slip out and cause possible injury or a fall if caught off balance during a slip out, Clogs are not the perfect choice for nurses. If you still prefer clogs, there are special nursing clogs available that have straps that provide a measure of security in preventing the foot from slipping out. Also you must take into account the possibility of a spill, so choosing the solid clog over one that is perforated is always preferred for safety reasons. The one aspect that makes clogs so popular is that they are readily available in a wide variety of colors and multi colors that cater to most everyone’s personal taste in color or colors. Another facet of clogs is that they are very, very easy to clean and highly durable.
  4. Slip-on shoes. Sometimes called step-in shoes, they have a sold back unlike clogs that help keep your foot secured inside the shoe. Slip-on shoes having no laces, means you don’t have to spend extra time lacing them up either.

Some of the most popular brands of nursing shoes on the market are: Nurse Mates, Bates, Dansko, Merrell, Alegria, Sanita (by Koi), Birkenstock, Timberland, Sketchers, and Born.

In athletic shoe brands you have a selection available from Saucony, Asics, Brooks, New Balance, Mizuno, and Nike.

While you may find some selections at high-end department stores and a little large selection at select Uniform shops, the internet is where you will find just about all of the varieties available. Online you can start your search with Amazon, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, Google and Bing searches will bring up tons of links to stores.

So what factors do you look for when you are trying to pick the best nursing shoes? Are there any brands or styles that you really love?

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George Tall

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George Tall works in the legal field, is a father of three, and a husband of a RN for 25 years. He enjoys writing about everything, especially nursing! He has been writing for a living, at least partially, since around 2000. As an author on dozens of websites, he enjoys being factual, while spinning a bit of humor where possible.
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