Shoe Question

  1. There was a thread on here not long ago about comfortable shoes, and I noticed that several people mentioned that they wore clogs.

    The hospital that employs me has a dress code that specifically excludes clogs, or any other open back shoe. I don't work in the hospital, I'm a FNP in the clinic and wear street clothes, but last week we did some screenings at a school and someone from the hospital saw I had open-back canvas shoes on and reported me. I'm getting a note from my doctor that I can wear whatever is comfortable, as I'm diabetic with some mild neuropathy and have other foot problems as well).

    My question is, does anybody know of any reason why clogs or open back shoes should *not* be worn in any clinical areas? It seems to me to be based on not liking how they look! I have a pair of Anywears that are super comfortable, and they were recommended by an OR nurse manager in another hospital!

    My personal feelings on a dress code is that if we are clean, neat, and not too short/tight/low cut, then we should be treated like grownups. Thanks!
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   santhony44
    Oops. I meant to say, if we are clean and neat and our *clothes* are not too short/tight/low cut!!
  4. by   delirium
    In my facility, open backed shoes are banned for the same reason the open toed shoes are banned, for the safety of the person wearing them.
    That said, the OR staff still wears clogs.
    Go figure.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Iwould not wear clogs in OB or OR due to needles and blood all over. It to me, is an issue of self-protection. Every try to RUN for a precipitious delivery in CLOGS? How bout move a HUGE patient from stretcher to OR bed and keep those shoes on your feet? To me, anyhow, it is just not a good idea.
  6. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i was thinking what about running too, debbie. for me, they hurt my feet. also, since the heel is out, spills or bodly fluids/ etc., can easily get to the feet.
  7. by   fedupnurse
    santhony44,
    I agree. Suits spend far too much time worrying about our wardrobes which, by the way, they won't pay for, when they should be spending time figuring out ways to keep us at the bedside!
    I wear AnyWears and they are, bar none, the most comfortable things I have ever had on my feet. Sneakers are really hard for me to wear for extended periods of time. Never had a problem as stated above. Have run in them and transfer patients from ER stretchers to beds and also have to maneuver a steep ramp going backwards and have never lost a shoe yet! Now shoes I can't wear anymore are pumps. If it has a heel, I am on the floor! Personal preference, I guess.
  8. by   adrienurse
    They are not banned per se. If I happen to sustain an injury caused by my shoes being backless or from my shoes flying off -- I'm not covered by our employee injury insurence.
  9. by   Mkue
    i love clogs. will have to find out aug 1st if i can wear them. do understand the safety involved wth open toes and clogs. our shoes have to be all white.


    have heard of dansko shoes.

    marie
  10. by   NMAguiar
    I know there's a lot of people that really love clogs. But everytime I look at a pair I notice there's no heel strap -- don't they slide off the back of your foot?

    The sellers also tout that clogs are uni-sex. Can anyone see men wearing these?
  11. by   NMAguiar
    Has anyone seen the new shoes for nurses that bear huge springs instead of regular soles?

    People that have them SWEAR by them. To me they just look stupid.

    Enquiring minds and all.
  12. by   indeed
    Most of the nurses that wear clogs where I work are men. The female nurses seem to be fond of Dansko's...they make a pair that looks like a clog from the front but has a closed back. Everyone swears by them. Me, I'll stick with my Spalding's that I got from Target for 20 bucks.

    Indeed.
  13. by   Mkue
    Just read my packet on "shoes" and it states Regulation type nursing shoe or tennis shoe all white.

    Haven't yet found a tennis shoe that is comfortable. Really like the Dansko clog with the strap in back BUT soooo expensive.

    Marie
  14. by   rnor
    I wear clogs and I work in the OR...do not have a problem keeping them on my feet, and have not had a problem running for an emergency...the name of the clogs I wear are ANYWEARS.
    Guess after you get use to wearing them they are like any other shoe. Our facility changed the dress code after so many nurses complained because they could not wear clogs, so now its ok...

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