Which Shoes Are Best?

  1. I'm a nursing student who is going to be starting a new position as a Unit Tech in a CCU in a couple of weeks. I'll be working two 12 hour weekend shifts and one 8 hour weeknite shift and I really don't want to have achy, swollen feet!! Does anyone have any suggestions as to which type/brand of shoes are the best? I'd hate to spend $60 or more on shoes only to find out that they hurt my feet. I've heard some good things about Cherokee Rockers RClogz and Birkenstocks Super Birki or Professional Clogs. Any experiences with these or other shoes? Also, which shoes should I avoid? I've heard NurseMates are horrible. My feet thank you !!

    Valerie
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   codebluechic
    Birkenstocks!!!!!
  4. by   Cindy_A
    I just bought a pair of Easy Spirits, I believe the style is called Enconquerer. They are wonderful! They are all white too!
  5. by   journeyy
    Thought I would die of aching feet on those 12 hour shifts until I found New Balance. They are awesome!
  6. by   fraidy
    I love Nike running shoes.
  7. by   donmurray
    My Cherokees are so comfy, I try ,and fail ,not to wear them off duty.
  8. by   P_RN
    White Rockport ProWalkers.

    Usually less than $50. TED/support stockings. No pain even after 12 hours. And if you sit a lot be sure you stand and move at least every hour or so to keep from blood pooling in your legs. Might be the last sit down you get before you get work as a nurse.
  9. by   nurs4kids
    New Balance saved my feet and my nursing career!!! However, recently I took a chance and bought a pair of the slip on's, ANDI's. They were hot and uncomfortable for a week or two, but now I love them. Still not sure I'm over the New Balances, though
  10. by   RNforLongTime
    Nursmates are horrible! Don't buy them as they suck! Personally, I LOVE Reebok Ultra DMX walkers, only prob is they squeak too much. I am currently wearing New Balance 608's which are VERY comfy. I've heard good things about Birkenstocks although I have a prob paying over a hundred dollars for a pair of shoes. Dansko clogs and shoes are good too!

    Kelly
  11. by   Cindy_A
    Valerie,
    As you can see, you're going to get a lot of differnt opinions! I think your best bet is just to go shoe shopping one day and try on as many and as different pairs as you can, then try to make a decision! We are all so different, what may be great for me, may be terrible for someone else! But, when you find the shoes you like stick with 'em, and pray the style doesn't get discontinued!
  12. by   Kat63
    I wear "Anywears" clogs. They are the absolute most comfortable shoe I have ever worn. They are not the most attractive but the comfort outweighs the look by far. They are very reasonably priced also, I paid less than $40 for mine at a uniform shop. They are rubber and can be tossed in the washing machine or even the dishwasher (I have not done that, just the thought of "where" my shoes have been makes putting them in the same place that my kids dishes are cleaned rules that out for me). I have tried Birkenstock Birkis but they made the calves of my legs so strained that I only wore them for a week before I gave them away.

    Whichever shoe you go with make sure they are easy to clean because you will be splashed with all sorts of "stuff".

    Good luck with your new job.
  13. by   grnvillechick
    Birkenstocks are like having a foot massage when you walk...just bought my first pair and will never return to nursemates !!! be sure you change out your shoes every 3-6 months...always take them off before you walk into your house..invest in pedicures..you will need them...have your doctor check to see if you need a heel lift too..for years i would get terrible backaches..and my doctor told me most people have one leg shorter than the other...a mere 1/4 inch difference in leg length can make you miserable...since my heel lift and birkenstocks...life has been as good as it gets on my 12 hour shifts !!!! good luck!!
  14. by   CCU NRS
    NEW BALANCE! There is no other shoe.

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