anyone have zcoil shoes?

  1. I was talking with my mom this morning on the phone. She is at the hospital visiting with her brother who had triple bypass surgery on Monday morning. So far, he is doing pretty good considering before the surgery he had pneumonia, was on blood thinners, had a recent stroke, and is a diabetic. I have done some reading online and even saw a video of bypass surgery where they didn't even stop the heart for surgery so I would better understand what he was going through. It really is amazing the new techniques they are coming up with. My question, however, concerns a certain type of shoes that my Mom noticed to be popular with the nurses. They are called "zcoil" shoes and they look kind of funny. They are also kind of expensive, but they are supposed to be very good for your back, posture, and feet. I was just wondering if any of you have worn these and if so, what your thoughts are regarding them.
    Kimberly
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  3. by   jessjoy
    I've never heard of them but I am interested in finding out more about them.
  4. by   Hooligan
    Kind of funny looking?...Maybe not if you're a kangaroo! LOL! I think I'd kill myself wearing those. OK...now I'm really curious...Has anybody worn these and are they really that good? In case your curious, I found a link...Zcoils I myself have been looking for a good pair of shoes...but WOW!

    Bean
  5. by   nrw350
    still wondering who else has these shoes? I would be too concerned about them getting caught in or on something as well as the higher heel position when wearing them
  6. by   kats
    I was visiting my Mom this weekend and she said that they have some with a covering over the coil to prevent from getting caught. I also tried on her shoes and although it looks like the heel is lots higher, when you are standing on them it isn't so much anymore. I am still not convinced that I will buy them however. I want to take a closer look at the Wearever and Dansko shoes too.
  7. by   nrw350
    hmmm let me know what oyu think of whatever you choose? i am on both aim and yahoo
  8. by   kats
    It will probably be a while before I make my decision because I am not starting nursing school until next January at the earliest. I will be around then though too and will post it then. (Hopefully I will be starting in January- my fingers are crossed! I keep having dreams that I find out that I have been accepted into nursing school. They are definitely good until I wake up.)
  9. by   colleen10
    There was thread about ZCoils on the General Nursing Board, I think. I checked out the website and they are really wild looking. Expensive too. According to the website you have to be specially fitted for them.

    Some of the nurses on the other thread that had them swore by them.
  10. by   HeatherB RN
    Yes, I have a pair of zcoil shoes. They were recommeded to me by the day nurse from where I work. I have bone on bone in my left knee and shceduled for knee replacement. Knee is not hurting as bad since I have wore them for 3 days. What I have found is that my legs are not aching and spasming at night. You do not feel like you are walking on springs, just a well padded tennis shoe.
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    Quote from kats
    I was talking with my mom this morning on the phone. She is at the hospital visiting with her brother who had triple bypass surgery on Monday morning. So far, he is doing pretty good considering before the surgery he had pneumonia, was on blood thinners, had a recent stroke, and is a diabetic. I have done some reading online and even saw a video of bypass surgery where they didn't even stop the heart for surgery so I would better understand what he was going through. It really is amazing the new techniques they are coming up with. My question, however, concerns a certain type of shoes that my Mom noticed to be popular with the nurses. They are called "zcoil" shoes and they look kind of funny. They are also kind of expensive, but they are supposed to be very good for your back, posture, and feet. I was just wondering if any of you have worn these and if so, what your thoughts are regarding them.
    Kimberly
  11. by   RN2travel
    Quote from kats
    I was talking with my mom this morning on the phone. She is at the hospital visiting with her brother who had triple bypass surgery on Monday morning. So far, he is doing pretty good considering before the surgery he had pneumonia, was on blood thinners, had a recent stroke, and is a diabetic. I have done some reading online and even saw a video of bypass surgery where they didn't even stop the heart for surgery so I would better understand what he was going through. It really is amazing the new techniques they are coming up with. My question, however, concerns a certain type of shoes that my Mom noticed to be popular with the nurses. They are called "zcoil" shoes and they look kind of funny. They are also kind of expensive, but they are supposed to be very good for your back, posture, and feet. I was just wondering if any of you have worn these and if so, what your thoughts are regarding them.
    Kimberly
    When I was traveling in Reno, Nevada I saw alot of people in Z-Coils, mostly nurses but a few lab etc. Everyone that I talked to absolutely loved them, stated they had 90-100% less leg, foot, and back pain during and after a 12 hour shift and no longer needed meds (tylenol, IB, etc.) to make it through or to sleep at night. I planned on getting some but you know I put it off and finally ended up in small town USA and still don't have them. Will get them on the way to my next assignment for sure. I appreciate anything that will make me not depend on meds for survival! They are expensive but also have a great warrenty!
  12. by   suzanne4
    Actually worked with a plastic surgeon that also wore them, and he was over 6 foot tall and had I think about a size 12 shoe. Several friends of mine wear them and swear by them, probably when I get my next work shoes I will try them, but I have a closet full of Super Berkies still.
  13. by   rn undisclosed name
    I was intrigued by this post so I called a place that sells these shoes. I may decide to get them once I graduate. The lady I talked to said that the coil helps reduce impact by 50%. If you put a cover on it then it's only 30%. Without the cover there are 16 settings for the shoe and with the cover only 2 settings. Also, only the black shoes have the cover. She also said that these shoes last a really long time. You just replace the coil (and possibly the insert inside the shoe) and they're as good as new. She just did this (replacing the coil) for a nurse who has had these shoes for 2 1/2 years (though I don't know how long she's worn them) and was very happy.

    I also asked if this shoe worked for everyone and she said no. The only time she's seen these shoes not work is if someone has nerve problems in their legs or venous problems in their legs. That makes sense.

    Just thought I'd share.

    Kelly
  14. by   zambezi
    I have ZCoils and I love them, probably wont go back to buying another pair (have been through running shoes, danskos, and birks prior). My zcoils are way more comfortable than alll of the above. We have quite a few people (nurses, doctors, etc) at work that wear them. They are expensive but worth it. I have had mine for over two years (same pair) and I work a full time job and an on call position, so I wear them all the time. I have had to replace the coils twice. Both times, they did break at work which is a bummer (started carrying an extra pair of shoes in my car) but once you take them in the store fixes them right away for no charge and they are like new shoes already broken in! They are extrememly stable shoes (way more stable than danskos IMHO) and just feel very cushiony. My legs are much less sore after a 12 hours shift than before I started wearing them. Getting used to the coils did take me a month or so...I work in an ICU so being extra careful not to get the coils wrapped around a foley, tubing, etc took a conscious effort at first but I don't think about more than I normally would now.
    Last edit by zambezi on Aug 3, '05

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