Best shoe to wear in nursing school for clinical and after? - page 3

by soulshine101

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Hello! I start nursing school in May and I was wondering if you all could suggest a great shoe for clinical rotations? We do a 1000 clinical hours so I am guessing I will be on my fit quite a bit. Thanks for the feedback!... Read More


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    I use Dansko's ... they come with orthotics built in. Also, invest in some TED hose/pressure stockings and comfy, somewhat thick ankle socks. If you go with Dansko's or any thick shoes like them, you want some cushion between your ankles and the shoe. Otherwise it might rub against them.
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    I adore my Klogs! They are light and comfortable, and can be washed with any type of wipe that you want, no fabric to worry about.

    It is also good to have more than one pair/style of shoes so you don't wear the same ones every day, that way pressure is put on different areas.

    I love bamboo socks - they are light and help keep my feet cool and dry!
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    I swear by Sanita clogs...they work the best for me. However, you need to find the best fit for you.
    To achieve the best fit, might I suggest having your feet sized by a professional? I made the mistake of buying the shoe size I thought I was (38) until I was measured by a professional, who informed me I was actually a size 39.
    The comfort difference was immediately obvious. My feet, back and hips no longer ached at the end of a shift.
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    Quote from wyogypsy
    I adore my Klogs! They are light and comfortable, and can be washed with any type of wipe that you want, no fabric to worry about.

    It is also good to have more than one pair/style of shoes so you don't wear the same ones every day, that way pressure is put on different areas.

    I love bamboo socks - they are light and help keep my feet cool and dry!
    Bamboo socks?! Never heard of them, where can I find a pair?
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    WOW< thanks for all the awesome feedback. I am going to look into all the suggestions and find the best fit. I def. think going with several different styles will be the best route!!
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    I'm starting school on the 14th, but was previously in a career where I was on my feet a ton -- on stained concrete floors (and I needed to wear dresses/suits). I swear by Dansko for durability, posture, and back pain prevention. Dansko's take some getting used to, but they completely saved my back. I just purchased a pair of Klogs for school; my Dansko's are all patterned and I don't think they will meet the uniform requirements (they weren't too specific but I wanted to be sure I had a solid color).

    Danskos should be purchased as described in an earlier post (European sizes/1/2 size up; finger between back of shoe and heel) and they should be fairly snug on your instep while they're being broken in -- I had my initial pair fitted in person. They do not have all of the cushioning many expect, but for back pain, they're the ones; they were great on my feet too. I hope my Klogs work out as well!

    Good Luck in School -- I'm nervous and excited as well.
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    Quote from kalycat
    I'm starting school on the 14th, but was previously in a career where I was on my feet a ton -- on stained concrete floors (and I needed to wear dresses/suits). I swear by Dansko for durability, posture, and back pain prevention. Dansko's take some getting used to, but they completely saved my back. I just purchased a pair of Klogs for school; my Dansko's are all patterned and I don't think they will meet the uniform requirements (they weren't too specific but I wanted to be sure I had a solid color).

    Danskos should be purchased as described in an earlier post (European sizes/1/2 size up; finger between back of shoe and heel) and they should be fairly snug on your instep while they're being broken in -- I had my initial pair fitted in person. They do not have all of the cushioning many expect, but for back pain, they're the ones; they were great on my feet too. I hope my Klogs work out as well!

    Good Luck in School -- I'm nervous and excited as well.
    I am definitely going to look at Dansko. Did you put any type of cushioning in your shoes? I think getting them fitted in-person is the only option for me!

    Good luck to you as well! What school are you attending?
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    i love nursemates
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    I found that when I started working 12 hour shifts no matter what shoe I wore my feet hurt. Or my knees. Or my back-or all at the same time. I was limping down the hall one day when a seasoned nurse suggested to me I change to different shoes halfway through the shift. It worked for me! I found that different shoes cause different pressure points so by changing them every 6 hours my feet/knees/back felt better. I start out the shift in New balance cross trainers, and end it in clogs which feel better on my (by that time) swollen feet.

    Good luck to you!
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    Hey Soulshine! (Sorry that I didn't log in for a bit and see your response -- I got completely busy preparing for school!) It's probably too late to answer your question, but no, I don't put any inserts in my shoes or anything. I just go with the straight Dansko's.

    I am attending Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. I moved up to this area for school even though my permanent home is about 2.5 hours away. Yesterday was my first day of school and I'm definitely feeling busy. I hope things are going well for you and that you found some suitable shoes!

    kalycat


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