Preferred Nursing Shoe?

  1. my clinical attire regulations state: white regulation nursing shoes are to be worn with a closed toe and heel. no sandals, clogs, patent leather or canvas shoes are permitted.

    ok i was hoping i could wear a new pair of all white nb sneakers as they are the only ones that don't make my plantar fasciitis flare up because i can get a wide width.

    what do you recommend? i need something that gives the support my heels need but aren't ugly either. thanks in advance!
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  3. by   arciedee
    I would contact the school to find out whether the New Balance shoes will be okay. I know for my school white sneakers are okay, as long as they aren't running shoes or canvas (no mesh holes for stuff to soak in), so if you know those shoes work for you it's worth it to find out.
  4. by   nightshifter415
    Wrapping up my very last year of nursing school and I have found that Danskos have gotten me comfortably through all of my clinicals. I work the night shift as a CNA in a hospital and I wear them to work as well. Heck I loved them so much I bought different colors so I could wear them when I go grocery shopping and/or run errands. When buying them, you are supposed to make sure there is enough space in the shoe so that you can fit your pinkie between the heel and the back of the shoe (this is so you can rock back and forth in the shoe while standing, and it lessens any back discomfort because it provides a good support for your arches). I recommend this shoe from www.dansko.com because it looks cute, and it's closed toe and heal (so you can walk fast without the shoe coming off and at the same time if anything drips on your foot your toes are protected). Yes it is leather, but it's not patent leather (which is that shiny stuff) and they run a little over $110 but I think it is an investment. My feet and my back don't hurt by the time I get home, and they work especially well with some knee high support hose. Real easy to clean as well. Good luck!
    Last edit by nightshifter415 on May 16, '07
  5. by   Athenas83
    Quote from nightshifter415
    I recommend this shoe from www.dansko.com because it looks cute, and it's closed toe and heal (so you can walk fast without the shoe coming off and at the same time if anything drips on your foot your toes are protected). Yes it is leather, but it's not patent leather (which is that shiny stuff) and they run a little over $110 but I think it is an investment. My feet and my back don't hurt by the time I get home, and they work especially well with some knee high support hose. Real easy to clean as well. Good luck!
    Those are sooooo cute!!! I start nursing school in the fall and those are perfect. I was so worried I'd have to sacrifice looks for comfort. Thank you, thank you!
  6. by   locolorenzo22
    I'll tell you, I wear a pair of White Reeboks, and they work fine for the 8 hrs of clinical...however, I generally have to sit at least a while when pulling my 12 hr shift at work with my regular running shoes....Also, I once wore my clinical shoes to work accidentally, and then got blood from a drain on them, and now, they are offically my "lawn-mowing" shoes....lol.
  7. by   WDWpixieRN
    We wear tennies....a few of us have Crocs, but that's up to the CI's discretion and not all allow them.

    I usually wear Reeboks that are pure white, but I noticed we have a few students that have pushed the "95% white" rule beyond its limits....I'd definitely check directly with someone at your school (a clinical instructor) to see what they say before investing a bunch of money in other shoes at this point.....
  8. by   Achoo!
    Yep, we all had white tennies or Crocs. I got some solid white Nike's that worked great
  9. by   eldragon
    Nursemates shoes aren't too terribly ugly and are affordable on Amazon.com. Mine have gotten me through clinicals without a problem.
  10. by   IrishIzCPNP
    I have a pair of shoes from a Life Uniforms and they are fine but not great.

    I have heard too many good things about Dansko so I plan to get a pair of shoes from them. I was told they have an outlet store in the Philadelphia/Delaware area but I have no idea where or if it's really a Dankso outlet. They do have an online outlet http://www.danskooutlet.com/

    A while back somebody here recommend Merrils. I know I tried to find them in a local store but nobody had all white. I didn't bother to try them on since I could get the right color but I heard they are excellent too.
  11. by   momababyrn
    Have you tried Dansko clogs? They make a clog with a closed back. These are the only shoes I could wear when I worked on the floor as my legs would not ache at the end of the shift when I wore these shoes.
  12. by   elisabeth
    I've always loved the look of those Dansko mary janes. My question is, how are they for a wide foot? My feet were completely normal until I had a baby, but now I need a wide shoe.... I don't want to be stuck in some old lady shoes!
  13. by   Athenas83
    With the Dansko maryjanes, would the lack of coverage on the top of the foot be risky for dropping needles?
  14. by   BoonersmomRN
    Quote from elisabeth
    I've always loved the look of those Dansko mary janes. My question is, how are they for a wide foot? My feet were completely normal until I had a baby, but now I need a wide shoe.... I don't want to be stuck in some old lady shoes!
    I suppose it all depends on how wide your feet are- BUT I have a wide foot and i CANNOT fit into Danskos at all...which is a shame because I really adore some of their styles. I wear NB wide tennis shoes or crocs...but cannot wear Crocs for school

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