Shoes...what do you wear? - page 5

No matter who I talk to, everyone has different opinions on shoes. I realize that everyone's comfort varies and different shoes fit people differently. So...what is your shoe of choice and why?... Read More

  1. by   Lady_Bing
    Heya. I am also a new nurse and I wear "nurse mates". I have to say that I liked them when I was in nursing school when my hospital experience was limited to a few clinicals. Now that I work full time, I come home in pain. I am exploring different options at this point - I need something better than what I have.
  2. by   RacheloneRN
    I too am a new grad and during nursing school, and even working in an office for 12 hour shifts I LOVED my nursemates, I especially liked that I don't need to tie them, I always have shoelace issues, but now that I am scrubbing in the OR, my feet are killing me!!! I don't know if it is just because I've had my nursemates for 2 years and maybe they're just shot, or if I just need to learn to literally stand for 12 hours, we don't really get sit and chart time in the OR... If any OR nurses have any suggestions, I'd really appreciate it, I can't wear crocks, I'm a clutz and trip way too much in clogs... thanks!
  3. by   AmericanRN
    Quote from Rachelone
    I too am a new grad and during nursing school, and even working in an office for 12 hour shifts I LOVED my nursemates, I especially liked that I don't need to tie them, I always have shoelace issues, but now that I am scrubbing in the OR, my feet are killing me!!! I don't know if it is just because I've had my nursemates for 2 years and maybe they're just shot, or if I just need to learn to literally stand for 12 hours, we don't really get sit and chart time in the OR... If any OR nurses have any suggestions, I'd really appreciate it, I can't wear crocks, I'm a clutz and trip way too much in clogs... thanks!

    You sound like me!! I have shoelace issues as well and I trip all the time with the one pair of clogs that I do have (strictly for on my time usage since I am clumsy with shoes)

    I have a nice pair of Rockers the style is called Cherubs. They are comfortable, look decent and they are fully enclosed, yet a slip on, no buckles, shoelaces, or anything else to get hung up on.

    I think your feet hurt because the shoes are shot, it's sorta like tires it wears out and the more miles you put on it the faster it breaks down.

    Off duty you can roll a frozen water bottle between you feet, if that is simply too cold then use a tennis ball. I know that people with torn plantar fascias are told to do this but it works good even if you don't have that problem. It also forces you foot into a little exercise regimen allowing all the tendons and things to bend and stretch in the opposite direction of where it's been going all day. You can't learn to stand all day if your feet aren't massaged and exercised properly when they get time off.

    As my mother says "take care of your feet and eyes, theres no real replacements available and no one gives them the respect they deserve."
  4. by   AmericanRN
    P.S.

    Shoes should be rotated every day or every few days wheter one is working or not. Feet are lazy and start bending into the groove of a well worn shoe. Many avid shoe lovers have a lot less problems with their feet because they wear so many different kinds.
  5. by   Lucy4
    The very best work shoes, in my almost 30 years experience is SAS. SAS shoes are not cheap, but are well made, most comfortable, offer more support and hold up twice as long as the other brands. New Balance is my second choice. I bought a pair of Nurse Mate shoes on sale, against my better judgement, but they were a bargain at a uniform shop going out of business. Total waste of money - wore them a week or two and my feel hurt so bad I gave up. Offered no support and flimsy soles. I should of used the money towards a pair of SAS at the time. One of my friends said her podiatrist told her SAS and New Balance were his favorites. Just my 2 cents.
  6. by   ElvishDNP
    I have a pair of New Balance that I've had for almost 3 yrs. They're great and since I wear orthotics for my plantar fasciitis, they fit great inside those shoes.
  7. by   sarah_bellum
    My latest favorite is Earth shoes-Solar.

    I love that they come in wide, they are waterproof, cute and they have great side support.

    I use to love crocs but my hips started to hurt, I think they didn't have enough side support.

    I have several pairs of earth shoes, I wear them on my day off as well. I have not had any back/hip trouble since I started wearing them last summer.

    nbch:
  8. by   pretzelpug
    does anyone know how the cherokee rockers are supposed to fit? should they have a 'pinky-sized' space at the heel like danskos?
  9. by   preemieRNkate
    I was wearing Crocs (the kind that are closed on top, with vent holes on the side) over the summer, and found that my feet and legs were achy after a few shifts in a row. I have been wearing Danskos ever since (professional black cabrio) and I love them! They took a shift or two to break in, but I can work a few nights in a row without pain. The only complaint I have about them is that because they have a higher heel than my other shoes (Crocs or sneakers), sometimes my scrubs look like highwaters.
  10. by   lindsaylou
    This is kinda odd, but one of the nurses on my floor has plantar fasciitis and changes between two pairs of shoes all day.
  11. by   RacheloneRN
    So I decided to try out danskos, hopefully my feet will thank me more than my bank account did... Thanks for the tip about the pants, but I'm only 5'0" - I don't think any pair of pants has ever looked liked high-waters on me...lol...
    I'll let y'all know how the danskos go - I've heard they take some getting used to.
  12. by   preemieRNkate
    Quote from RacheloneRN
    So I decided to try out danskos, hopefully my feet will thank me more than my bank account did... Thanks for the tip about the pants, but I'm only 5'0" - I don't think any pair of pants has ever looked liked high-waters on me...lol...
    I'll let y'all know how the danskos go - I've heard they take some getting used to.
    Definitely give them more than a shift to get used to!
  13. by   Lucy4
    I wear street clothes to work now - aside from my PRN job, and bought a pair of Earth Shoes for work 2 years ago. I wear them several times a week and they are so comfortable and my feet, back and hips do not hurt. Expensive but well work the $$$. The leather has held up very well - 3rd winter and they look like new. I had a pair years ago - popular in the 70s and wore them out.

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