I don't think there's a single answer to that question -- different makes (and models) of shoes are more or less comfortable for different people. I've had v. good experiences with Nursemates, SAS, and New Balance. But, just because one person swears by a particular brand of shoe, that doesn't mean it will work for you.
It all depends on several factors, including the type of foot you have, body weight, etc.
I have a short, very wide, plump foot, and I cannot wear most shoes. New Balance comes in several widths, so their wide width footwear has worked very well for me. SAS shoes, although very expensive, have also been very comfy for me during the course of long 16 hour shifts.
While it does depend on the person, I recommend Crocs. I have worn Crocs for 4 years now, and as an ER nurse who is always running, I find that their combination of lightness, cushion, and relative strength is the best for me. An added bonus is that they can be disinfected and sanitized: soak 'em in water, wipe 'em down with alcohol, spray 'em with bleach, whatever. I buy a new pair every 6 to 8 months, and use the old one's as around-the-house-chore shoes (after being cleaned, of course.) And once they're too old for that, they can be recycled. Journeys used to do this, but I don't know if they still do.
Many nurses wear crocs, but we have had two nurses break their ankles, cause you slip on water on the hospital floor. It is foam, not a rubber grip. Personally many wear the New Balance and I do too. Love them, comfortable right out of the box. They clean very easily too.
Keens hands down. And I am the most anal person when it comes to shoes! I wore crocs for about 6 years because I could not find anything else I liked. I do not have a Dansko foot according to the shoe guy; I tried a tennis shoe that the footlocker girl told me a bunch of nurses buy, can't wear them for 12 hours because they rub my ankles wrong; thought I was going to score with the Softwalk and had a aching arch after only 4 hours and could not WAIT to take them off; my heels kill me after about 6 hours when I wear nearly any shoe without a in sole. But Keens? LOVE THEM!!! Particularly the Keen Dry...totally water-proof; or "amniotic fluid proof" in my department.
I am a male nurse and I can not find any masculine looking shoes. I do not like clogs or open heel shoes. Has any in this forum wore a pair of Rockports while on clinical duty. I like them because they look professional yet sporty and based on the description they seem equipped with the neccessary comfort contour fabric. What ya'll think about them or do anyone have any other suggestion for male nurse shoes ? ( anti-clog/open heel )
I agree with the other posts. Depends on your foot, your weight, how you walk, etc.
Ten years ago, my 14 year old son recommended Saucony's. I have worn them every since. Particularly the Grid-Stable II. According to my podiatrist they are suppose to last 2 years. Ha! In 6 months I can tell the difference. My feet start to hurt and ache. Here in Canada they are about $116. I use a fitted to me insert made by the podiatrist in the last couple of years since I have put 40 lbs on. He tried me on a New Balance with my inserts....and it's like walking flat footed on concrete. Going barefoot is more comfortable. I need the arch support and the cushion.
My favorite brand of athletic shoes are Ryka's. They are designed for a woman's foot unlike Nike's that just take a man's foot and shrink the size for women. We have smaller feet but with a higher arch typically and a smaller hell. These shoes fit me like a glove and I hate to work out in anything else. I just was wondering if anyone might wear these while working? I'm about to start nursing school and want to find a pair suitable for clinicals. Anyone have any suggestions? I want a pair that's easy to clean and an all-white pair that is truly all-white.