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First Year Nurses, what footwear do you swear by?

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Specializes in Cardiac Nursing, ICU.

Hey everyone,

I just have to say, these 12 hour shifts are killing me, my feet and lower legs hurt soooo much after work...OH yeah, let's not forget the dreadful backpain :selfbonk:. Well, I posted this thread just to get an idea of what type of footwear you guys are wearing at work. Also, are your shoes comfortable? What's the name, price, how long have you been using them, and where can I find them (web or not)?

Thanks Much!!!:rolleyes:

labrador4122, RN

Specializes in Tele.

Hey everyone,

I just have to say, these 12 hour shifts are killing me, my feet and lower legs hurt soooo much after work...OH yeah, let's not forget the dreadful backpain :selfbonk:. Well, I posted this thread just to get an idea of what type of footwear you guys are wearing at work. Also, are your shoes comfortable? What's the name, price, how long have you been using them, and where can I find them (web or not)?

Thanks Much!!!:rolleyes:

Crocs

they are very comfy- and my feet dont end up throbbing like they used to when I used to wear sneakers!

$30

using them 4 months

I bought them at Macy's department store. But you can also get them from the web. "footgear.com" (I think! I'm not sure, I know I saw them in the catalog)

Dansko professional clogs, cost me a little over $100, have had about 8 or 9 months. My feet and back feel really good after 12 hours shifts, believe it or not. They took a few days to break in but I felt a difference immediately and I absolutely love them. They also come in narrows in case you have super narrow feet like me. Worth every penny.

http://www.dansko.com/flash.aspx#detail,Professional,Stapled%20Clog,2

NewEnglandRN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych. Has 4 years experience.

Just finishing my second year of Nursing and love my Danskos! I even have the ones I wore at the BEGINNING of Nursing school and they still feel great. :up:

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

Specializes in Community, OB, Nursery.

Nike Shox + my orthotics for plantar fasciitis = Elvish's happy feet. :)

1studentnurse

Specializes in inpatient rehab (general, sci, tbi, cva). Has 2 years experience.

Danskos, with compression socks.

I have two pairs I wear all the time for work and rotate (keeps them smelling better). I could not make it without my Danskos. I bought my first pair in nursing school. They are heavy relatively speaking, but they are also made for things nurses do, like stand around on hard floors a lot.

The compression socks help my feet from swelling if I'm on them a lot.

I even have a pair of "non-hospital" Danskos I wear when I'm off. Two of my favorite SCI physiatrists wear them, so if they think they're good, I'd guess they are.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

New Balance athletic shoes . . . They're reasonably priced, and very comfy.

They're so comfy that my feet still feel good after standing in them for 16 hours.

I like my crocs and I use compression stockings.

What type of compressions stockings - knee highs or full length pantyhose?

Thanks.

I used danskos for about 4 years and loved them, but felt that they didn't hold up as long as I wanted. So I switched to Klogs brand. They are great and keep leg pain away, the only problem is they make my feet sweat and when the insoles wear out it's all over for me. So then I got these new inovative shoe called the MBT's which are supposed to simulate walking on moss and sand. I paid a pretty penny for them and my feet hurt so bad in them so that was $200 down the drain. AND I am back to good ole Danskos. So I guess it is Danskos for me.

valkyria, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, Telemetry, neuro,research. Has 4 years experience.

nurses i know love new balance. i have never understood that. i have tried my nike cross training shoes and that does not work either. right now i am into crocs with knee high compression stockings. in clinicals, i wore compression stockings all the way up, under my white scrub pants. i tried dansko clogs, the ingrid model. maybe it was not the right fit but it did not live up to my expectations considering the price and they"hype". some of the "older" nurses i have known have raved about sas shoes. there is no teacher like trial and error. shoes are an investiment and they are tax deductible as uniform expense, necessary for nurses to do their job.

NsgChica

Specializes in Cardiac Nursing, ICU.

Thanks everyone for the input. I went for a fitting today and tried Danskos needless to say I am not impress. Everyone raves about them. When I tried them on, they felt as if they were going to fall off. I tried smaller ones and they were too tight...mind you I have fat little feet. Some say they take a while to get used to...is this true???:confused:

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

some of the "older" nurses i have known have raved about sas shoes.
well, i'm a "younger" nurse who loves sas shoes. they are very expensive at $115 per pair, but they also work well for my short and plump feet.

I like crocs. Sometimes I work 4 day 12 hours. My feet and legs never hurt. If you have a store called Shoe Station where you live, they sell a brand called Quarx, they are very inexpensive (39.99) and comfortable.

YogaloverRN

Specializes in Med/Surg,OR,Pain Management,Home Health. Has 23 years experience.

Hello, well, I have gone through so many types of shoes it is unreal, now I am older and .....finally found a pair of shoes that don't hurt my feet, but I don't work in the hospital. I wear a clog made by Privo, a division of Clarks. It's a driving clog. And I wear compression socks. I am a new HH nurse, and I walk, bend, squat, and drive a lot! Best advice, try on lots of different shoes, late in the day, when your feet are tired, and possibly swollen, and try the light compression socks or hose, whichever you prefer? I like socks, but my legs only swell below the knees. I also have extremely WIDE feet, lol, good luck.:wink2:

Hey, for you Dansko wearers out there, they have a website with their "seconds." It's www.danskooutlet.com. I have ordered from this site in the past, and loved everything I got from them.:wink2:

I love New Balance ! They are wonderful escpecially the light ones i NB 442. I love them!

I used to prefer Z-Coils with custom arch supports, but I now prefer Bastad / Troentorp with Dr. Scholl's gel insoles (I get them a half-size too big so the insoles fit).

You can get them via Shoebuy.com (order a couple sizes and send back the ones that don't fit). You can also try to get a discount coupon for Shoebuy. For additional info on the shoes, see swedishcomfort.com, the manufacturer. (I called the manufacturer and they recommended a larger size for closed-back shoes and a smaller size for open-backed shoes.)

I feel these shoes have better arch supports than Dansko's. I also think they are better made.

http://www.shoebuy.com/troentorp-bastad-clogs.htm

http://www.swedishcomfort.com/

http://www.retailmenot.com/view/shoebuy.com

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