Best footwear for Nurses

  1. with all the variety of footwear available I know people must have recommendations they swear by, I tend to see alot of the clog type of footwear in hospitals. Give me your recommendations, Thanks.
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  3. by   RN4PatientCare
    http://www.zcoil.com/

    I've had mine for 4 years, well worth the money...I only wear them for work. These shoes have virtually eliminated foot pain. Plus, a day never goes by that they are not a topic of conversation w/patients and families.
  4. by   flashpoint
    I love, love, love my Crocs...however, since my new employer doesn't allow them, I am back to my Birkenstocks. Birkenstocks are a very close second...and they are pure white instead of the pearl gray-white that Crocs are.
  5. by   mtacare
    Shoes is always been my problem, here in the Philippines size 8-8.5" is usually the biggest size for women and i am a size 9.5" hahahaha... American size feet!
  6. by   srna2008
    A good pair of running/cross training shoes works best for me. I have a pair of crocs, they are very comfortable and lightweight and extremely easy to clean, but after a couple of shifts in a row, my arches really ache. I have a pair of nike and mizuno running shoes. The shoes with the mesh body are still very lightweight and come very clean in the washing machine. I have a good friend that wore z-coils in nursing school, but now he also wears a pair of mizuno running shoes. You need to find a shoe that is very comfortable and easy to clean, because those long 12's can take a toll on your feet.
  7. by   first_lobster
    I wore Birkinstock professionals for a while, but everyone kept complaining that i was walking too loudly (they are really wide and loose fitting, which makes them VERY comfortable, but also very floppy. Everyone said I sounded Like a Clydesdale ), so i switched to Naots, which are thinner, and stay on your feet better, but just as comfortable. I got those at the Birkinstock store. You need to try them on to get the best fit, so I wouldn't recomend ordering them online.
  8. by   Love_2_Learn
    I wish for you to find the best shoes for your feet and that you will always realize how important it is for you to take the best care possible of your feet.

    I learned the hard way that I only have two feet to last me for my entire life. For the first 10 years of nursing I wore good athletic shoes (Rebock, Avia, New Balance). Then, a nursing brand like NurseMates came out with some really cute shoes, so I wore them. After about 6 months my feet were aching when I got off work and I would feel pain in the bottom of both feet while trying to go to sleep. I believe this was when my plantar fasciatis was happening. I ended up having to stop working for about a year because of it. I can remember crying tears of pain as well as anger one night when I had to crawl on my hands and knees to go to the bathroom because walking on my feet was so painful. (Stretching before getting out of bed, 2 minutes of ice packs to the bottom of my feet before bedtime, and wearing good New Balance shoes at all times eventually cured me.) I have worn New Balance shoes since returning to work but recently got two pair of Dansko shoes which I find even more comfortable. My sister had the same foot problem as I did and she now swears by Dansko's... I think I have a rather high arch and that this has contributed to my problems in the past. Thankfully I am pain free now and hope to stay that way.

    I also suggest that if you choose leather shoes, buy at least two pair so you can let one pair rest for 24 hours before wearing them; this will help them keep their shape much longer. Also, be sure not to wear your shoes after they are too old since the support becomes less effective over time.

    Best wishes for "Happy Feet" for us all!!!
  9. by   mjbsn2006
    Nike SHOX -They are worth every penny!!!! No other shoes have worked for me.
  10. by   feisty_lpn
    Nike walking shoes... $19.99 at the Nike Outlet Store.
  11. by   NJNursing
    I don't recommend Nursemates at all. Everyone I know who ever has owned a pair (including myself) said that it's nice for about 2 weeks and then there's no arch support.

    I myself have a pair of Nike Shox and they're SOOOO comfortable. I typically have to "break in" a pair of shoes a good 2 days before they're just right, but these were just right fresh out of the box. A lot of nurses here wear them.

    But those z-coils look very interesting!
  12. by   justme1972
    Quote from Love_2_Learn
    I wish for you to find the best shoes for your feet and that you will always realize how important it is for you to take the best care possible of your feet.

    I learned the hard way that I only have two feet to last me for my entire life. For the first 10 years of nursing I wore good athletic shoes (Rebock, Avia, New Balance). Then, a nursing brand like NurseMates came out with some really cute shoes, so I wore them. After about 6 months my feet were aching when I got off work and I would feel pain in the bottom of both feet while trying to go to sleep. I believe this was when my plantar fasciatis was happening. I ended up having to stop working for about a year because of it. I can remember crying tears of pain as well as anger one night when I had to crawl on my hands and knees to go to the bathroom because walking on my feet was so painful. (Stretching before getting out of bed, 2 minutes of ice packs to the bottom of my feet before bedtime, and wearing good New Balance shoes at all times eventually cured me.) I have worn New Balance shoes since returning to work but recently got two pair of Dansko shoes which I find even more comfortable. My sister had the same foot problem as I did and she now swears by Dansko's... I think I have a rather high arch and that this has contributed to my problems in the past. Thankfully I am pain free now and hope to stay that way.

    I also suggest that if you choose leather shoes, buy at least two pair so you can let one pair rest for 24 hours before wearing them; this will help them keep their shape much longer. Also, be sure not to wear your shoes after they are too old since the support becomes less effective over time.

    Best wishes for "Happy Feet" for us all!!!
    Thank you for posting...I have the same foot condition that you have that was evidently caused by my pregnancy (and I'm back to my original weight)...when I was working in an office it was unbearable...but oddly enough, I think the floor had something to do with it, because as soon as I stopped working there my feet stopped hurting. Go figure.

    I'll give those shoes a try!
  13. by   cmax1179
    Yeah nursemates don't work I have shoxs and love them also my feet love them. I have worked with a nurse that had z-coils and lived by them but they looked uncomfortably and funny to me.

    CJ:spin:
  14. by   studentforlife
    Danskos

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