Best Nursing Shoes/Sneakers - page 5

Please tell me what kind of work shoes are the best. I am in desperate need of a comfortable supportive shoe. Thanks... Read More

  1. by   Alsi
    There is some research out there that shoes with thick soles (which minimalists call marshmallow shoes) are actually no good for your feet. The argument is based on the idea that humans were walking, running, and hunting years before marshmallow shoes were invented. To make a long story short the feeling there is to go with a shoe that is closest to having nothing on at all.
    except that our ancestors weren't walking on concrete, but dirt and or grass. unlike a natural ground, concrete has no give to it.

    as for the question that was asked, i tried dansko, they are great if you need arch support. but they are very hard, heavy and high. the weight was never an issue with me. but when your standing/ walking for a couple hours straight with no chance to sit down, they hurt my feet. also they are kind of high off the ground.
    for me a good pair of sneakers worked just fine. i also don't loose my balance like the dansko. new balance are nice, but after a couple of months i do need to replace the inserts. that usually buys me a couple of months until i just go a buy a new pair. but righ now i'm wearing skechers(sp?) shape-ups toners. they are like the reebok shoes(with the ball techonology thingy), but more bouncy.
    Last edit by Alsi on Apr 4, '12
  2. by   fallinnstyle
    Quote from 1968cowgirl
    I have a pair of z-coils and they are well worth the money.
    I have these....I hate them!!! I am getting splinters after wearing them. After a long shift in them, I can barely feel my legs. I have given them 5 months, and am done with them. Not worth the money to me.
  3. by   Chiggysmom
    This is how I feel about the Allegrias! I feel like they should be paying me to wear them because they hurt my ankles so bad afterwards!
  4. by   RN_SummerSeas
    I love to be barefoot at home, and love my all-stars but they are so uncomfortable to walk for a whole day in, I think it depends on your foots shape, any past injuries etc. Also what works for one may not work for another. Glad they work for you for nursing, they are super cute, but I could never do it!!
  5. by   RN_SummerSeas
    I have shape ups for walking and spent a day wearing them at an amusement park, OMG did my feet KILL!! I love them for my am walk but never could I wear them all day!
  6. by   Reese0608
    thanks for all the input everyone! have gotten new insight on nursing shoes! will be researching some further to try out.
  7. by   ImKosher
    Brooks Addiction. They're ugly but Brooks are amazing, comfortabel shoes.
  8. by   Indy
    My shoe journey has been pretty expensive. For nursing school, nurse mates and some other thing that were on sale, made me cry. Walmart used to sell women's "treds" shoes in white, that pair lasted me until graduation and it wasn't too horrible. I went through a pair of danskos that I had to give up due to rolling my feet laterally- apparently I walk like a bowlegged monkey. The wear on my soles is always on the lateral outsides. A pair of knockoff crocs was okay except for the tripping. Nike shox were great until suddenly they weren't. I don't know what changed but they hurt. Merrell's got thrown in the trash while at work. Kswiss are still my go-to's after four years. I keep replacing memory foam insoles in them. There have been two pair of little things with terrific fit on the bottom but built so light that the base isn't real stable and they feel great till midnight, then they hurt like hell. This week I bought some birkenstocks 'cause I heard the soft footbed is great. I was pleasantly surprised that they were wearable for 12 hours the first time. These were the shoes however, NOT the clogs. I am still half expecting them to disappoint me at some point, but they did do well to begin with. I think it also helped that I got the right size. I think everyone has to find their own thing, and that feet are fickle, vile creatures who will turn on you just when you think you know what to buy.
    Quote from lcclark
    Just started wearing a pair of Akesso ( Skye mule style) shoes. They are light weight, comfortable and easy to wear even on a 12 hour shift.
    Another shoe that does not come in wide. Why is it that the best shoes are not made for people that have wide feet?
  10. by   Michealle10
    I am sold on DANSKO! I have high arches, work 12 hr shifts (which really run 13-14 hrs). I bought two pair to swap on alternate days. LOVE THEM!!!!!
    My feet don't hurt at the end of the day as they have with other shoes.
  11. by   herring_RN
    I think everyone's feet are different.
    I find negative heel shoes with thick soles keep ny arthritic toe from hurting. They are confortable for 12 hours until I walk to the car.

    I have two pair:
    Inexpensive and light weight -- Style & Co Dashh Toning Shoes White Womens

    MADE IN THE usa -- New Balance Women's WW1615 Toning Shoe
  12. by   WeimaranerluvinRN
    I'm a floor nurse and I'm on my feet 12+ hours a day for several days in a row. I find the best shoes for me are UnderArmour Brand with a built in foot sleeve. I have wide feet and they tend to stretch shoes out. This foot sleeve helps that. I also like Merrill brand. I alternate my shoes and try to never wear the same pair two days in a row.
  13. by   Bonnibren
    I was a hairstylist for 25 years and now (yes crazy,I know...) I'm getting ready to start nursing school! I have tried soooo many shoes over the years. I too did the Dansko thing, they seemed good for a while, but I can't stand wearing them anymore...bummer too, cuz they still look brand new! A shoe that I've gone to, which no one has mentioned here yet are KEEN's. I have 3 pair and love them all. I deal with flat feet and ankle pain and tend to roll easily, but also because of lack of much arch, my foot tends to roll inward. Have dealt with plantar fasciitis as well on and off over the years. Merril's were good, but the footbeds tend to wear out quickly. A great tennis shoe/walker/cross trainer that has helped keep the ankle stable and provides good support are BROOKS. But it really is trial and error...expensive, yes. BUT if my feet hurt I hurt all over. Shoes are the most important investment you can make if you have injury or issues to deal with. I'm going to see if any KEEN's happen to come in white as required for nursing school uniform. We can't wear canvas tennis shoes. Since I am not going to be basically standing in one place like I did doing hair, I suppose I'll be starting from scratch trying to find something that will work for clinicals. I grateful to those that posted. Lots of information to research and lots of shoes to go try on!