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PLEASE HELP!! I've recently started a new job that is frequently three 12 hour shifts in a row.. I'm looking for comfortable shoes that will be supportive enough that my feet won't be killing me by the time I get home. I have completely flat feet and have heard that danskos probably wouldn't be helpful. Money isn't really an issue as I know most shoes would be high in the price range but well worth it!! Thank you for your help!!!

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

My daughter bought custom orthotics from the Good Feet store- and can place them in every pair of shoes she owns. She RAVES about them.

CelticGoddess, BSN, RN

Specializes in Palliative, Onc, Med-Surg, Home Hospice. Has 6 years experience.

I would go to a store the specializes in custom running shoes. A couple of my co-workers have had to do this and they are very happy. The shoes aren't cheap but they no longer have knee, foot or back pain. Not sure if you have a Fleet Feet near you but they are really good.


Specializes in ICU, LTACH, Internal Medicine. Has 8 years experience.

Mine thing is The Walking Company (shoes, insoles and sleeves). But wherever you go, make sure to mention that you are going to WALK and STAND a lot, not run, and take at least a good hour to test products. Do not buy things like this online - good quality stuff is not cheap, and you do not want to lose your money.

If you know you are going to work three shifts in a row, you may want to buy two pairs of everything. Switching shoes mid-shift is very helpful sometimes, and insoles/sleeves/ supporters are small enough to get lost.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

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

If you ask 10 different nurses about good shoes, you will receive 10 varied answers.

When working 12 hour shifts, I had good luck with Nike Reax running shoes as well as New Balance running shoes. I have tried nursing shoes in the past with poor results. Athletic shoes work out better for my feet.

I retired my clogs after school because I rolled my ankles too much. Went to REI and bought a pair of Salomon trail running shoes. They are the same brand that makes ski equipment. Best comfy pair of shoes I've ever owned!

Thank you all for your help!!

NurseHeart&Soul, MSN

Specializes in ED, Critical care, & Education.

I second the Solomon trail shoes and orthodics. VERY comfortable!

I would also consider changing out shoes half way through the shift. Your feet get a chance to start over!

Consider bringing a tennis ball or foot roller to stretch out your foot muscles, tendons, and ligaments on a break (if you're so lucky).

Wear compression hose. A little compression on your feet and legs can do a body good!

Be good to those feet. They sure put on the miles!

37changes, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

I'm not a nurse yet -- not even close. But I AM on my feet all day. Minimalist shoes literally changed my life and turned all of my aches & pains around.

I bought these in May 2014 and I have been wearing them ever since:

Amazon.com | New Balance Women's WT10 Minimus Trail Shoe, Black/Pink, 8 B US | Trail Running

I also have these Vibram five fingers, which I wear in the summertime for lifting and walking:

Amazon.com | Vibram Women's Bikila Evo Road Running Shoe, Black/Yellow/Magenta, 36 EU/6.5 M US | Road Running

(I've been told that the five fingers are not acceptable for nursing -- need a closed toe? But they would still be GREAT for at home!)

I am glad to hear you are able to wear a minimalist shoe at work. The idea of putting my feet in "casts" for 12-hour shifts was really bringing me down. I am not comfortable in regular shoes anymore.


Specializes in Float Pool - A Little Bit of Everything. Has 6 years experience.

I love Danskos. I have had the same two pairs for years and they look brand new and feel brand new.

I bought a pair of Brooks shoes (ghost 9's) and they are super comfy.....would recommend

I work in a busy ER and don't really sit

I've found that New Balance 860 or 880 running shoes are the best!

chacha82, ADN, BSN

Has 3 years experience.

I have done both expensive and inexpensive shoes. I like my Koi Sanita (order a size up) and on Amazon they were $70. Also have Skechers tennis shoes and I rotate them. And some $30 Anywear shoes that are awesome. My expensive Jambus are OK for 8 hours but not after. Never bought Danskos.

My Dansko Pro XPs were amazing, but I'm a bit of a clutz and rolled my ankle a couple of times in them. I wore them for a little over 2 years before they started looking a little worn so I donated them. Now I wear the lightest, most supportive and comfortable Merrell Encore Breeze 3's and love them. It's funny, I sliced my thumb 7 months ago and went to the ER for a few sutures and literally saw 3 nurses wearing the exact same shoes! They are very easy to clean as well.

RNrhythm, BSN, RN

Has 4 years experience.

I do not have much of an issues with shoes so I buy moderately priced ($40-60) but toss them when the support is gone. I sometimes use OTC inserts, but these posts make me want to investigate better orthotics.

I am totally dependent upon compression socks, however. I can feel the difference when I skip them.

As a former long distance runner I applied my simple shoe philosophy to nursing.Buy a high quality shoe (Asics, Brooks, Mizuno, New Balance, etc) and replace them often. Now this all depends on how far you walk in an average shift with the average being 3-5 miles. Most shoes are designed for running so if you are only walking in them the will last a little longer. Most shoes should be replaced every 300-500 miles so only walking will lean them towards a longer life (400-500 miles). So if you work 12 hour shifts full time you should be replacing your shoes at least twice a year. If you chose to buy running shoes you can also usually find good deals on last seasons designs/colors and get great shoes for half price or less.