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What's the BEST nursing shoes?

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BigCSN BigCSN (New) New

12 hour shifts! OMG!! All that walking, standing, and sometimes running! I've had Crocs, Regular tennis shoes, Merrell running shoes... the list goes on!!! But what is the BEST nursing shoes to have out there? I've heard nurses talk about "Dancecoes". They look so uncomfortable... Hmm... What are your thoughts?? Experiences??

Sun0408, ASN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgical ICU. Has 4 years experience.

I think you mean Danskos and they are comfortable but you have to get used to them and not everyone can wear them.. I love my heel never really touches.. No rubbing.. I also like they are 2.5 inches taller and I'm short 🙂 I have been through so many different brands over the years and regular tennis shoes last about 6 months.. Money thrown away.. Danskos will last a long time.. Timberline has a brand that everyone is raving about, they were comfortable and gave lots of toe room but they were tight on my heels.

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

The BEST are the ones that work for YOU! Seriously, you have to figure this out on your own because everyone has such different issues. For years, I swore by Birkenstock and couldn't have worked at the bedside without them. Then one of my arches collapsed and I could no longer wear ANY Birkenstock. That's when I discovered Dansko and now I swear that I couldn't be a nurse without Dansko.

Unfortunately, all of the top contenders are expensive. Go to a reputable shoe store (Walking Company, for instance) and get a recommendation, based upon their evaluation of your feet.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 14 years experience.

LOVE Danskos. Own five pairs. It's pretty much the only shoe I wear, ever, except for summer sandals.

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

klone said:
LOVE Danskos. Own five pairs. It's pretty much the only shoe I wear, ever, except for summer sandals.

Even my summer sandals are Dansko!

Yes that is what I mean! Thank you for claifying. Its hard toknow what works for you unless you have tried them. If I could, I would wear my crocs to work! Its aginst dresscode however. Thank you for your input! I will have to look into Timnerline!

Ive heard Danskos take some time to adjust to and they are expensive! I guess I will never know till I try! Its worth sinking some money into a good pair of reputable shoes. Thank you for the input everybody!

Sun0408, ASN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgical ICU. Has 4 years experience.

Yeah Timberlines are in the same price range as Danskos so get ready to spend about 130.00 depending where you get them from.. When I went shopping, I was there for over 2 hours and walked and walked and walked. Stood, changed to a different brand or one of each trying to decide LOL.. It was too funny or sad it took me that long 🙂

Hey if I was going to spend almost $200 on a pair of shoes I would do the same thing! Haha thats how it was for me when I got my Merrell running shoes for $115!

Danskos are between $80-$130ish dollars. BUT my first pair lasted me 7 years. I now have two other pair I wear and honestly, they are the only shoes that don't make me feet scream in pain at night after a days wear.

CelticGoddess, BSN, RN

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

BigCSN said:
12 hour shifts! OMG!! All that walking, standing, and sometimes running! Ive had Crocs, Regualr tennis shoes, Merrell running shoes... the list goes on!!! But what is the BEST nursing shoes to have out there? Ive heard nurses talk about "Dancecoes". They look so uncomfortable... Hmm... What are your thoughts?? Experiences??

I love my Alegrias. Nice and cushy, you can replace the insoles as they wear out and they come in some great colors/patterns. And, they aren't as high as Danskos so if you have problems with turning your ankle (I do) they might be a good option.

melmarie23, MSN, RN

Specializes in L&D/Maternity nursing.

Danskos, hands down. Its the only shoe that I can wear where my feet, knees and back dont kill me after a 12h shift. They are totally worth the investment.

Sun0408, ASN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgical ICU. Has 4 years experience.

CelticGoddess said:
I love my Alegrias. Nice and cushy, you can replace the insoles as they wear out and they come in some great colors/patterns. And, they aren't as high as Danskos so if you have problems with turning your ankle (I do) they might be a good option.

I also tried them, but they didn't have the style I wanted in my size but the price was the same as Danskos. Only white for us and they only had the mary jane style :(

I did like the soles of them..

nrsang97, BSN, RN

Specializes in Neuro ICU and Med Surg. Has 19 years experience.

I swear by my new balance tennis shoes. I cannot wear Danskos because I have completely flat feet. I had a pair I could never get used to.

Looks like I have several options out there!! Haha thank yo uall for the input!

buytheshoes11, MSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Neuro, Respiratory. Has 5 years experience.

I really like Alegrias - they have this rocker sole (not flat) that helps me stand up straighter and relieve back pressure...I have a horrid posture when standing and walking. Sometimes I switch it up by wearing my Danksos, but after about two nights in a row wearing those babies my back and neck are really hurting.

In my opinion buy whatever sneakers you want and then buy REALLY good insoles. I have $40 sketchers and $50 insoles but I think danskos are uncomfortable and not worth the money.