Heart & Sole: Choosing the Right Nursing Shoes

June 24, 2013 in Nursing TIps

Nurses Wearing Shoes at Work

Because all types of nurses spend a majority of time on their feet, it is essential to practice good foot care. The best way to ensure this is with proper footwear. Instead of neglecting this seemingly small aspect, it is important for all nurses, especially those fresh out of school, to take care of this sooner than later.

Shoe shopping might not seem like rocket science but if you want to make sure you’ve got the right pair of kicks that’ll treat your feet right during long shifts, it will be crucial to take note of the following information and implement it the next time you head to the shoe store:

Comfort First, Style Second

What’s more important: wearing the most stylish shoes or wearing the most comfortable shoes? When it comes to running around a hospital, comfort will always take priority over style. To prevent discomfort from foot pain, shop for shoes that provide the most support and are specifically designed for long-term wear. Of course that doesn’t mean a nurse has to wear hideous looking shoes. These days footwear brands are blending comfort with style but a common mistake made by shoppers is choosing the most stylish version, even if they aren’t 100% comfortable.

Look for All-Over Protection

Footwear for nurses isn’t just about keeping the feet properly supported but safe as well. Working around patients and running from unit to unit exposes nurses to different types of environments, some of which can get pretty messy. Shop around for footwear that is made of durable material that will keep the feet dry from spills. There is no worse feeling than walking around with a shoeful of fluids or chemicals. Yuck.

Easy to Clean

Nursing shoes won’t stay perfectly clean for long. Over time they’ll be subject to a number of stains and messes. Pick nursing shoes that don’t take forever to clean. Look for footwear that only need a good wipe down with a damp cloth or that can be tossed in the washing machine. Some footwear comes with its own line of cleaning products to not only keep the shoes clean but maintain the quality of the material over time.


Spills happen in hospitals and one of the best ways to prevent a nasty fall is by wearing shoes that are designed to be non-slip. This means nurses can feel more comfortable rushing around on the job without fear of injuring themselves if they happen to step onto a wet floor surface. Of course it goes without saying that non-slip shoes aren’t perfect and nurse should still take care to tread carefully when stepping onto a wet surface if it isn’t possible to walk around the affected area.

Look at Industry Specific Brands

An ideal starting place for shoe shopping is a store that specializes in selling products for healthcare professionals. Athletic shoe stores should be the second stop. These two places carry shoes specially designed to handle a lot of wear and tear, as well as knowledgeable salespeople who can recommend the right size and style for your needs.

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