Nurses spend hours of their day on their feet as they run errands and help patients. Having shoes that are professional enough for the work setting and give the comfort and grip needed to navigate a hospital floor can be key to daily survival. Fortunately, the need for shoes that can double as work shoes for a nurse is slowly being addressed by a variety of companies who are opting to create more comfortable footwear that is also sturdy and professional. Whether you’re shopping for a gift, or need a pair of new work shoes, here are the top picks for the best trendy and stylish shoes for nurses.
For the Ladies
Female nurses, in particular, know the struggle of finding footwear that is both attractive and functional. Fortunately, there are a variety of styles available.
Dansko Women’s Professional Mule: With a 1.5-inch heel, anti-fatigue technology, and over 25 different colors, what’s not to love about these clogs? Dansko mules are breathable with a padded instep to make them comfortable for long hours of wear. These mules are definitely slip-resistant and also very easy to clean. The Dansko mule isn’t only comfortable but it’s also durable; most dirt and grime are easy to clean away with a damp cloth or sponge while minor scratches can be touched up with shoe polish.
With high quality and Dansko’s reputation among the nursing community, it is no wonder that these stylish mules made our list.
Algeria Women’s Keli Professional Clog: This clog actually looks more like a loafer with a leather upper and cloth back. Designed specifically for nurses, the Algeria clog includes slip-resistant technology, which includes a thick midsole for extra support. Each side of the clog contains elastic goring to allow the shoe to stretch to the wearer for a perfect fit. The inside of the shoe is padded for maximum support and comfort that lasts even during difficult days.
This nursing clog also comes in a variety of styles and colors, allowing you to express your personality while still being in compliance with professional or hospital dress code.
Skechers Ghenter Bronaugh Lace Up Work Shoes: The sleek design of these black sneakers makes them passable for the work environment while giving you all of the comfort and efficiency of sneakers. The shoes are made with mesh fabric for optimal breathability but feature a stain and water-resistant finish to keep unwanted fluids from seeping into your shoes. The lace-up construction allows you to adjust the shoe for optimal support and to ensure a good fit around the feet.
The inside of these sneakers features a memory foam insole for shock absorption and added comfort, but the shoes also allow you to choose and swap insoles to maximize comfort. Also, since the insoles often wear out first, this option allows you to replace a part of the sneaker instead of having to replace the entire shoe.
In addition to being comfortable and sleek, these sketchers are also slip-resistant and easy to clean.
For the Guys
If you’ve looked before, you know that finding quality nursing shoes for men is harder than it sounds. Fortunately, there are a few great options available.
Merrell’s Men’s Encore Gust Slip-On Shoe: This is a sleek, fashionable and polished shoe that works well with scrubs. Featuring a casual design with soft full-grain leather and cushioning around the collar for a snug slip-on experience, these shoes are a perfect blend of comfort and efficiency.
One of the major issues with spending a lot of time running around in the same pair of shoes is the fact that, eventually, those shoes start to stink because they accumulate sweat, odor, and bacteria. The Encore is designed to protect you from this problem with breathable mesh lining to keep moisture to a minimum and the interior is covered with antimicrobial fabrics to help fight unwanted bacteria.
The bottom of the shoes are slip-resistant and feature a supportive Ortholite footbed for extra padding, comfort, and support. Don’t like the Ortholite footbed? You can take it out and replace it with your favorite insole.
Brooks Men’s Addiction Walker Walking Shoe: This shoe is specifically designed for men who spend all day on their feet either at standing or walking at work. The shoe has a clean aesthetic of all-white leather with matching synthetic midsole and contrasting lower outsole.
These walking shoes feature a shock-absorbing MoGo midsole that acts as a shock absorber and helps minimize the strain on your body from walking on hard flooring. The midsole is also a great source of extra support for individuals who have low to medium arches. The insole of these shoes is cushioned for maximum comfort, though it can be removed and replaced with your favorite insole type.
The bottom of the shoe is slip-resistant and allows for safe walking on both dry and wet surfaces, allowing you to walk safely even in questionable environments.
These shoes are also a great option because they are available in a variety of sizes and widths. While the shoes are commonly sold in white, they are also available in other colors, including black, for those whose
Dickie’s Men’s Athletic Slip-Resistant Work Shoe: These shoes are specifically designed to give you extra traction on wet surfaces which can be extremely useful when working with patients. The shoe contains a very sturdy, but flexible, rubber outsole for optimized traction and stability.
Meanwhile, the upper portion of the shoe uses elastic goring along with a padded soft tongue and collar to help achieve optimal fit and help secure your foot as you move while also allowing for fast and easy on/off transitions.
While the shoes provide a snug fit, they also feature a moisture-wicking lining to keep your feet dry throughout the day and keep odors and bacteria build-up at bay. Meanwhile, the insole of the shoe is built to maximize comfort and reduce stress on the feat.
Whether you’re looking for new work shoes, or want to give a gift to your favorite nurse, the above are definitely great options.