Those in the nursing profession know: the most important thing to invest in is a good pair of shoes.
Nurses and healthcare workers are on their feet A LOT, and for most of the day too.
You need safe, reliable shoes – forget how unfashionable they will look. That’s not important.
The Best Shoes Should Be:
- Supportive and cushioned
- Lightweight and durable (for easy cleaning)
- Breathable (so they don’t get too sweaty or smelly)
- Enclosed, protected toe area
- Non-slip or slip-resistant
Skechers offer a wide variety of shoes – lace-ups and slip-ons – that focus on supportive comfort and safety. They also have a solid wide-fit range. There’s a good range in black, but they do have some colourful options. Some great contenders for best shoes include: The Skechers Sure Track Erath, the Comfort Flex – HC Pro SR, and the Women’s Work – Sure Track, and the Men’s Work – Bronwood. See the link above for their full range of options.
Hush Puppies have a work shoe for everyone. Perfect for those on their feet all day like nurses, support workers and health specialists. They feature Bounce Technology for shock absorption, a removable insole to allow for your orthotics or to make it a wider fit. Endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, their collection offers black leather work shoes, or lace-up sneakers in a range of styles available in a variety of heights. Wave Reflex technology provides flexibility, while their all-day comfort provides a comfortable padded footbed for nurses who spend all day on their feet.
Brook’s shoes provide male nurses, in particular, with all of the necessary features. Made from real leather, the shoes are comfortable and durable. A progressive diagonal rollbar in these shoes ensures comfort with every step. To prevent slipping, the shoe stays in contact with the ground at all times. And thanks to BioMoGo technology, the midsole also provides direct shock absorption.
Clarks loafers are the perfect go-to for when you want to dominate your work-week look. Their slip-on shoes have a soft leather upper with a classic penny strap at the vamp for easy and timeless style. They offer Cushion Soft™ padding, OrthoLite® footbed, and moisture-wicking and antimicrobial properties.
The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association offers this policy in relation to nurses and midwives’ uniforms: “Footwear should allow for foot stability and comfort. Shoes should be sturdy, low-heeled, protect and cushion the foot and have slip-resistant soles. When specialised footwear is being considered for specific work areas, a risk assessment should be carried out and a podiatrist may be consulted.”
Select the Best Shoes for Your Specific Needs
Nurses can benefit from each of the shoe types above, but there is no one style or brand that suits everyone. The following factors should be taken into consideration when selecting the right nurse shoes:
A hospital or clinic where you work may have surfaces that cause slippage. It is very important to consider traction in your footwear if there are many hard surfaces or spills.
Foot support: It is important to wear shoes that provide support to your feet, keep them comfortable and absorb shock. However, your feet’s shape determines their ability to do all these things. Select a shoe that is suited for each of your arches, toes, and heels.
Think about how often you’ll be required to work beyond the scheduled shift length and if your typical shift is long. Work shoes that are ventilated or that you can easily wash after work are recommended if you expect to work more than eight hours at a time.
Do you have a favourite pair of shoes you wear at work? We’d love to hear from you. Contact Nurses Now to find out about roles available in your area within nursing and disability support. Remember: look after your feet!