Best Shoes for Nurses

DAWGS PMW ClogAny job that requires you to be on your feet all day means that wearing the most comfortable shoes as possible is a must – and there is no job that is as hard on your feet as a nurse.

The best shoes for nurses come in a range of different styles – tennis shoes, clogs, slip-ons, oxfords, and so on with many nurses preferring one type of shoe over another.

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This is why we made sure to include as many different styles of shoes as possible, provided that they are comfortable of course.

In order to find the most recommended shoes we made sure to go direct to the source. So you can rest assure that every shoe on this list has been recommended by nurses.

During our research we also noticed that male nurses also tend to be left behind when it comes to finding a good pair of nursing shoes. This is unfortunate, considering that both male and female nurses play an equally important in caring for patients, so male nurses certainly shouldn’t be forgotten about. Therefore, we have made sure to include some great options for male nurses.

We also made sure to list the top shoes for a range of conditions. So whether you suffer from plantar fasciitis, bunions, flat feet, high arches, or white feet you are sure to find a shoe for you.

Please Note: We usually show you just the best six products in every article. This time, however, because we cover the topic in so much depth and talk about a variety of shoes we broke this rule.

 

Best Tennis Shoes for Nurses

 

K-SWISS Tubes RunZ-CoiL Freedom SlipSkechers for Work Soft Stride-SoftieK-SWISS Vendy IIK-SWISS ST329Dansko Samantha
K Swiss Tubes Run 100 Z-CoiL Freedom Slip Skechers for Work Soft Stride-SoftieK-SWISS Vendy II K-SWISS ST329Dansko Samantha
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Mesh + synthetic leather uppers
Tubes midsole technology
Lightweight
EVA midsole
Aosta II rubber outsole
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Full grain soft leather
Padded heel collar and tongue
Forefoot EVA cushioning
Built-in Z-Orthotic
Wide toe box
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Leather upper
Synthetic sole
Slip-resistant
Perforated paneling
Removable PU comfort insoles
Padded tongue and collar
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Leather + Synthetic upper
EVA midsole
EVA cushioned insole
Padded collar and tongue
Durable Aosta rubber outsole
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Leather upper
Shock Spring cushioning
Premium memory foot bed
Anatomically correct flex-grooves
Padded collar and tongue
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Scotchgard protected
DriLex Eco linings
Shock absorption
Slip resistant outsole
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Many nurses swear by shoes that are marketed specifically to them, such as those from Dankso and Nurse Mates. However, just as many nurses, particularly in recent years, have started to opt for and wear tennis shoes to work instead.

This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, considering tennis shoes are designed in a way to be as comfortable as possible and handle the immense toll the sport of tennis takes on your feet.

Tennis shoes have several aspects to them that are appreciated by nurses, including:

Shock Absorption

Taking thousands of steps a day is more than enough to tire your feet thanks to the constant pressure they are put under. Tennis shoes aim to ensure that any pressure felt is as little as possible.

Breathability

Nurses on their feet all day tend to find that their feet get hot and sweaty. Tennis shoes have mesh linings to ensure that feet are kept dry and cool.

Lightweight

The lighter the shoe is the less pressure there is that is put on your feet. This goes a long way in fighting foot fatigue.

Arch Support

Any shoe worn for any prolonged amount of time needs to provide plenty of arch support, and tennis shoes are the best shoes there are for this purpose, apart from specially designed orthotics perhaps.

Padding

Tennis shoes tend to feature plenty of padding, which plays an important role in enhancing comfort.

Durability

Tennis shoes must be built to last, so nurses have the benefit of a shoe that lasts much longer than clogs and slip-ons may do.

 

K Swiss Tubes Run 100

K-SWISS Tubes RunVery well spoken of by nurses, particularly for its comfort, this top rated shoe for nurses by K Swiss has plenty going for it. It features a synthetic and mesh upper to ensure that your feet are given room to breathe while also providing a good amount of support thanks to the EVA midsole that features plenty of cushioning.

The Aosta II rubber outsole is designed in a way to make sure that the shoe is not only durable, but perhaps more importantly that you are given a lot of grip, regardless of the surface.

The tongue and collar are also padded for an even more comfortable wearing experience , and the midsole feature unique tube technology found in the midsole to provide better cushioning to comparable shoes in this price range.

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Z-CoiL Freedom Slip

Z-CoiL Freedom SlipBy no means inexpensive, the Z-CoiL Freedom Slip is the premier shoe if you are looking for supreme comfort – no shoe comes close in delivering the same kind of comfort that this shoe provides.

From its genuine full grain soft leather that accommodates every curve of the foot, to its padded heel collar and tongue, the Freedom Slip contains everything needed to ensure that it is one of the most comfortable tennis shoes on the market.

The shoes also features unique forefoot EVA cushioning for enhanced comfort on the ball of the foot and toes – up to 1 inch of soft cushioning, in fact. What we really like, however, is the built-in Z-Orthotic that protects plantar ligaments and has the ability to equalize pressure, and is a must for any nurse who suffers from plantar fasciitis.

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Skechers for Work Soft Stride-Softie Lace-Up

Skechers for Work Soft Stride-SoftieSkechers is a company known for making price-friendly, highly durable, comfortable shoes, and the Work Soft Stride-Softie Lace-Up is no exception – much loved by everyone from bartenders and chefs, to auto mechanics and nurses.

The shoe is comfortable right out of the box, but we also appreciate how the contoured PU insole is removable so you can use your own custom orthotics if you would prefer to do so – a feature that not all tennis shoes offer.

The shoe is both oil and chemical resistant – very important for working as a nurse, and we also appreciate how the sole is slip resistant too.

Other features that nurses will appreciate include the breathable lining to keep your feet cool for those long working hours, the shoe’s lightweight design for better comfort, and the padded collar.

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K-SWISS Vendy II

K-SWISS Vendy IIOne of the most inexpensive and best tennis shoes for nurses on this list, the K-SWISS Vendy II is a much better shoe than its low price tag suggests.

The shoe is well-liked by tennis players for its cushioning, traction and durability, and is therefore a shoe that nurses are sure to appreciate too.

The upper features a padded tongue and heel collar for better comfort, and the perforations ensure good ventilation and breathability.

The midsole is well-cushioned to ensure impressive shock absorption and comfort, while the smooth lining is another aspect that enhances comfortable due to a better fit. And the outsole is made out of rubber and delivers good traction and durability on all surfaces.

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K-SWISS ST329 Comfort Memory Foam Shoe

K-SWISS ST329The third shoe by K-SWISS on this list, which tells you just how good the company is at making very comfortable, durable and inexpensive shoes that are suited just as well for nurses as they are tennis players, is the ST329.

One of the reasons the ST329 is so comfortable is down to its wider forefoot and heel areas compared to other shoes.

However, the impressive Shock Spring cushioning technology shouldn’t be overlooked either for the role it plays in comfort, nor should the compression-molded EVA midsole for lightweight yet comfortable support.

Other features include a leather upper that is both breathable and highly durable, and the tough rubber outsole that delivers very good traction on all surfaces.

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Dansko Samantha Fashion Sneakers

Dansko SamanthaIf you’re a nurse then we’re sure that you’ve heard of Dansko before, and may even know a few people in your ward who have had very good things to say about shoes from this company and wear them on their shifts.

The Samantha Fashion Sneaker is one of the Best Tennis Shoes for Nurses and models from Dankso for a number of reasons, and is the only shoe specific for women on this list. These include unique features such as their Scotchgard design that protects the shoe from stains, and outsole that is slip resistant – two very important aspects for nurses.

The sneaker also features excellent shock absorption, and its DriLex Eco linings with Cleansport NTX do a very impressive job at wicking moisture and controlling bad odors from having been on your feet all day.

One thing that really sets Dankso shoes, and in particular the Samantha from others, is its footbed that delivers excellent support and unrivaled comfort.

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Best Shoes for Male Nurses

 

KEEN Utility PTC Slip OnDansko Professional Oiled Leather ClogSkechers for Work KeystoneDAWGS PMW ClogMerrell  Jungle Moc Pro GripBirkenstock Profi Birki
KEEN Utility PTC Slip On Dansko Professional Oiled Leather Clog Skechers for Work KeystoneDAWGS PMW ClogMerrell Jungle Moc Pro Grip Birkenstock Profi Birki
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Leather
Medial side gore
Slip-on design
KEEN.Cush PU and memory foam footbed
Non-marking oil and slip resistant rubber outsole
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Oiled leather upper
Contoured leather insole
Shock-absorbent rubber outsole
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Leather upper
Cushioned EVA midsole
Removable PU footbed
Slip-resistant outsole
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Thick cushioning heel
Integrated, molded arch support
Firestone Firehawk GT outsole
Anti-microbial and anti-bacterial
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Leather upper
Padded collar
Flexible goring inserts
EVA contoured footbed
Slip-resistant Suregrip outsole
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Cotton lined cork footbed
Anti-slip outsole
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Females are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding the best shoes for nurses; male nurses, on the other hand, aren’t as fortunate.

While many of our lists, such as those for nurses with wide feet, flat feet, plantar fasciitis etc. include shoes suitable for male nurses, we thought that it would be a good idea to write an article that focused specifically on the most comfortable shoes for male nurses, even if there aren’t a vast amount to choose from.

Don’t think that there are major differences between shoes that are designed specifically for male compared to female nurses, because there isn’t.

The same rules apply, such as a shoe has to have excellent comfort, arch support, breathability, cushioning, shock absorption, and so on. The only real difference is in the design of the shoes – a male nurse would look a tad ridiculous wearing shoes that look like they were made for women.

 

KEEN Utility PTC Slip On Work Shoe

KEEN Utility PTC Slip OnDesigned specifically for any man who is on their feet all day, the KEEN Utility PTC is a closed-back clog that has several things going for it that male nurses are sure to love.

The shoe is lined in breathable leather for breathability purposes to keep your feet cool all day; the collar is padded for better comfort; and the upper is not only durable, but also water and stain-resistant.

One of our favorite features, however, is how the polyurethane foam insole is very, very comfortable, and the EVA midsole provides plenty of support so your feet don’t get tired.

The shoe also features a slip-on design, making it easy to put the shoe on and take it off, and a rubber sole that is non-marking and also oil and slip resistant.

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Dansko Professional Oiled Leather Clog

Dansko Professional Oiled Leather ClogRegardless of whether you are a male or female nurse, you have likely heard of Dansko and probably know a couple of people you work with who rave about the comfort the shoes provide. For male nurses, the Professional Oiled Leather Clog is the very best choice from Dansko.

The shoe has the following things going for it:

-The outsole has a seal of acceptance from the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association)

-Excellent arch support for enhanced comfort and support

-A PU foam, contoured footbed that is highly breathable and comfortable

-A padded instep collar – beneficial for the extra comfort it provides

-A rocker bottom that delivers impressive shock absorption

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Skechers for Work Keystone Sneaker

Skechers for Work KeystoneThe Keystone Sneaker is one of the most popular working shoes for people in all professions, including male nurses, easily making it one of the Best Shoes for Male Nurses.

A couple of its best features include the EVA midsole that provides a generous amount of cushioning, and we also really like how the PU footbed is removable so you can use your own custom orthotics if you would prefer. This isn’t to say that the included footbed isn’t comfortable itself, however. A removable footbed is just something that those with specific issues like plantar fasciitis or high arches might appreciate.

The shoe also features a leather upper that is padded for comfort and is also quite durable, and the rubber outsole is slip-resistant and provides plenty of support and traction. It’s worth mentioning that the shoe is available in white too, as not every shoe on this list is.

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DAWGS Working Destination PMW Clog

DAWGS PMW ClogJust like Dansko, DAWGS is another brand that designs many shoes catered specifically to the working man who is on his feet all day.

The PMW Clog has a lot that male nurses will appreciate. This includes such things like the integrated, molded arch support that does well to equally distribute weight to your entire foot to fight fatigue; and the fact that you can use your own custom orthotic insoles for even more comfort.

Other things we like include how the shoe is lightweight – and we really do mean very, very lightweight. So much so, in fact, that at times it feels as if you aren’t even wearing a pair of shoes. The amount of cushioning the shoe contains is generous too, and the clog is also easy to clean.

The shoe’s anti-microbial and anti-bacterial design is another nice touch, as it effectively fights odor and bacteria growth; and the Firehawk GT outsole delivers plenty of traction on all surfaces.

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Merrell Jungle Moc Pro Grip Slip-Resistant Work Shoe

Merrell Jungle Moc Pro GripThe Jungle Moc shoe from Merrell features a full grain leather upper that is also waterproof, in addition to a breathable mesh lining to give your feet plenty of room to breathe.

We really like how the EVA contoured footbed is removable for your own custom orthotics support, and the way in which the lining has been treated with antimicrobial solution to keep the shoes smelling fresh is definitely something nurses working long shifts will appreciate.

A couple of other things worth mentioning include the sticky rubber sole that gives you lots of grip to work with – the sole is also non-marking  and slip-resistant too, and the air cushion in the heel that is unique to Merrell for better shock absorption and stability.

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Birkenstock Professional Profi Birki Slip Resistant Work Shoe

Birkenstock Profi BirkiMade in Germany so you can be assured of the shoe’s durability and quality, the Profi Birki is one of the best.

The way in which the shoe ensures that your weight is evenly distributed across your whole foot goes a long way in ensuring that being on your feet all day won’t lead to any discomfort.

We also like how the outsole in slip-resistant and provides much needed traction on slippery surfaces. The fact that the shoe can be washed in a dishwasher is also much appreciated due to just how easy it is to clean.

The Profi Birki is very lightweight, features a removable footed, and is waterproof too.

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Best White Nursing Shoes

 

Crocs Unisex Specialist Vent ClogK-SWISS ST329K-SWISS Vendy IINatural Uniforms Ultralite ClogsNurse Mates Libby
Crocs Specialist Vent Clog K-SWISS ST329 K-SWISS Vendy II Natural Uniforms Ultralite Clogs Nurse Mates Libby
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Ventilation ports
Croslit footbed
Large metatarsal area
Odor resistant and bacteriostatic
Easy to clean
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Leather upper
Shock Spring cushioning
Premium memory foot bed
Anatomically correct flex-grooves
Padded collar and tongue
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Leather + Synthetic upper
EVA midsole
EVA cushioned insole
Padded collar and tongue
Durable Aosta rubber outsole
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Lightweight
Removable EVA foam inner sole
Bacteria and fungus resistant
Heel strap
Non-marking and slip resistant sole
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Leather upper
Pillowtop removable insole
Breathable linings
Padded instep collar
Slip-resistant sole
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There are plenty of great shoes for nurses on the market, but they come in all colors and white is not necessarily one of those colors. While not all nurses are required to wear white shoes thanks to many hospitals being more lax with their rules, a significant amount of hospitals still require you to do so.

This can certainly make it more challenging to find a top nursing shoe due to your options being limited, but we have rounded up the best white nursing shoes that have been spoken of very highly of by nurses to help you out.

In total there are 5 shoes – 3 suitable for both men and women, and 2 designed specifically for women.

 

Crocs Unisex Specialist Vent Clog

Crocs Unisex Specialist Vent ClogThe Vent Clog from Crocs is a great shoe for nurses, particularly if you need a shoe that gives your feet plenty of room to breathe. This is largely down to the side ventilation ports that encourage airflow.

Comfort is also very, very good. The Croslit footbed uniquely conforms to your foot to give you a more tailored fit, and you are given a good amount of arch support so your feet don’t tire after being on your feet all day.

Don’t be fooled by the shoe’s simple design either. The metatarsal area is large enough to provide you with excellent protection for the top of your foot.

It’s also worth noting that the shoe is both odor resistant and bacteriostatic. It’s also nice to see that the Vent Clog is very easy to clean – sterilize and clean in water and bleach.

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K-SWISS ST329 Comfort Memory Foam Shoe

K-SWISS ST329Tennis shoes have been a long-time favorite for nurses. No other company quite make them like K-SWISS, particularly if you’re on a tight budget.

The ST329 features both wider forefoot and heel areas so your feet aren’t as snug compared to when wearing other shoes. This soon becomes much appreciated as you notice your feet being in far less discomfort at the end of a long shift.

The shoe’s Shock Spring cushioning is another real plus and is a feature only found on tennis shoes and not clogs, which is another reason why tennis shoes are so popular for nurses.

The EVA midsole is compressions molded and also has the benefit of being lightweight to put your feet under less pressure. The outsole is made of rubber and gives you plenty of grip, and the shoe is also nicely breathable, which any good tennis shoe should be.

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K-SWISS Vendy II

K-SWISS Vendy IIAnother shoe on this list by K-SWISS is the Vendy II and is right up there with the ST329 in terms of popularity with nurses.

TheVendy II is a shoe that features the excellent cushioning that K-SWISS is known for, in addition to plenty of traction with its grooved rubber sole, and quality manufacturing for durability.

The shoe’s upper is padded on both the tongue and heel collar to improve comfort, and your feet are given good room to breathe due to the shoe’s perforations.

The Vendy’ midsole is another reason why the shoe is so comfortable – it is well-padded and well-cushioned, and the shoe’s smooth lining ensures a better fit.

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Natural Uniforms Womens Ultralite Clogs

Natural Uniforms Ultralite ClogsA far, far better shoe than its very low price tag suggests is the Ultralite Clog from Natural Uniforms. Many are surprised that a shoe this inexpensive can be a good choice for the workplace. Here are just some of the reasons why this shoe is a good option:

-Sole disperses shock to limit leg and foot fatigue

-Very lightweight

-Made of EVA foam for enhanced comfort

-Bacteria and fungus resistant

-The arch is high and provides good support

-The inner sole is removable so you can use your own custom orthotics

-The sole is both non-marking and slip resistant

-Heel strap ensures a secure fit

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Nurse Mates Libby

Nurse Mates LibbyThe Libby shoe from Nurse Mates has many things going for it, which is why it joins this list of good nursing shoes that are also white.

The first thing to mention is that the upper is made of full-grain leather in a clean silhouette, and the shoe as a whole is designed in a professional and contemporary manner.

We like how the shoe features a removable insole (known as Pillowtop for its comfort), so you can use your own orthotics if you would prefer.

Support is excellent and a special mention has to go for just how much support and thus comfort you are given if you have high arches.

A few other features that make this shoe a good choice include its leather lining for breathability purposes so your feet are kept cool; the padded instep collar for enhanced comfort; the slip-resistant sole; and the easy slip-on and off design of the shoe.

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Best Nursing Shoes for High Arches

 

K-SWISS Tubes RunK-SWISS ST329Skechers Sport Premium-Premix Slip-OnNurse Mates LibbyNurse Mates Macie
K-SWISS Tubes Run 100K-SWISS ST329 Skechers Sport Premium-Premix Slip-OnNurse Mates LibbyNurse Mates Macie
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Mesh + synthetic leather uppers
Tubes midsole technology
Lightweight
EVA midsole
Aosta II rubber outsole
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Leather upper
Shock Spring cushioning
Premium memory foot bed
Anatomically correct flex-grooves
Padded collar and tongue
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Leather/Synthetic
Padded tongue and collar
Cushioned footbed
EVA midsole
Elastic insets
Supportive air cushion in heel
Non-marking rubber outsole
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Leather upper
Pillowtop removable insole
Breathable linings
Padded instep collar
Slip-resistant sole
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Leather upper
4-ply pillow top insole
Padded collar
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Slip-resistant sole
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Finding the best nursing shoes for high arches can be challenging if you don’t know what it is that you need to look for. Many workers in other fields can cope with the issue of high arches because their jobs usually don’t require them to be on their feet all day. Nurses, on the other hand, spend 12-14 hours every single day on their feet in some cases, so a suitable shoe to deal with the problem is a must.

Typically, clogs and slip-ons should be avoided, although the addition of a custom orthotic can make a few models suitable, and there are also a couple of exceptions as you will see below. Instead, shoes that offer plenty of support and cushion pressure points should be sought out. Tennis shoes, for example, are a great option.

 

K-SWISS Tubes Run 100

K-SWISS Tubes RunIt’s no secret that tennis shoes offer plenty of support and cushioning due to the nature of playing tennis. The K Swiss Tubes Run 100 strikes a good balance between affordability and comfort, particularly if you have high arches.

The shoe features a mesh design so your feet are provided with ventilation; the Aosta II rubber outsole gives you plenty of grip on all surfaces; and the shoe’s tongue and collar are well-padded for better comfort.

However, the main talking point of this shoe is the EVA midsole that give your feet all the support you need and more. This is down to the midsole having been cleverly designed with tube technology.

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K-SWISS ST329 Comfort Memory Foam Shoe

K-SWISS ST329Another tennis shoe from K-SWISS that is a good choice for high arches is the ST329.

We really like how the shoe has not only a wider forefoot area, but also a wider heel area so your feet don’t feel restricted as you go about your working day.

However, many nurses feel that the best aspect of this shoe is its Shock Spring cushioning system and EVA midsole.

The Shock Spring cushioning system ensures that your feet are very comfortable thanks to taking it easy on your pressure points with every step.

The EVA midsole is compression-molded for a softer, more tailored fit and feel, and perhaps just as importantly is also very lightweight, which is something those with high arches are sure to appreciate.

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Skechers Sport Premium-Premix Slip-On Sneaker

Skechers Sport Premium-Premix Slip-OnThe Premium-Premix Slip-On is the exception to avoid slip-ons if you have high arches; then again, the shoe is only slip-on in name, as it is designed quite differently to what is generally considered a slip-on shoe.

Cushioning is the name of the game with this model that is considered to be one of the best shoes for nurses – the collar, tongue, heel, and footbed are all very well-cushioned, particularly the footbed – to give your feet plenty of comfort and support.

More specifically, arch support is excellent thanks to the way in which the shoe manages to evenly distribute the weight of your foot. Not only is this great for those with high arches, but it’s also great for drastically reducing foot fatigue for all people – high arches or not.

The outsole is made from rubber and provides you with a generous amount of grip; it is also non-marking.

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Nurse Mates Libby

Nurse Mates LibbyNurse Mates make some excellent nursing shoes in their own right, but just how effective they are for high arches really sets the company apart from others. The Libby (and the Macie below) is one of the company’s best.

Arch support is so good thanks to the shoe’s insole – aptly named Pillowtop. The insole is designed in a way to ensure that very, very little pressure is felt as you walk. However, we also like how you can remove the insole if you so wish to accommodate your own custom orthotics.

The shoe has more than just its excellent arch support going for it though. It features leather lining so your feet are given plenty of breathability; many areas of the shoe are padded for further comfort; the sole is slip-resistant and gives you good grip; and the shoe looks professional while managing to remain quite stylish.

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Nurse Mates Macie

Nurse Mates MacieThe other shoe from Nurse Mates we recommend as one of the Best Nursing Shoes for High Arches is the Macie. One of the best aspects of this shoe is its 4-ply pillow top insole that provides plenty of comfort and support, which explains why it is well liked by those high arches

The shoe also has laces, which can prove to be quite important if you have high arches, allowing you to adjust the pressure applied to your feet.

Other features include a full grain leather upper that is stain resistant and offers good breathability; a lightweight sole that gives good traction; and a padded collar.

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Best Nursing Shoes for Wide Feet

 

K-SWISS Tubes RunNurse Mates LinziNurse Mates LondonGrey's Anatomy by SoftWalk Meredith Clog 
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Mesh + synthetic leather uppers
Tubes midsole technology
Lightweight
EVA midsole
Aosta II rubber outsole
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Leather upper
PillowTop memory foam insole
Stain-resistant
Slip resistant EVA outsole
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Dual gore leather upper
Padded collar
Breathable lining
Removable Pillowtop
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Slip resistant EVA outsole
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Leather upper
Padded collar
Shock-absorbing EVA midsole
Dual-density cushioned footbed
Slip resistant outsole
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When it comes to finding the top rated nursing shoes for wide feet there is pretty much only one thing you need to keep in mind – how wide is the footbed? Those with wide feet clearly need to give their feet plenty of room, particularly if you are a nurse who is on your feet 12-14 hours at a time.

Besides finding a shoe with a wide footbed, nurses also need to ensure that the shoe has the same features that are found in any good nursing shoe, such as comfort, breathability, good traction, and so on.

 

K-SWISS Tube 100

K-SWISS Tubes RunThe only shoe on this list that is suitable for both men and women, the Tube 100 has several things going for it, making it a great shoe for nurses despite the fact that it is a tennis shoe and not made specifically for nurses.

Besides its suitability for nurses with wide feet the Tubes Run 100 gives you a very generous amount of support and cushioning. This isn’t surprising, considering tennis shoes have to excel in these areas to handle the toll tennis takes on the feet , and is down to the EVA midsole that incorporates clever tube technology.

The shoe features a mesh design to give your feet room to breathe, and grip is excellent on all surfaces thanks to the Aosta II rubber outsole.

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Nurse Mates Linzi

Nurse Mates LinziThe Linzi from Nurse Mates is ideal for wide feet due to its wide design. However, it has more than just its width going for it.

The PillowTop memory foam insole smartly molds to your foot to ensure that you are given optimal comfort with a good amount of cushioning.

The EVA outsole is slip resistant and thus gives you very good traction on all surfaces while also absorbing shock well due to the rubbers plugs found inside the outsole. The outsole is also lightweight to further enhance comfort and reduce foot fatigue.

We also really like how the shoe is stain-resistant and easy to clean, which are two things every nurse should look for in a shoe.

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Nurse Mates London

Nurse Mates LondonAnother shoe from Nurse Mates is the London. It features the same roomy design to give your wide feet plenty of space and has several other aspects that make it one of the Best Nursing Shoes for Wide Feet.

The shoe features the same removable PillowTop memory foam insole that molds to your foot, and the same slip-resistant and lightweight EVA outsole for enhanced comfort and cushioning.

The London is also slip-resistant; has an easy slip-on and slip-off style; features a dual gore upper for better comfort; a padded collar; and man-made breathable lining to keep your feet cool all day long.

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Grey’s Anatomy by SoftWalk Meredith Clog

Grey's Anatomy by SoftWalk Meredith ClogThe Meredith Clog is a great nursing shoe, not only for wide feet, but also for several any nurse looking for a shoe that can deliver comfort all day long. This is down to several reasons.

-It is roomy

-Padded collar for extra cushioning

-Naturally engineered vamp prevents pinching

-Dual density footbed delivers excellent arch support and has a heel pad

-Footbed is lined with soft breathable antimicrobial fiber

-Midsole is lightweight, has contoured footpads, and gives plenty of shock absorption and energy return

-Outsole has an anti-slip design, is lightweight and highly durable

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Best Nursing Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

 

Z-CoiL Freedom SlipDansko Professional Oiled Leather ClogVIONIC WalkerPropet 3851 Wash & Wear Slip-OnAlegria Classic Clog
Z-CoiL Freedom SlipDansko Professional Clog VIONIC Walker Propet 3851 Wash & Wear Slip-OnAlegria Classic Clog
Features:
Full grain soft leather
Padded heel collar and tongue
Forefoot EVA cushioning
Built-in Z-Orthotic
Wide toe box
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Oiled leather upper
Contoured leather insole
Shock-absorbent rubber outsole
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Leather and mesh upper
Orthoheel motion-controling footbed
Contoured arch support
Heel cup
Flexible rubber outsole
Features:
Washable quilted upper
Lightweight EVA midsole
Internal heel counter
Padded stretch collar
Rocker outsole
Features:
Leather upper
Removable footbed
Extra depth
Cloth-covered buckle
Full rocker bottom
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If you are a nurse who suffers from the frustrating condition known as plantar fasciitis you need to be very specific in what you look for from the best shoes for nurses.

A suitable shoe most definitely needs to have a firm heel counter, but there are a few others things that shouldn’t be overlooked. This includes a shoe that has a roomy toe box so minimal pressure is applied to your toes and you can flex them, good shock absorption, plenty of cushioning, and excellent arch support.

It can be challenging to find a shoe that ticks of all these boxes, but here are the best shoes according to a number of nurses.

 

Z-CoiL Freedom Slip

Z-CoiL Freedom SlipThe Z-CoiL Freedom Slip doesn’t exactly come cheap, but it is one of, if not the very best shoe for plantar fasciitis on the market.

The shoe is specifically designed for foot problems, particularly plantar fasciitis. Take the built-in Z-Orthotic, for example, that protects your plantar ligaments and ensures that the pressure on your foot is always equalized.

1-inch of soft cushioning is another real plus and is plenty more than what is usually found on shoes. This includes forefoot cushioning too that gives you better comfort on the ball of your foot and the toes.

Other features include padding on the tongue and heel collar and a genuine full grain soft leather design.

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Dansko Professional Clog

Dansko Professional Oiled Leather ClogDansko is certainly not a new name when it comes to shoes for nurses, and the Professional Clog is one of the best Best Nursing Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis for several reasons:

-Excellent arch support

-Wide heel strike for greater stability

-Roomy toe box that is also reinforced for protection

-Rocker bottom ensures excellent shock absorption and reduces fatigue

-Padded instep collar for enhanced comfort

-Breathable, dense footbed to keep your feet cool and comfortable

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VIONIC Walker

VIONIC WalkerVIONIC design some fantastic shoes for a range of foot conditions, and the podiatrist-designed VIONIC Walker is one of the company’s best, particularly for plantar fasciitis.

What makes this shoe so good is its Orthoheel motion-controling footbed that also features contoured arch support and a heel cup that realigns your stride. In other words, the footbed is designed exactly in a way that it should be designed to provide relief from plantar fasciitis. This footbed is also removable, anti-bacteria an features plenty of cushioning.

Other features include a leather and mesh lining design to give your feet room to breathe that is also waterproof, and a flexible rubber outsole that gives very good traction.

The shoe also has a Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association, which certainly isn’t something that many other shoes can boast of having.

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Propet 3851 Wash & Wear Slip-On

Propet 3851 Wash & Wear Slip-OnThe Propet 3851 is a lightweight and breathable shoe that offers ample support for plantar fasciitis. The removable EVA midsole is both lightweight and generously padded with impressive shock absorption so your foot is kept under minimal pressure. The inclusion of external and internal heel counters also play an important role in providing more support too.

The shoe features a rocker outsole to encourage your natural walking step, which also includes flex grooves for better traction.

It’s also worth noting that this shoe from Propet has excellent durability and is definitely built to last, considering that it is backed by a 1,000 mile guarantee.

We also like how the shoe is so easy to wash to, which is of course important when working in an hospital environment.

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Alegria Classic Clog

Alegria Classic ClogOne of the best shoes for plantar fasciitis is the Classic Clog from Alegria for several reasons.

The shoe gives yours toes plenty of room to move and breathe thanks to the roomy toe box; it is generously padded all over, but none more so than on the footbed; and the outsole is designed in a way so to eliminate the pressure felt on your heel.

Arch support is the real talking point of this shoe, however. The footbed cleverly molds to take the form of the natural shape of your foot, meaning that the arch support is tailored exactly to how you need it. It’s also good to see that the footbed is removable so you can use your own custom orthotics.

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Best Nursing Shoes for Flat Feet

 

Alegria Dayna FlatAlegria Classic ClogNurse Mates Pennie Slip onNurse Mates Bryar 
Alegria Dayna Flat Alegria Classic Clog Nurse Mates Pennie Slip on Nurse Mates Bryar
Features:
Leather upper
Wide toe box
Memory foam footbed
Adjustable strap
Full rocker bottom
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Leather upper
Removable footbed
Extra depth
Cloth-covered buckle
Full rocker bottom
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Durable, flexible leather
Padded lining
Stain-resistant
Non-marking, slip-resistant outsole
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Leather upper
Pillowtop footbed
Stain resistant
Flexible goring
Shock absorbing, slip-resistant polyurethane outsole
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When it comes to walking, running and working with flat feet a shoe must be able to align your foot correctly at all times. This is the most important aspect you need from a shoe.

However, a shoe that has a lightweight sole so minimal pressure is felt on the joints; a relaxed fit that allows free movement of the toes; excellent arch support; and generous padding are also important aspects to consider.

In ours and many other nurses’ experiences, Alegria and Nurse Mates design the best shoes if you have flat feet.

 

Alegria Dayna Flat

Alegria Dayna FlatThe Dayna Flat has a slightly misleading name, as you would expect a shoe with “Flat” in its name to be completely flat and offer no support. However, this simply isn’t the case and the shoe is a good fit for those with flat feet with its 1.75” heel and 0.75” platform.

One of the things many like best about this shoe is its leather covered latex memory foam footbed, which results in plenty of comfort for your feet. Add in the wide toe box, and your feet are given plenty of space, ventilation, support and comfort.

Other features include a soft leather upper, full rocker bottom that gives good grip, and an adjustable strap for a better fit.

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Alegria Classic Clog

Alegria Classic ClogThe other shoe from Alegria that is recommended by many nurses is the Classic Clog. The heel is slightly shorter than the Dayna – 1.5” – but the platform is slighter taller – 1.0”.

While we feel that the shoe provides enough support for flat feet thanks to the footbed’s generous padding, and particularly the way in which it is designed to form the natural shape of your feet, it’s good to know that it is removable. So if you currently use a custom orthotic that works for you best, you can easily use the remove footbed and use your own.

The way in which the rocker outsole is designed to reduce any pressure felt in both your heel and metatarsal is another very welcome aspect of the Classic Clog.

The shoe also offers extra depth to give your toes more room, gives your feet plenty of breathability, and is all round just an excellent shoe for nurses, even if you don’t have flat feet.

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Nurse Mates Pennie Slip On

Nurse Mates Pennie Slip onThe Pennie Slip-on from Nurse Mates has plenty going for it, and not just its support. It is certainly one of the Best Nursing Shoes for Flat Feet.

The polyurethane outsole is non-marking, slip resistant, and gives your feet plenty of cushioning to work with. It also has the benefit of being lightweight to reduce fatigue.

The shoe as a whole is both durable and flexible – which is down to its soft, supple leather design; the inside of the shoe features soft, padded lining to give your feet a good amount of comfort; and the finish is also stain-resistant.

Perhaps the best aspect of this shoe, however, is the support it provides you with. The heel measures a little over 1” in height to give those with flat feet much needed support, and the footbed is generously padded. Your feet, including your toes, are also given full, unrestricted movement.

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Nurse Mates Bryar

Nurse Mates BryarThe Bryar from Nurse Mates features added support, which is a must for anyone who has flat feet.

This added support comes in the form of Nurse Mates highly regarded Pillowtop footbed that provides you with plenty of cushioning and ensures minimal pressure is felt on your feet. The shock absorbing, slip-resistant outsole also plays its part; as does the over 2” tall heel.

Other features that make the Bryar a good shoe for nurses include its stain resistant finish; goring that gives your flexibility and ensures more of a custom fit; and the shoe’s breathable upper.

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Best Nursing Shoes for Women

 

Skechers Sport Premium-Premix Slip-OnCherokee PeacockKlogs USA Mission MuleDansko SamanthaK-SWISS ST329
Skechers Sport Premium-Premix Slip-OnCherokee Peacock Klogs USA Mission Mule Dansko SamanthaK-SWISS ST329
Features:
Leather/Synthetic
Padded tongue and collar
Cushioned footbed
EVA midsole
Elastic insets
Supportive air cushion in heel
Non-marking rubber outsole
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Leather upper
Breathable linings
Rubber sole
Lightweight
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Leather upper
Padded collar and instep
Antimicrobial footbed
Slip-resistant outsole
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Polyester-blend
Scotchgard protected
DriLex Eco linings
Shock absorption
Slip resistant outsole
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Leather upper
Shock Spring cushioning
Premium memory foot bed
Anatomically correct flex-grooves
Padded collar and tongue
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Throughout this article we have listed the best nursing shoes for a range of conditions and have included different types of shoes too, such as tennis shoes, slip-ons and clogs. This list, however, is specifically catered to female nurses who have normal arches and do not have any outstanding conditions like plantar fasciitis.

 

Skechers Sport Premium-Premix Slip-On Sneaker

Skechers Sport Premium-Premix Slip-OnThe Premium-Premix Slip-On Sneaker from Skechers is a very affordable shoe that nurses have had plenty of great things to say about.

Not only does the shoe look great with its classic look, but it is also comfortable. The tongue, collar and footbed are cushioned, with more emphasis placed on the cushioning of the footbed, as it’s the most important area of a shoe for comfort. Even the heel is cushioned too.

Arch support is very good with your weight being evenly distributed over your whole foot to reduce fatigue. The outsole gives you plenty of grip on all surfaces, and it is good to see that is also non-marking and more importantly slip resistant.

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Cherokee Peacock Work Shoe

Cherokee PeacockIf you’re looking for an inexpensive yet comfortable nursing shoe, then the Cherokee Peacock Work Shoe may just be for you.

The shoe features a durable, leather upper with breathable linings so your feet are given room to breathe while you’re on your feet all day. The shoe is also very lightweight, which of course goes a long way in giving you better comfort – in fact, the outsole is half as heavy as the outsoles found on comparable shoes.

The Peacock Work Shoe may not have quite as much cushioning found on other shoes, but at this price there is very little else to complain about.

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Klogs USA Mission Mule

Klogs USA Mission MuleThe Klogs USA Mission Mule is a very well-liked shoe by many women whose job consists of being on their feet all day.

The shoe features a smooth leather upper with light padding around the collar and instep for comfort purposes. The footbed provides plenty of cushioning and ensures good arch support so your weight is evenly distributed as you stand and walk.

We also really appreciate how the footbed is antimicrobial and odor resistant so your feet won’t smell after a long shift on your feet all day.

The outsole is slip-resistant and provides good traction too, and the shoe is quite lightweight – certainly compared to many other shoes in its price range – which definitely helps to keep your feet comfortable and fight foot fatigue.

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Dansko Samantha Fashion Sneakers

Dansko SamanthaAny top rated nursing shoe list couldn’t be complete without a recommendation for a Dansko shoe, and for good reason too. It’s likely that there are several nurses you work with that wear a pair of Dansko’s to work every day, as they know just how good the company’s shoes are.

In our and many others opinion the Samantha Fashion Sneaker is one of the best from the company. This is down to a number of reasons, including:

-Stain resistant thanks to the Scotchgard design

-Excellent arch support

-Very generous cushioning and shock absorption

-Moisture wicking and odor-resistant material

-Slip resistant outsole

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K-SWISS ST329 Comfort Memory Foam Shoe

K-SWISS ST329If you’re looking for the look and comfort of a tennis shoe from the best shoes for nurses, then K-SWISS should be your go to brand. The ST329 is one of the Best Nursing Shoes for Women.

We love how it features a wider forefoot and heel area for better comfort so there is no snug fit, and we also really like how breathable the shoe is – which comes as no surprise considering that the ST329 is a tennis shoe.

Our favorite feature, however, and one of the main reasons why the shoe is so comfortable for nurses is thanks to the Shock Spring cushioning technology that is incorporated. This results in a shoe that gives you plenty of shock absorption, support and all-round comfort.

It’s also worth noting that the shoe is quite lightweight, which is another real plus.

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