5 Best Shoes for Nurses in 2019

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Many nurses suffer from back, foot, knee, and joint pain as a result of all the standing they do on the job. Unlike a desk job, it’s essential that nurses have the right footwear.

For that reason, we have put together a guide to the 5 best shoes for female nurses on their feet all day.

The shoes below combine the best in stability and cushioning; perfect for nurses that work long hours (often 12+ hour shifts at a time!).

5 Best Shoes for Nurses in 2019

1) Dansko Women’s Pro Mule

Dansko makes some of best shoes for nurses to wear as their shoes provide a dressy, yet comfortable design.  The Dansko Women’s Pro Mule shoes comprise leather uppers and synthetic soles.

Operating room nurses love them because in these shoes they are able to stand all day without going home with back pain.

Even people suffering from plantar fasciitis (a form of heel pain) can now go to work and be pain-free at the end of the day. As a further advantage, the shoes are easy to put on.

While comfortable, they can be difficult to break in and are stiff at first.  Furthermore, they run a little narrow.

2) Dansko Women’s Rach Mule

Like the Dansko Women’s Pro Mule, the Rach Mule also has a leather upper.  The footbed is made of molded EVA foam and has a rocker bottom that provides great support.

You do not need to worry about the heel height; the heel is stable and the height helps with back pain.

Also, your feet will no longer hurt after standing all day at work.

On the downside, some people have found the Rach Mules difficult to break in, and others experienced them as being a bit heavy.

Overall, nurses found that these shoes alleviated or eliminated pain they had when wearing other shoes.

3) Klogs USA Women’s Naples Mule

The Klogs USA Women’s Naples Mule are also made of leather.  These shoes have the added advantage of being slip-resistant under both wet and oily conditions.

The elevated platform has some give, making these shoes feel extremely cushiony.  They are ideal if you have a mid or high arch.

After being on their feet for over twelve hours, nurses experienced no foot, leg or back pain.

One perhaps negative attribute about these shoes is that several people found that they wore down quickly.

4) Skechers for Work Women’s Eldred Slip Resistant Shoe

The Skechers for Work Women’s Eldred shoes are also ideal if your job involves standing on wet or oily surfaces. The memory foam-topped insoles provide great comfort.

However, if you are looking for shoes in which you can insert your own orthotics, these may not be for you as the shoes are not deep enough to accommodate them.

Women who suffered from metatarsalgia (pain at the ball of the foot) and joint problems found that these shoes relieved her problems without using her own orthotics.

They are comfortable if you are on your feet all day. Wearers have experienced no back pain with these shoes.

Finally, these good nursing shoes are non-slip and prevent water from entering the shoe, leaving your feet dry.

5) Skechers Sport Women’s D’Lites Memory Foam Lace-up Sneaker

The Skechers Sport Women’s D’Lites have a thick memory foam insole which provides great shock absorption.

The padded tongue offers extra comfort.  While not ideal for overpronators (when the arch of your foot stretches inward too much), they work well for those with a high arch.

Even after walking a lot, users did not experience ankle pain, shin splits or plantar fasciitis, which plagued them with other shoes.

The insoles are comfortable and provide good support but they are not removable, so if you need to wear custom orthotics, these are not the shoes for you.

However, the wide fit makes these shoes comfortable if you suffer from bunions. The thick cushioning makes it comfortable to work in even if you are standing on concrete floors all day.

You don’t need to break them in, but some people found they fell apart quickly. Others thought they did not breathe well, but the extreme cushioning and comfort made up for it.

Summing It Up| What Are the Best Shoes for Nurses?

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We summarized our 5 best shoes for nurses above. Ultimately the decision is yours.

We tried to provide a nice variety and option for each type of foot.

From narrow to wide feet, a range of arch heights, and ultimately a design that you can be proud of. That being said, comfort and support always come first!

The summary should help you choose your ideal nursing shoe for 2019, making your worklife more comfortable and pain-free as you put in those long hours.

About the author

Nate Alger

Nate is avid CrossFitter who loves pushing his body to the max in his attempt to look stronger. He loves toppling outrageous hiking adventures. Some of his most recent excursions include the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and the Half Dome hike in Yosemite National Park.

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