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The Best Shoes for Nurses & Healthcare Workers

Posted by Jessica Stensrud Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020

Now, more than ever, nurses and healthcare workers work long hours, standing and running around. It's crucial to have the right shoes that will alleviate the stress and pain of being on your feet all day. Shoes that don't have the right support will cause joint pain, knee pain and potential back pain. We're rounding up some footwear options for nurses, surgical technologists, radiologic technologists, sonographers, physical therapists and all other healthcare workers conducive to lots of standing, walking and running around, for long hours.

Whether you're a healthcare worker looking to treat your feet or you're wanting a great gift for your favorite healthcare hero this holiday season, read on to see some of our favorite shoes and brands designed with long hours and standing in mind.



How to find the best shoes for nurses.


The healthcare industry is demanding and requires long hours (especially now, due to helping patients affected by the COVID-19 pandemic). Nurses and other front-line workers are putting in more hours and double shifts, all while walking and standing. The footwear needed has supportive cushions to take physical strain from feet, knees and back. Look for shoes that offer breathability and arch support to help get you through the long days. Shoes and clogs with good traction and that are slip-resistant is a plus.


adidas Running Cloudfoam Pure


Adidas sneakers are known for comfy, sporty designs, and these do not disappoint. They feature underfoot cushioning, ideal for standing long hours at work. These are available in men's and women's sizes. 


Crocs Classic Clog

Crocs clogs are an easy, budget-friendly option that are easy to clean and easy on your feet. In 2020, Crocs donated shoes to over 240,000 healthcare workers to keep frontline workers comfy and stylish while they work and save lives. 



Allbirds Women's Wool Runners

Allbirds is assisting the healthcare community by offering a special selection of shoes for men and women at a donation price. The shoes feature sustainable designs and renewable materials. Shoes are machine washable, breathable and conform to your movements throughout the day.



Nurse Mates Tabor

Designed for professional nurses, Nurse Mates offers comfy designs for men and women. Their range of clogs and sneakers are built for long hours. They're slip-resistant, cushioned and a fun addition to your work day.


Dansko XP 2.0 Waterproof

Trusted by the healthcare community for over 25 years, Dansko features expertly crafted designs for men and women. Their waterproof clogs offer odor control, memory foam and anti-fatigue rocker bottoms to assist with forward motion while walking. Registered nurses swear by these clogs, boasting comfortable wear after 16 hours of work.

"Dansko is my go-to brand," said Dr. Hilary Applequist, nurse practitioner and assistant professor in the BSN-DNP program at Nebraska Methodist College.


New Balance WX608v4 Comfort Pack Training Shoe

New Balance sneakers are always a stylish, comfortable choice. These best-sellers add superior support to the heels of feet, extra cushioning and compression resistance. The sneakers also have internal shanks reinforced for improved stability and control.


Nike Women's Court Lite Tennis Shoe

Nurses and healthcare workers who want sneakers with quality designs, fit, comfort and versatility will not be disappointed by these Nikes. They offer soft padding on the tongue and heel as well as breathable mesh, ideal for long days. 


hokaHoka Bondi 6

Popular among men and women nurses, the Bondi 6 has the American Podiatric Association stamp of approval for good foot health. The sneakers offer mesh construction, durable rubber outsoles, lightweight design and superior cushioning.


After you've found the perfect pair of shoes, put them to work! Take the first steps towards making a difference in the lives of others. Check out Nebraska Methodist College to further your education and start a life-changing career.

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