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After working in the professional shoe industry for so many years, I am often asked: how to choose nurse shoes? Which brand of nurse shoes is better? In this regard, I would like to say that the standard of good quality in people’s hearts is different. As a practitioner for many years, the best nurse shoes in my eyes must be comfortable and breathable.

As the saying goes, “the doctor opens his mouth, the nurse breaks his leg”, which is both a joke and a fact. It is extremely hard to shuttle between doctors, patients, and their families every day, transporting and delivering various items and information. A good pair of nurse shoes is more important, which can keep your feet comfortable and work more energetically.

For the basic material of the nurese shoes , it should be used by these material :

Upper: Select high-quality nappa top layer smooth calf soft leather, flexible and elastic. The upper layer adopts nano-layer technology, which has the advantages of wear resistance, acid resistance, alkali resistance and corrosion resistance.

Shoe lining: The first layer of pig lining is used, which is also the material used for the lining of many leather shoes. The pig lining is also genuine leather. After softening, it is relatively soft and does not wear feet. Therefore, it is often used as a leather shoe lining.

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Sole: Adopt elastic air cushion EVA high elastic sports sole with rebound effect and cushioning performance. The height of 4.0±0.5cm is more suitable, and it has the advantages of non-slip, mute, wear-resistant and lighter.

Insole: It adopts elastic sponge latex insole, the thickness is about 6mm, and the surface is made of the first layer of pigskin material, which has the advantages of absorbing sweat, not smelly feet, dry and breathable.

Glue: Use environmentally friendly glue to reduce harmful gases.

Characteristics of good nursing shoes

Although they look similar, nursing shoes are different from regular shoes. They are designed to meet the needs of nurses in their day-to-day work in hospitals. The main focus of these shoes is to ensure comfort without giving up safety. When this standard is reached, the tedious work in the hospital is easier to complete.

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A good pair of nursing shoes should have the following characteristics:

light

Nursing shoes should be lightweight so that wearing them during busy and long shifts is not a burden. Lightweight shoes also help prevent health problems related to work stress and fatigue, such as lower back pain and muscle cramps.

Easy to clean As a nurse, you don’t have the luxury of cleaning your nursing shoes every day. You are also susceptible to accidental spills of blood and other bodily fluids. That’s why high-quality care shoes can be easily cleaned by simply wiping with a damp cloth.

durable

Because being a nurse involves a lot of footwork, it’s important to buy a pair of sturdy and durable shoes. If a pair of shoes is not strong enough to withstand clinical tasks, a pair of shoes can only be used for a few months.

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non-slip

You’ll encounter a lot of spills on hospital floors, and if you’re not careful, you might accidentally slip while walking or running. Therefore, non-slip shoes are always recommended for safety. Perfect fit

Nursing shoes that are too tight or too large can cause arch pain and pressure sores. Make sure your shoes fit perfectly to prevent these foot problems.

with arch support

Stable arch support is a must when shopping for a pair of shoes these days. It will support your arch and posture when walking or running. Some people have an arch that is too low or too high, and a removable orthotic pad is recommended to fix this.

How to Choose the Best Care Shoes: 10 Golden Rules to Follow

Here are ten golden rules for choosing the best nursing shoes on the market.

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  1. Check with your employer if there is a strict dress code in your area

This is an important thing to check first when buying nursing shoes. Some hospitals enforce strict monochrome regulations for nursing shoes, usually requiring white.

Nurses in scrubs, however, are usually not required to follow such a rule, but it’s best to ask first. In this way, you will have more guidance in choosing the right design.

  1. Determine the size of your feet

Foot size and width should always be considered when looking for the perfect fit. When putting on your shoes, put on the socks you use regularly at work. Some socks can affect the fit of the shoes you’re wearing, especially if they’re too thick.

Some people are also born with slightly different sizes of feet. If this is your case, always choose the larger foot size.

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  1. Always prioritize your comfort

The comfort of your feet should not be sacrificed for style. The insole should be soft and fit your foot perfectly without squeezing in. The extra padding of the pressure points is also helpful. You can even find shoes with gel pads to make walking more comfortable.

  1. Look for features that will keep you safe

With spills and slippery floors, your nursing shoes shouldn’t allow you to slip or fall. The outsole made of high quality durable rubber gives your shoes a good grip even on slippery floors. Most nursing shoes are non-slip, but it’s a good idea to check when you buy them.

  1. Lightweight

Your shoes should always be lightweight, so a quick walk or run shouldn’t cause a big problem for your legs. Walking around in heavy shoes can strain your legs and keep you from moving fast. Opting for lightweight shoes will allow you to complete your daily work on the ward faster.

  1. Consider arch support

If you examine your feet, you will notice a natural arch or curve on the inside of your sole. Few people are born without arches on the soles of their feet, a condition known as flat feet.

A good nursing shoe should provide arch support to relieve foot pressure points. For those with flat feet, custom-made shoes that incorporate orthopedic pads are recommended.

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  1. Check the durability of the shoes

To withstand the extreme conditions nurses experience in hospitals every day, their shoes should be durable. High-quality nursing shoes are usually made of high-quality materials such as leather and rubber. The outsole should be thick enough and well stitched to the body of the shoe.

Shoes made of suede, canvas and synthetic leather are not recommended as they are difficult to clean and wear easily.

  1. Choose the right style

As mentioned at the beginning of this guide, there are three styles of nursing shoes available around. When choosing the right style, you should first identify your favorite style. Then, consider several factors, such as dress code and the region where you are working.

  1. Check the durability of the shoes

To withstand the extreme conditions nurses experience in hospitals every day, their shoes should be durable. High-quality nursing shoes are usually made of high-quality materials such as leather and rubber. The outsole should be thick enough and well stitched to the body of the shoe.

Shoes made of suede, canvas and synthetic leather are not recommended as they are difficult to clean and wear easily.

  1. Choose the right style

As mentioned at the beginning of this guide, there are three styles of nursing shoes available around. When choosing the right style, you should first identify your favorite style. Then, consider several factors, such as dress code and the region where you are working.

For a fast-paced work environment where you’ll be walking and running like ERs and ICUs, sneakers will be the best. For closed environments like operating rooms and NICUs, where maintaining a sterile field is important, slip-ons are great. For the ward area, clogs are recommended.

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  1. Choose shoe designs that are easy to clean

Nurses are always busy, and they face many external hazards, such as spills of blood and bodily fluids. Therefore, it is important to have an easy-to-clean design. Choose shoes that can be easily cleaned by simply wiping with a damp cloth.

Some shoes also come with their own line of cleaners, so the look and durability of the shoes won’t suffer from repeated cleanings over time.

  1. Consider industry-specific brands

There are shoe brands designed specifically for nurses. NurseMates and ScrubZone are popular these days and they produce a range of different nursing shoes on the market. It is recommended to buy shoes made for nurses, as they are made for hospital use.

    • Additional Tips and Warnings

Most nursing shoes are made of leather and rubber, as these materials are easy to maintain and clean

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Shoes made of synthetic or vegan leather can also be used, but are not recommended as they can make your feet feel hot and sweaty. Suede shoes are also less popular because they are difficult to clean. Cloth care shoes made of canvas are not recommended as they get dirty easily and are time consuming to clean.

Overall, most nurses prefer nursing shoes made of rubber because they are very easy to clean, durable and lightweight.

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Backless shoes may be attractive to some people, but this type of nursing shoe is unstable and is not recommended for nurses.

Backless shoes only stay on your feet as long as the arches or toes are strong enough to hold them as your foot swings. Clogs are a better choice.

Summary

Asking for advice from colleagues is also a great way to find the best care shoes for you.

New nurses entering the clinic often have no idea how important it is to invest in the right shoes for hospital work. Seek advice from your seniors in the hospital as their experience in finding and wearing nursing shoes can be valuable in purchasing nursing shoes.