Three Keys to Finding the Best Nursing Shoes for Women

Spending all day on your feet can be a painful experience without comfortable footwear.

Nurse shoes
Nurse shoes need to be comfortable, but they also need non-slip soles to prevent slips and accidents.Slow Man

Anyone who spends the majority of their day on their feet has learned the hard way that comfortable footwear is an absolute necessity. Unfortunately, this means they’ve worn the wrong shoes and suffered the consequences at some point in their career. Some of those consequences are sore feet the next day, but over time, the pain may become much worse. To help you comfortably stay on your feet all day, here are some tips on how to choose the right women’s nursing shoes so you can be as comfortable as possible while working a long shift.

Arch Support and Cushion

Dansko Women's Professional Clog
Little to no arch support can lead to things worse than just sore feet.Dansko

This likely isn’t the first time you’ve heard about how important arch support in your shoes is, as well as proper cushioning. Both features help ensure your feet stay comfortable, but also protect your back. The arch support in your shoes affects your posture, and if you don’t have proper arch support, then your posture will suffer, which will cause pain in your lower back in the short and long term. The amount of cushion in shoes is important as it helps absorb the impact and pressure you place not only on your feet, but also on your ankles, knees, and hips, which can also get worn down from being on your feet all day.

Wide Toe Space

Women's Walking Shoes Sock Sneakers
Whatever size shoe you wear, make sure there is enough room to spread your toes.Slow Man

The more time you spend on your feet, the more your little toes are going to want to have a little stretch and spread out. When you restrict your feet with narrow shoes, your toes are unable to do this, which results in pain when you’re on your feet for 10+ hours a day. To avoid issues, look for shoes with a wide toe area that allows your toes to spread out when they need to.

Non-slip

adidas Women's Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe
Hospitals can get slippery, and you don’t want to fall down.adidas

Some days you go into work with no idea of what is coming your way. Sometimes that could mean an issue that causes the hospital floor to get wet and slippery, and the last thing you need is to take a fall. For that, make sure your shoes have rubber-soles with good traction to help avoid any falls from happening in the first place. To that point, it’s important to swap out an old pair of shoes with new ones regularly to ensure your traction stays grippy.

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