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Jess
09-16-2007, 11:15 PM
Hi all! I was just wondering what kind of shoes do you wear when working? I know a lot of people wear the Crocs! Yes, I know they are comfy, but I wouldn't really wear them at the hospital. I think there are other ones like clogs or something where there are no holes?

I remember last year when I was starting clinical, I had no clue what shoes to buy! In the end, I bought these Nike ones and they are absolutely fantastic and super comfy! :)

geenaRN
09-17-2007, 12:44 AM
I think mine are Nike's. Or Reeboks. One of the two. Lots of nurses that I work with wear New Balance. Those never fit me right, though.

starkissed
09-17-2007, 04:53 AM
I wear Nike right now. I do have a pair of crocs, but I don't prefer to wear them to work in. I find that the toes catch a lot on the floors and almost trip me. Also, I like ankle support and they have none. So my crocs are house shoes and work wonderfully for that. I know a lot of colleagues also wear the Dansko's, but I haven't tried them even though they swear by them too. I guess I am a little too cheap to fork out 100 bucks for a pair of shoes. Bad enough I have to do it for my teenage son.

PixelRN
09-17-2007, 07:45 AM
I swear by the danskos. Didn't like them at first but then realized they are the only shoes that can still feel okay after 13 hours. I wore crocs when I was prego cause my feet were so damn big.

Marachne
09-17-2007, 12:46 PM
Danskos all the way! I have about a dozen pair--when they get too old to reheel they become garden shoes. Super comfy, great support, lots of colors, and many stores will give a professional discount if you show your license (or student ID I think). Living in a no shoe household, I like the slip on/off aspect (also good for the airport), and that they have a back.

And now they have these really cute ones that I wear for non-work occasions that are on the same sole as the professionals--unfortunately, I don't seem to be able to wear ones on the other soles: http://www.dansko.com/Product_Detail.aspx?StyleName=Marcelle&ID1=822&ID2=230202&VID=1817

As for crocs, I know people find them comfortable, but I just don't like the idea of shoes with holes at work! (I know they make solid ones now, but I still like having a shoe that I know will hold up for at least a year.

geenaRN
09-17-2007, 01:44 PM
Wow... I think you guys just might sell me on these Dansko's.

Marachne
09-17-2007, 02:02 PM
Geena,

Just be sure to buy them someplace where they know how to fit them to your foot.

The important thing is that the arch is in the right place. They may feel a little bit loose, esp. in the back, but you get used to that.

Jess
09-17-2007, 04:18 PM
The shoes I have are the Nike Dart IV and they are extremely comfortable! I love them and they're super light to carry around.

In the end, it really is your feet and only you will know which shoes work for you. :)

Mother Jones, RN
09-17-2007, 08:27 PM
I wear any brand of tennis shoe to work. I know that most people have a favorite brand, but not me. I wear just about any type of good tennis/running shoe that I can find on sale.

jojodow
09-17-2007, 08:56 PM
I love Crocs! I've only just started wearing them since I'm in a clinic/office atmosphere now. I don't think I would have worn them at the hospital. I wore New Balance when I worked there. :creep:

On the subject of Crocs...I just came across this:

Crocs Vs Escalators (http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/0917biz-crocsdanger17-ON.html):ahhhhh:


Please read if your kiddos wear them!

Jess
09-17-2007, 10:04 PM
On the subject of Crocs...I just came across this:

Crocs Vs Escalators (http://www.azcentral.com/business/articles/0917biz-crocsdanger17-ON.html):ahhhhh:


Please read if your kiddos wear them!

Wow, I had no idea about that! That is very crazy. I have a pair of Crocs and they are extremely comfy! I wore them when I went on vacation in Asia last summer and everyone kept staring at them. :p Of course, they all probably thought I was crazy for wearing something so weird looking, haha.

KathiLDRN
09-17-2007, 10:51 PM
I wear Quarks. They are really comfy and when they get dirty you just slip the insole out and wash them. I wear them in the OR and if I get gunk on them I pour perioxide over them in the dirty utility sink and they are as white as can be! ;):tomato::tomato:

Jess
09-19-2007, 11:47 AM
I wear Quarks. They are really comfy and when they get dirty you just slip the insole out and wash them. I wear them in the OR and if I get gunk on them I pour perioxide over them in the dirty utility sink and they are as white as can be! ;):tomato::tomato:

I really think that is a reason why so many nurses were Crocs or Dankos (sorry if I spelt it wrong!). They can just throw them in the sink/tub, wash/clean them and they can just dry easily. Really handy and very smart since who knows how many germs are still on my Nikes! :confused:

MyOwnWoman
09-21-2007, 07:12 PM
I've worn Reebok Comfort Walkers since I started nursing. I wore one other brand once and gave them away to my daughter to play around in. My working shoes are the most expensive shoes I own and I wouldn't trade them for the world........however, I've never heard of these "Dankos" shoes

Jess
09-21-2007, 08:33 PM
MyOwnWoman - you can take a look at Dansko nursing shoes at this website:

http://www.nursesdirect.com/dansko/

They are very popular shoes, but I would stick to my shoes for now. ;) However, I think KathiLDRN's method is awesome for cleaning shoes! I know my Nike's would take a while to dry, so maybe that's why nurses were Crocs, etc.

Marachne
09-23-2007, 02:22 PM
Or go directly to the Dansko site to see all their shoes, as well as how they are constructed: http://www.dansko.com/

I think that's what makes them so comfortable is how they're constructed. The professionals are the ones that I think are both the most unique in terms of clogs and the most comfortable. I love the arch support they give as well as the way they cushion your feet.

LittleBird
09-23-2007, 06:27 PM
At first I thought that Crocs were fantastic. I had a pair of the "professional" ones--with the drainage holes at the side and no holes on top. But then my feet started hurting. Not just when I was working. More of a plantar fasciitis type of thing. I don't know if the Crocs caused this, or if it just exacerbated something that was already going on... but they are now on the bottom of my closet. I picked up a pair of "Clarks" sneakers (might just be a Canadian brand of shoes) and my feet are getting better. I am going to take a look at trying some Dansko's for my next pair of shoes. Especially at how everyone on here raves about them so much!

Jess
09-23-2007, 07:17 PM
I think a few of my classmates have Clarks sneakers. They did say they were extremely comfy too. I'm not too sure if they're Canadian, but I have heard of them.

Wow, I didn't know there were Danskos in Canada, thanks for the link Marachne. If I have time, I might swing by one of the stores and take a look. :)

MyOwnWoman
09-24-2007, 07:34 PM
Jess, thanks for the link. I like a back on my shoe and the Crocs don't seem to supply that very often. My next pair of shoes may just be those Danskos (if I knew how to spell them.)

P/J
09-25-2007, 12:06 AM
We are required to wear leather enclosed shoes while on the wards. I have only seen one nurse wearing Crocs and they looked strange when no one else was wearing them (she was wearing a skirt). I'm sure they are more suited for OR and scrubs.

My shoes are just Windsor Smith dress shoes that I had when I was a waiter. I find that a good pair of socks really makes the shoes more comfortable. Cotton, business, 'pillow feet' by Bonds are my favs.

Elocin22
10-02-2007, 01:17 PM
I wear a pair of adidas running shoes that I couldn't wear for "running." They're pretty good. I throw them in the wash w/ my scrubs once every month or two (when I can't stand the smell anymore).

Caroline
10-10-2007, 11:59 PM
I had my first clinical yesterday, and I wore my crocs specialists. They are the new version of crocs made for restaurant workers, nurses, people on their feet all the time. Honestly, I love crocs but my heels were hurting within 2 hours of being at the long term care facility. I am now thinking of making the leap to Danskos...gulp. Never spent that much on shoes in my life!!! But it's probably worth it....

Julie
10-11-2007, 03:28 AM
You are so right Caroline. If there is one thing a nurse needs to invest in then it is her (or his) shoes.

Marachne
10-11-2007, 08:57 AM
Amen to that. Now, just to confuse things up a bit more, I know some people who swear by Z-coils (http://www.zcoil.com/) they are the funniest/ugliest looking shoes I've ever seen, but several of the nurses/NAs, etc who wear them swear by them for relief of foot pain, back pain, and tendencies to pronate. If you're interested, and there's a store near you, find out about return policies because they are not for everyone. My partner bought a pair, brought them back to be adjusted several times, and they never worked for her. They bought them back w/o a bit of protest.

MyOwnWoman
01-02-2008, 11:57 AM
I just bought a pair of Crocs because I was badgered into it by my fellow co-workers! I have to admit, they are wonderful. My hips and knees don't ache and my feet don't hurt. They look like they have absolutely no support at all, but they must have something because I really like them. I don't know how long a pair will last but they only cost $30.00 and I usually spend close to $90 for the Reebox Comfort Walkers that I wear.

I'm even thinking about buying my father a pair to wear around the house. He's a diabetic and I'm thinking these shoes would be perfect for him.

TheBean
01-02-2008, 12:18 PM
I wear the Dansko professionals. They've been daily shoe for years.

Recently, I've noticed some calf tightness and aching at the end of the day...might not be shoe related though. I'm definitely going to check out the other shoes suggested in this thread.

P/J
01-02-2008, 05:46 PM
AHHHHH CROCS. They are beach wear (or surg) not professional wear. I have seen one nurse get sent home to change her shoes as they did not follow uniform policy (I like to think its because they are ugly).

I have had sore hamstrings and heels after a few of my early shifts (last year). My physio said that it was because I was not stretching enough before work. I now ride to work and have no troubles.

storknurse05
01-02-2008, 08:31 PM
:secret:I wear a pair of sneakers by a company that is part of Clarks...privo. http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/20319746/c/655.html I got them at the clark's outlet for quite a bit less. I know that many of the nurses/CRNAs I work with are turning to those z-coil shoes. They are funny looking, but when more and more people wear them it's less weird...Crocs have the inherent flaw of the holes on the top...they were really comfy but ultimately not enough support. I used to live in my Danskos...and they last for a really long time.

MyOwnWoman
01-03-2008, 02:27 PM
Not all the Crocs have holes in them now; and some of them even have backs.

TheBean
01-03-2008, 08:18 PM
I have had sore hamstrings and heels after a few of my early shifts (last year). My physio said that it was because I was not stretching enough before work. I now ride to work and have no troubles.

Thanks, PJ. I stretch my back twice a day, and I'll add my legs to the queue.

monicagillman
10-30-2015, 04:24 AM
I just wear all black shoes with excellent arch support

streem26
04-11-2016, 10:23 AM
Hi all! I was just wondering what kind of shoes do you wear when working? I know a lot of people wear the Crocs!

I prefere sneakers ) found good article about shoes for nurses
http://nursection.com/nursing-shoes/ For me Crocs not so comfortable in close spase:dancing:

streem26
08-27-2016, 08:22 AM
I wear a pair of Nike running shoes that I couldn't wear for "running." They're pretty good. I throw them in the wash w/ my scrubs once every month or two (when I canhttp://jonsguide.org/best-top-nike-free-trainer-5-0-reviews/'t stand the smell anymore).

rollie
02-08-2017, 01:22 AM
I normally wear a slip on black shoes while I am at work because it gives me less foot and back pain and helps me to keep my balance all day. In the weekend I wear sneakers, its more comfortable. I am not a fan of heels.

jobg
08-12-2017, 12:53 PM
I see most nurses wearing Dansko's. They are pretty good but I personally prefer wearing sanita clogs (http://www.nursinggears.com/). I feel like they give me more arch support. I've also owned a pair of Nurse Mates. They were pretty okay but Sanita's do it for me.