Many professions require standing and walking, but nursing especially is tough on the feet. Nurses are constantly up and about, and in addition, they have to be ready to break into a fast walk or run at a moment’s notice. This can put a great deal of pressure and strain on the feet, knees, legs, and even the back and shoulders. And when you’re in pain or just not feeling your best, it’s much more difficult to stay sharp and on top your work. It’s critical, therefore, to choose a supportive pair of shoes. Today, I’m going to share some tips on how to choose nursing shoes that are right for you, and I’ll show you some of the pairs that we recommend to our customers.
No matter where you shop for your nursing footwear, you’re not going to find a pair that looks like your favorite heels or your cute new boots. Once you accept that, you can embrace the nursing shoe for what it is- an important piece of equipment that helps you do your job and keeps you feeling comfortable and capable. That’s not to say that nursing shoes have no style, it’s just not necessarily the style that you’d wear outside of work! At Anthony’s Scrubs, we offer various styles of medical footwear, including basic slip-ons to match with your nurse whites as well as bright, bold clogs that brighten up your look. The Urbane Impulse clog shown on the right comes in a wide range of fun colors. These are perfect for pediatric nurses or someone who just enjoys a splash of color!
When choosing a nurse shoe, it’s important to get a good fit. Choose a shoe that is roomy enough that you can move your toes freely, but snug enough that your feet don’t easily slip out of the shoes. When you try on your shoes, you’ll need to account for a few variables. First, feet can vary in size throughout the day. Typically, the end of the day is the best time to try on shoes, because feet increase in size as the day goes on. If you buy shoes that fit in the morning, they may feel too tight by the end of the day, and you’ll end up regretting your purchase. Secondly, you’ll want to consider whether you’ll be wearing thick socks or light hosiery, or if you’ll be barefoot under your shoes. Make sure you order shoes that will still fit well no matter what you wear underneath them. Once you decide which size to choose, you’ll be glad to know that Anthony’s Scrubs offers Landau and Urbane footwear in a wide range of sizes, including half sizes and sizes for men.
If you typically have a difficult time finding shoes that fit properly, and you often find yourself in between sizes, leather shoes are a great choice for you. Leather shoes will give a little as you wear them, eventually conforming to your feet beautifully and becoming unbelievably comfortable. The Invigorate slip-on by Landau is made with durable full-grain leather that strikes a perfect balance between softness and strength.
When it comes to nursing, not just any old shoe will do. Medical footwear is designed specifically for the medical environment, and offers certain benefits that ordinary footwear does not. First, medical shoes are designed to be very easy to clean, making them safer and more sanitary than ordinary shoes. They typically feature smooth surfaces with few crevices or fabric sections that allow dirt and liquids to accumulate. The Energize shoe by Landau, shown on the right, looks stitched but is actually molded from one solid piece of material, so it has no crevices or holes. And they can be easily washed with soap and water.
Second, nurse shoes should be slip-resistant, so they’ll keep you safe even when you’re rushing around on the slick hospital floors. At Anthony’s Scrubs, we offer many slip-resistant styles, including the Revive unisex clog by Landau, shown on the left. This clog is made with an enhanced all rubber outsole that will allow you to walk briskly with confidence and without fear of slipping. It also featured a thick insole that offers shock-absorbing support.
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