During a recent trip with a good friend who is a nurse, we got on the subject of her shoes. Being a girl with great fashion sense and an eye for accessorizing, I asked her what type of shoes she wears while at the hospital. I’ve seen a lot of shoes nurses wear and, although I have great admiration for the occupation, I couldn’t help but sympathize for their shoe collection. My friend explained that she often wore Crocs but even the notoriously-more-comfortable-than- marshmallows brand were OK — and she has a pair in almost every color — she felt they didn’t have the support she needed for long days in the ER and double shifts. As a result, she most often turns to her trusty running sneakers which give her support and comfort for running around during her busy work schedule.
As her friend and fellow partner in everything fashionable, I found her options disheartening. Thus, my research for fashionable nurse shoes and a variety of choices began. This article is for her and all other women who need a little style with her scrubs.
This quest was a difficult one as healthcare attire isn’t always the most glamorous. There are a ton of styles that look designed for arthritic feet and, although I’m sure they are comfortable, appear to be beyond frumpy and delving into just plain ugly. So the choices I found start from basic to more stylish. Review the following finds:
• The Nurse Mates Gayle
This slide is lightweight and is inspired by athletic shoes. It comes in white, pink, or grey and adds a feminine flare by adorning it with a tiny blue heart on the side. It has a Pillow Top footbed, keeping it ideal for anyone who works in a hospital and is aligned for a nurse’s needs.
• The Nurse Mates Quincy
This basic style adds a little bit more fun by adding the hook-and-loop clasp. It is made of leather and is stain resistant. It also includes the Pillow Top footbed and even adds a little height — 1”, but hey, it’s something.
• The Dansko Call Clogs
Known for their comfort, Dansko shoes contour to the foot and are designed with functionality in mind. These shoes provide arch support, anti-skid soles, and leather uppers. Their beige color allows you to match them with any pair of scrubs and they appear to be more of a slip-on sneaker than a nurse’s shoe.
• The Skechers Hobbie Nursing Shoe
These Mary Janes fun and sporty. They have Velcro straps, are slip resistant and have a leather upper. If you always dreamed of being a ballerina but now serve as a nurse’s aide, these shoes can help you feel like a little of both.
• The Urbane Element Slip-on Shoe
These shoes look nothing like nurses’ shoes. They have low profile rubber outsoles and a sleek design that really could be worn in or out of the hospital. Seen here is the grey/pink combination. They also come in black/ceil.
• The K-Swiss Arvee T Shoe
Probably the ones that resemble a sneaker the most, go fashionable with a brand you know and love: K-Swiss. Athletic in design, fashionable with patterned accents, and functional by ways of its molded rubber sole, these shoes are perfect for the fashion forward nurse. They come in white with snowball petal.