Based on consumer feedbacks, the following shoes are the highest rated nursing shoes in the market:
This slip-on sneakers from Sketchers offer overall protection for your feet. It is made from leather designed with metal eyelets on the sides so it looks like a laced rubber shoes even though it’s a slip-on.
The footbed is well-cushioned and padded along the ankle collar for maximum comfort. Its durable rubber outsole provides excellent grip and it is sturdy enough to provide posture support.
Because the outer part of the shoes is made from leather, it is easy to clean with just a wet cloth. The EVA midsole of the shoes is also great for shock absorption to prevent plantar fasciitis especially for those born with high aches.
Pros: Comfortable, with shock absorbing midsole, non-skid outsoles.
Cons: Heel part may feel uncomfortable for people with high arches.
Nurse Mates has been in the nursing shoe industry for years. One of their most popular products is the Women’s Dove Slip-On Loafer. These shoes are made from stain-resistant leather so it is easy to clean with just a swipe of damp cloth. The outsoles of the shoes are made from slip-resistant rubber to prevent accidental fall. This slip-on loafer is great in withstanding the harsh environment around a busy nursing unit.
Pros: Comfortable, made from stain-resistant leather, slip-resistant, lightweight.
Cons: Outsoles and leather part can easily wear off, some users complained of lack of arch support.
Another comfortable work shoes delivered by Cherokee. It’s made from premium tumbled leather but its breathable linings wick away moisture from the insoles of the shoes. Its mid-sole is made from lightweight premium dbl material that is soft and comfortable to relieve pressure points. The outsole is made from rubber therefore is slip resistant.
Pros: Soft midsole and cushioned footbed.
Cons: Runs a hair narrow but pretty close to the true size.
This slip-on footwear is made from stain-resistant leather. It looks heavy to wear but it is very lightweight to use. The outsole is slip-resistant and it measures one inch high with extra half inch height in the heel part. The footbed is made from cushioned cork and latex materials for maximum comfort.
Pros: Comfortable, lightweight, stable slip-resistant outsoles, stain-resistant leather.
Cons: Narrow top part, feels stiff to wear.
This Cherokee Zigzag Work Shoe is a lightweight and flexible footwear. Its made with lightweight rubber and is durable and slip-resistant. Its swiveled blackstrap converts clog from sling back to a slide and is fully adjustable; you can wear it up or backwards. It is available in different colors and patterns so it looks quite fashionable and doesn’t wear off easily even with repeated washing.
Pros: Comfortable, lightweight, flexible, slip-resistant, easy to clean.
Cons: Insole feels hot to wear, squeaky.
This fashionable casual sneaker is made for working women. The insole is made with memory foam therefore is well-cushioned and soft to wear. The outsole is made from slip-resistant rubber that offers sturdy support in walking and sliding. This sneaker is available in a variety popular color but we picked this color because it’s more eye appealing.
Pros: Comfortable, lightweight, none-slip, easy to clean, easy to walk/run with.
Cons: Feel tight and narrow. Hard to put on because the tongue and the shoelace eyelets are sewed together.
Sanita is a sub-line of Dansko that has been offering Danish clogs since 1907. One of the most popular clogs they have is the Women’s Professional Celina Clog. It is made from genuine leather with a shiny finish. The outsole is made from polyurethane that measures around ¾ inches high and 1 ¾ inches high in heel part. The outsole offers great traction durability that is slip-resistant and oil-resistant.
The shoes also have anti-static and anti-shock features. The footbed is anatomically shaped to ensure comfort. It even received a seal of acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association (AMPA) for its outstanding foot support.
Pros: Comfortable, lightweight, with anti-static and anti-shock features, great foot support.
Cons: Narrow width, feels stiff to wear, inconsistent sizing.
8. Women’s Lightweight Comfortable Nurse / Nursing Clogs (Assorted Colors, Size 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11)
This clog from Natural Uniforms is ultra lightweight and more affordable than the other brands of clogs in the market nowadays. It comes in ½ sizes and unlike the other clogs around, this one has a narrow width. As long as you choose the right size, the clog will be very comfortable to wear at work. The insole is sturdy but soft and very flexible to wear.
Pros: Comfortable, lightweight, slip-resistant, sturdy, easy to clean.
Cons: Inconsistent sizing, insole feels hot to wear.
This work shoe from Cherokee is very light weight with a simple design. The insole is cushioned with vent channels so you can wear them for long shift without problems. The outsole is slip-resistant. It is available in a lot of different colors and patterns.
Pros: Comfortable, lightweight, slip-resistant, with venting channels and easy to clean.
Cons: Size runs small and shoe squeaks when walking.
What Women Should Remember When Shopping for a Good Nursing Shoe?
A good nursing shoe has the stability of a working boots but and the comfort of a running shoe. This is needed to survive an extended shift in a busy hospital ward.
You should care for your feet well; look for shoes with arch support and anatomically shaped footbed. The outsole should be slip-resistant but lightweight. It will also be great if the materials covering the outer part of the shoes are stain-resistant and easy to clean.
There are many other nursing shoes around including those from popular brands such as Nurse Mates, Natural Uniforms, Alegria, Cherokee, Dansko and Anywear. You have countless of styles to choose from but always make sure to choose one that will fit the style of your uniform and bring long-lasting comfort.
Further Reading On Nursing Shoes
- Best Shoes for Nurses With Specific Medical Problems
- How to Choose the Best Nursing Shoes – 10 Golden Rules
- Top 10 Men’s Nursing Shoes