The Best Shoes for Nurses on 12 Hour Shifts

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The Best Shoes for Nurses on 12 Hour Shifts
Some nurses choose to wear Crocs while working a 12-hour shift. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Many nurses work shifts in hospitals and nursing homes where they are on their feet for 12 hours at a time. It is very important for nurses' personal comfort and the health of their feet that they are wearing proper shoes that give them support and are comfortable. There are several brands of shoes on the market today that are made specifically for nurses and their unique needs.

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Nurse Mates

Sold online and in stores, this brand of shoe, made specifically for nurses, is designed with slip-resistant bottoms that grip hospital floors and ensure there are no falls or tripping while working a shift. The shoes come in slip-on, lace-up and open-back or clog styles. They can be ordered in black and white and are designed to complement all nurses' uniforms. Made of full-grain leather, they are designed to be long-lasting and durable.


Dansko clogs have been given the seal of approval by the American Podiatric Medical Association. These clogs are designed to allow the foot to breathe and are made of high-quality leather. They allow the heel to move up and down as you walk, increasing comfort and mobility. They come in three styles for nurses: Professional, Vita and Phoebe. They are also available in various colours as well as white and black.

Alegria Debra

Designed for the busy professional nurse who is standing or walking most of the day, this shoe has extra support in the arch to comfort the foot. The shoe is designed with a lab-rated slip-resistant outer sole and a leather exterior that is stain-proof. The Alegria shoe has a distinctive design that is almost boat-shaped. This is due to its signature footbed, which is designed to give the wearer greater comfort and support throughout the day.

Skechers Shape-Ups

Designed for sportswear or everyday wear and hugely popular, these shoes have been adopted by nurses due to their exceptional comfort and durability. One of the most popular Skechers shoes worn by nurses is the Work series "XD" Skechers. These shoes can be purchased online or in stores.

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