Nursing shoes can be difficult to choose because there are considerations to make that may not apply to other work shoes. The shape of the shoe is vital as it has to be sturdy and practical with a small heel and preferably a slip-on shape.
The comfort provided by this shape is one of the most important aspects of all for nurses on their feet in the wards so the sole, padding and linings are also crucial. From there you can look at the treads, stain-proofing and the colors. The following list of some of the best nursing clogs highlights many of these key features. Some
of the best nursing shoes to consider.
Comfortable Clogs for Nurses
1. Klogs USA Women’s Sonara Clog
The first example to look at here is the Klogs USA Women’s Sonara because it is such a classic example of the clog shape and simple structure that is seen in the best nursing shoes. Here nurses are provided with a simple slip-on design, a sturdy platform and a 2” heel for a practical height in the workplace. From there there is the leather upper, in black, white and brown, that is classic and doesn’t show off. Instead it is all about the materials, suede microfiber lining for comfort with added antimicrobial properties, elastic goring for a better fit and polyurethane to make the sole non-slip for wet wards. The result is a shoe with high comfort levels for long shifts.
As if to prove the point about the classic, expected look and feel of Klogs nurse’s shoes, we have another women’s clog from the company that continues with the theme, the USA women’s mission clog. As you would expect there is a similar specification to the one above, clean lines, strong slip-on shape with leather outers and slip resistant sole; but there are some differences too. There is a smaller heel at 1.5” and also a wider color range with some interesting plaid patterning to the uppers in blues and browns. The aim is to “offer a better-than-barefoot approach to comfort” and while they are a bit narrow for some, most reviews from nurses are positive about the support and on-going comfort provided.
2. Skechers Women’s Work Clog 76501
The Skechers for Work Women’s 76501 Clog have many of the ideas Klogs did and once again consumers can see strong similarities. Their nursing shoe has the standard leather uppers for strength and support, a fabric lining for greater comfort and a tough rubber sole but this time we see a padded collar, removable insole, shock-absorbing midsole and general light weight across the shoe. It seems that every aspect has been designed with work and comfort overtaking style. The look is a very basic, forgettable style with no intricacies and just black and white color choices; one black in patent leather. As a result, most of the praise is for the support over long shifts and the non-slip sole.
3. Nurse Mates Libby Slip Resistant Clog
The Nurse Mates Women’s Libby Slip-Resistant Casual Clog takes a similar approach to the style and shape of what they consider to be the best nursing shoe as the examples above. This slip-on is another sturdy black number that is highly promoted for the use of clean lines on a chic, slip-resistant style. Again, while this look will be appealing to the right buyers, it is more about the practical aspects for nurses and this is seen here with the full-grain leather upper, the padding on the instep collar and the inclusion of a removable “Pillowtop”insole. Nurses have reported that they like the comfort and support offered over long shifts, particularly from the sole, and praise the non-slip properties.
4. Alegria Women’s Debra Slip On
The Alegria women’s Debra is yet another slip-on hoping to be seen as one of the best nursing shoes around because of its shape and materials but this time it looks a bit different and stands out from the crowd with its embossed leather upper and thick wedge of a platform underneath. There are also nice little details in the stitching and the butterfly and lots of striking colors and patterns to choose from ; perhaps not all of which would be welcome in all strict wards. Of course it is not just about looks and there is an elastic goring for ease of use, a”lab rated” slip resistant outsole and stain-proof leather coating as well as the support features, all of which are vital to nurses.
5. Crocs Women’s Mercy Work Clog
Lastly we have an alternative looking nurses shoe that is instantly familiar and appealing ; the Crocs mercy work clog. Crocs is quite a fashionable name and there is a sense of style to these nursing shoes but one this is still understated and could work well in a hospital environment. There is a nice color range ; traditional white for the wards but also a blue, all the materials are synthetic with clean lines and there is a strong slip resistant sole, Croslite material to relieve pressure and a footbed that increases circulation and messages feet. There is the criticism that they are not a classic Crocs shoe; no, but they are a nurse’s crocs shoe and the ideal midway point for practicality, comfort, familiarity and style.