Nurses are on their feet all day long. And without a proper pair of shoes, the feet and legs can feel strained.
Support and comfort are the key elements of a great nurse’s shoe. However, there is a wide array of models that do just that. To help you, we have trimmed it down to the best shoes from five different categories.
With nurses’ fast-paced and non-stop nature, the last thing they need to worry about is the pain and discomfort of being on their feet all day brings.
We're so pumped at all the selections of uber-comfortable shoes in the market today. After months of rigorous testing countless shoes, the Brooks Ghost 14 came out triumphant!
It passed with flying colors in every aspect we were looking for. Plus, it ranked 15 times in different categories' best lists. It's THAT amazing!
As a technical running shoe, we weren't surprised at the pair's excellent comfort and support. We never felt an ounce of fatigue during our long shifts. It is also flexible, which delivers an extraordinarily smooth sensation with every step.
Equipped with superb outsole grip, the Ghost 14 didn't leave room for us to question our footing on slippery floors. We never felt any instability whenever we tread on wet surfaces.
At $130, the shoe offers versatility like no other, as it performed well when we took it for light runs, errands, walks, and casual events during our days off. What are you waiting for? Check them out yourself.
Coming in a close second is the Asics Gel Cumulus 23. With it being the 23rd variation in the Cumulus lineage, it’s safe to say that this shoe lineup is doing something incredible for its wearers to ask for more twenty-three times over.
As the second placer in our tests, you can expect it to cover most of the bases for excellent shoes for nurses. It may be a running shoe, but its comfort and support work just as great during long shifts. The abundant cushioning all over feels like a hug to our feet.
We never had issues with grip, which is one of the main factors we tested this shoe on. We always felt surefooted from wet pavements to tiled floors!
It may be a tad hot during summer. But for nurses who stay within air-conditioned walls, it’s not a deal-breaker.
There’s nothing this shoe couldn’t do. We also brought it out for our light jogs, long walks, and everyday activities, and we were more than satisfied with its performance. At $120, we say it’s such a bang for our buck!
Looking for a supportive shoe to alleviate symptoms caused by flat feet?
There’s no other walking shoe we would recommend more than the Skechers Arch Fit! It excelled in most tests we have subjected it to.
We’ve examined and observed this shoe for months, and it nailed it in the comfort and support department. The usual foot and leg pain were nowhere to be found, thanks to these foot masseurs!
Enhancing its overall comfort is how light the shoe feels. Don’t be fooled by its chunky design, as the shoe feels like it disappears after a few hours of wearing it.
We were also pleasantly surprised at how it gripped onto the wet floors. We didn’t have to keep in mind that we were walking on slick ground, especially during crunch time. We never had to second guess our step.
Although the laces sometimes come undone, we quickly fixed it by doing double knotting.
This shoe can do it all! Aside from the pros mentioned above, it also holds up to daily shifts and long walks. We indeed got more than our money’s worth at only $85!
If you love going on light runs or the aesthetic of running shoes, we recommend the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21. After months of testing, it came out as the second-best shoe for flat feet.
During our wear tests, it felt like a cozy hug to our feet. The shoe’s underfoot delivered an excellent balance between cushioning and rigidity. This combination provided a stable and insanely comfortable platform for our on-the-go feet. We never felt an ounce of fatigue nor instability.
The Adrenaline GTS 21 also held up very well against months of rigorous use. It seems as if days and days of standing, running, walking, and getting soaked barely made a scratch on these bad boys. We can’t find significant wear and tear anywhere.
It is an investment at $130 because it can be used casually or as a light running shoe and daily walking footwear. It’s a superb all-around companion if you ask us.
If you have larger feet and want all-day comfort, nothing does it better than the Hoka One One Clifton 8. This shoe has the most accommodating upper we’ve ever put on.
More than the spacious room up front, there’s also the luxe cushion to die for. It’s so plush, it almost felt like a spa-day treat for our feet. Even after miles of walking, our feet and legs never felt strained.
What’s great about it is it’s not the sink-in kind of soft. It has some bounce to it, which makes it even more enjoyable for the long shifts.
At 33.7mm stack, the Clifton is one heck of a chunky shoe. So much so, we had our doubts about its stability. But with its wide base (115.5mm in the forefoot and 96.1mm in the heel), not once did we feel tippy.
Its weight surprised us even more. Despite its clunky-looking exterior, the Hoka Clifton maintains a modest weight of 9 oz, which is lighter than the average shoes at 9.4 oz.
Ultimately, the Hoka One One Clifton 8 is a reliable go-to for wide-footed nurses who want unmatched comfort. Even better, it’s made to last.
Even on wet surfaces, our steps remained slip-free and plantedd in the Hoka One One Bondi SR.
Anywhere you go, slick surfaces are inevitable. And hospitals are no exception. If you want ultimate grip, we can’t recommend this shoe enough.
It’s also designed as a neutral shoe. However, it was anything but neutral in giving us all-day support. From the bottom up, it kept our feet aligned and centered, it’s hard to lose our step. Its arch support is also excellent, even nurses with plantar fasciitis can enjoy it.
There’s also ample room in the forefoot, which accommodated our swollen feet fantastically. And if you suffer from bunions, say goodbye to pain.
Of course, we couldn’t move past the Bondi SR’s cushy midsole. It’s marshmallowy soft, we didn’t even want to take it off!
Last but definitely not least, it’s light. Despite the Hoka Bondi SR’s behemoth of a look, it didn’t weigh us down.
After making it to our list of best walking shoes, we are officially “addicted” to the Brooks Addiction Walker.
On wet tiles, this shoe kept us upright and confident. Apart from the slip-resistant outsole, the Addiction Walker is also built as a motion control shoe. And it’s one of our top recommendations for nurses who suffer from flat feet, overpronation, and plantar fasciitis.
It’s also built tough. With its solid support and cushion, it can withstand long hours of pounding even from people who weigh more. It even took us hundreds of miles before we saw any signs of wear and tear.
The full-grain leather upper of the shoe is also the reason why it’s so stable. It holds the feet securely in place, they never feel wobbly. As opposed to the synthetic uppers of most shoes for nurses, it’s more durable too.
The Brooks Addiction Walker is not, by any means, a lightweight shoe. But if you want the best mix of support and traction, nothing comes close. Even better, it’s a shoe that prioritizes health over anything else.
The Skechers Max Cushioning Elite is max on features but never on price. At $90, this shoe doesn’t fall short on stability.
It’s a neutral shoe. But its support is so fantastic, even those with tendonitis can benefit from it.
Upon lace-up, our feet were welcomed with plush comfort. The upper is very padded, it’s like pillows all over. The midsole cushion is just as superb. It’s super soft, strain is not even in this shoe’s vocabulary.
Heel slips are a thing of the past in the Max Cushioning Elite. There’s so much padding in the rear, our feet were locked and steady in place.
And if you think all the padding hinders airflow, you’re just as wrong as we are. Even during hot summer days, this shoe remained cool and well-ventilated.
When you buy the Skechers Max Cushioning Elite, you’re not just getting a tried-and-true nurse shoe. You’re also getting an all-rounder that’s great for running and gym training at such an affordable price.
Laci is a contemporary dancer turned shoe aficionado. She is the most knowledgeable person when it comes to athletic shoes, size conversions and details people nitpick about footwear. She keeps the RunRepeat content gears turning 24/7. And she walks 20miles/week.