As a nurse, your primary job is to help make the patients feel as comfortable as possible. Your job is to be the glue that holds the whole hospital together.
But what about your comfort? You work long hours. You spend most of these hours on your feet. You have to pick heavy objects. You have to push heavy carts. You have to do a lot of things that are uncomfortable, to say the least.
Most nurses believe that feeling uncomfortable goes with the job. That this is the way they have to feel. They think this is the part of their sacrifice. But is this really the case?
Nope, it’s not. More often than not, nurses are uncomfortable and tired because they have to work in uncomfortable uniforms. And the one thing that has the biggest effect on how nurses feel are their shoes.
If you’re a nurse you know what I’m talking about. Getting a pair of comfortable shoes that feel great and go well with your uniform is almost impossible. That’s why most nurses settle for what they can get, which usually means sacrificing either comfort or looks.
We’re here to tell you that you CAN look great while feeling comfortable. We prepared this ultimate checklist that shows what you have to look for in your next pair of nurses shoes. Your feet will thank you because following these tips won’t only make you look great, you’ll also feel as comfortable as you can get.
It all starts with the material. If you pick a cheap pair of shoes from your closest 7/11 you can be sure they are made from artificial materials. And these don’t breathe. Why is that important? Because when you’re on your feet for most of the shift your feet sweat. It’s a natural process and there’s very little we can do about it.
But, what we can do is pick shoes made from breathable materials. This will ensure your feet stay dry and comfortable.
Pass on The Laces
While you can work with laces we suggest you pass on them. Why? Because you usually don’t have enough time to tie them every time they untie. Plus, they tend to get loose in time which means you’ll lose the stability your shoe should provide you with.
On the other hand, going with a laceless shoe model will make all these problems obsolete.
Go With Natural Materials
This one goes hand in hand with the tip number 1 - pick breathable materials. Not only do natural materials last longer, they also feel a lot more natural on your feet.
If there’s one thing we hate is the smell of plastic shoes mixed with sweat. You can avoid this by simply picking shoes made from natural materials. Leather is the most popular option when it comes to materials.
Comfortable (Air) Cushion
Having air cushion shoes isn’t a must, but we strongly suggest it if it’s within your budget. An ergonomically designed air cushion will make you feel like you’re walking on clouds compared to hard bottoms. And since you’re spending so much time on your feet this can mean a major difference in how you feel at the end of your shift.
So, here you have it. Four simple tips that will help you pick the best pair of nurses shoes for your job.
Remember, taking care of others doesn’t mean you can’t take care of yourself. So make sure you’re comfortable when on the job.