Nursing shoes are available in an extensive variety of styles, shapes, and designs, so it is always difficult to know which ones are the best to buy.
If you have ever bought a pair of wrong shoes than you know what an awful pain it can be both metaphorically and literally.
Moreover, each shoe works in a different way and can impact how they function and feel throughout your work day including the stress and confusion of choosing a right shoe.
Most nurses are supposed to spend hours on their feet, usually walking or standing on hard surfaces. Purchasing a good pair of nursing shoes is important to provide you comfort throughout the shift and to prevent minor wounds.
Here are the things you should consider before buying good and cheap nursing shoes.
Visit a store that focusses on selling nursing scrubs and shoes or go to an athletic shoe store. People working in these stores are usually trained to measure your feet and tell you your feet size correctly and can provide shoe recommendations based on the size and type of feet you have.
Purchase shoes within your company’s guidelines. Most of the industries and healthcare centers require nurses to put on all-white shoes. Before you go to buy nursing shoes, ask your company to verify the requirements; such as the color of your shoes or if colored piping or trim is permitted.
Keep yourself away from the shoes with holes or other openings. Nurses that have to deal with physical fluids of patients should know that wearing shoes with openings can expose their feet to the body fluids. On the other side, the nursing shoes without laces must be tight enough to stop any fluid from getting into the shoe.
Always make sure to try the shoes on before you buy them. While trying the shoes on, make sure you are not wearing stockings or socks, as they can add an extra size to your feet, also make sure that your heels don’t slip out of the back of the shoe because sooner or later blisters or sores can be formed. We also recommend you to buy wide shoes because you have enough room to shake your toes inside the shoes.
Test your shoes by walking in them before buying. Moreover, walk some steps around the store, perform nursing actions you usually perform at work, such as lifting and crouching. Moving around with your shoes will help you to know how well they can perform during work.
Go to buy shoes later in the day. Since your feet might swell up after a few minutes of being awake, it is better to go for shopping later in the afternoon or evening after your work.
It is healthy to let your nursing shoes be replaced on a regular basis. Usually, shoes must be returned after walking 800 km, which is equal to once every six months for nurses who work for 40-hours a week on their feet.