11 Best Shoes For Nurses UK IN 2022 – Expert Recommendations & Reviews
It goes without saying that Nursing is a demanding job that involves spending hours on your feet each day. Due to this, we are often asked what the best shoes for nurses are. Our expert team have shared their go-to shoes for nurses or for anyone who stands for long periods of time and is looking for a pair of comfortable and supportive shoes.
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Begg Shoes are one of Scotland’s longest-standing independent shoe retailers having been established in 1866. Six generations of the Begg family later, the business now boasts a team of footwear experts – many of whom are fully qualified from The Society of Shoe Fitters.
11 Shoes We recommend for Nurses
1. Best Overall – Clarks Un Loop, £69
The Clarks Un Loop is our best overall choice and a longstanding favourite in the nursing community. This popular slip-on shoe has accent stitching and functional button detail for a unique look and is favoured by those who are constantly on their feet throughout the working day.
- Quality Leather Upper for Lasting Comfort
- Reliable and Long Lasting
- Secure Fastening
- Half Sizes Available
- Extremely Popular – Expect to Match with colleagues
2. Best Value For Money – Alpina Eikelea, £72
We love this Alpina style and it is undoubtedly the most popular value-for-money option on the market. This quality leather shoe boasts many features suitable for nurses, but not specifically tailored to the needs of life on the ward.
- Secure Fit via Elastic Gussets
- Waterproof Tex Membrane
- Lightweight & Flexible Sole
- Value For Money
- Wide Fit
- Not as breathable as non-waterproof options
3. Best For Style – Legero Tanaro 4.0 GTX, £110
When it comes to high-quality comfort, Legero is one of the leading brands in our collection and the Tanaro is one of their tried and tested styles.
- Quality Leather Upper
- Gore-tex = Guaranteed Waterproof
- Removable Insole
- Laces Allow for Tightening
- Stylish Design
- Available in Multiple Colours
- Shock absorbent
4. Best For Long Shifts – IMAC Karenal Zip, £75
These shoes are perfect for nurses who spend all day on their feet – we suspect all of you! Made in Italy, this shoe will make running up & down the halls of a hospital ward or doctor’s room all day a breeze.
- Cushioned Insole
- Padded Collar
- Breathable & Absorbant Leather Upper
- Side Zip for Quick Fastening
- Not a Recognised Brand
5. Best For Features – Skechers Safety Work Eldred, Was £69 NOW £62
For those after a pair of nursing shoes in a trainer style, then these Skechers Work Shoes are ideal. They boast many features that will make standing on your feet all day more comfortable.
- Slip-Resistant Rubber Traction
- Slightly Wider Fit
- Secure and Adjustable Fit
- Electrical Hazard Safe Design
- Only Available in Black
6. Best Slip-On Nurse Shoes – Skechers Go Walk 6, £67
While not practical in every setting, the improved support on offer from Skechers Go Walk makes them a much improved all-day work shoe than a standard memory foam Skechers trainer. They look great and with enhanced support, should help you bounce around at work in comfort.
- Available in Black
- Pull-on Tab At The Heel
- Elasticated Fit
- Super Supportive Footbed
- Air Cooled Memory Foam
- Not Leather
7. Best Trainers – On Running Cloud 5 Tex, £140
For nurses looking for a premium trainer, look no further than the Cloud 5 from On Running. This lightweight fashionable trainer has cushioning in abundance and is suitable for a busy day on the ward and then your run home afterwards. We recommend taking a half to full size larger than your normal UK size for these trainers.
- Breathable Material
- Extremely Cushioned
- Can Run Small
- Lacks Width Options
- Not Leather
8. Best Croc – Crocs Classic Clog, £39.99
Crocs have been synonymous with nurses for over a decade now. Medical professionals love wearing crocs due to them being lightweight, easy to take off when you finally get a moment to sit down and they don’t break the bank. However, you must be aware of the shortfalls with Crocs and how these could affect you individually. Crocs don’t offer a secure fastening, room for expansion or heel support, a feature that is extremely important as your heel bare the brunt of pressures associated with walking all day. Furthermore, Crocs themselves are not absorbant and will get extremely sweaty during your shift. We recommend buying two pairs of Crocs and alternating each pair to ensure they dry correctly between uses.
- Easy To Clean
- Easy to Slip-On/Off
- No Fastening
- Not Absorbant
- No Heel Support
- No Room For Expansion
Finding the perfect nursing shoe shouldn’t need to be a worrying prospect. By understanding the demands of your role and the best fit for your specific foot shape and condition, you can be sure that foot pain after a long shift will be a distant memory.