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What Are the Best Shoes for Caregivers?

By Alyssa Ball

One crucial aspect of a caregiver's uniform is wearing appropriate footwear. When you're clocking miles on your feet during long shifts, you want to maintain peak performance and physical well-being. Choosing supportive shoes reduces the stress and strain to your lower extremities that can result in joint and back pain, fallen arches, and toenail problems. There are 3 styles of shoes that offer the type of support and comfort you require to keep you going. Let's explore each option along with specific recommendations for caregivers.

Clogs

Clogs provide a wide toe box that allows your feet to breathe and expand throughout the day. They also offer arch support to help you withstand the most demanding shifts. Additionally, you can simply wipe them down to clean off any unsanitary mess that sometimes accompanies the healthcare profession.

Our recommendations

  • Dansko Professional Clog: The Dansko Professional Clog's roomy interior offers a contoured foot bed for a customized feeling of support. The heel counter allows the appropriate amount of movement while also providing stability as you walk. The sole's shock absorption design reduces stress and strain created from the impact of walking on hard surfaces. Dansko's Professional Clogs are available in a variety of size options, materials, and colors to suit your preference.
  • Sanita Professional Clog: The slip-resistant Sanita Professional Clog offers a full range of attractive colors, prints, and finishes. When it comes to comfort and support, they're slip-resistant rocker bottom and shock-absorbing sole both protect and reinforce your feet throughout the long day.
  • Birkenstock Tokyo Super Grip Clog: The clog in true Birkenstock fashion may not win fashion points on the catwalk, but its design is built for the type of comfort and support your tired dogs will appreciate after long hours walking the floors. Your feet stay in place with the help of the sling-back strap at the ankle, and Birkenstock provides the traction you need thanks to the rubber sole construction.
  • SoftWalk Grey's Anatomy Clog: The first order of a practical shoe that's going to carry you through a hectic day in the healthcare industry is a non-slip sole, as featured in the SoftWalk. Providing your feet protection with a reinforced toe box allows plenty of room for comfort as you maneuver throughout your shift. The design's lightweight mid-sole features shock-absorbing comfort, which is enhanced by the arch and heel support design. The series is finished with easy-to-clean leather upper.

Athletic Shoes

Athletic shoes offer lightweight mobility that's critical in the medical field. There are a variety of styles and colors from which to choose, making them fashionable as well as comfortable. Because their design features the type of support required by athletes, they make a practical choice in a profession that demands endurance.

Our recommendations

  • Brooks Ghost 11: A lightweight running shoe, the Brooks Ghost 11 carries on the brand's tradition of quality, comfort, and support. The lace-up style features extra cushioning at the insole, tongue, and collar. With the proprietary Omega Flex Grooves, you stay surefooted with the appropriate grip and support on a variety of surfaces.
  • Nike Tanjun: The Nike Tanjun Sneaker offer mid-sole and out-sole cushioning for extra support and comfort. The lightweight design is stylishly practical with a breathable textile upper supported by the grooved anti-slip sole.
  • Nike LunarGlide 8: Even if you're doing more walking and standing than running, you'll benefit from the cushioned support this running shoe provides. The Nike LunarGlide 8 features a dual-density mid-sole for added stability while remaining remarkably lightweight. The upper mesh construction provides breathability while its partial bootie construction envelopes your foot with a sock-like fit.
  • Brooks Addiction Walker: The Brooks Addiction Walker provides the balanced support required of an effective walking shoe while offering the fit of a running shoe. Cushioning is at the forefront of the Addiction design, and it's enhanced with Brooks' customized Hydroflow Technology for mid-sole shock absorption. The upper leather surface is easily cleaned, and the out-sole offers slip resistance.
  • Skechers Work Sure Track Trickel Slip Resistant Shoe: The water-resistant design of the Skechers work shoe is achieved through its leather construction and rubber non-slip soles. Memory foam insoles create a custom feel and added support, which is enhanced by the added padding on tongue and collar.

Slip-Ons

Your pace may not require quick movements, but you still need the support and comfort a well-made shoe offers. A slip-on allows you to easily slip into or out of shoes quickly, and there are several options available if you're hours on your feet.

Our recommendations

  • Nurse Mates Dove Shoe: The stain-resistant finish is the Nurse Mates Dove is the intro into these specially designed shoes for those in the healthcare profession. They're constructed of a lightweight rubber anti-slip sole, and the steel shanks enclosed in each side provide you with added stability as you walk.
  • Naturalizer Marianne Slip-On Sneaker: Your arches and heels are supported through Naturalizer's proprietary NS Contour Technology featuring a dual-dense foot bed.  Offered in a variety of widths, sizes, and colors, the Naturalizer Marianne keeps your feet dry throughout your day with the aid of a cooling lining.
  • Vionic Pro: Supportive and lightweight, the Vionic Pro is a dressier option for those on their feet all day but don't require protection from spills. The design features a slip-resistant out-sole as well as cushioned support throughout the insole.

Whichever style of shoes you prefer while working as a caregiver, they should be a closed-toe design to protect your feet from potential messes or hazards. Do you have additional favorites? We would love to hear about your footwear preferences! 

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