If there is one thing every nurse needs it’s a good pair of shoes. Finding the best shoes for nurses should be the goal of any nurse who spends 12 hours shifts on his/her feet. But it’s not just about a comfortable pair of nursing shoes, but also a stylish and functional pair that could trick your feet into thinking they haven’t been working long 12 hour shifts. You know, super-awesome nursing shoes that don’t really look like nurses shoes, and that your feet practically thank you for wearing. The kind of nursing shoes that make you say “This has got to be the best nursing shoe on the planet!” and make the perfect complement to any nursing uniform or scrubs.
I’ve found them.
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These stylish shoes are honestly the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever had the privilege to wear and in my humble opinion they are the best nursing shoes. They are also stylish and easy to keep clean. The chestnut brown leather pair I have work well with scrubs or office attire and are way more comfortable than anything else I’ve ever put on my feet.
I remember when I started nursing school, all I wanted was a pair of white leather Dansko’s. The ultra-elite $110 shoes were what I thought all nurses had to have to function well on the floor. I was convinced that they were surely the best nursing shoes you could get.
I got them, I wore them. I tried to love them. I tried really hard. But the $110 investment couldn’t even make me love them. They were hard, uncomfortable, and I constantly felt like I was going to roll my ankle in them.
In my humble opinion, Dansko’s are not the best shoes for nurses.
The Timberland Renova Pro are.
The Timberland Renova PRO are a soft-soled nursing shoe that go above and beyond the call of duty. I’ve worn many pairs of shoes as a nurse. I’ve worn clogs to sneakers, hard and soft soled shoes, and cheap and expensive shoes. Most of the shoes I’ve worn have all had at least one downfall. If they were comfortable, then they were ugly. If they made my feet feel good, the didn’t support my arch or back at all. If they did those two things, they had cloth tops that were impossible to keep clean.
There was always something about them that made them less than perfect. Always some small way they were lacking. Until this shoe.
One thing I always look for in nursing shoes is a smooth and easy to clean surface. You just don’t get that in a sports shoe. There are always a ton of nooks and crannies for bacteria and bodily fluids to hide in. Then you can take all those little germies right home to your loved-ones. But at least with a smooth leather shoe you have the ability to wipe it off with those purple “kill-all” wipes at the end of the day. The Timberland Pro Renova got you covered in that area.
I also appreciate a leather nursing shoe because of protection they offer to your feet. Although it’s a rarity, If you drop a sharp on your toes, it’s nice to know you have that little bit of extra protection keeping your free of blood-borne pathogens. For the safety of the leather alone, they Renova Pro are awesome.
I was convinced that there had to be something inside these shoes that gave me a little more pep in my step. And low-and-behold there is!
The Timberland PRO® RenovaTM series has innovative Anti-Fatigue Technology in the midsole that offers all-day standing tolerance. Inverted molded cones collapse and return energy in key pressure zones, providing leg and back support as well as superior shock absorption, making each step lighter through those long shifts.
These shoes not only have your feet’s comfort in mind, but they want to make sure your joints in your ankles, knees, and hips are taken care of too!
The Timberland PRO® RenovaTM series has a heel-to-toe rocker sole that aids in controlling proper joint motion through the ankles, knees and hips. It features an anatomically rounded heel that helps soften the impact of every step, reducing forefoot pressure and providing maximum comfort all day long.
But don’t take my word or Timberland’s for it. Try them. They give you a 30-day Comfort Guarantee! If you aren’t convinced they are the more comfortable than any other brand you’ve worn, they will by them back. And that’s after you’ve got all those hospital germs all over them. Guess they’ll get those for free. That is, if you could bear to part with the most comfortable shoes you’ll ever own.
Or pick them up on Amazon for a few bucks less.
Disclosure: I was provided a pair of Timberland PRO Renova Professional series shoes at no cost to me. I was not encouraged to give a positive review. I was not compensated for my opinion. These shoes really are the most comfortable I have ever put on my feet, and I was thrilled to be able review them and share my opinions on them with you.