Finding the best nursing shoes for men is vital to having a productive and pain-free shift. I write a lot about nursing shoes for women, but thought it was time I focused on the best shoes for male nurses. More often than not, men are unjustly forgotten when it comes to nursing equipment and apparel, but not this time. Male nurses work the same long hours as their female counterparts and deserve their own list of comfortable nursing shoes to keep their aches and pains to a minimum.
The best nursing shoes for men are subjective, but we will be detailing the most popular and highly favored men’s hospital shoes. Read on to find the top 10 nursing shoes for men because we don’t want the valuable 11% of the nursing workforce to be forgotten
Best Nursing Shoes for Men
We’ve outlined some of the top nursing shoes for men in this comparison table to make it easier to find the one that is right for you. You can click “Read More” on any of the items in the table to jump to the section in this article outlining more information about it. Or, you can click the “Buy from Amazon.com” button to pick it up immediately.
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#1 – Skechers Performance Men’s Go Walk 3 Leathertex Slip-On Walking Shoe
It’s hard to find a more comfortable shoe than those made by Sketchers. The Skechers Performance Men’s Go Walk 3 is no exception. The Go Walk series of Sketchers feature innovative footwear technology including a super soft, yet resilient insole, midsole, and outsole. The footbeds are memory foam. Combine all that together and you get “proprietary ‘SQUISH’ component with exclusive Resalyte® material.” They come in different materials, but we suggest the leather so you’re protected from bodily fluids. Get the best price and a great section of colors on Amazon.
#2 – Keen Utility Men’s PTC Slip-On Work Shoe
For a more sleek design, without compromising comfort, men can choose the Keen Utility Men’s PTC Slip-On Work Shoe. This leather upper features a rubber sole, Keen.Cush PU and memory foam footbed and medial side gore for maximum comfort and fit. Available in both solid black or white with detail on the toe, this shoe can be found for slightly less than MSRP of $110.00 and free Prime shipping on Amazon.com.
#3 – Cherokee Men’s Jackson Work Shoe
Cherokee Men’s Jackson Work Shoe is slightly cheaper, with an MSRP of $79.99, but fortunately, you can find it on Amazon.com for around 7% less. This full-grain, water-resistant leather upper features a rubber sole, steel shank, and extra firm heel stabilizer. This men’s nursing shoe is available in either solid black or solid white.
#4 – K-Swiss Men’s Grancourt II Tennis Shoe
If you prefer to tie your shoes on for a tighter, more solid fit, the K-Swiss Men’s Grancourt II Tennis Shoe may be perfect for you. This soft-action upper is comprised mostly of leather with some synthetic fabrics and a rubber sole, which provides maximum traction and stability. For added comfort, the heel collar and tongue are both padded, and the lining is breathable and designed to wick away moisture. This K-Swiss shoe, available in black or white, has an MSRP of $55.00, but you can spend about 23% less by shopping on Amazon.com.
#5 – Dansko Men’s Professional Oiled Leather Clog
The Dansko Men’s Professional Oiled Leather Clog, made of black leather with a manmade rubber sole, offers a sleek, professional appearance to any male nurse’s feet. Their female counterpart has been one of the most popular shoes for nurses for many years. These shoes are easy to clean, with comfort to spare, this shoe has an MSRP of $125.00. However, as typically the case on Amazon.com, you can find it for less!
#6 – Dickies Men’s Leather Step In
Although quite similar to the SRMEXAM Step-In, this Dickies Men’s Leather Step In has a slightly lower MSRP of $60.00 and can be purchased on Amazon.com 16% less. Available in both wide and regular widths, this men’s nursing shoe offers a slip-resistant sole, is lightweight and washable and is available in either black or white.
#7 – Skechers For Work Men’s Keystone Sneaker
Although more often associated with women’s shoes, Skechers Brand has created a simple, yet comfortable Men’s Keystone Sneaker complete with a slip-resistant rubber outsole and a compression-molded EVA Midsole. This nursing shoe for men is comprised of both leather and synthetic fabrics. The Keystone Sneaker by Skechers sells for approximately 21% less than the MSRP of $55.00 on Amazon.com and is offered in both solid black and solid white.
#8 – K-Swiss Men’s ST329 CMF Sneaker
K-Swiss has another shoe making our list of top ten nursing shoes for men with their K-Swiss Men’s ST329 CMF Sneaker. This shoe offers not only comfort, but a little more in the color category, with colors such as black and silver, all white, and white and silver and a combo of all three. A completely leather upper with a rubber outsole and compression-molded EVA midsole, the MST329 has an MSRP of $75.00 but sells for approximately 23% less on Amazon.com.
#9 – MOZO Men’s Sharkz Hospital Shoe
A bit out of the ordinary, but adding slightly more style to your step is the MOZO Men’s Sharkz Hospital Shoe. This shoe is available in all black or a white/black checkerboard pattern. It is comprised of leather and synthetic materials with a lightweight molded base and sidewall ventilation to help manage moisture and heat. Furthermore, the insoles are designed with the Tripe Fit System for moisture absorption and the outsoles are Spider Traction Max to keep them slip-resistant. The MSRP on the MOZO Men’s Sharkz Hospital Shoe is $70.00 but can be yours for 16% less if purchased on Amazon.com.
So, fellas, you can’t say that this nursing blog is leaving you out. We sought out footwear specifically for our favorite murses this time around. While purchasing any of these nursing shoes for men at Amazon.com will save you money, you will not be compromising style, comfort, or durability! Your feet will thank you!
Oh and, ladies, I’ve got you covered as well, check out the Top 10 Nursing Shoes for Women. In case you are wondering, in my opinion, the best shoes for nurses are Timberland Renova Pro.
We’d like to know if any of you are wearing any of these and what recommendations you have. What are the best nursing shoes for men in your opinion? Leather, sneakers, clogs, something else altogether? Sound off and let us know.
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31 thoughts on “9 Best Nursing Shoes for Men”
Hey would you or anyone else reccomend any of the other go walk line as I can no longer find the go walk 3 in my size. It seems to be disccontinued.
Justin, I have no experience with the Go Walk line. They do seeem to have all sizes of the Go Walk 3 in stock, you just may be limited on the color.
When I was going through RN school, I had to have all white shoes with no mesh and no logo. I ended up with the K-Swiss ST329 CMF. I started regretting it the very first day I wore them and for one simple reason. Not only are they NOT slip resistant, they are the exact opposite. They are VERY slippery!!!! I went to the bathroom and nearly fell on my back because of the minuscule amount of water from people’s hands dripping onto the tile floor. In the hospital I found it to be the exact same issue with the hard and polished floors. The fluid could be from an IV bag, a spilled drink you name it. Very unsafe. I toughed it out and wore them for all 2 years of school so I can attest they are VERY durable and comfortable with a nice gel (I presume) insole. But because of how slippery they are, I cannot in good conscious recommend them. It’s like the sole is made of plastic. I came to this site in hopes of finding shoes to wear in my new profession and am pleased with your recommendations. Thank you for the time you took compiling this list.
I was wondering what anyone thought of the Alpro g500 or the very similar Birkenstock Linz? I had the g500 for nursing school and they were ugly but I grew to love them. They are discontinued and I am looking for something similar. They were the hard cork sole with all the arches and I like the ones I have but they are obviously too big and I want a pair and now they are gone from the Earth 🙁
Thank you for sharing this informative post on the best nursing shoes for men. I would love to buy one of these shoes. They look amazing and I’m sure they are comfortable as well. I am looking forward to reading more interesting posts in the future.
This is brilliant, thank you! I am a nursing student in Québec and we were just notified of where our stages (internships) will be and my location had a very strict, 100% white shoe policy. Through several searches the information for men’s nursing shoes was very limited until I came across your blog. Incredible! Merci beaucoup!
Jordan, I am so glad you found some information that was helpful.
And by now, I’ve been wearing the black Sketchers from your list, and am very happy with them. Thanks!
I’m so glad you found something that you are happy with. You are welcome!
Hello! I am a man in nursing school …. and I need minimalistic shoes. I need shoes that are flat thin and flexible on the bottom. I don’t care what the tops are like as long as they are accepting for nursing work. Do I have any options?
I tried Lems and though they were comfortable and appropropriate for nursing. http://thenerdynurse.com/2014/12/lightweight-flexible-nursing-shoes-minimalists-shoes-nurses.html
Thanks for this article. I had to take a two year break from nursing when I developed bilateral plantar fasciitis (aka “the nurse’s curse”) and having better shoes would have helped. Now I have to take a nurse refresher class where they insist we must all wear completely white shoes. Seems like a 1970s timewarp considering the nurses on my oncology unit mostly wore day-glow colored Crocs – but whatever. Thus your article on shoes has been helpful as I try to find white men’s nursing shoes.
I’m glad it was helpful to you.
I’ve always thought it was odd how nursing students were required to wear white shoes. Perhaps it’s a throwback to when we wore all white.
I hope things are going well for you in your refresher course. Which shoes did you end up picking out?
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If you are wearing these you are by far the gayest guy in the room. I have been male nurse for 8 years and there are much better options out there for comfort that still allow your male status to stay intact.
I want to be that guy! Um, but not in those shoes.
I’d love to hear your suggestions.
roadtripnursing TheNerdyNurse wgambill26
I personally did not have the most stellar experience with Dansko. In their defense, however, I believe I probably bought a pair that were a half size too small. I have had many nurses swear by them. It’s not your feet you buy them for, however, it’s your back.
@Joe TheNerdyNurse wgambill26 Have you tried looking online? I’ve had much better luck finding shoes in the right size and the right price when I search online.
TheNerdyNurse wgambill26 I just recently swapped over to wearing Dansko’s after trying just about every other brand of tennis shoes I could find. I’m still on the fence about them after a week or so but I’m hoping they will start feeling better after a little more time breaking in.
TheNerdyNurse wgambill26 I love the Dickies men’s medicals, but it is difficult to find them in my size (11w). I would recommend these to any guy looking for a good pair of hospital shoes.
wgambill26 You know I’ve seen a few men wear clogs, but most of them stick to sneakers. And sneakers are fine and all, but I don’t think that most of the cloth sneakers that men wear are suitable. I’d much prefer a leater shoe or some other inpermeable substance to prevent fluids and sharps from reaching my toes!
I think most men probably don’t even consider that there are options available, really.
I’m just entering nursing school–a 65-year-old former Marine, and I wouldn’t be caught DEAD in those “clogs”–Dutch wooden shoe-looking abominations. We were given strict guidelines on the rest of the uniform, but nothing was said about shoes. Took your advice and ordered the black Sketchers, which at lest LOOK like shoes.
Congrats on nursing school!
Everyone likes something different. I’m glad you found something on the list that will work for you.
I am about to graduate with my BSN and I have noticed in the hospital that we are doing our clinicals that very few of the males wear clogs. I habe worked in the clinical setting before and had a cheap pair of clogs that were not too bad. I honestly prefer flat shoes like a pair of Vans but have found that canvas material and an ER setting dont mix well. So I decided to buy a pair of Springfields made by Klogs. I haven’t received them yet. My point or points is, why do men not seem to wear clogs? Is it just the hospital I am at or is it because they are viewed as to feminine? Also, what is the reputation of the Klogs brand?
Hey, thanks, the guy recognition alone is much appreciated, let alone such detailed advice! I’ve been using a pair of so far invincible & very comfy black leather Dansko clogs for about a year now, for far more (curse you malls!) $ than you list, but when they die (they all do soon enough), I’ll be sure to check your list.