Best Comfortable Shoes for Nurses and Healthcare Workers

By Josh White DPM  /  July 25, 2023 Blog Home

As a nurse, you're undoubtedly an expert at navigating those marathon shifts on your feet. But let's be real, wearing the wrong shoes can turn your arches into aching archenemies, make your heels holler in pain, gift you with blisters that rival Mount Everest, give your back a twist it didn't sign up for, and leave your legs begging for a vacation. It's like a never-ending obstacle course of discomfort just to accomplish the simplest tasks.

But, fear not, the solution lies in the magical realm of nursing shoes. These foot saviors take the weight off your soles, granting them the respite they so desperately crave. With their superior traction and stability, you'll be gliding through those hospital corridors like a graceful gazelle (okay, maybe graceful is not always the most accurate adjective, but you get the idea).

And the best part? These nursing shoes are so comfortable, you'll forget you're even wearing them. They're like cozy soft pillows hugging your feet, day in and day out. 

So, bid farewell to foot agony and embrace the joy of pain-free nursing adventures with the right pair of nursing shoes. Your feet will thank you.

What kind of shoes can nurses and health workers wear?

There are three main features to look for in the best shoes for standing all day: arch support, shock absorption and cushioning. These three are like little foot fairies working their wonders.

Shock absorption and cushioning are the dynamic duo that save you from the dreaded aches and pains that often plague nurses and healthcare workers. They team up to protect your feet and legs, ensuring that you won't be hobbling around just a few hours into your shift. 

So, look out for shoes with thick outsoles and well cushioned midsoles, for they're the superheroes that have got your back, or rather, your feet, covered.

And then there’s arch support, which is like a gentle, reassuring hug for your tired feet throughout the day. With proper arch support, you'll feel like you're walking on clouds, and trust us, that's a pretty amazing feeling. Allow your arches to be cradled in the warm embrace of support and your comfort level will skyrocket.

Apart from these crucial three features, let us fill you in on a little secret: slip resistant, fluid repellent and lightweight shoes with a wide toe box will also make your work life a lot easier and much more comfortable.

If you spend long hours on your feet and crave that heavenly sensation of walking on clouds, keep reading.

Our top 3 Most comfortable nursing shoes for women and men

Women’s Talya sneakers

Talya White

Why you’ll love it

  • Expertly cushioned
  • Uppers made with water repellent materials



  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Widths: Standard (B) - Extra Wide (2E)
  • Upper materials: soft synthetic leather


The outside

These lightweight sneakers have got your back, sorry, your feet, with their top-notch traction skills, courtesy of their high-quality rubber outsoles that cling to any surface like a gecko on a mission.

The inside

With their contoured orthotic insole and ergonomic sole, the Talya sneakers bring the A-game of support and cushioning to your precious feet, making them a match made in foot heaven for those marathon-like days on your feet, and even for foot-related foes like plantar fasciitis or arthritis. That’s probably why some categorize these sneakers as plantar fasciitis shoes

In addition, these shoes are designed with a generous toe box that grants your toes the freedom to dance and stretch without constraints. With ample room for your digits to spread and wiggle naturally, say goodbye to cramped toes and hello to blissful comfort.

The uppers

With their premium flexible and fluid-repellent uppers, the Talya sneakers ensure your comfort levels are sky-high throughout the day. 

And here's a bonus: they're as easy to clean as wiping off the evidence of that coffee spill during your morning rush, making them the ultimate choice for professionals who need to keep things pristine.

Available colors

Black, lavender and white.


Men’s Yari, Women’s Kita sneakers

Yari Gray

Why you’ll love it

  • Hands free, super quick on/off wear
  • Slip resistant outsole



  • Sizes: men 7-14 | women 5-12
  • Widths: men Standard (D) - Extra Wide (4E) | women Standard (B) - Extra Wide (2E)
  • Upper materials: stretch knit


The on/off wear

Who says putting on shoes has to be a time-consuming dance? With the Yari for men and Kita for women sneakers, convenience meets innovation to offer quick and easy wear. 

These innovative sneakers have a secret weapon - a clever hands-free feature that uses a hidden spring mechanism in the back. Slip your foot in and watch as the shoe gently embraces your foot with a reassuring bounce - no lace tying needed. It's as pampering as having a personal shoe valet on standby.

The outside

No matter if you're casually walking down the hallway or gracefully dodging spills, these sneakers will keep you steady on your feet with their trusty slip-resistant outsoles. They'll keep you grounded on any surface, from slippery spills to dry linoleum, so you can focus on doing your important job without any unexpected dance moves.

The inside

The yari and Kita shoes are all about giving your feet the royal treatment, with their professionally cushioned and ergonomic orthotic insoles. They pleasantly cradle your arches with their top-notch support, so you can bid farewell to foot discomfort and welcome proper foot alignment. 

Whether you've got high arches or you’re just someone who wants happy feet, these insoles are your foot's new best friend.

The uppers

With their stretch knit upper, these sneakers are like your feet's personal tailor, ensuring a perfect fit that hugs your unique foot shape with cozy comfort and unwavering support. 

And to top it off, the material is breathable so it keeps your feet feeling fresh and cool, even when the clock seems to be moving in slow motion and your shifts are especially long. No more sweaty feet and foot odors and infections!

Available colors

Yari: black and gray.

 Kita: white, rose, gray and black.



Are walking or running shoes better for nurses?

While running shoes can sometimes do the trick for nurses, as they tend to come complete with cushioning and support, it's vital to check off a couple more boxes on your nursing shoe checklist. 

Don't forget to prioritize slip-resistant outsoles that keep you steady on your feet, materials that are easy to clean and breathability that keeps your feet healthy no matter how many hours you spend on your feet. 

After all, your footwear should be as reliable and hardworking as you are when it comes to tackling those long shifts and unexpected spills.

Why do nurses have special shoes?

The answer is quite simple: nursing shoes are specially designed to cater to the unique needs of healthcare professionals who spend long hours on their feet. 

These specialized shoes come packed with features like cushioned midsoles, arch support and shock-absorbing technology, giving those hard working feet the TLC they deserve. They also prioritize a wider toe box for natural foot movement, breathable uppers to keep feet cool and dry, and contoured footbeds for weight distribution and pressure relief.

All these features help prevent, alleviate or treat a long list of common foot problems that, in many cases, are the result of improper footwear, such as plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, bunions, shin splints, heel pain, over pronation and more.

How often should nurses get new shoes?

As much as you may adore your cute and comfy shoes, it's not in your best interest to hold onto them forever. 

We recommend aiming for a new pair of the finest work shoes every 8-12 months, because worn-out soles can throw off your foot's landing angle and proper gait, causing a heap of stress on your bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. That's a recipe for sprains, fractures, strains, inflammation and other unwanted foot problems. Plus, their once-magical shock absorbing powers tend to dwindle over time. It's like drinking the artificially sweetened soft drinks - it may be very tasty right now, but is extremely harmful in the long run.

If you want to be sure, there are a few tests you can do to determine if it's time to bid farewell. Look at the soles at eye level - if they are not even or showing signs of wear, it’s time to get new shoes. If they pass the first test, flip the shoes and look at the bottom of the soles. If the tread is smooth or holes are forming, it's time to bid adieu. 

Trust us, your feet will thank you during those grueling 12-hour shifts.