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The Best Shoes for Student Nurses

Updated on July 6, 2016
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Nurses are on their feet. A lot.

If our feet are happy, we can give our very best to our patients. Our own comfort naturally takes second place while we are at work. Student nurses can often take breaks far later than planned, or forgo toilet breaks when they are required. Making sure that our feet are well supported throughout each shift is not only fair to us, it is fair to our patients. We have better things to think about than our own pain. And no one wants to be faced with a miserable person, especially when they are unwell!

Sore feet make me miserable. Though I am a new student nurse, foot care is important to me.

My top tip? Take a couple of pairs to work with you. That way, if your feet can take no more, you can change in to a new pair of shoes mid shift. Well, a change is as good as a rest!

Here are my reviews on the shoes I have tested on the ward, so far. I am a female, with size 8 (UK) feet.

New Balance – True Balance

I’m not going to make you wade through each review to discover which pair of shoes I think are the best. I’m going to start with the Top of the Pops.

I stumbled upon these shoes in a charity shop. I leave no stone unturned in my quest for comfortable black shoes for work. When I saw that these were in my size, and hardly worn, I paid a princely sum of £5. As far as my feet are concerned, this is the best £5 I have ever spent.

These are the only work shoes that I possess that get me through a shift, and the 10 minute walk to my car after my shift. I could walk for days in these beauties. I don’t know the secret, but by Jove, New balance have got it.

And, ok. They are not a beautiful pair of shoes. But, they are a classic trainer design with a wonderful wipe clean leather upper. The laces are a bit of a bind when they come undone, but not much can be perfect in this world.

The only downside? I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to buy them again. I have looked on the New Balance website. They don’t appear to have a True Balance range, as far as I can see. And, Amazon had the fateful words ‘Currently Unavailable’ when I found a page for these shoes. Sob. Bring ‘em back, New Balance!

So, eBay awaits. I’ll keep checking. My feet urge you to do the same!

New Balance True Balance, price = unknown, student nurse score = 9/10

Fitflop Due Leather FF2 Collection

Now, I had high, high hopes for these. I am a FitFlop aficionado. In the summer months, I live in their Lulu Slide sandals. I have had Due boots in all available calf lengths. Sadly, these shoes didn’t quite cut the mustard.

Though comfortable, the sizing on these shoes wasn’t quite right for me. If shoes don’t fit correctly, they can’t be comfortable. They are just a bit too loose, and such slippage causes blisters. I stuffed mine with a pair of insoles, however, I haven’t yet lasted a whole shift in these yet.

On the plus side, they are a pretty pair of shoes. They are also extremely well cushioned, with the added bonus of apparently toning your legs as you walk.

These shoes are not currently available on the official FitFlop site, which I suppose tells it’s own story. They are for sale on Amazon, if you are curious.

Fitflop Due Leather FF2 Collection, price = £71.34, student nurse score – 5/10

Sketchers Go Walk 2

The prize for the lightest, most cloud like shoes on the planet goes to these. They are like slipping your feet into a mesh of candy floss. It’s all about the memory foam. Think expensive mattresses under your soles. Delicious.

I could wear these forever. You can pop them in the washing machine, and they are designed to wear with bare feet. However, I wear mine with socks – it seems more hygienic.

A tip for Sketchers shoes – you may want to go down a size. I am a size 8 in most shoes, however, I am a size 7 in these. This is my perfect Sketchers size.

The only downside to these shoes is the material. As a student nurse, you can be at risk of spilling things. Spilling things that you don’t want to seep through to your socks. Or skin.

Sketchers, please make these ones in a wipe clean fabric! My feet will love you forever.

Sketchers Go Walk 2, price £49.00, student nurse score 7/10


The imaginatively named ‘Leather Black Button Velcro Casual Shoes’ from TLC at BHS came to me on a charity shop shopping spree. For £6.99 I managed to get a nice pair of comfy (tick!) wipe clean (double tick!) shoes.

I quite like the fact that these shoes have the metallic button. And I’m a sucker for the simple genius of Velcro. The only slight issue is that these shoes are not entirely flat. An eagle eyed Matron might pull you up on this, but they’re not dangerously high. They just boast a slight incline. Great for people who hate to wear flat as a pancake soles. These are certainly the best shoes of the bunch to wear with a dress. I’m more of a tunic and trousers sort of student nurse!

TLC by BHS, price £40.00, student nurse score 7.5/10

Sketchers Women’s Bikers Ribboneer

Oh. Well, I made this mistake so you don’t have to. I bought these in my correct size. Sketchers seem to come up large.

Plus, there’s none of the mallow soft sole that I adore in the 'Go Walk' range on these shoes. They aren’t comfy for a full shift at work. They might be comfy for a short walk, but as the size is so off I’ll never know.

I’ll be donating these to my favourite charity shop.

Sketchers Women’s Bikers Ribboneer, price £42.00, student nurse score 3/10

Sharing is Caring!

So, come along fellow nursing students! Share your tips with us all…what shoes get you through your shifts?


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    • Kimberleyclarke profile image

      Kimberley Clarke 22 months ago from England

      Ha! Thanks Zoidberg! Though nurses shoes may not be the most attractive, they certainly must be comfy...we want to walk on clouds!

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      Gavin Heinz 22 months ago from Austin TX

      Well, I always thought shoes where good, but wow. Signed, Zoidberg.

    • Kimberleyclarke profile image

      Kimberley Clarke 23 months ago from England

      Thank you for taking the time to have a read, my friend!

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      muhammad abdullah javed 24 months ago

      Oh what a wonderful advise to the nurses, I never thought that way. Thank you so much for sharing KC. Take care.