The job of a nurse is an unenviable one – the movies tend to get it right most times with their dramatized depictions of the levels of stress, activity and fatigue medical staff typically endure. With erratic shifts, overtime and emergency calls part and parcel of the daily grind in a nurse’s life, it’s critical to maximize practicality and comfort, and shoes, of course, are a big part of the deal. Anything that takes too long to slip on, lacks the proper grip to keep you stable and brisk on smooth hospital tiling, or shoes with soles not primed for comfort, are a big no-no.
Thankfully, this dilemma has not gone unchecked – especially when it comes to Crocs, a brand which has been celebrated for its single-minded focus on coupling comfort with function, including by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and United States Ergonomics. The brand has an entire line of footwear designed with the specifics of work in mind – and to help you narrow it down, we have listed our top picks for the best Crocs to give a go when it comes to the business of nursing.
Crocs Women’s Alaine Nurse Shoe
As a nurse, you’ll need shoes which are all but bulletproof, and these Crocs promise to be just that. Designed with the patented closed-cell resin the Crocs are renowned for, the 100% synthetic Croslite that ensures your shoes are lightweight and comfortable, with a generous grip for those rushed days spent on the go. The lace-less design lets you simply slip them on rather than needing to whip out the shoe-horn or fiddling with knots.
Croslite also makes these shoes water-resistant and easy to clean, so you won’t have to worry about tossing out a pair or spend hours scrubbing every time there is an unfortunate spill incident at work, or any unpleasant odors when you’re finally kicking back your feet for the day.
Combining functionality with a sleek, clean, presentably professional design, these shoes are not just popular as part of a nurse’s uniform – they can double as your fall-backs for hiking, gardening or simply a walk down the street, too.
STAR BUDGET PICK
Crocs Women’s Mercy Work Clog
If you’re not comfortable in flats or require a tad extra arch-support, fear not – you can get all the same benefits of Croc’s Croslite nurse shoes in a pair of their Mercy Work Clogs, and all at a decent budget. Comfy to wear throughout the day, these shoes are roomy and breathable, with a heel strap to maximize ease of wear and support and a textured foot-bed to massage your soles on days spent on your feet.
As the name suggests, these clogs are created specifically for workplaces, with handy little features like the patented Croc Lock, to maximise grip, and of course the stain – and water-resistance of Croslite to boot, to make them the perfect functional pair to keep handy for busy days at work where things can tend to get a little messy.
Crocs Women’s Neria Work Clog
These clogs are all business on the outside, comfort on the inside – with a fit-to-form design to snugly cushion around your feet, and extra room at the heel to make them more breathable and easy to move around in, this low-maintenance pair combines the Croslite and Croc Lock technology of our top two favourites into a functional, professional-looking pair great for work, and even to throw on as you run your daily chores, with great arch-support and all-round ease of wear.
Crocs Classic Clog
Definitely a lot more fun, but just as functional, the Classic Clogs are what made Crocs famous in the first place – the bright colors, boasting anything from plain “Khaki” to “Neon Magenta” and “Ultraviolet”, could be just the splash of cheery humor to take the edge off an otherwise sobering job. For those who are not partial to the feeling of constantly having their feet closed-off, these Classic clogs come with oodles of room with their sandal-like design, with ventilation ports for breathability and a strap around the heel to secure it in place.
While it also comes with the signature Croslite design of all Crocs, with cushiony foot-beds which adjust to form once worn and are lightweight, easy to clean down and durable. The open design of the shoes make them slightly less suitable for wear anywhere there is an imminent likelihood of spills, as while the shoes themselves are stain and slip-resistant, the ventilation ports would not prevent liquids or debris from seeping into the shoes themselves.
Nonetheless, these lightweight clogs are an excellent option to have around for maximum comfort on your rounds or to slip on after a gruelling shift work – and of course, for use outside of work as well.
Choosing the Best Croc Shoes for Nurses
The key criteria are, of course, functionality and comfort. In a job which can often involve several hours at a stretch spent on one’s feet, on the move or in place, picking shoes which not only are comfortable and easy on the feet but also provide adequate arch-support and a well-designed foot-bed is vital, to make sure you don’t risk getting any posture problems, or wind up exacerbating any existing ones from all the physical activity a shift will demand.
There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to Crocs, spanning across a range of price points and a scale of functionality to style. Thankfully, a core design element for Crocs is to enhance comfort and practicality, what with their slip-resistant technology minimising the risks of a loss of grip as you hurry from place to place to keep up with the demands of the job, whilst the Croslite used in the brand’s products keep them similarly convenient with their ease of maintenance. The last thing you want to be worried about while running your daily roster is the state of your shoes.