Best Shoes for Male Nurses – 2020 Reviews & Guide
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There are dozens of work shoes out there, but how to find the best nursing shoes for men? A good shoe for male nurse must provide a comfortable fit, adequate support, as well as protection. Sometimes, it may even have to respect a color code.
With this in mind, we roamed the market and found the most promising models. From sneakers to clogs and even more classy nursing shoes, the models on this list can fit in a variety of healthcare environments. Check them out below…
Our Top Choices – Male Nurse Shoes
Developed for hospitality and healthcare professionals, the Mcallen Slip On by Skechers are perhaps the best shoes for male nurses you can find. They’re flexible and comfortable, not to mention they’re designed to accommodate most types of feet.
A range of regular and wide sizes makes it easy to find the perfect fit, and the shoe is so lightweight and comfy you’ll feel like walking on air.
Starting from the bottom, these shoes impress with a rubber Flex Sole that provides excellent traction on slippery floors. A memory foam insole adapts to the curves of your foot to deliver utmost cushioning, while the soft fabric lining further enhances comfort.
Another thing that stands out is the breathability of the shoe, ensured by the mesh fabric upper. Reinforced toe and heel areas enhance durability, and you don’t even have to worry about liquid spills thanks to the water repellent treatment of the upper fabric.
Slip-on design with elastic side gores for easier on and off is another detail that makes this shoe a winner, and all in all, this can be the right nursing shoe for most people.
While not technically a work shoe, the Encore Bypass by Merrell is an excellent choice for nurses who walk a lot during their shifts. It’s made from soft leather and mesh upper that promotes breathability and has all the characteristics you’d need from quality nursing footwear.
The main advantage is the M Select Grip sole that provides outstanding traction and great stability on smooth or slippery floors. A shock-absorbing air cushion in the heel area and 2-inch high heel can relieve tension, while the contoured footbed delivers support and flexibility.
Besides the breathable upper, the shoe also boasts a breathable mesh lining that wicks moisture effectively.
Ideal to wear during the warmer season, the shoe also boasts a convenient slip-on design.
Coming in three colors, the Encore Bypass is a great choice for people looking for a regular fit and an easy on and off shoe. The interior lining is not the most durable out there, but overall, you’ll be quite satisfied with the level of comfort this walking shoe provides. No doubt, excellent value for money.
Male nurses looking for a reliable pair of tennis shoes might like the Brooks Ghost 11. Highly breathable and designed to fit like a second skin, this lightweight sneaker can reduce soreness and keep your feet happy even during the longest shifts.
It comes in medium or wide width and is ideal for nurses with medium to high arch looking for neutral support. In other words, this might not be the best shoe if you suffer from tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, or flat foot; if you have normal feet though and need an affordable, breathable shoe, this might be it.
The greatest feature is the balanced, soft cushioning ensured by the BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT technologies in the sole. These two types of cushioning work together to provide both underfoot softness and flexible responsiveness when walking or running.
Ideal shoes for nurses working in busy wards, Ghost 11 is also equipped with a proprietary segmented crash pad designed to adapt to your footfall and increase stability. While this feature was developed for runners, it’s also useful when walking or standing for long hours.
The design is crowned by the breathable upper made from stretchy, engineered mesh. You won’t even feel that it’s there and will be able to enjoy a barefoot effect while still benefiting from advanced balance and support.
Another nice thing is that you can choose from a wide range of hues the one that best suits your personality or ward color code.
PUMA Tazon 6 is another athletic shoe that has made it to our list. It doesn’t excel as a cross-trainer, but it’s a great choice for nurses.
Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of this sneaker is the rather scarce durability when used on rough terrain. However, you won’t have too many issues when used on smooth, healthcare facility floors.
That said, Tazon 6 is ideal for male nurses who don’t suffer from any foot issues. The arch support is discreet – and would be insufficient for people suffering from plantar fasciitis or flat foot – but otherwise you can expect a comfortable fit.
Like most shoe brands, PUMA sells this model in regular and wide width. The former is more of a narrow than medium width, but the latter can accommodate wide feet comfortably.
Furthermore, a low-top from the arch shaft and stable cushioning make it ideal for standing or walking for hours, while the rubber sole ensures adequate traction and stability.
One thing missing is breathability; the Tazon 6 might not be the right shoe if you live in warmer climates or if you plan to use these during summer. In colder climate zones and for fall or winter use, though, these are amazing.
Relatively affordable compared to other brands, good-looking and resistant, these shoes can be a great choice for male nurses on a budget.
Boasting a unisex design, the Crocs Bistro Clog is perfect for all nurses looking for an open heel shoe. Obviously, it’s a slip-on, and despite the bistro in its name, it’s perfect for healthcare workers.
Meeting or exceeding all federal and international quality and work safety tests, this clog is made entirely from croslite, a synthetic rubber-like material that is lightweight yet supportive enough to keep you comfortable even during the longest shifts.
Slip-resistant treads and a variety of graphics on the outsole improve stability even on slippery floors, and the enclosed toe design makes them perfect to wear either in wards, in a theater, or even in a lab.
A thing we like is the thicker metatarsal area that not only protects your feet from spills, but also from hard objects you might happen to drop.
Another highlight is the contoured footbed and enhanced arch support. They are not really ideal for people with plantar fasciitis but could be a great choice for those with flat foot.
Perfect to wear in all healthcare facility environments; the Crocs Bistro clogs are also easy to clean. Thanks to their fully molded design, you can simply wash them with soap and water, then allow for a quick dry. Keep in mind, though, that the clogs are not autoclavable and should not be immersed in hot water.
Nike is a popular brand of athletic footwear and a great one to consider if you’re after a reliable pair of tennis shoes for nurses. The Air Monarch IV is a training shoe at heart with an attractive, modern appearance.
But the sleek lines and superb color options are just a tiny reason to consider them. The real reason is their comfort and durability.
These cross trainers impress with a soft leather upper that protects your foot from spills while promoting breathability. You can wear them in all seasons to benefit from an enhanced arch and ankle support whenever needed.
Speaking about support, these shoes are amazing. Cushioning in the arch and heel areas can relieve stress when standing or walking and helps with much more than tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. Indeed, workers suffering from knee pain reported immediate relief when wearing these shoes.
Made to provide day-long comfort, these trainers boast a foam midsole and full-length encapsulated air-sole unit cushions for further comfort and support.
Like any gym shoe that respects itself, the Air Monarch IV is breathable and lightweight. Furthermore, lace-up closures and heel pull tab allows for an easy on and off besides letting you get the desired snug or loose fit.
Like most athletic shoes, these trainers from Nike come in regular and wide sizes, and in a selection of colors.
Moving forward with our list of best shoes for male nurses, we have another entry from Skechers. This time it’s a sporty training sneaker designed for the gym but comfortable enough to wear throughout the longest shifts.
The first thing that strikes is its attractive design. A combination of leather, synthetic, and mesh fabric upper with perforated details, stitching, and overlay accents enhance the aesthetic factor and make the shoe visually appealing.
Beauty apart, we also like the thick rubber sole that not only provides flexible traction, but that hides advanced cushioning technology. Indeed the 1.5-inch built-in heel and cushioned foam insole deliver proper support in the arch and heel areas. The tongue and collar are also cushioned for enhanced comfort and support.
When it comes to colors, you can choose from a range of neutral darker tones. White is not available, though, so make sure it’s not required by your ward color code if you’re considering buying this shoe.
Finding white shoes for male nurses can be a hassle sometimes, especially if you’d rather go for a tennis than a work shoe. Luckily, New Balance can save the day. This hook and loop walking shoe comes with a bunch of advantages and can address most healthcare facility color codes.
The sneaker is made from 100% leather upper on a synthetic sole and has a low-top shaft that ensures comfort. Dual hook and look straps deliver the easy on and off of a slip-on shoe and the snug fit expected from a lace-up sneaker.
Furthermore, the rubber outsole and polyurethane midsole ensure both traction and stable cushioning.
Comfort is guaranteed by the foam-padded collar and tongue, which offer a snug, comfortable fit.
Breathability lets a bit to be desired, but you’ll be protected from any liquid spills. All in all, this is an excellent shoe for male nurses at a very affordable price point.
Just like Sketchers, Crocs is renowned for its reliable work shoes, and it makes a second entry on our list with the Specialist II Clog. Similar to the Bistro model above but slightly different, this could be another outstanding option for male nurses looking for an open heel shoe.
The main difference between Specialist II and the Bistro is the material. Indeed, the former is made from rubber rather than croslite and has a slightly more rugged appearance.
Another difference is the toe box, which seems to be slightly narrower on the Specialist II. With this in mind, this clog is more suitable for men who need a narrow or medium width, as well as women.
Apart from these differences, the two clogs are very similar. You can expect comfortable cushioning and adequate arch support delivered by the molded footbed.
The Specialist II clogs have a thick toe box construction that provides enhanced protection from spills and are extremely easy to clean. No doubt, a great choice for all hard workers.
The last entry on our round-up of the best shoes for male nurses is the Dansko Wil, a fashionable leather clog with active styling and lightweight construction. Indeed, this clog promises to deliver sublime all-day comfort, and according to its wearers, it truly lives up to expectations.
Wil is an open heel clog that allows you to slip your foot in and out without any effort. Thick padding at the instep and a contoured insole deliver highly comfortable arch support, making this clog ideal for those who have to stand for long hours.
The upper doesn’t have any ventilation holes and is not exactly breathable, but it does an excellent job protecting your feet from spills. Furthermore, the rubber outsole provides adequate traction on all types of floors.
A detail that could make or break the deal is the heel area slightly raised above the footbed, which can make the clog uncomfortable – indeed, you can either step on it or end up with blisters due to friction.
Another thing to keep in mind is that this model has a higher-than-average heel, to the point where you might feel like a model on the catwalk when wearing this clog. However, if you’re not too bothered about these design details and the higher price point, this is undoubtedly a comfortable and durable choice.