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O/T - Best shoes for 12 hour shift?

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Hi. I rarely post but would love your opinions on the best shoes for someone who is on their feet for 12 hour shifts. Thanks.

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Mom in NY1302873448.067157 PostsRegistered 7/6/2007

Hi there, I too am an RN and work 12 hour shifts. I have tried them all and the best shoe I found is the Sketchers shape-ups all white with skid-resistant soles. I recently bought Danssko white professional clogs and they are not that comfortable for 12 hours with all the walking I do in the Unit.

Muttlvr1302874267.6872654 PostsRegistered 9/18/2005

I think Birkenstocks - I have the cross over sandals and to me, they're more comfortable than barefoot.

ZaksGrrl1302874608.8271759 PostsRegistered 4/7/2011wherever the spirits lead

I vote for Birkenstocks. They feel like I have nothing on my feet, but I get good support.

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dglvr21302874788.53437 PostsRegistered 10/29/2010long island

sorry mom in ny...i must disagree with you on the dansko...i work 13 hr shifts in an icu and this is my 4th pair of dansko's...my feet and back NEVER hurt...they are expensive,but worth it to me!

LoveMyChico1302874996.09432 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I think ECCO brand are the best! Expensive, but worth it.

klbermudez1302875372.213537 PostsRegistered 11/3/2004Washington State

The best shoes I have had for being on my feet all day were also the ugliest shoes I ever wore - however my feet were so thankful! They are Finn Comfort and are german made, they remind me a little of Birkenstock but the interior is more comfortable and boy, was it worth it to be able to come home and not have the aching feet.

pixiedust1302876046.63976 PostsRegistered 8/7/2005

I love Sanitas; The original Dansko used to be the Sanita brand. Then Dansko lost their ability to license Sanitas in the US. (2007). Sanitas are made in Denmark and the newest Danskos are made in China. I like Danskos as well but just heard about and bought a pair of Sanita clogs and they are amazing for standing/walking all day. You may want to try them out before buying though (every pair fits a little differently due to the handmade quality). I bought mine at DSW.

jewelsluvs­beauty1302876656.0472576 PostsRegistered 1/18/2009

dansko, great arch support

daNurse1302877899.4439 PostsRegistered 1/10/2009

I wear Avia leather and mesh running shoe for a 12 hr. shift.

StarChild1302878461.8931928 PostsRegistered 4/26/2008NYC

I love A203033, the Ryka Water Resistant Suede Mules with Rocker Technology. It's the most comfortable shoe I've ever come across and it's here at the Q.

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kristina11302879086.553353 PostsRegistered 12/23/2006

I work 12-15 hour shifts and also wear the Skeechers Shape-ups. I was surprise at how comfie they are and I am moving for almost all of my shift. I found them on sale at Macy's at about $50.00, so I thought I would give them a try.

Another plus....they make me look taller! (5'1")

As far as the toning of my legs, that's a different story.

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boysmom41302880750.3236 PostsRegistered 10/8/2010

I too work 12-hour shifts. I swear by MBT. Not the most glamorous looking shoe, but I have not had shin splints once since I started wearing them over a year ago. They are pricey, but if you look on line, you can find stores selling last-years styles at a discount.

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LABoheme1302884153.63367 PostsRegistered 12/5/2010

I vote for Avia leather closed back clogs. I'm not a nurse, but I walked all over Rome in my Avias and my feet and back were never sore or blistered. I have a high arch, ankle/knee issues, so I need support but I can stand a hard shoe. The Avia clogs have a thick rubber-type sole that gives and supports. It's my Holy Grail in comfort shoes.

pinkylee11302884731.4932 PostsRegistered 4/15/2011

Most comfortable shoes that I have tried are Easy Spirit Travel Time. Many colors and widths; removable liner for orthotics.

queendiva1302886385.0133945 PostsRegistered 9/22/2006

Anything in the Easy Spirit Anti-Gravity line. N, M & W widths on many styles, and the website runs sales all the time. Best shoes ever! Even the pumps feel like sneakers on your feet! Prices are very reasonable, too.

Sooner1302888127.56316617 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I don't know how anyone wears Birkenstocks! Those things KILL my feet. I like Ecco, Mephisto, and a few others along that line. Taos makes great summer shoes too--not so much for work.

EMMOMMY1302893872.34921 PostsRegistered 6/12/2007South Carolina

Dansko or their "cousin" Sanita.

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Gracefully­Imperfect1302894376.043193 PostsRegistered 1/5/2011

I always wore Asics cross trainers on the floor- if I tried to wear anything else, I noticed a huge different (foot, ankle, back pain). I never tried any of those "nurse" specific shoes, though- many women I worked with loved them.

NimpkeeRN1302906592.63714 PostsRegistered 7/8/2010
Thank you all very much.

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GMO_Jen1302909763.5532282 PostsRegistered 11/11/2007In the St. Louis region
Another vote for dansko's- great support for the foot, and I can wear them all day without pain

PerriTwin11302912054.34770 PostsRegistered 11/19/2006

Something from Sofft (I don't mean the high heels) - the regular lower or flat ones. Sofft has the most comfy footbed.

Talidog1302912449.0373763 PostsRegistered 8/9/2007Heart of Dixie

My newest comfort find: Reebok Zigs! Absolutely the most comfortable tennis shoe I have ever worn. Please check out the website...I love them! I wear them on the treadmill when I workout at the gym and when I walk...like being on a cloud. I have small feet and so thrilled to find my size! Check them out at Zappos.com. K {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

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oceanjade1302912745.24730702 PostsRegistered 11/15/2004

I'm a nurse and find Merrill's the most comfortable

mommy41302912864.51657 PostsRegistered 12/27/2007


Without a doubt Danskos! I work 16 hr shifts with no foot or back pain. I also work in the Emergency Room too!!


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