Nurses work too hard and too long to wear uncomfortable shoes. These 10 pairs of vegan nursing shoes will keep you comfy and supported even during long shifts.
Check them out below...
VEGAN NURSING SHOES
1. Unisex On The Clock Work Clogs from Crocs
- Crocs seemed like a perfect place to start with our vegan nursing shoes list. The beloved clog brand makes this unisex clog work-friendly (and vegan-friendly) with a closed toe and heel.
- Constructed with arch support and a moisture-resistant, molded footbed.
- Treaded and slip-resistant.
- Advertised as vegan: No, but these are synthetic.
- Pros: You get to take the comfort of Crocs to work. These are tailored to nurses' needs, meeting industry regulations and all the essential features for a long shift on your feet.
- Cons: Reviews vary as to whether these run small or large, but you may need an alternate size.
2. Women's Memory Foam Nursing Shoes by Keep Nursing
- Designed for the healthcare field, this fabric nursing shoe comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns nurses will appreciate. Check out the stethoscope hearts and paw prints.
- Breathable and supportive with memory foam insoles.
- Slip-on style with an elastic gore.
- Advertised as vegan: No, but these are polyester.
- Pros: They certainly earn credit for the cute prints, and they're likely quite comfy. Try them if you prefer the flexibility of fabric slip-ons.
- Cons: We're wondering how water-resistant they are.
3. Men's OOcloog Clogs from Oofos
- This clog is shock-absorbent and alleviates physical stress with an anatomical design.
- Cushioned with specialty OOfoam.
- Moisture-repellent and machine-washable.
- Advertised as vegan: No, but the materials listed are synthetic.
- Pros: They're simple, sleek and built for minimal impact on the body. Plus, you don't need to worry about spills and dampness with the solid outer shell and moisture prevention.
- Cons: The backless design may or may not be suitable for your particular work environment. Clothing and footwear codes tend to vary.
4. Women's Anyware Srangel Nursing Clogs by Cherokee
- Available in different colors and prints, this women's nursing clog has been awarded the APMA Seal of Acceptance for promotion of foot health, according to the vendor.
- Slip-resistant with a closed heel and roomy toe.
- Made with shock-reducing cushioning, a removable EVA insole and ventilating air holes.
- Advertised as vegan: No. But these are all human-made.
- Pros: The spacious toe is a great defense against the dreaded toe squish. Plus, some of the printed styles are pretty unique.
- Cons: The air holes could potentially let water in, so you might want to take them to change into when you're headed to work on a rainy day.
5. Men's Mcallen Work Shoes by Sketchers
- The Sketchers Mcallen is a slip-on made for demanding jobs with features like an Electric Hazard safety rating and an OSHA-compliant, slip-resistant outsole.
- Constructed with breathable mesh fabric.
- FlexSole padding provides shock absorption.
- Advertised as vegan: No, but all the materials listed are vegan.
- Pros: For a non-clog option, this vegan nursing shoe offers ample comfort and safety. There's a good chance they'll be suitable for a wide range of environments.
- Cons: It's unclear what the level of water resistance is.
6. Women's SafeTstep Gretchen Clog from Payless
- One of the shoes in Payless's safeTstep line, the Gretchen clog should be stable on slick and oily surfaces.
- Embellished with an embossed botanical motif.
- Lined with a padded insole.
- Advertised as vegan: No, but Payless describes these as human-made.
- Pros: They're inexpensive and excellent peace of mind where slippery floors are concerned. And they're elegant with paisley-like details.
- Cons: They may not be built for longevity.
7. Men's Felton Faux Leather Work Shoes by Sketchers
- This men's work sneaker is reinforced with durable faux leather, a toe bumper and a memory foam insole.
- Rated Electrical Hazard (EH) safe.
- Slip-resistant and adjustable with a lace-up system.
- Advertised as vegan: No. However, Feltons are synthetic.
- Pros: Unlike slip-ons and clogs, these can be tightened for a closer fit. They'll likely hold up well for back-to-back hours of wear.
- Cons: Synthetic leather could have a shorter shelf life than something like rubber or a hard shell.
8. Women's Athena Sneakers from Payless
- This Payless sneaker comes with the safeTstep guarantee of slip-resistance for busy healthcare professionals.
- Designed with a quilted synthetic upper.
- Cushioned at the collar and tongue.
- Advertised as vegan: No, but the materials are human-made.
- Pros: Give your clogs a break and sport these affordable sneakers when you need a change. You can make them as snug as you need with the laces.
- Cons: They seem to run slightly narrow.
9. Unisex Professional Birki from Birkenstock
- Birkenstocks are well-known for versatility and comfortable wear. This clog for men and women comes with a removable, machine-washable footbed.
- Waterproof and ISO slip-resistant.
- Designed with a raised heel to secure your foot.
- Advertised as vegan: No, but these clogs are polyurethane.
- Pros: They're recommended for the nursing field as they're hygienic and super safe—a great vegan alternative to (unvegan) Dansko clogs.
- Cons: Reviewers mention that they run a little big.
10. Women's Faux Leather Nursing Shoes from Hawkwell
- Get back to basics with this slip-on nursing shoe in either black or white faux leather.
- Simple cleanup with soap and water.
- Padded inside for comfort.
- Advertised as vegan: No, but the leather is synthetic.
- Pros: If you're shopping for a pair of plain nursing shoes, these are practical and stylish. With a roomy toe box, they should help you stay on your feet without end-of-shift toe cramping.
- Cons: They might run on the small side.