Top 20 Best White Nursing Shoes, Sneakers For Men, Women In 2018

Are you on the lookout for an excellent pair of white nursing sneakers? We believe we have everything you need right here. We’ve broken down your search into two lists: the Top 10 Best White Nursing Sneakers For Men In 2018 Reviewed, and Top 10 Best White Nursing Sneakers For Women In 2018 Reviewed. To take it a step further, we’ve followed the list with a brief explainer on why these type of shoes are perfect for members of the nursing community.

Top 10 Best White Nursing Sneakers For Men In 2018 Reviewed

1. New Balance Men's MW577 Hook and Loop Walking Shoe

New Balance takes pride in being able to call the New Balance Men’s MW577 Hook and Loop Walking Shoe “Made in America”. With over 1,300 workers in their U.S. factories, they boast that one of every four shoes they sell come with the “Made in America” slogan. These all-leather nursing shoes come with the exceptional dual hook-and-loop straps instead of the traditional lacing seen in most nursing shoes today. This allows for a unique and true fit, snug and comfortable without the worry of the laces coming undone. Unlike many athletic-type shoes, these shoes run true to size, so when you’re ordering your typical size — say size 9 — you don’t have to worry about ordering a half size or full size bigger or smaller.

The midsole of this shoe is made with polyurethane which allows for a stable cushion effect. The collar and tongue are each foam-padded which adds to the snug and comfortable feel. Another added bonus New Balance features is the technology they call Abzorb put into the heel zone helps the shoe act as a shock absorber so that at the end of the day your feet are left feeling refreshed and not sore. Finally, the leather upper has been enhanced with perforations for added breathability.

Pros
  • Abzorb technology
  • True-to-size fit
Cons
  • Can be pricey
  • Be careful with sizing
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2. Nike Men's Air Monarch IV Training Shoe

The Nike Men’s Air Monarch IV Cross Trainer is an excellent choice for a nursing shoe as the all-leather upper has built-in features such as additional overlays added for support purposes as well as strategically placed perforations for maximum breathability. The cushioning has been enhanced with Nike’s Air-Sole cushions which add exceptional support and comfort all day long. The rubber outer sole has been enhanced with features like superior traction regardless of the surface as well as wonderful durability. There are also strategically placed grooves in the outsole so that if you’re stepping in wet surfaces you can still maintain the level of traction you need to stay upright.

The Air Monarch IV is ultra lightweight as the foam midsole has been designed for the type of comfort you want, especially after a long day on your feet. The traditional lacing system has been enhanced with eyeholes strategically placed in order to get the type of snug fit you want so the shoe won’t feel like it’s slipping when you step. A loop-strap has been placed on the back of the heel support to make it easy to pull on when in a hurry.

Pros
  • Man made
  • All-leather upper
Cons
  • Be careful with sizing
  • Limited color scheme
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3. Skechers for Work Men's Felton Slip Resistant Relaxed-Fit Work Shoe

The Skechers for Work Men’s Felton Slip Resistant Relaxed-Fit Work Shoe is a marvelous nursing shoe with a multitude of features that Skechers is famous for including in its work brand of shoes. Memory foam has been added to all of its cushioning areas, but particularly the padded insole insert. The midsole has been enhanced and made to be jerk resistant. The midsole is shock absorbing thanks to its soft fabric lining. The synthetic leather upper has been enhanced with a vamp-style lace-up system. They’ve even added logos on the sides of the shoe and tongue not to mention reinforced stitching for a slick and stylish new design look. The synthetic overlays are another added feature the company is proud to announce.

The nitrile outer sole is OSHA-compliant so you can forget about the worry of slipping on wet surfaces. The tongue and collar have been enhanced with memory foam padding. The Skechers for Work Men’s Felton Slip Resistant Relaxed-Fit Work Shoe has been designed for maximum durability and an all-day long snug fit not to mention extraordinary comfort. It’s suitable for all terrains as Skechers has listened to its consumers and put in the features they’ve demanded. This is simply high-quality footwear.

Pros
  • Slip-resistant
  • Memory foam
Cons
  • Can be pricey
  • Black only
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4. K-Swiss Men's ST329 CMF Training Shoe

The next spot on this list is taken up with the K-Swiss Men’s ST329 CMF Training Shoe, a popular choice amongst nurses who like the features, look and feel of a cross trainer while working those sometimes brutal 12-14 hour shifts at the hospital. The all-leather upper has a unique look highlighted by the iconic K-Swiss brand logo on the left and right rear quadrants. The traditional lacing system has been enhanced with a superior eyehole placement that allows you get the exact fit and feel you need for a long day on your feet. Which leads us to the other features which have been enhanced to help you achieve the type of all-day comfort you deserve in a demanding job.

The heel area has been enhanced with shock absorbing cushioning technology, taking the pressure off of an area of the foot that tends to get overlooked. The footbed has been enhanced with memory foam technology so it feels like your walking on clouds all day. As with many cross trainers, you want to be careful when ordering your exact size. The sturdy tread has been uniquely designed for the ultimate in durability and traction, so much so, K-Swiss is known for it.

Pros
  • All-leather upper
  • Memory foam footbed
Cons
  • Be careful with sizing
  • Can be pricey
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5. K-Swiss Men's ST329 Athletic Sneaker

It’s easy to see why K-Swiss is so well represented on this list of the Top 20 Best White Nursing Shoes Sneakers for Men, Women in 2018. The K-Swiss Men’s ST329 Athletic Sneaker has become a fan favorite, and not just amongst the nursing community. Sports enthusiasts have been relying on this particular shoe for some time, as it’s classic styling and exceptional look and feel have made it famous. The retro athletic shoe has a flexible sole and a non-marking outer sole. The footbed is made with memory foam technology and the tongue and heel padding have it as well.

The all-leather upper is completely white, so it should fit well with uniforms which call for an all-white shoe. The traditional lacing system is classic yet designed to make it easy for you get the snug fit you want for a full day on your feet. The outer sole has been made with a special rubber that allows it handle any and all type of wet or slick surfaces so you will have the confidence you need and not worry about slipping. While K-Swiss is renowned for its tennis shoes, this is a popular choice within the nursing community.

Pros
  • Classic styling
  • Flexible sole
Cons
  • Can be pricey
  • Be careful with sizing
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6. K-Swiss Men's Classic VN Fashion Sneaker

That’s three in a row for K-Swiss on this list, and the K-Swiss Men’s Classic VN Fashion Sneaker may be the best of the lot. It’s certainly the most classic, retro looking sneaker on this list. K-Swiss didn’t feel that a tremendous redesign was necessary for this iconic shoe, so they just updated it with as many comfort features and left the look the same. The outer sole is completely man-made with the herringbone tread they are known for which allows for exceptional tread and traction which is excellent for any type of surface a nurse may be working on.

The leather lining has been enhanced with a memory foam footbed that makes it feel smooth and extremely breathable. The lacing system has a closure setup with D-ring eyelets which allows for a custom and snug fit every time you lace them up. The tongue and heel collar have been enhanced with extra padding for added comfort and support. The synthetic and leather upper have been enhanced with K-Swiss’ signature five-stripe logo accentuations. The toe-stripe overlays are another added feature and the log has been embroidered into the tongue.

Pros
  • All-leather upper
  • Toe-stripe overlays
Cons
  • Can be pricey
  • Be careful with sizing
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7. New Balance Men's mc806 Tennis Shoe

The New Balance Men’s mc806 Tennis Shoe several spiffy features they’ve added which make this a perfect fit on this Top 20 Best White Nursing Shoes for Men, Women in 2018 list. The first is a technology they call Abzorb, which is a cushioning system with an added rubber material that adds compression resistance which makes for an exceptional shock absorbing feel. The second bit of technology is what they call Ndurance, which is a rubber compound they’ve placed in strategic areas (the areas that tend to wear down most often) which get the most out of durability and comfort. And finally, they’ve added what they call C-Cap, which is an ethylene vinyl acetate material enhanced in the midsole which adds to the support and gives this sneaker a classic performance feel.

Besides those three features, New Balance has kept in the features they’re known for. While this shoe is marketed towards the athletic crowd, the look and feel definitely makes this an ideal choice for a work shoe, particularly the nursing community. It has a traditional lacing system, with eyelets designed for maximum and custom fit. The toe box has been reinforced and along with the side panel has added perforation for better breathability.

Pros
  • C-Cap midsole
  • Abzorb cushioning
Cons
  • Can be pricey
  • Be careful with sizing
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8. adidas NEO Men's Advantage Clean VS Lifestyle Tennis Shoe

The Adidas NEO Men’s Advantage Clean VS Lifestyle Tennis Shoe has the look and feel you want on the tennis court, and that is exactly why you’d want the same thing in the medical facility. Most tennis surfaces are hardcourts, and that’s an apt description of the floors most nurses experience on a daily basis. This stylish and classic offering from Adidas will fit nicely with any nursing uniform which requires the shoes you wear to be all white. The retro and classic Adidas stripes have been slickly incorporated with perforations on each side, which adds to the awesome breathability of this shoe.

The synthetic leather upper is sturdy and durable and the webbing details on the heel is an added touch which allows you to use the loop for a more snug fit and a rubber cup sole has been added which acts as a pivot point. The lining incorporates the best textile materials for a comfortable and shock absorbing feel so your feet will be refreshed — instead of tired — at the end of your shift. As with any shoe, make sure you check the sizing offered as some manufacturers use either American or European sizing charts.

Pros
  • All-leather upper
  • Perforated stripes
Cons
  • Can be pricey
  • Be careful with sizing
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9. ASICS Men's Gel-solution Speed 3 Tennis Shoe

Asics first entrant on the Top 20 Best White Nursing Shoes Sneakers for Men and Women in 2018 list is the Asics Men’s Gel-solution Speed 3 Tennis Shoe, a superb show jam-packed with the type of features you desire in a nursing shoe. One of the primary newer features is the Gel solution cushioning technology they have placed in the enhanced rearfoot and forefoot regions. These enhancements act as shock absorbers for your feet and focus on the impact made by your feet and on something they call “toe-off phases”.

It also makes it smoother when it comes to the movement as it has multiple planes, focusing transitions the foot makes during the gait cycle. The upper is made with a Flexion fit which allows the show to form fit to your feet for maximum comfort and without the need to sacrifice the necessary support. The midsole is made of a solid material that provides a lightweight cushioning environment without losing any of the durability and comfort you need for a job that requires as much action as nursing does. Asics has placed so many of these features in this shoe because they listened to their customers about what they want.

Pros
  • Flexion fit upper
  • PGuard toe protector
Cons
  • Be careful with sizing
  • Can be pricey
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10. adidas Performance Men's Adizero Attack Tennis Shoe

Do you think Adidas is trying to make a statement when they market their top of the line tennis shoes towards the nursing community? Adidas seems to understand that there are enough similarities in the pounding that an athletes feet (particularly tennis players) and that of those unsung heroes, the nurses, who also have to deal with unfriendly surfaces and many, many hours of non-stop action. Adidas Performance Men’s Adizero Attack Tennis Shoe has an enhanced Torsion system which focuses attention on the midfoot area adding extra stability, integrity, and comfort.

The midsole is a full-length ethylene vinyl acetate material that acts as a shock absorber for your feet and it’s a lightweight form of cushioning that adheres to the foot like a glove to the hand. The all-court outer sole is non-marking and made with Adidas’ Adiwear technology manufactured to be high-wear and supremely durable. The enhanced lining material is built with superior ventilation for maximum breathability. That’s also why Adidas made the tongue with a comfy mesh material. The synthetic leather upper has perforations all over to also add to the overall breathability to this one-of-a-kind nursing shoe.

Pros
  • Torsion system
  • Adiwear outsole
Cons
  • Can be pricey
  • Be careful with sizing
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Top 10 Best White Nursing Sneakers For Women In 2018 Reviewed

1. Skechers for Work Women's Sure Track Slip Resistant Shoe

Skechers snatches the top spot in the Top 10 Best White Nursing Shoes Sneakers for Women in 2018 and for good reason. The popular shoe manufacturer has put a lot of time and effort into its work shoe line and the Skechers for Work Women’s Sure Track Slip Resistant Shoe showcases the superior features the company packs into its shoes that are popular with the nursing community. The company does not sacrifice style and look with its enhanced safety and comfort features. If anything they only magnify just how lovely their shoes look.

The solid and durable all-leather upper is smooth and flexible. In addition, a top stretch panel has been added to the upper for added comfort and ease of fit. The outer sole is slip-resistant with the innovative Sure Track technology yet it maintains its rugged and stylish look. The toe box has been enhanced with a protective leather material and the heel has enhanced overlays. The removable insoles are comfortable with the added benefit of being made with superior memory foam. The midsoles are shock absorbing as they use Skechers innovative FlexSole technology for added comfort and durability.

Pros
  • All-leather
  • Stretch-top panel
Cons
  • Be careful with sizing
  • Can be pricey
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2. Nurse Mates Women's Dove

The Nurse Mates 229904 Dove Lites Slip-On Nursing Shoe is the first true nursing shoe to crack the list of the Top 20 Best White Nursing Shoes Sneakers for Men and Women in 2018. While other shoes are also marketed for other niches, the Nurse Mates Dove Slip-On Nursing Shoe is part of the company’s Lites Collection and is specifically designed and marketed for members of the nursing profession. The shoe is ultra lightweight and the upper is made with a superior full-grain leather enhanced with a finish that is stain-resistant, an added bonus very important with nurses who sometimes work in environments that can get, well, a bit messy at times.

The heel has been set at an inch and a half, primarily for the benefit of those who need the added height for arch support. Arch support is also the reason they’ve added sturdy steel shanks as these are designed to cut down on the fatigue as the shanks don’t add any unnecessary weight to the shoe. The insole is made with a removable ethylene vinyl acetate material which also provides arch support and a bonus layer of cushioning. Be careful with the sizing when ordering.

Pros
  • Slip-on
  • EVA insole
Cons
  • Can be pricey
  • Be careful with sizing
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3. Reebok Women's Work 'N Cushion 2.0 Walking Shoe

Reebok Women’s Work ‘N Cushion 2.0 Walking Shoe comes available with those nurses who require wide sizes and while this is a part of Reebok’s innovative work line, the company also markets this shoe to athletes of all types, so that should let you know that the technology behind the innovative safety and comfort features are top of the line. The Women’s Work ‘N Cushion 2.0 is called a walking shoe and it certainly fits the bill. But it also has the classic, retro look nurses crave, especially those that work in environments that require all white shoes for their uniform. The all-leather upper is classic and easy to clean. The heel has been beveled for enhanced comfort and arch support.

They’ve incorporated their popular DMX Ride technology for durability and comfort. The low-cut design provides superior styling and the traditional lacing system has been enhanced with strategically placed eyelets for that snug, perfect fit, every time you lace up. The sturdy and durable outer sole is slip-resistant and oil-resistant, another perfect feature for nurses who work on some questionable surfaces at times. The toe box has enhanced support to keep that part of your foot safe.

Pros
  • All-leather
  • Low-cut design
Cons
  • Be careful with sizing
  • Can be pricey
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4. Nurse Mates - Womens - Libby

Nurse Mates second entrant on the top 10 Best White Nursing Sneakers For Women In 2018 reviewed list is a dandy. The Nurse Mates Women’s Libby Slip-On is jam-packed with the type of features that nurses have been screaming for. Well, Nurse Mates have listened and this shoe is the result. One look at this gorgeous slip-on and you’ll fall in love. Sure slip-on shoes are cool but the stylish look and feel of the Women’s Libby just demand attention. It’s all-over white, full-grain leather with an enhanced and awesome leather lining that adds to the outstanding breathability of this shoe. The insole is made with Nurse Mates innovative and enhanced removable Pillowtop technology.

The ethylene vinyl acetate rapid bottom is ultra lightweight with enhanced slip-resistance technology. If you are required to wear all-white shoes with your nursing uniform, this shoe is sure to be the example set in your uniform manual. The outer materials are stain-resistant and the durable rubber outer sole has been made to be supremely slip-resistant. The instep collar has been padded with extra cushioning for superior comfort. The clean silhouette of the all-leather upper is top-notch.

Pros
  • Full-grain leather
  • Slip-on
Cons
  • Be careful with sizing
  • Can be pricey
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5. Timberland PRO Women's Renova PROfessional Slip-On Clog

Timberland enters the top 20 Best White Nursing Sneakers For Men and Women In 2018 reviewed with the Timberland Pro Women’s Renova Professional Slip-On Clog, a sparkling and dazzling looking nursing shoe. The all-leather design shines and is stylish, sleek and smoother looking. If your uniform requires all-white shoes, this is the shoe you want to be wearing. There are goring inserts concealed in this shoe and it’s also stain-resistant as Timberland has added Scotchguard protector technology because they understand that working in medical facilities can get messy at times, so this protects you from worry when it comes to the time to clean the outside of your shoe.

The rocker sole is heel-to-toe and the toe box is anatomically shaped. Another feature that enhances this work shoe is the anti-fatigue technology the Timberland Pro series boasts of. The side panels have been enhanced with a new design as they’ve added stretch panels to make the Women’s Renova Professional a truly easy slip-on shoe. The outer sole has been enhanced with SafeGrip technology which is non-marking and slip-resistant. The footbed is made with a polyurethane technology which cradles the heel area for superior comfort and support.

Pros
  • Slip-on clog
  • Anti-fatigue tech
Cons
  • Can be pricey
  • Be careful with sizing
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6. Nike Women's Sideline III Insert Cheerleading

Nike returns to the top 20 list of Best White Nursing Sneakers For Men and Women In 2018 reviewed with the Nike Women’s Sideline III Insert Cheerleading shoe. If you’re thinking what’s a shoe marketed at cheerleaders doing on this list then you’ve never been a cheerleader as the demanding sport requires a comfortable shoe just as nurses require as both jobs require lots of activity on difficult surfaces. This ultra lightweight shoe has a classic, stylish and retro look and feel. It’s sleek and smooth design makes it easy to see why this shoe would be perfect for nurses whose uniform requires all-white shoes.

The synthetic leather upper is made with a unique feature as you can customize your day-to-day look since the color cards are changeable for use in the cutouts added for enhanced style. The upper is also enhanced with mesh for maximum breathability and flexibility. The midsole is made with a durable Phylon material for added comfort and cushioning. The shoe has an outer sole made to be extremely flexible so that the shoe moves naturally with any of your foot movements. The traditional lacing has strategically placed eyelets for a snug fit.

Pros
  • Phylon midsole
  • Changeable upper color cards
Cons
  • Can be pricey
  • Be careful with sizing
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7. Nike Women's Cheer Unite Sneakers

The top 20 list of Best White Nursing Sneakers For Men and Women In 2018 reviewed continues with another sterling entry from Nike. The Nike Women’s Cheer Unite Sneakers are another pair of shoes that are primarily marketed towards cheer squads, yet easily translate to the nursing profession. And one look at these beauties and you’ll understand why. While cheerleaders may show their spirit wearing these shoes on the ball field, as a nurse, you can show your spirit by making this sneaker a staple of your work uniform.

And you’ll do so gladly as you recognize right away that the sleek, smooth, and durable synthetic leather upper is exactly what you need for a full-day in the medical facility, regardless of the type of surface you work on. It’s easy to clean and the traditional lacing system has a retro eyelet pattern that will allow you to get a custom and snug fit every time you lace ’em up. The collar has enhanced padding for added comfort and the interior of the shoe has flex grooves to massage your feet all day. The outer sole is a durable rubber material that is slip-resistant and has excellent traction no matter the surface.

Pros
  • Flex groove technology
  • Synthetic leather upper
Cons
  • Can be pricey
  • Be careful with sizing
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8. Dansko Unisex Professional Clog

The top 20 list of Best White Nursing Sneakers For Men and Women In 2018 reviewed continues with Dansko’s first entrant on the list with the Dansko Unisex Professional Clog. The all-white leather slip-on clog is made with oiled leather for a sleek and stylish look to any nursing uniform. It’s easy to clean and maintain, as scuffs can be removed with a simple rub with your fingertips. For tougher stains, a damp cloth will suffice. Dansko recommends that if you want to waterproof, they have conditioners and leather restorers available.

But it’s the jam-packed comfort features that make this shoe stand out. Dansko put a lot of attention into the arch support and also added an instep collar that has additional padding. The footbed is supremely breathable as they have added an enhanced polyurethane foam footbed which also acts to control your foot temperature. The bottom is made with rocker technology and is anti-fatigue and also acts as a shock absorber. The heel counter is protective yet comfortable as it remains stable with lateral movements for added stability.

Pros
  • Oiled leather
  • Slide-on clog
Cons
  • Can be pricey
  • Be careful with sizing
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9. crocs Women's Neria Pro Work Clog

Crocs makes its only entry on the top 20 list of Best White Nursing Sneakers For Men and Women In 2018 reviewed with the Crocs Women’s Neria Pro Work Clog. The popular Crocs brand is certainly a hit with the nursing profession and to take advantage of this, the company has created an all-white nursing shoe that is sure to accentuate any uniform. These lightweight shoes have what Crocs calls 360-degree comfort as they use a material called Croslite. It’s not leather or rubber.

Rather it’s a foam resin which is unique in that it was designed specifically to be the most lightweight, durable, and comfortable material available in shoewear. It’s flexible yet durable. In each pair of Crocs, they’ve added an extra layer of support that acts as a shock absorber for your feet. The shoes promise to be comfortable yet supportive and are ideal for jobs which require you be on your feet all day. These shoes are actually unisex, so when you are ordering, be careful when ordering your size. The Crocs website (as well as other retailers) have sizing charts available to make sure you find the ideal size to fit you.

Pros
  • Slip-resistant
  • Relaxed fit
Cons
  • Can be pricey
  • Be careful with sizing
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10. Cherokee Women's Mambo Work Shoe

The final entrant of the top 20 list of Best White Nursing Sneakers For Men and Women In 2018 reviewed is Cherokee’s one and only entry. The Cherokee Women’s Mambo Work Shoe is a slip-on work shoe that is stylish, sleek and durable built for all-day comfort and stability. An individualized fit is made possible thanks to Cherokee’s double-goring system. The upper is made with a superior premium tumbled leather that is sublimely supple yet durable and easy to clean. The all-white design is made to fit in with any uniform you are required to wear.

The outer sole is made of a rubber material that is slip-resistant and has superior traction regardless of the surface that you are required to work on. The textile used for the lining is extremely breathable and comfortable and designed to fit snug. A stretch panel has been added to each side to make the job of slipping them off and on as easy as possible. The heel measures at an inch and half, which is the ideal heel size to provide maximum arch support. The midsole is lightweight yet made with double the materials for ideal cushioning.

Pros
  • Tumbled leather upper
  • Breathable lining
Cons
  • Be careful with sizing
  • Can be pricey
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Nursing Sneakers for Women or Men, What to Look For

It all starts with your feet.

Once your feet start to hurt, then it’s your legs, knees, hips, lower back, shoulders, you get the picture.

If you see yourself nodding in complete agreement with the above statement, then please, check out this list and read on.

It’s no secret that nurses are unsung heroes of the medical team. The doctor gets all the glory, yet it’s still satisfying to know that because you do the job you do, you’re contributing to the well-being of the patient.

But let’s be selfish for a moment. A nurse’s schedule is hectic, but most of all, long and demanding.

A nurse can count on hours upon hours of frantic work on their feet. And since there aren’t many of us mere mortals blessed with perfect feet, the shoes a nurse wears is of paramount importance.

So it’s the wise and prudent nurse that’s diligent and does their homework. Thus, this article and this list of the Top 20 Best White Nursing Sneakers For Men, Women In 2018 reviewed is a good starting point so you can locate the ideal nursing shoes for you.

When Shopping for Nurses Shoes, Do Your Homework

Ideally, your search for the ideal nursing shoes should be towards those types of shoes specifically designed for the nursing profession. Of course, this is not an absolute rule, but you’ll know that the shoes you decide to purchase were made with your unique profession and be packed with the types of features that’ll appeal to nurses and their aching feet.

So just for kicks, what types of features should you look for in an ideal nursing shoe?

For starters, you want a shoe that is durable and made of high-quality materials and fabrics. Professionalism is important, but you don’t want a stodgy shoe, you want something that’s fashionable and accentuates the unique and functional uniform you wear each day.

One overlooked feature is that you want a nursing shoe that’s easy and optimal to clean and sanitize. You want an outer sole that’s sturdy, supportive, and perhaps most important, non-slip as it’s no secret that hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office floors can be slippery with any number of different substances.

Now, let’s focus on those features that pertain to the health of foot and the domino effect a poor quality nursing shoe can cause.

Foot Ailments Should Be Addressed with Specific Features

The average person who suffers from foot ailments probably couldn’t make it through the day without pain if they were wearing a shoe that simply didn’t support your feet and the rest of your body.

So a premium nursing shoe should be designed with key features to make sure nurses with ailments like arch problems, plantar fasciitis, ankle problems, toe issues, heel woes, and don’t forget diabetic foot problems and nerve pain.

There are shoe manufacturers who have designed nursing shoes with each of the above ailments (and more) in mind, so make sure your hunt includes checking out the features offered, such as shoes with built-in arch support, or removable pads and orthotics.

Some of the top manufacturers of shoes today have actually hired nurses or consulted with them to help in the design of shoes they make specifically for the nursing community. Sure, some of these manufacturers offerings can be a bit pricier, but if you’re a marathon runner and want performance, you tend to pay a little more so you’ll know that your feet will be protected.

That’s not to say that all nursing shoes fall in this category, but it just gives you the general idea that when you begin searching for that ideal pair of nursing shoes, you’re going to be surprised at the quality — and quantity — of choices available, regardless of your gender.

What Type of Features Do Manufacturers Add to Nursing Shoes?

Many of the features tend to focus on comfort, obviously, but also things such as shock absorption, the contour of your foot, and any type of anti fatigue features. Arch support is one of the primary features added by shoe manufacturers.

A true custom fit is possible with some model of nursing shoes, and this is possible because of cushioning that has been enhanced and stabilized as well as added features such as collars which are foam-padded and midsole made with polyurethane.

Even features focused around the lacing systems have been enhanced. Velcro and hook-and-loop straps are popular additions, and the lacing systems allow for a more secure and comfortable fit.

The use of genuine materials such as leather makes some of these models of nursing shoes really stand out. Shoe manufacturers spend a lot of effort on developing and designing shoes meant for all-day wear under stressful conditions. The designers would like you to slip on a pair of their shoes to start your shift and have your feet feeling just fine when you get home and take them off.

They’re also designed to last so you won’t be going through a multitude of different shoes too often.

One Last Thing: Do Your Homework!

When you’re searching through online shopping venues for the ideal nursing shoes you desire, put your favorite search engine to work and do your homework.

Research can be easily accomplished thanks to the world wide web. Think of keywords such as “nursing sneakers for women (or men)”, “the benefits of good nursing shoes”, etc., and then peruse the results you find.

Get on your favorite shoe shopping website (such as Amazon or eBay) and glance through the types of shoes they have to offer. And don’t just read the reviews of the shoe the manufacturer has supplied, scroll down and check out and read as many customer reviews as you can. This is an excellent way to find out as much pertinent information as you can before you buy.

We’ll leave you with a final tip, pay attention to the sizing. Each manufacturer has a specific sizing system, which may vary widely. And the customer review section is an excellent source of finding whether you need to shop for a size (or half-size) larger or smaller.

Sarah Shawman

is the webmistress of Footwear 4 Workers.

She started this website out of displeasure with the fact that there are so few good online resources especially dedicated to the 99%: working people. Having suffered from work related plantar fasciitis herself, she set out on a mission to help others.

She updated this page on and will continue to update it as time goes on.