Best White Nursing Shoes
After reviewing 53 pairs of shoes, the Nurse Mates Velocity (women) and Saucony Omni Walker (men) are the best white nursing shoes.
We collaborated with Desiree McCracken: a registered nurse with 29 years’ experience. Her mentoring, tutoring and work experience helped us a lot. In the Buyer’s Guide section, she explains why uniform soles, spill-proof uppers and other features are important.
We then heard from nurses in different fields using social media. We tested the shoes they recommended and made notes. So, lo and behold, here are the best picks for nurses and nursing students.
We chose the Nurse Mates Align Velocity for its foot support, cushioning and overall comfort. It looks like a stylish leather shoe but performs like an athletic shoe. It’s also lightweight and non-slip thanks to a unique sole design.
For men, the Saucony Omni Walker 3 is our top pick. It has all the features we want: great arch support, a non-slip sole, and of course, comfort. We liked that the midsole is supportive and ergonomic, keeping the feet energized.
Since every nurse is different, we also picked out favorites across other categories. Our favorite tennis shoe models are the Gel Challengers from ASICS (men | women). Our favorite nursing clogs are the Vangelo Nurse Clogs (men) and the Nurse Mate Dove Clogs (women).
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Best White Nursing Shoes (Men)
Saucony Omni Walker 3
Why this product?
Ergonomic TPU and EVA midsole offer cushioning and stability. Abrasion-resistant and slip-proof outsole. Padded collar, tongue and sock liner for comfort over 12+ hours. Reinforced toe box and heel for durability. Available from sizes seven to fourteen.
The Saucony Omni Walker 3 has incredible midsole cushioning. This is thanks to an ergonomic TPU and EVA midsole (PWRRUN tech). This combination of materials is comfortable and well-cushioned but stable at the same time. The shoe is easy to stand and walk in for long hours. It also lets the foot roll through easily when you walk thanks to the sole’s shape. The outsole is abrasion-resistant and slip-proof.
The Omni Walker 3 has excellent a padded collar, tongue and sock liner. The soft padding makes these shoes feel great on-foot for 12+ hours hour shifts. The ankle collar is especially nice, providing a snug fit by filling up the space between foot and shoe.
In terms of durability, the Omni Walker 3 has a reinforced toe box and heel. It has double stitching in key areas to prevent rips. The shoe upper is made from a combination of full grain leather and synthetic materials. We only tested it in-store, but it feels like it can take a real beating before giving out. It’s also somewhat slip-proof thanks to the smooth leather upper.
The Saucony Omni Walker 3 comes in men’s sizes seven to fourteen. Wide options are available for wide foot nurses. It’s easy to find a size that fits you. Some nurses said they get the wide option to accommodate foot swelling which is inevitable by the end of a long shift.
- Double stitching prevents rips
- A bit squeaky
Best White Nursing Shoes (Women)
Nurse Mates Velocity
Why this product?
Arch support and foot comfort thanks to Align orthotic insole. Bouncy, light and flexible EVA midsole. Water and oil-resistant. A minimalist shoe with bouncy and squishy sole around the heel. Stretch laces to slip on and off easily. Designed for nurses.
This shoe combines the best features of a walking shoe and a leather clog. The Align orthotic insole provides arch support and foot comfort. It’s made for full body alignment and support through long shifts. It’s designed specifically for nurses. The nurses we spoke to rate it highly.
The EVA midsole is bouncy, light and flexible. Instead of a full outsole, the Velocity has outsole overlays on the parts that come in contact with the floor. This makes the shoe water and oil-resistant. There’s a stabilizing composite shank inside the midsole for durability, arch support and balance.
The shoe has a slight heel drop. To make up for this, the sole is bouncy and squishy around the heel. It flattens out when you stand or walk. This means that this shoe performs like a uniform-sole model. It feels more like a minimalist shoe and less like platform shoes or uncomfortable heels.
The Velocities come in women’s sizes six to eleven, wide and regular. They have stretch laces, making them incredibly easy to slip on and off. If the stretch laces don’t fit your feet well, you can change them out for traditional laces.
Nurse Mates suggests giving these shoes a break-in period of a few hours before jumping into a shift. They can be a little rough at first until the insole and leather upper break in. Despite the comfort and cushioning, they still have a professional, sleek look that’s hard to beat.
- Light EVA midsole for flexibility
- Water and oil-resistant
- Stretch laces to easily slip on and off
- Takes time to break in
Best Nursing Clogs (Men)
Why this product?
A large ankle collar makes it easy to slip on and off. Ultimate cushioning thanks to EVA memory foam midsole. Removable Ortholite insole for foot support. Stay on, but not tight at the heel. Protects against hot water and dangerous spills. Slip-resistant. Made to ASTM industry standards.
These clogs are comfortable. The Vangelo clogs are made to ASTM industry standards and recommended by the American Podiatric Medical Association. Our testers said this shows in their comfort and support quality.
They’re easy to slip on and off thanks to a large ankle collar. The EVA memory foam midsole gives enough cushioning to keep your feet comfortable throughout the day. It has some midsole support built into it. It also has a rocker outsole element and a non-slip outsole. This makes walking easy and stable; important for any nurse shoe.
On top of the midsole is an Ortholite insole. This can be removed if you need to clean the shoe or insert a new set of insoles. It supports the feet well, making them cushion and support your body better. It’s a few notches above what you get with similarly-priced mass market clogs. It’s enough to support moderately flat feet, mild over or under pronation, etc.
It can be hard to find a pair of clogs that stay on but aren’t uncomfortably tight at the heel. These hit the spot. The heel cup has an ergonomic shape and rises higher than in most other clogs. As long as you find the right size, the heel feels good and is secure. It also has some nice cushioning. Its height is offset by the elevated toe box.
The upper is made from thick, spill-proof rubber. Vangelo designed these clogs to protect chefs from hot water and other dangerous spills. They’re tough enough to handle any liquid you might encounter at your clinic or hospital. Outsole grooves allow water through and help you maintain grip.
Vangelo slip resistant clogs come in a wide range of sizes, from size four to sixteen in US Men’s. If you have difficulty finding your size, this could be the shoe for you. This is also good shoe if you need to slip in and out of your clogs often.
- Large ankle collar makes it easy to slip on and off
- Non-slip outsole
- Available from sizes four to sixteen
- Order 1 to half size up
Best Nursing Clogs for Nurses (Women)
Nurse Mates Dove Oxford
Why this product?
Cushioned ankle collar and ergonomic shape make it snug on foot—double-sided goring for added flexibility. The durable pebble leather upper is spill-resistant and easy to clean. Extra cushioning on the upper for security. Slip-resistant. Doesn’t require much break-in time.
This clog performs like an athletic shoe but looks stylish and professional. Unlike most clogs and mules, it’s snug on your foot. This is thanks to a cushioned ankle collar, an ergonomic shape and a tongue that extends to the ankle. The double sided goring adds extra flexibility and helps ensure a perfect fit once the shoe is on.
These upper on these white nurse shoes is durable pebble leather pebble leather. The pebble leather provides a unique texture that looks professional. It’s velvety and soft, but spill-resistant and easy to clean. The interior of the shoe uses the same smooth leather, making this clog soft and velvety on the foot.
For extra comfort and security, these Doves have extra cushioning on the upper. The same cushioning is found in the ankle collar. This means they won’t rub or chafe as you wear it through your nursing shift. It also ensures a snug fit, with the padding filling up gaps between foot and shoe.
For slip resistance, the Dove Oxfords have rubber soles that grip well on all surfaces. This includes wet surfaces (oil and water). The sole is ergonomic, with arch support and a rocker sole design that gives easy heel-to-toe transition. This is a comfortable shoe for walking long distances. Most clogs are made for doctors who mostly stand, but this is the exception.
These shoes don’t require much break in time, though some users have found that the ankle collar stretches a little bit after a few days of use. If you find them a little tight, give them a short break in period to see if the leather adjusts to your foot size. If the ankle collar becomes too loose, you can always take them to a shoe repair shop to get them tightened up.
Nurse Mates Dove Oxfords come in US women’s sizes five to twelve. They come in regular or wide, so you don’t have to cram your feet into too-narrow shoes. You can also get a wider option to make space for custom orthotic insoles.
- Feels snug on the feet
- Slip-resistant rubber soles
- Available in regular and wide
- Can be a bit tight
Best Budget White Nursing Shoes (Men)
Reebok DMX 6
Why this product?
Ergonomic midsole with extra heel cushioning. Elevated toe box for functionally flat sole. Lightweight and responsive EVA memory foam insole. Butter sole for added comfort. Keeps feet dry and well-ventilated. Abrasion-resistant.
The DMX 6 is an inexpensive, high-quality shoe that works for most hospitals. It has an ergonomic midsole with extra heel cushioning and midsole support. The toe box is elevated, giving you a functionally flat sole.
The insole is EVA memory foam; lightweight and responsive. The foam molds to your foot over time for a snug, ergonomic fit. The sole is soft and buttery, and the lining and tongue are well cushioned. In addition, the Reebok 6 DMX comes with a MemoryTech sockliner that adjusts to your foot shape instantly to provide lasting comfort.
This shoe boasts Reebok’s DMX MAX moving air technology. Reebok has designed the shoe to allow airflow from the heel to the toe and back with each step, keeping your feet dry and well-ventilated.
The Reebok Ultra 6 DMX is made with a combination of leather and synthetics. It has a wide toe box and is available in wide and extra-wide sizes. Under the midsole is a rubber sole layer that’s resistant to abrasion. The toe box front and heel are both reinforced
The Reebok Ultra 6 DMX shoes come in US men’s sizes six to fifteen. The shoe has just one drawback. The outsole, while gripping well, isn’t slip-resistant. It does well on hospital floors in general, but will not hold up on wet surfaces. If your hospital has slip-resistant footwear requirements, this shoe may not work for you.
- MemoryTech sockliner for lasting comfort
- DMX MAX moving air technology for breathability
- Available in wide and extra-wide sizes
- Not slip-resistant
Best Budget White Nursing Shoes (Women)
New Balance 577 V1
Why this product?
ABZORB cushioning in the heel for walking long distances. Ergonomic midsole with solid arch support. Good shock absorption. Reinforced toe cap and heel for added durability. Made in the United States. Adjustable straps.
These shoes are inexpensive but not cheap, if you know what we mean. They feature ABZORB cushioning in the heel. This is good for walking long distances, softening heel strikes. The rest of the midsole is ergonomic, with solid arch support and flex grooves for flexibility. The midsole molds to your foot shape over time, although not quite as well as EVA foam. This makes for a comfortable walking shoe with good shock absorption.
The upper is leather and synthetic textile. Together, they’re flexible enough for comfortable walking but durable enough for long shifts. The leather parts are perforated for breathability. We won’t lie, this isn’t the most breathable shoe – but it’s comfortable enough.
To make the shoe more durable, New Balance reinforced the toe cap and heel of these walking shoes. Unfortunately, the rubber soles of the 577 V1 Walking Shoes are not water and oil resistant. This isn’t a slip resistant shoe. Fine for many nurses, but a problem for some.
These shoes are made in the USA. They come in sizes five to twelve, with options for narrow, wide, and extra wide feet. The straps are easy to adjust to your foot.
- Ergonomic midsole with flex grooves for flexibility
- Leather parts perforated for breathability
- Available for narrow, wide, and extra wide feet
- Not water and oil resistant
Best Hook-and-Loop Nursing Shoe (Men)
New Balance 813 V1
Why this product?
Ergonomic and posture-improving. Reduces foot fatigue and makes walking easy. Easy to get on and off. Double-stitching, heel pad, removable insole, and soft leather upper increase durability. Reliable materials for sturdiness. Prevents the heel from rolling forward.
The New Balance Hook and Loop 813 V1 is comfortable and ergonomic. It aligns your feet in the direction you’re walking in, helping the foot roll through easily and naturally. This improves your gait and posture, reducing fatigue and making walking easy. In addition to this, the shoe itself is comfortable, clean-looking and easy to get on and off.
The 813 V1 has several features to increase durability. These include double-stitching, a great heel pad, a removable insole, and a soft leather upper. The materials are sturdy and reliable. At the same time, the cushioning this pair of shoes offers makes the shoe soft and buttery on your feet. There is a padded instep collar and tongue make the shoe fit snug on foot. There is additional cushioning throughout the shoe, from the tongue to the insole to the footbed.
The New Balance Hook and Loop 813 V1 uses a ROLLBAR and Walking Strike Path technology to normalize your gait. The shoe guides your foot through a proper walking cycle. It maintains your arch and makes walking natural and effortless. This is helpful for long shifts that involve lots of standing and walking. Helpful for hospital footwear.
The rollbar is a molded plate under the heel. It stops rear-foot movement and prevents your heel from rolling forward as you walk. It’s handy for anyone with overpronation, especially.The Walking Strike Path technology is a feature of the outsole which stabilizes your foot and guides you through the walking gait cycle. Although it sounds strange to have a shoe that directs your gait, these feel natural and comfortable when worn.
- Padded instep collar and tongue make it snug on feet
- Walking Strike Path technology stabilizes foot
- Could look more stylish
Best Hook-and-Loop Nursing Shoe (Women)
Reebok Work N Cushion
Why this product?
The ankle collar and tongue have good padding. Durable for long shifts and wear and tear-proof. Soft faux leather upper is durable and water, oil, and spill-resistant. Easy to clean mesh and leather. Slip-proof. No laces are needed. Available in wide sizes.
Many nurses recommended this Reebok work shoe. It’s a good blend of athletic and professional features. It really shines in its comfort level. The midsole offers stability and just the right amount of cushioning. The ankle collar and tongue have good padding. Slipping this shoe on feels like walking on air. It’s also durable enough to last through long shifts and the wear and tear that comes with them.
The upper is soft faux leather. The leather is durable and resistant to oil, water, and other spills. It has mesh inserts and overlays for xtra ventilation. Reviewers claim that both mesh and leather are easy to clean, which is helpful for nurses.
It’s important for a nursing shoe to be slip-proof. The Work N Cushion comes with a rubber outsole with anti-slip properties and deep multi-surface treads. It grips well on concrete, ceramic tile and other surfaces. All in all, this is a great shoe, easy to put on and easy to wear.
The shoe is a good blend of athletic and professional. It looks clean up front but has the sole of a walking shoe. With these, you don’t need to tie any laces – and they slip on easily too. The Work N Cushion shoes come in women’s sizes six to eleven, and is available in wide sizes.
- Feels light and airy
- Oil and water-resistant faux leather upper
- Grips well on all surfaces
- Arch support could be better
Best White Nursing Sneakers (Men)
ASICS Gel-Lyte III
Why this product?
A unique split tongue reduces the pressure on the top of the foot. Snug and comfortable. Nubuck upper with mesh elements for breathability. ASIC’S GEL Technology insole for extra shock absorption. Removable ergonomic insole. Available from sizes seven to fourteen.
Testers say the Gel-Lyte 3s are the comfiest shoe on the list. They do feature gray midsoles and stitching, so they may not be appropriate everywhere. Still, these feel great on your feet even after hours of standing or walking. They’re based on an older ASICS running shoe, retaining all of its comfort tech and adding some new features.
First let’s get the bad news out of the way. The Gel-Lyte III shoes are only mostly slip-proof. The rubber sole isn’t slip-resistant. It does well on dry surfaces and can handle some water, but will not hold up on oil.
The Gel-Lyte III shoes have a unique split tongue that reduces the pressure on the top of your foot. While it might take some getting used to, it makes the shoe snug but comfortable. Our testers said they wish other shoes had tongues like this. The upper of this shoe is made from Nubuck with some mesh elements for additional ventilation. They also have quarter panel and heel webbing and a flexible sole.
The sole is comfy and unique too. It uses ASICS’ GEL Technology for extra shock absorption. We’re not sure how GEL works, but it’s incredibly soft. Reviewers and nurses report your feet will feel fresh and pain-free in these, even after long back-to-back shifts. The removable insole is ergonomic and can be replaced to extend the shoe’s lifespan.
The Asics Gel-Lyte III shoes come in men’s sizes seven to fourteen. The only drawback to these is that most models have elements of gray or cream rather than being solid bright white. If you need an all-white shoe, they may not be appropriate.
- Split tongue reduces pressure on top of foot
- Soft GEL Technology for shock absorption
- Not all-white
Best White Nursing Sneakers (Women)
ASICS Gel-Lyte III Shoe
Why this product?
Padded everywhere. EVA foam midsole for lasting support. Gel Technology is cushioning with shock absorption. Flex grooves in the outsole for foot flexibility. Breathable internal lining. Anti-slip on some surfaces. Split tongue design allows freedom of movement.
The Tiger Gel-Lyte III have padding everywhere, including the tongue and ankle collar. The midsole uses EVA foam for lasting comfort and support. The footbed uses GEL Technology cushioning, with shock absorption to protect your feet from impact. The cushioning is overall best-in-class.
The outsole uses flex grooves to let the shoe move with your foot without constricting it. It is snug but easy on your foot, though not completely non-slip. Each layer of the sole is flexible, letting your feet move naturally and fluidly as you go about your work.
The internal lining is breathable and comfortable. There are mesh elements to allow for proper ventilation over long hours. The shoe never feels stuffy, hot or sweaty like some other nubuck models.
The sole has enough grip to get you through a shift stress-free. Since it does have some anti-slip properties, it won’t send you flying if there are a few drops of water in the hallway. You can count on these in all but the most slippery environments.
The split tongue design makes the shoe more flexible and adaptable to your foot. It significantly reduces pressure on the top of your foot and allows more freedom of movement.
The Asics Tiger Gel-Lyte III shoes come in women’s sizes five to thirteen. They do not have a wide or narrow option. As with the men’s Gel-Lyte III, they also share the problem of accent colors.
- It will keep your feet dry
- Easily adapts to your foot
- Reduces pressure points on the top of the foot
- No wide or narrow option
Best Tennis Shoes for Nurses (Men)
ASICS Gel-Challenger 12
Why this product?
Heavily padded heel section and uniform sole for comfort and stability. Removable, breathable and moisture managing Ortholite sockliner. Solyte Midsole for comfort and lightness. Rearfoot and forefoot GEL technology system for shock absorption. Slip-resistant on most surfaces.
The Gel-Challenger 12 shoes have thick but flexible cushioning throughout. The heel cushion is huge but evens out when you lace up. You get the best of both worlds: a heavily padded heel section and a uniform sole. The shoe is stable, comfortable and designed for optimal foot posture. Sometimes you really can have it all!
The inner sock layer has some cushioning of its own. The Ortholite sockliner is breathable, with moisture management technology, and is removable. The midsole is a Solyte Midsole, which is lighter than the standard EVA foam – but no less comfortable. The AHAR Plus Outsole is 50 percent more durable than the standard high abrasion rubber.
Put all these features together and you have a comfy, supportive, lightweight shoe. Perfect for long shifts with lots of walking..
In order to give your feet a break, the Gel-Challenger 12 tennis shoes also have a rearfoot and forefoot GEL technology system. This absorbs shock and impact and encourages healthy movement through the gait cycle. It results in a natural roll with just the right amount of spring. The shoe really shines when you walk or run.
Because it’s important you don’t slip while on the job, ASICS has incorporated their Trusstic System Technology into this shoe. This TST system increases traction and is specifically designed to prevent injury. Like we mentioned, it doesn’t have 100% slip resistance – but it’s not far off.
The shoe upper combines leather and mesh for breathability, comfort and durability. The leather is durable and easy to clean; the mesh provides ventilation while you wear the shoe.
Overall, these are lightweight, comfortable shoes. If the silver accents aren’t an issue, these are a great go-to tennis shoe for nurses. They’ll keep your feet comfortable and cool during a long and active shift. They come in sizes six to fifteen, unfortunately with no wide option.
- Durable AHAR Plus Outsole added
- Trusstic System Technology for slip resistance
- Easy to clean
- Has silver accents
Best Tennis Shoes for Nurses (Women)
ASICS Women's Gel-Challenger 12
Why this product?
Stylish mostly-white tennis shoes with silver or teal accents. Trusstic System Technology outsole for outstanding traction. Slip-proof. Upper made from durable mesh material for easy cleaning and breathability. Ergonomic and supportive footbed. Light SOLYTE midsole.
Does your workplace allow for a little color variation? If so, you’re in luck. You can wear these comfy, stylish mostly-white tennis shoes. With accents of teal or silver, they’re extremely comfortable and practical. They’re available in sizes five to twelve.
The outsole, with ASICS signature high abrasion rubber, uses Trusstic System Technology. This gives you outstanding traction. The shoe was made for tennis players who need grip for quick changes of direction – so you know it’ll serve you well. It’s non-slip on dry surfaces, but can slide some when in contact with oil or deep water.
The upper of this shoe is a durable mesh material. It’s easily cleaned and provides excellent breathability over the course of a long shift. In addition, the Ortholite sockliner has moisture management and can be removed for cleaning or replacing.
Where these tennis shoes really shine is comfort. Although they have the appearance of a large heel drop, in reality they wear flat. The cushioning on these shoes goes above any we’ve seen so far. The sole, like most ASICS soles, is best-in-class. The footbed is ergonomic, supportive and comfortable. We rate both highly.
The midsole is made of SOLYTE, a compound that is even lighter than the standard EVA midsoles. It’s incredibly comfortable and molds to your foot over time. The Trusstic System Technology maintains structural integrity while also providing a much lighter sole than other shoes we’ve seen. Not only does it make these easy to wear, but it also increases the comfort factor. The result is a shoe that’s light and unobtrusive on-foot.
This shoe uses the ASICS GEL Technology Cushioning System on the rear. This technology absorbs impact and makes for a smoother walking experience. It’s one of the better sole technologies we found in testing shoes for nurses. It absorbs shock and corrects your gait during the impact and toe-off phases. This makes walking feel effortless even after a long day at work.
If your dress code allows for some teal and silver accents, consider this model. It’s a comfortable shoe that has the support and breathability you need for long shifts.
- One of the most stylish options
- Best-in-class sole
- Impact absorption with Gel Technology Cushioning System
- Not suitable for all dress codes
Best Support Shoe for Nurses (Men)
Propét Men's Stability Walker
Why this product?
Offers weight redistribution and stability for the entire shift. Well-padded all throughout the shoe for comfort. EVA foam sole is ergonomic. Replaceable cushioned footbed. D-ring speed lacing system to easily slip on and off. Heel counter locks the foot in place.
Nurses often spend entire shifts on their feet. They need extra support for supination, pronation, ankle instability, high arches, etc. That’s where the Propet Men’s Stability Walker comes in. It’s a shoe that offers stability, support and weight redistribution. It’s comfortable and durable, helping you to get through a shift comfortably and easily.
The Propet Stability Walker is well-padded throughout the shoe, from the sockliner to the tongue and ankle collar. The sole is EVA foam molded for a comfortable, ergonomic. The cushioned footbed is removable so you can replace it when it wears out – or when you need custom orthotics.
The upper combines leather with a durable yet breathable nylon lining. The shoes come in sizes seven to seventeen with options of up narrow, wide, x-wide, xx-wide, and even xxx-wide. They can accommodate even the widest feet and largest insoles easily.
This is, of course, a stability shoe, so we tested them for stability. We specifically tried rolling our feet while wearing the shoe and couldn’t quite manage to do it. We also noticed that our gait felt lighter and more effortless in these. We don’t have any foot conditions we’re aware of – so we can only imagine how helpful these shoes are to someone who does.
The Propet Stability Walker has a d-ring speed lacing system which is easy to put on but snug. It offers a lot of ankle support and stability through the day. In addition to the lacing system, this shoe has a heel counter that locks the foot in place. Together, the D-Ring and the heel cup make for a snug, stable fit. The shoe also has a stable, slip-proof sole and a mid-top ankle collar to hold the ankle in place for additional stability.
- Outstanding support for supination
- Suitable for people with extra wide feet
- D-ring and the heel cup make it stable
- Laces might break easily
Best Support Shoe for Nurses (Women)
Propét Women's Stability Walker
Why this product?
Great for correcting foot posture and stabilizing the feet. D-ring lacing system makes slipping the shoe on easy. The heel counter holds feet in place and gives added support. The insole has a heel pad and cushioning ridges for a comfortable fit. Available up to 3x wideness options.
The women’s version of the Propet Stability Walker is just as good a choice as the men’s. If you suffer from issues like ankle instability, supination, overpronation, etc, these are a good choice. They make walking easier, stabilize the feet and correct foot posture effectively. They’re also durable and comfortable, unlike some other stability walkers on the market.
The Propet shoes’ d-ring lacing system is a quicker way to lace up shoes. It also keeps the shoe tight on your feet, especially around the mid-foot and the ankle. It lets you lace up your shoes quickly and keep them snug on your feet. This is convenient – and good for foot stability.
In addition to the secure lacing system, the Propet Stability Walker has a heel counter. This is a hard insert at the back of the heel. Itholds your foot in place and gives you additional support as you walk. It makes the heel cup snug and especially stable. Combined with the d-ring lace, it creates a snug but comfortable fit between the shoe and your foot.
The tall ankle collar means that your ankle is both secure and supported. The shoe is available in sizes five to thirteen, with the options of narrow to 3X wide. The forefoot and heel base are made a little wider in this version of the shoe for the best fit possible.
The upper is made of leather, while the Stability Walker has a nylon lining and a molded EVA midsole. The insole has a heel pad and cushioning ridges for the most comfortable fit, and the 1.5 inch heel may seem high, but is quite comfortable when you’re standing.
If you need a little extra stability, you really can’t beat the Propet Stability Walker, for men or women. It’s comfortable, secure, and perfect for getting through a long shift.
- Heel counter gives added support
- D-ring lace makes it easier to put on
- Keeps feet snug and stable the whole day
- Prone to wearing out fast
Best for Heel Pain & Arch Support (Men)
Orthofeet Proven Plantar Fasciitis
Why this product?
Excellent for foot pain caused by arthritis and other heel conditions. Orthotic insoles and elastic mesh for heel pain. Ortho-Cushion System insoles for arch support. Antibacterial Poly-U Foam for odor control and moisture management. Roomy toe box for flexibility.
Orthofeet is good for nurses with foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis, arthritis, and other heel conditions. We tried it out because of how many nurses recommended it. With its orthotic insoles, removable arch booster and elastic mesh, it’s our #1 choice for heel pain and foot support.
The insoles are built with Orthofeet’s Ortho-Cushion System. This anatomical and ergonomic tech provides arch support with just the right amount of cushioning. There is thick gel cushioning on the heel, and air pockets that improve your gait and cushion your foot.
These shoes use Poly-U Foam for moisture and odor control. Since this foam has anti-bacterial properties, it gets rid of odor-causing bacteria and keeps the shoe hygienic. The insoles are removable and the leather upper is easy to wipe down.
Orthofeet has also done the work to make sure you can find the perfect fit. The shoe comes in medium, wide, and extra wide sizes, with a roomy toe box, a strap closure system that adjusts perfectly to your foot. It comes with removable spacers that help you get the perfect fit for your specific foot shape.
Padding in key areas and a seamless design make the shoe comfy and chafe-free. The seem-free interior means no pressure points or unwanted friction as you move through your day. If foot pain is a problem for you during a long shift, give these shoes a try. Orthofeet offers a sixty-day wear test on some models. This means you can try the shoe out, risk-free, before deciding to buy it.
- Anatomical and ergonomic tech for arch support
- Odor control
- Sixty-day wear test on certain models
- Can be too large
Best for Heel Pain & Arch Support (Women)
Vionic Women's Walker Classic
Why this product?
Combo of shock absorption and gait correction for arch support and heel pain. Easily wiped down leather upper. Soft midsole for ultimate comfort. Removable EVA footbed for added cushioning. Polyester mesh is moisture-wicking. Orthotic insole is anti-bacterial.
The Vionic Women’s Walker Classic is a shoe designed for comfort and stability. It’s recommended by the American Podiatric Medical Association and designed by podiatrists. In our tests, we found that its combination of shock absorption and gait correction is perfect for heel pain and arch support.
The upper is made of leather and can easily be wiped down to clean. Inside, the shoe is incredibly soft with the best midsole of the shoes we’ve tested. Additional cushioning is provided removable EVA footbed and PU foam base. These are comfortable but supportive, designed for better foot posture and impact absorption.
The moisture-wicking polyester mesh liner keeps your feet cool.The orthotic insole uses an anti-bacterial treatment to control odor. The upper is lightweight and breathable, with soft padding throughout the shoe.
The Vionic Walker Classic uses Active Motion System Technology to help control and stabilize your gait. A thermoplastic heel counter keeps your foot contained and cradled;the high eyelets allow you to stabilize your ankle. Put these together and you get excellent foot control and stability.
The footbed has a half inch heel dropto ease your foot through the heel-to-toe strike zone. This heel drop mostly flattens out when you stand or walk. It offers a lot of cushioning, which is perfect if you have a heel condition like plantaar fasciitis.
Vionic recommends that you give this shoe a short break-in period before wearing it all day. We suggest you wear these shoes a few hours before wearing them on-shift. This will give them a chance to soften up and mold to your foot for maximum comfort and a better fit.
The shoes come in sizes five to eleven with several width options.
- PU foam base for added cushioning and support
- Lightweight and breathable upper
- High eyelets stabilize the ankle
- Requires short break-in period
Best Premium White Nursing Shoe (Men)
Vionic Men's Baldwin
Why this product?
Leather upper and waxed laces give it a classic look for every occasion. EVA midsoles mold to the feet and provide ample cushioning. Removable insoles can be easily replaced. Soft and durable lining material. Podiatrist-designed Vionic Technology for orthotic relief.
The Vionic Mott Baldwin Lace-Up Sneaker is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a shoe that is both comfortable and stylish. It features a leather upper, a low profile silhouette, and waxed laces. It’s a classic look that you can wear at work and leave on for an evening out or for day-to-day activities.
However, don’t let the smooth appearance fool you. These aren’t uncomfortable dress shoes that get uncomfortable and sweaty during a long shift. Quite the opposite; they’re as comfortable as they are stylish.
Everything starts with a comfortable EVA midsole. This midsole molds to your foot over time and provides ample cushioning. It’s covered in leather to maintain the shoe’s fashionable look. The insoles are removable. You can replace them with new soles, or custom orthotic ones, to keep the shoe feeling fresh and supportive. Combined with the durable leather upper, this feature means the shoe will serve you a long time.
There’s some cushioning throughout, including along the ankle collar. The lining material is soft and durable. The Vionic Technology used in these shoes is podiatrist-designed and focuses on orthotic support, relief, and stability. The shoe is designed to align your feet back to their natural position. It can help with conditions like overpronation, supination, and high or fallen arches.
The shoe is unfortunately not oil-resistant, but the sole is made from a durable rubber that doesn’t slip easily. These should keep you on your feet and protect you through a shift.
- Incredibly stylish shoes for all occasions
- Durable leather upper
- Vionic Technology for aligning feet in natural position
- Not oil-resistant
Best Premium White Nursing Shoe (Women)
ECCO Soft 7 Sneaker
Why this product?
Premium materials used for a luxurious look. Full grain leather and suede upper for breathability and flexibility. Plush sock liner and removable insole made with ECCO Comfort Fibre System for keeping feet dry. Ergonomic sole for arch support. Flat and slip-resistant sole.
The ECCO Soft 7 Sneaker is a stylish shoe that fits well and is comfortable all day. Made with a sleek design and long lace system, it looks good enough for professional settings, casual outings and even formal events.
Though these shoes are a little pricier than some of the other models on this page, they’re worth the expense. The materials used and the shoe’s design both look and feel premium.. The upper is made with full grain leather and suede for a soft, flexible, and breathable look.
The sock liner and removable insole are both covered in plush, soft leather. The insole is made using the ECCO Comfort Fibre System, or ECFS. This technology keeps your foot fresh and dry, no matter how long you need to wear your shoes or how much you’re walking in them.
The sole is ergonomic and built with your foot’s anatomy in mind. The arch support feels comfortable and natural. There is a roomy toe box so your toes have plenty of room to stretch. The sole is flexible, flexing and bending with your foot for a natural, comfortable gait.
The foam used in this model is treated with AGION anti-microbial technology to keep your feet fresh. The design also allows for a pumping effect as you walk; air is circulated through the foam with every step.
The sole is flat and fairly slip-resistant, though it is not oil-resistant. ECCO uses a Direct Injection process to create this model’s synthetic sole. These are more durable than regular soles, holding their shape without losing cushioning capacity for longer.
- Removable insole can easily be replaced
- Keeps your feet dry and fresh
- Holds its shape without losing cushioning
- Not oil-resistant
Best White Slip-Ons for Nurses (Men)
Why this product?
Biomechanical footbed improves walking gait and foot posture. Removable EVA foam footbed is covered in soft leather. Vulcanized rubber sole for increased durability and slip-resistance. Easy to slip on. Recommended by the American Podiatric Association.
The Vionic Brody is a casual, comfortable slip-on shoe that’s stable and clean-looking.. Its biomechanical footbed helps you improve your foot posture and your walking gait.
The footbed is EVA foam. It’s covered in leather for a softer, more comfortable feel. It’s removable so you can replace it with new insoles – or a pair of orthotic customs. The sole itself is made of vulcanized rubber. This kind of rubber is more durable and offers some slip-resistance, though not on oil. The heel offers good support, and the ankle is firm and padded for extra comfort during a long shift.
The downside to these shoes is that they only come in off-white, rather than a pure white. They also have a fairly limited size selection. Sizes range from seven to eleven with no option for wide feet. That being said, these do offer excellent foot support and comfort throughout the day.
They’re also easy to put on. The twin gore panels stretch when you’re sliding your foot into the ankle collar. They go back to a snug, secure fit once your feet are in. This makes these shoes excellent for people with foot pain and neuropathy.
In fact, the Vionic Brodies are recommended by the American Podiatric Association. Also, the insoles are designed by actual medical professionals. The Brody is a casual, comfortable, supportive, and stylish shoe. . these have all you could want in a slip-on white nursing shoe.
- Vulcanized rubber offers slip-resistance
- Firm and padded ankle for support
- Excellent choice for people with neuropathy
- Fairly limited size selection
Best White Slip-Ons for Nurses (Women)
Alegria Women's Debra
Why this product?
Excellent coverage to ensure a comfortable fit. Easy to slip on and off. Padded heel collar offers extra support. Slip-resistant sole with Classic Rocker. Ergonomic design for improving posture. Memory foam, cork, and polyurethane footbed has outstanding arch support. Premium leather.
These Alegria shoes are a great option for women. The shoe is incredibly easy to slip on and off, with great coverage and elastic gore on either side to ensure a comfortable fit once they’re on.
The padded heel collar offers extra comfort and support. It helps keep your foot and ankle secure while you wear the shoe. No matter how much walking you need to do in these shoes, they’ll give you the security you need to get through the day.
In addition, the sole is slip-resistant and features Alegria’s signature Classic Rocker. The outsole is engineered to naturally roll with each step. This ergonomic design encourages a natural walking gait and improves posture.
The footbed has good arch support and is made from a blend of memory foam, cork, and polyurethane. It is removable in case you need to switch them out or replace them.
The Debra Slip-On is made from premium leather. Because nurses need shoes that will hold up over time, the leather is covered with a stain-resistant coating so that it is easier to clean and keep dry. The materials are good quality, the construction is excellent, and design is comfortable.
If you aren’t sure about wearing slip-on shoes, know that these are accepted by the American Podiatric Medical Association. These Alegria shoes are easy to wear and great for people with foot pain.
- Slip-resistant sole
- Removable footbed for easy replacement
- Stain-resistant coated leather
- Sizes typically run small
Buyer's Guide: Best White Nursing Shoes
Desiree McCracken here. I’m a a registered nurse with 29 years’ experience working, teaching and mentoring. Here are the main features I recommend for white nurse shoes.
I’m specifically writing with a 12-hour shift in mind.
Most hospitals have gone to absolutely white. Other employers, like care homes or physicians, allow off-white or mostly white. So do some hospitals.
Your footwear doesn’t just need to be white out of the box, though. It needs to stay that way. You need a shoe that is easy to clean, either by wiping it off or tossing it in the wash.
Remember: we nurses can have all kinds of gross stuff land on our shoes. Trust me, I’ve done this for 29 years, I’ve seen it all. Look for non-stain, easy-to-clean shoes. That means smooth leather, vinyl, and other similar materials.
Non-slip, Quiet Soles
Speaking of getting things on your shoes… Nurses often walk over liquids spilled by patients, nurses and doctors. This can lead to falling, slipping and hurting yourself.
To prevent this, most hospitals have non-slip sole policies. Even if they don’t, hospital nurses need shoes that grip well – including on water and oil.
Some other nurse jobs don’t need water and oil-resistant soles. A nurse receptionist, a mental health nurse or a nurse educator may never be around liquids.
If this is your case, look for a grippy sole anyway. Most people don’t know this, but they’re much quieter and don’t squeak or creak!
Nurses need shoes that are closed and spill resistant. We want closed shoes with no cutouts.
This keeps liquids, including body fluids, away from your feet. It helps keep your shoes clean and white.
It also protects you from dropping a sharp object, e.g. needle or scalpel, on your foot. This is important for nurses in critical care, e.g. the ICU or the Emergency Department.
Mesh can be okay if it’s easy to wipe down and non-absorbent. If you deal with lots of liquids, the any mesh or leather needs to be completely waterproof.
Cushioning and Arch Support
We want a few things from our white nurse shoes. First, a midsole that’s cushioned but not too soft. Pay special attention to heel cushioning; the heel gets tired quickly when you’re walking and standing all day.
We also want support in the insole and midsole. This will keep your foot energized and your arch – elevated. I recommend shoes with insoles you can remove and replace.
A Comfortable Upper
Your feet will swell up by the end of your shift. Your needs to have a stretchy upper, stretch panels or a relaxed fit. It should also have a wide toe box.
Other comfort features, like a padded collar or tongue, are good too. Do your best to try a shoe on before buying it to make sure it’s comfortable enough for a long shift.
A Uniform Sole
Modern running shoes and doctor clogs and standinghave a drop (elevated) heel. This is wonderful for running; not so wonderful for trotting around a hospital for twelve hours.
Look for a shoe with a uniform sole, like a walking shoe. Even a slight change in height of the heel can make the shoe uncomfortable.
This is the reason our testers didn’t like Dansko clogs for this article. These high-end clogs almost universally have high drop heels.
Breathability and Odor Control
Feet stink, no matter what, and being in a shoe with no ventilation for twelve hours can make anybody’s feet stink.
The question is, how do you find a shoe that’s breathable and spillproof?
Some shoes have waterproof, breathable mesh. Others have wide ankle collars that let air in. A few models have moisture-wicking, ventilated insoles and padding.
If you have a removable insole, you can insert a ventilated, odor control one. This will give any shoe some measure of breathability and odor control.
The Saucony Omni Walker 3 is our favorite men’s white nursing shoe. The shoe has excellent non-slip properties, good cushioning, and is made from durable materials. A great shoe over all, no matter what your needs.
For women, our top choice is the Nurse Mates Align Velocity. Made for nurses who will be spending long shifts on their feet, this shoe is comfortable and professional while offering plenty of support and stability.
We recognize that there’s no “one shoe fits all” for nurses, which is why we also kept track of our favorites across different styles. No matter what your shoe preference or needs, there’s bound to be a shoe in this list that catches your eye. These shoes all excel in comfort, support, and durability, and each boasts its own unique features and strengths.
Before you spend another shift with aching feet and shoes that don’t quite do the job, instead try out one of the shoes on this list, whether you need a slip-on or a more fashion-forward option.
Click the link of your favorite shoe and watch how much happier your feet can become.