Picking the Right Shoe for Your Active Profession

If you've ever spent more than a few hours on your feet without a break, you'll known just how quickly your feet tire out. Nurses, health care workers, teachers, and restaurant workers often spend 10 - 12 hours or more a day on their feet, running around or even just standing in place for hours at a time. No matter your profession, wearing comfortable shoes is generally a must, but wearing appropriate and comfortable shoes is especially important if you spend a significant amount on your feet. Not only will your feet thank you, but your back, hips, and knee joints will be happier and healthier for it as well. 

Comfortable work shoes should provide arch support, cushion, and shock absorption all in one. Picking a shoe with the right about of cushioning will also prevent atrophy of the "fat pad" (the natural pad on the foot), which can thin out over time, leading to pain and callouses. 

What to look for in a good, supportive work shoe:

  • A supportive, stiff sole - skip the super light, flexible shoe
  • Lace up ties for a firm fit
  • Easy to clean material - keeping your shoes clean (outside AND inside) keeps your feet happy and healthy, especially if you spend a lot of time in them 
  • Orthotics - think about investing in a shoe that is customized to your specific heel and arch formation