Medical Footwear vs Athletic Footwear

One could argue that the right pair of shoes are a caregiver’s best friend. Whether wearing medical footwear or athletic footwear, your shoes keep you on your feet all shift long – and they’re essential to a caregiver’s overall comfort.

So now that you have the perfect pair of nice scrubs, how do you complete your look? How do you know what type of shoe will keep your feet happy during those long shifts? This guide will help you find your perfect pair, and trust us, your feet will thank you!

Athletic Footwear

These shoes have often been designed for a specific activity (like walking or running). For instance, running shoes have shock absorption and protect the front of your foot and your heel. This can be a good choice for the caregiver that spends a lot of time on a hard floor.

Walking shoes are more lightweight and have a thinner sole with less cushioning. They are highly breathable and have shock absorption in the heel and ball of your foot.

Medical Footwear

Clogs are often a popular choice among caregivers due to their arch and heel support. Clogs also have thick soles for support, which absorbs some of the pressure that a caregiver feels while on their feet for long periods of time. These shoes are designed for the caregiver that spends a lot of time standing or walking and have been noted as the best shoes for nurses. Some clogs are slip resistant and have toe guards.

So, which one do I choose?

Overall, the athletic shoe might be the best choice for the caregiver that is always on the go, while the medical shoe can help the caregiver who stands and walks more often. However, each foot is different and a caregiver may find that he or she desires a different shoe and style depending on what their feet need and what benefits a particular footwear option has.

Dansko Pro XP 2.0 Leather Clogs feature memory foam, lightweight mid sole, and a Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Savvy Brandy Pink Mardi Gras Nursing Shoes feature an Aerocushion insole, arch support and enhanced toe room. 

Landau Comfort Unisex Nursing Clogs feature an anti-bacterial, moisture wicking Poliyou sock liner and arch support.
Fila Women’s Memory Castlerock/Chalk Pink/Metallic Silver Cryptonic 3 Athletic Shoes feature a lightweight, breathable mesh upper and memory foam insole for a comfortable fit.
New Balance Womens Black/Magnet Fuel Core Nergize Shoes feature a breathable air mesh upper with bootie construction. 

Here at Uniform Advantage, we offer a variety of shoes- from athletic to medical! Tell us about your go-to shoe in the comments and on Instagram, tagging @uniformadvantage and #adayinscrubs!

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