There's a reason why so many people say the best shoes for nurses are clogs. Thanks to their ergonomic design and exceptional durability, they make taxing 12-hour shifts feel much more manageable. Plus, they provide unbeatable support, allowing nurses to focus on their work without having to push through pain or troublesome overuse conditions. Oh, and did we mention they're exceptionally stylish?
We'll run through the treasure chest of benefits in more detail later. First, let's take a look at what makes a clog a clog.
Different types of clogs: Traditional vs modern
Traditionally, clogs were made entirely from wood or material with a thick wooden sole. Distinctive in shape with a slip-on back and rounded front, they were popular as functional and fashionable footwear. Fieldworkers, labourers and miners wore them to protect their feet in hazardous environments, whereas others enjoyed the unique style and iconic click-clack on floors.
However, there were plenty of disadvantages to old-school clogs. The wooden structure was inflexible, and the soles provided no shock absorption, which gradually wore down joints. Then, they prohibited movement by fixing ankles in one position, leading to frequent strains and sprains.
Thankfully, modern-day variations have received a much-needed revamp. While they're still laceless and slip-on with thick soles, they use better-suited material for healthier feet. The best clogs for nurses use anti-static rubber soles for maximum support and lightweight microfibre for improved breathability.
Five benefits of nursing clogs
The benefits of nursing clogs could fill a whole book. However, we're not sure it'd make for an exciting read (unless your footcare fanatics like us). Instead, to save you time, here are five reasons why you should consider clogs over generic shoes.
At a glance, they:
- Minimise pain and overuse conditions
- Protect against workplace accidents
- Reduce stress levels
- Last forever (well, for a very long time)
- Look effortlessly stylish
Minimise pain and overuse conditions
There's nothing more demoralising and destructive than swollen joints and throbbing feet. Busy nurses cannot work efficiently if they're battling through pain, and they may end up not working at all if symptoms go unchecked.
The good news is you can eliminate everyday joint pain and overuse conditions by choosing the right footwear. Nursing clogs provide unparalleled support for ankles, knees and backs by using shock-absorbing soles and gait-improving features like closed-in heels and enhanced arch support.
Insoles provide relief for those with flat feet and plantar fasciitis, because the extra padding minimises heavy landings and evenly distributes weight. Then, breathable material like microfibre and stretch lining eliminates athlete's foot and other fungal infections.
Protect against workplace accidents
Unsurprisingly, falls are one of the most common workplace accidents in hospital settings as nurses are perpetually rushing between wards, often across recently cleaned surfaces. Consequently, our clogs feature slip-resistant textured soles and are laceless for minimal fuss.
After falls come drops and spillages. While clogs don't help with butterfingers, they do cover the whole foot, protecting against impact, trauma and exposure to harmful chemicals or bodily fluids.
Reduce stress levels
Think about the last time you had a bad toothache - the pain is so invasive and all-consuming, cracking a smile feels impossible. Aching feet and joints have a similar impact. Every day feels like an uphill battle, worsening mental health and increasing stress levels.
Clogs make nurses' lives easier by removing the aggravation. There's no need to worry about irritation or accidents. You don't come into work dragging your feet or leave feeling exhausted from pain. Instead, you have more headspace to focus on the work you love, leading to enhanced work performance and emotional wellbeing.
Last forever (well, for a very long time)
When you're hurrying between wards in a high-pressure environment, durability is crucial. Fortunately, high-quality nursing clogs are resistant to wear and tear, meaning you don't have to worry about accidents or spending excessive amounts of money on replacements. Plus, they are easy-to-clean with a damp cloth, so there's no need to fret over stubborn stains or dirt marks.
Look effortlessly stylish
Thanks to an increased demand for great-looking occupational shoes, you don't have to choose between fashion and functionality. The clunky wooden clogs of the past have made way for ultra-sleek designs that meet on-the-job safety standards.
Black, white and grey clogs are popular options thanks to their versatility, simplicity and gender neutrality. Loud personalities might prefer bold colours, metallic shades or standout patterns. Whatever your taste, there will be an option that makes you look and feel your best.
Where can I find high-quality nursing clogs?
At ToffeIn, we use advanced ergonomics to design high-performing clogs for busy nurses and healthcare professionals. While styles vary, they all ensure maximum comfort and safety during your bustling working day.
The ToffeIn SmartSole Clog has raised heels that evenly distribute pressure throughout the foot, anti-static soles for improved grip and antibacterial, breathable uppers. Plus, they come with a choice of three protective insoles for added cushioning.
For something more lightweight, how about the Toffeln AktivKlog? Made from shock-absorbing E-Tech, it moulds to the shape of your feet without hindering movement. There are plenty of colours to choose from, including metallic pink, blue and orange.
Then, we can't forget the innovative Toffeln EziKlog. Thanks to its E-Tech material and slip-resistant Grip-Safe sole, it offers superior comfort and safety. What's more, it has side vents to prevent fluid penetration and adjustable straps for convenience.
These are only a few suggestions from our expertly crafted range of nursing clogs and shoes. For more options, head to our website and browse the full collection today. It's time to give your feet the love and attention they deserve.