Many nurses wear classic Dansko clogs and wouldn’t use any other shoes for nursing work. But what makes clogs so good for nurses?
Short answer: They are the easiest to put on and off for daily use, and they last forever! Here are top 10 choices for best clogs for nurses…
Our 2021 Top 10 List – Clogs for Nurses
Dansko XP 2.0 Clog is proof that you don’t have to compromise on looks just to feel comfortable while working. Developed with healthcare professionals in mind, these clogs for nurses combine utility and aesthetics in a fashionable yet highly comfortable design.
Boasting a patent-pending stapled construction, they impress with a 0.75-inch thick, non-skid platform that provides enhanced cushioning without adding unnecessary weight.
Natural arch technology delivers enhanced arch support, while the leather-covered dual-density polyurethane footbed made from memory foam adapts to the contours of your foot for further cushioning and support.
The nice thing is that the footbed is removable, and the clog can accommodate most standard and custom orthotics.
Furthermore, the protective heel counter allows your foot to move freely while providing lateral support; we also like that the clogs are designed to resist stain and spillages. Indeed, the leather upper is treated with 3M Scotchgard protector that not only enhances resistance, but that also provides a beautiful, shiny finish.
The clog comes in a variety of designs, including solid colors as well as tooled floral or printed patterns.
The only slight downside is that they’re manufactured in European sizes, so finding the right fit according to the US size chart could be a hassle sometimes. Size figuring apart, this is an outstanding professional clog ideal for nurses and other healthcare professionals.
From the Italian brand CALZURO, these autoclavable clogs are perhaps the best clogs for nurses looking for comfort and convenience. They’re perfect for both men and women, and their one-piece rubber construction makes them comfortable to wear and easy to maintain.
Despite the lack of sockliners and apparent lack of cushioning, these clogs are perfect for people suffering from foot issues, including plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis (for those including using compression stockings for nurses) .
Comfort is given by the 1.5-inch high heel that promotes a natural position and fluid foot movement. A roomy toe box also allows you to move your toes and prevent sore feet even when standing for most of your day.
Perfect to wear by a charge nurse, the clog is easy to clean in a washing machine or commercial dishwasher, and it can even be sterilized in the autoclave whenever needed. Moreover, the slip-resistant sole enhances stability even when running along hospital corridors.
Like the Dansko above, CALZURO clogs have European sizes, which could make it challenging to find the right fit. Once you found the perfect clog size, though, you can expect them to last for years.
This clog for nurses is hypoallergenic and cruelty-free; it doesn’t contain any latex or metal parts and boasts anti-static properties.
This clog might have been designed with hospitality workers in mind, but it’s equally suitable for healthcare professionals.
The neutral color and all-rubber design are two reasons to give it a try. As you might know by now, Crocs is renowned worldwide for its comfortable work clogs, and this model doesn’t disappoint.
The shoe is lightweight and delivers enough support to get you through even the longest shifts. Slip-resistant treads on the outsole ensure stability on the smooth hospital floors, while the enclosed toe design protects you from spills or sharp objects.
Another highlight is the contoured footbed designed to provide adequate arch support.
The roomy toe box not only gives you plenty of wiggling room; it also provides plenty of space should you want to use orthotic inserts. Furthermore, the heel band secures the clog on your foot or bends forward if you prefer an open-heel design.
They don’t provide CALZURO’s breathability, and it’s not recommended to autoclave them, but for the money, this is a more than reliable professional clog to pair with your uniform.
If you like classic leather shoes but need a comfortable clog for your long shifts, the Leisa Sadie by Clarks could fit the bill. They’re made from 100% leather and have a non-skid rubber sole that enhances balance on smooth floors.
A selection of classic colors includes two shades of brown, black, and navy, but the true highlight of this shoe is the comfort it delivers.
Despite the enclosed toe area, the clog is highly breathable and a pleasure to wear. The ortholite footbed provides adequate cushioning, while a soft cushion under the heel area enhances support and reduces soreness when standing for long periods.
A one-inch difference between the platform and the heel provides further support and allows the shoe to keep your foot in a natural position (you may also consider using insoles for nurses).
The soft uppers are fairly easy to maintain and protect your feet from spillages. Sure, maintaining leather requires a bit more consideration than cleaning rubber or latex; still, these are the best clogs for nurses if you’re looking for a stylish work shoe.
Like the other clogs on this list, it boasts a thick platform and a slightly high heel designed to propel the foot forward.
The inner frame is also made from polyurethane, a choice of material capable of reducing torque and improving stability.
A memory foam footbed adds the final touch, delivering optimal cushioning and support. Ideal for all people, the clog is also suitable to use with orthotic inserts, while the padded instep collar further enhances comfort.
The leather upper provides contoured comfort and is very easy to clean with soapy water and a soft sponge.
Like most clogs, the Professional Mule comes in regular, narrow, and wide sizes. They might need some break-in before feeling truly comfortable, but once they adapt to your foot, they’ll feel like a second skin.
OOFOS is one of those brands that know how to impress with their selection of work shoes. The OOCloog presents itself as a unisex clog for nurses designed to provide pain relief while allowing for natural motion.
All this is possible thanks to the proprietary OOfoam technology developed to absorb more impact than traditional footwear foam materials. Through its shock-absorption property, it reduces stress on your feet and joints, helping you fight ankle, knee, hip, and back pain.
Unlike other clogs that enclose the layer of foam with layers of other materials, the OOFOS promotes the use of OOfoam only; that’s the only material between your foot and the ground, and the lack of unnecessary layers is exactly what enhances comfort.
The patented design is not only comfortable to wear; it’s also ridiculously easy to maintain. These clogs are machine washable, or you could simply wipe them clean with a damp cloth.
Perfect to wear for long hours and aiding in the recovery process of plantar fasciitis or tendonitis; these are undoubtedly the best clogs for nurses if you want to reduce pain or stress on your sore feet.
If you’re a Crocs fan but also a fan of closed heel clogs, On The Clock by Crocs could be the right choice for you.
This clog is very similar to the Bistro model above but comes with a few fundamental differences that win it some extra points. Apart from the obvious difference in the model – which you may or may not like – the main advantage of this model is the moisture-wicking liner that keeps your feet dry even during the hottest summer.
Despite the liner, you can still expect the same contoured molded support the Crocs clogs accustomed us with, while the enclosed toe and heel areas are sure to meet workplace safety standards in all healthcare facilities.
Besides arch and heel support, this clog provides a relaxed fit with plenty of toe room. Furthermore, a slip-resistant tread enhances stability and balance on smooth hospital floors.
Like all work clogs from Crocs, On The Clock is ASTM tested and both CE and EN ISO certified. It comes in a variety of colors; it’s easy to maintain and promises to stand by your side for a really long time.
Born in 1999, Timberland PRO is one of the most renowned manufacturers of footwear for professionals. Its range of clogs for nurses comprises Renova, a full-grain leather slip-on shoe that takes comfort and foot pain reduction to the next level.
The greatest feature is by far the anti-fatigue technology consisting of heel-to-toe rocker soles and anatomically-shaped toe box. Wearing these clogs feels like walking on air, and you’ll never have to worry about inadequate cushioning or poor arch support.
On the contrary, these clogs can take the pressure off your sore feet, helping you focus on the tasks at hand.
Concealed goring inserts make it easy to put on and take off, while the 3M Scotchgard protective layer provides stain resistance. Comfort is further enhanced by the microsuede upper lining that absorbs moisture and keeps your feet dry.
We also like its bright white color that can easily match any nurse scrub color or design, and with all these features, it’s easy to understand why this working clog is a healthcare industry favorite.
Solid color work clogs are nice and all, but Alegria shows us that a touch of color can really make the day happier. Especially when that touch of color helps soothe your sore feet during those long double shifts.
The Keli Professional is undoubtedly one of the best clogs for nurses working in pediatric wards. It’s an attractive, colorful shoe consisting of a high-quality leather upper and anti-skid synthetic sole.
It is APMA-approved and designed to provide adequate arch support and cushioning. A closed heel and toe design ensure suitability for most tasks; whether you’re working in an ER ward, theater, or a quiet practitioner’s office, you’ll really love these clogs.
A double elastic gore ensures an easy on and off, while low top from arch provides advanced comfort.
Chosen by nurses all over the world, Alegria Keli will keep your feet happy day after day while also withstanding the test of time. If you don’t really like funny patterns, know that these clogs also come in a selection of solid colors made from various materials.
To end up our list, this clog from Sketchers. The brand is more renowned for its athletic or nursing tennis shoes, yet this clog stands out nonetheless.
It has a simple, neutral design and is ideal for nurses who have to respect a strict dress code at their workplace. While it only comes in black, it can still match most scrubs and nursing outfits while remaining quite anonymous in the context.
But despite the rather blunt appearance, you can expect unrivaled comfort. Borrowing its utilitarian look from other Skechers for Work shoes, this closed-heel clog is made from genuine leather upper and has a synthetic, anti-skid sole.
A memory foam midsole and comfortable sockliner provide cushioning and support even when standing for long hours. The roomy toe box not only lets you wiggle your toes to reduce soreness, but it also protects your feet from spillages.
Perhaps they won’t last for a lifetime, nor are the cutest nursing clogs on the block. Nevertheless, they bring true value for money and are an excellent choice if you’re looking for affordable utmost comfort.