Without a doubt, clogs are the preferred choice for many nurses. But, why do so many healthcare professionals prefer these over trainers? Here are the reasons why nurses love clogs and we've picked out some of the best clogs for nurses.
These are the reasons why nurses love clogs;
In a OSHA report, 48% of injuries suffered by hospital workers was caused by patient handling. As a nurse, you're required to carry and support patients. Overexertion can damage or strain your spine.
Clogs provide excellent support. The interior of the shoe is sturdier compared to trainers and helps to support your feet and ankles. It's important to have shoes that give excellent support to help defend your back from additional strain. Wearing unsupportive shoes can put extra stress on your back and if you suffer from lower back ache, it's advised you change your footwear to something more supportive.
Along with support, clogs are preferred by nurses because they're comfortable. When working a 12-hour shift, it's vital your shoes are comfortable.
However, you can sometimes find when shopping for new shoes that the shoes you try on in the shop are excessively comfortable and you're thinking that's great! But when you've been wearing them for half of your shift, they can be growing steadily uncomfortable. They may be comfortable but they don't have the support your feet need.
What's great about clogs is they combine comfort and support. So you appreciate the comfort whilst the arch of your feet appreciates the support.
3. Helps reduce back pain
Many nurses suffer from musculoskeletal injuries from carrying heavy equipment or handling patients. In 2011, US hopsitals reported 16,680 cases where workers missed work due to a musculoskeletal injury.
One of the best things about clogs for nurses is they help reduce back pain because of the comfort and support they provide. Wearing inappropriate footwear for work can be very detrimental for your health.
Clogs are open compared to trainers or boots. Without having a closed back, clogs offer breathability so your feet don't overheat or feel sweaty. Having sweaty feet is uncomfortable and can increase the risk of fungal infections like athlete's foot.
As clogs are usually made from high quality rubber, they last longer compared to cheaper alternatives. You can often find that some trainers lose their smart appearance and look overworn after wearing them for a couple of months. Rubber clogs are more durable and retain their shape and appearance for longer.
6. Easy to clean
Contaminants on the floor can cause slips and falls, along with damaging the appearance of your shoes.
As they're made from rubber, clogs are easier to clean. When working in a hospital, it's easy for water or medical liquids to splash onto your shoes. Fabrics can easily stain and can be stubborn to clean. Cleaning rubber only requires a clean wet cloth and they don't take long to dry.
7. No laces
One of the main reasons nurses prefer clogs is the fact they have no laces. If you're assisting in a surgery or carrying sharp instruments, it's difficult to see if your shoes are untied and this can cause a dangerous accident.
8. Easy to slip on and off
Another favourite feature is they can be easily slipped on and off. When you're working in a hospital, you have to be extra careful with what you touch with your hands, to avoid spreading germs and infections. Wearing shoes that you don't have to use your hands to remove is handy. Also, when it's time to go home, they can be easily kicked into your locker.
9. Helps protect your feet
Some nurses like to wear sandals or shoes with open toe areas because it helps keep your feet feeling cool. Clogs help air out your feet and provide protection. As the front of your feet are covered, you're giving them some protection against any falling objects.
10. Helps reduce stress
When you're wearing shoes that offer comfort, support, breathability and much more, they help reduce any stress you're feeling at work. Being a nurse is a stressful occupation and being on your feet for most of your shift can cause your feet and back to ache. However, wearing supportive footwear can help remove the stress and protect you from any uncomfortable pains.
Some of the best clogs for nurses
When there are so many different brands and styles out there, it can be hard to decide which clogs are best for you. At Shoes For Crews (Europe) Ltd. our slip-resistant work shoes are suitable for a wide range of industries. Gateshead NHS Trust found that providing slip-resistant footwear for their staff helped reduce slips and falls.
We've picked out some of our personal favourite slip-resistant clogs.
Zinc; slip-resistant clogs with self massaging insoles
The Zinc is a popular favourite for healthcare staff. What makes this style one of the best clogs for nurses is the self-massaging insoles which helps to release tension in your feet when you've been working a 12-hour shift. Made from a high quality EVA/rubber blend you can trust them to last longer than a cheaper alternative.
This clog is fitted with our SFC slip-resistant outsole giving it effective grip on slippery surfaces.
Available in black too:
Radium; slip-resistant professional clogs
If you prefer your clogs without straps, then the Radium is the best choice. This style is popular with nurses who find themselves on their feet for long periods of time. With removable cushioned insoles you can rely on extra comfort and support when you're working.
Just like all our healthcare styles, the Radium has effective grip to help you significantly reduce the chance of slipping or falling at work.
Want to see more of our healthcare styles?
Slips, trips and falls are one of the biggest concerns for hospital workers. Hard and slippery floor surfaces can easily cause a nurse to slip or fall at work. This is why it's important to invest in slip-resistant footwear when working in a hospital.
Visit our shop to see all our work shoes. What makes our healthcare shoes stand out from other brands is our slip-resistant grip, it exceeds industry standards.