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Best Shoes for Travel Nurses

Taking care of patients while traveling the country makes travel nursing a rich and rewarding career. But it also requires a comfortable pair of shoes so your feet will always be ready for the extra exploring you get to do as a travel nurse.

So guess what we’ve done? We’ve researched several popular shoe brands to uncover the best in quality, style, and price, so you can always look and feel your best on the job all while not breaking the bank.

Our Pick for the Perfect Pair: Five Shoes for Travel Nurses


Champion Gusto Runner

When it comes to the price, Champion Gusto Runners would be anyone’s favorite shoe. Starting at just $19, they’re flexible and comfortable, thanks to their soft — but supportive — cushions. These shoes are easy to find at all Payless Shoe locations, and come in a variety of colors including pink, green, blue, black, and gray. This is an excellent choice for travel nurses with specialties requiring them to move fast and often on the job.

Dansko Abigail Flat

Dansko has long been synonymous with comfort and support, making it a favorite brand among healthcare professionals. Less expensive and more stylish than the traditional Dansko clog, the Abigail flat actually has a simple, small heel that adds flair. This is a great choice for on-the-go travelers who want a versatile shoe that can be worn at work or while on the go after work.

Note: These flats are more expensive than some preferred nursing shoes, however, you can wear them for many years to come. Abigail flats start around $95 and are available on Amazon. Colors include black, brown and light brown.

DAWGS Ultra Lite

DAWGS Ultra Lite Tracker Shoes

These shoes have great cushion and traction; perfect while walking on wet or greasy surfaces. DAWGS also have strong arch support, are easy to clean and stay odor-free. DAWGS are available at Target and cost about $50.

Dr. Scholl’s Aspire

A popular choice for travel nurses, the Dr. Scholl’s Aspire line was designed for people who plan to be on their feet for long periods of time. Since they are wide width, they will not squeeze your feet. You can find Aspires at Wal-Mart for about $23. They are available in black or white.

Nurse Mates Dove Slip-Ons

Nurse Mate Dove Slip Ons

These slip on shoes are made with leather and are slip resistant. They’re lightweight, comfortable, easy to put on and take off, and are great for long shifts. Dove Slip-Ons can be bought online at for $69.95 or on Amazon for as low as $60. Color choices are black and white.

Don’t let opportunities to explore and have fun in your new city get sidelined because of achy and tired feet on the job. Check out any of these brands for yourself and find the ideal style to help you stay comfortable and on the top of your game – at work and at play!

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015.
Posted in Travel Nurse Talk & Tips.
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