Best Shoes for Nurses and Other Workers Who Stand All Day, According to Podiatrists

Bondi 8 Max Cushioned

1. Hoka Bondi 8 Sneakers

As some of the most cushioned shoes available anywhere, Hoka’s Bondi sneakers are already ideal for nurses. But they’re especially great for people who don’t want a pair of shoes that they’ll only wear to work, since these durable kicks are also designed for running, walking, or just heading to the grocery store after a shift. Plus, the supremely soft but supportive EVA midsoles mean they’re a good fit for anyone with plantar fasciitis.

“These are the best shoes on the market,” writes one reviewer who is a nurse and has dealt with plantar fasciitis for years. “There is no other shoe on the market with this much cushion AND stability AND durability. I highly recommend these shoes, the Bondi in particular, if you are on your feet all day,” she adds.

“This is a great shoe for those on their feet long hours, especially those on hard surfaces,” says Anne Sharkey, D.P.M., a podiatrist with the North Austin Foot and Ankle Institute in Texas. “This particular model of Hoka shoes is a neutral shoe with plush cushioning. This is perfect for someone with higher arches that needs shock absorption.”

Prevention’s senior commerce editor recently put this sneaker to the test, confirming that it’s incredibly supportive. It’s even one of our picks for the best Hoka shoes for walking.

608v5 Sneakers2. New Balance 608v5 Sneakers

You just can’t beat a classic like these tried-and-true kicks from New Balance. With a super-cushioned base, comfy foam near the ankle, and a flexible outsole, these sneakers are designed to keep you on your feet (and feeling good) all day long. And on top of all that, their leather uppers are stain-resistant, meaning they’ll look crisp long after you’ve broken them in.