Nurses can walk for many miles in a 12-hour shift, and their shoes take a beating. However, taking care of your nursing shoes can make them last longer and give your feet the support they need for as long as possible. In this article, we’ll talk about eight tips to help you keep your nursing shoes looking good.
How to care for nursing shoes: 8 tips
1.) Polish Your Shoes Often
Even though you’re not wearing your nursing shoes outside, you still want the shiny leather uppers to look as nice as possible. Polish your shoes with regular shoe polish and a soft cloth (a T-shirt or sock will work well). Don’t use coloured polishes; they can stain the leather.
2.) Clean Out Crud
The inside of your shoes is often even dirtier than the outside! Use a stiff brush to get rid of any mud, sand, or other debris that gets caught in your shoes.
3.) Insert over-the-counter insoles
If you’re experiencing foot fatigue and pain from walking all day, consider using an over-the-counter insole such as Dr Scholl’s. You can also ask your podiatrist for a custom-made insole that fits into the shoe perfectly.
4.) Replace heel liners
Many nursing shoes come with heel liners, which provide extra cushioning under the heel area of the shoe. When these wear out, replace them as needed.
5.) Use Shoe Polish to Cover Scratches
Don’t try to cover up big scratches with black shoe polish; it will only make them more obvious and stand out in your shoes. Instead, use a small nail file to take off any excess leather and then rub in some polish. It’s best to use the same colour as the shoe or get a professional to match it.
6.) Clean Your Shoes With Baby Wipes
Use baby wipes to clean the outside of your shoes after each shift. This will remove any dirt, mud, or other debris from the outsides as well as help take off any caked-on polish stains. Do make sure you aren’t using a wipe that has moisturizers or perfumes, as these can make your shoes more susceptible to water damage.
7.) Lace Your Shoes Properly
When lacing up your shoes, always start from the bottom and work upwards. Tie both laces loosely before tightening them up. When you’re finished lacing, take off the loose ends of the laces and tuck them into the shoe for a neater appearance.
8.) Never dry them in the dryer
Even if the tag on your nursing shoes says it’s okay to tumble-dry them, don’t. This can make them wear out more quickly and even damage the leather and sole. Instead, let your shoes air dry at room temperature (not in direct sunlight) for at least 24 hours.
Keeping your nursing shoes in good shape will ensure they last longer and protect your feet from the elements when you’re on shift.
With these tips, you’ll have a pair of fresh-looking shoes for many long years to come!
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