When listing the factors that are most important for a successful pharmacy career, shoes are not the first thing that comes to mind. However, comfortable shoes are imperative if a pharmacist is going to do their job well.
Pharmacists are on their feet most of the day, and this can cause foot, knee and back pain, even conditions like varicose veins and joint compression. So, finding shoes that are comfortable and supportive is a must. Here are some different types to consider.
These certainly can offer the support and comfort you need, as well as durability. The only problem might be how they look. Some employers may feel they are unprofessional. If appearance is a concern, wearing sneakers that are solid black or white can provide a more professional-looking appearance.
Many pharmacists like to wear clogs. They provide a more professional appearance but still give a lot of support. Popular brands include Dansko and Birkenstock.
These are probably the least comfortable, but may be required at some places. Some brands, such as Aerosol’s and Rockport, offer shoes specifically made for standing extended periods.
If these types of shoes still are not giving you enough support, there are different types of inserts you can use for additional reinforcement, such as arch supports or gel inserts. Compression socks can also add support.
Changing shoes often is a good idea if you are having issues of foot pain.
Here is a list of some of the best-rated all-day standing shoes for men and women:
Dansko Men’s Wyatt Loafer
Soft full-grain leather. Cushioned removable footbed. Polyurethane midsole and thick grip rubber outsole absorb shock.
Croc’s Men’s Santa Cruz 2 Luxe Leather Loafer
Good arch support and removable memory foam insoles.
KEEN Utility Men’s PTC Dress Oxford Work Shoe
Compression molded EVA midsole and a memory foam footbed.
Aravon Women’s Portia – AR Dress Pump
PU cushioning system in the sole and a memory foam footbed.
Clark’s Women’s Rosalyn Nicole Slip-On Loafer
Ortholite molded footbed, underfoot cushioning and synthetic lining.
Cole Haan Women’s Tali Grand Lac WDG40 Pump
Leather, rubber-soled wedge shoe.
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