Nurses spend a considerable amount of time on their feet so they require comfortable shoes that can withstand all the hard work. When you do find that pair that gives you everything you need (protection, lightweight, durability etc.), it is important to hold on to them and not let go. Here are Five tips to help you make those favorite shoes last longer.
- Stinky shoes?
Nurses spend all their shift in their shoes, naturally, moisture begins to build up. When the shoes stay continually damp from sweat, there is a tendency for them to stink. The odor is caused by bacteria build-up and can be very unpleasant and embarrassing. To prevent this, air out your shoes whenever your shift is over, remove the insoles and let fresh air dry them out. Baking soda helps to soak up the smell so you might want to sprinkle some underneath the insoles. Also, make sure to always wear socks with your shoes. Get an extra pair of insoles and switch them regularly. DO NOT apply fragrance or perfume on your shoes to stop the smelling, this will only mask it for a while then the smell comes back with a vengeance.
Washing your nursing shoes regularly is another way of prolonging the life span. It is not advisable to leave them dirty over a long time, stains might become permanent and this doesn’t look good. Nursing shoes are made of materials ranging from leather, rubber and canvas. Most nurses prefer to throw their shoes in the washer with bleach and detergent, double rinse and then air dry. This will do the job but it is always better to hand-wash these shoes. For leather shoes, wiping off the stains with a damp cloth is ideal. The inside of the shoes need to be cleaned also, once in a while, on a not-so-busy day, take some time to wash the inside of your shoes and let them dry properly.
The way you keep your shoes when not in use goes a long way in preserving it. Ensure your nursing shoes are not packed in your cramped closet. Keep them in an open space with lots of air, away from direct sunlight.
- Inspect them
Inspect your shoes regularly for signs of wear and tear. A stitch in time saves nine after all. Visit the cobbler for minor fixes before they become major. Check the sole of your shoe regularly, objects might get stuck in them and this damages the sole.
Replacing your nursing shoes, usually between 3-6 months will ensure that you have a pair to fall back on when your current pair suddenly begins to act up. It is also good to alternate between two pairs so that too much pressure will not be placed on a particular pair, thereby making both last longer.
Getting the perfect shoe can be a burden and these shoes don’t come cheap. Take good care of them so that they will in turn take good care of your feet!