I am doing clinical work at a hospital right now, and I'm on my feet half the time, and sitting for the other half. There's a lot of running up and down cold, hard stairs and walking up and down cold, hard hallways.
I have to dress professionally, but that evidently just means "not jeans" and a non-t-shirt under my lab coat. I can get away with fairly casual shoes (but not Vibrams). I was wearing a 1" heel, but my back, neck, and knees started to kill me...I think all of my time in Vibrams has made it impossible to stand/walk in heels very much anymore. I'll save them for events where I'm mostly sitting!
Anyway, I'm not sure which direction to go. I tried wearing totally flat, relatively thin-soled moccasin-style shoes, and they were ok, but my feet still hurt later. I am guessing it's because of the hard floor. I am not overweight at all if that is relevant to questions of foot/joint stress.
Do I stick with the flat-soled or do I get something cushier? Reasoning? Other solutions?
I live in Dansko's, Tom's, and Merrell's. Comfortable, casual, and great looking!
More firm and minimalist-like with arch support. Great all day wear. I like these for a more casual/professional look. I've seen hospital pros in these.
Comfy and kinda squishy. Very minimalist and good for running around. A very light-weight and flexible shoe.
Excellent shoe. Nice and firm, yet you can still feel the ground. My favorite for days that require more running around. They're also what I prefer for the gym, cycling, etc. Also a very light-weight and flexible shoe.
I have highish arches and find that shoes with no arch support are fine on trails and the beach, but not so great on hard, flat surfaces (for me!)
I love my Keens. Big toe box, decent arch support and spiffy designs.
I'm a Respiratory Therapist and work shift and I'm on my feet for a LONG time during the day. I wear INOV8's a very minimalist shoe any other shoe feels like a foot prison. In a firm believer in minimalist shoes for everyday wear
You will be inside, walking on a hard, artificial surface...so wear modern shoes. Nursemates or Burkenstocks are good choices.
Sure, cave dudes went barefoot. But not on concrete, asphalt, or hard floors. :)
We evolved, we got smarter, we invented shoes.
You might want to try Stem shoes. I've found them to be the most comfortable minimal shoes when I'm on my feet a lot. They are thin and have good feeling, but are somehow "cushier" and feel to me like a soft slipper.
However, I'm also fond of Sperry Top-siders for work. They're relatively flexible for a non-minimal shoe, they have only a little heel and they manage to look OK with my business-casual wear.
I wear Asics Hyper-Rocketgirl XC and have no problems over a 12 hour shift.
Why those? Because I found them brand new, in my size (which is difficult in itself!) at a thrift store for $4 and figured it was worth a shot. Serendipity, since I'd been wanting to try a more minimalist shoe anyways. Well worth the $4. I previously had NurseMates, and, while quite comfortable, they were always catching on the floor and making me feel I was about to do a nosedive. No problems with that since switching shoes. They were also ugly as heck since I'd had to get them in all white for school.
I work retail, so I'm on my feet on a hard surface for 7 hours at a stretch. I haven't had any problems wearing my SoftStar Run Amocs. Occasional foot soreness, but nothing that's not to be expected when on your feet for extended periods of time.
Try Feiyues - I wear them all the time and stand at my desk most of the day. At $20 on Amazon including delivery it isn't a huge expense so low risk to try them out. They are also my sprinting and workout shoe of choice. I have both black and white. Also easy to clean - jus throw them in the washing machine and leave in the sun to dry.
I would try to stay minimalist at all costs.
I have been wearing my 5 finger KSOs to classes lately (perk of being a university student) and I was initially surprised how I was not bothered by the hard concrete and tile at all. I usually walk quite a ways from my car to class, and every other day for the last two weeks I've been running one mile on a hard-surfaced track. The only soreness I've had is related to muscles I've never used before. I think that it is easier on my feet because it forces me to walk differently.
When I intern over breaks I work on a bare concrete floor and spend about 60%-70% of my time standing, so I will certainly be testing this hypothesis during spring break next week. I actually ordered a pair of Vivobarefoot Ras today, since Vibrams aren't exactly business casual attire. Didn't exactly want to spend so much, but they are environmentally friendly and well-made.
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