15 Best Shoes for The Operating Room

Performing surgery can take up a lot of time, sometimes as little as 5 hours or as much as 15 hours. Either way, a doctor will want to be as comfortable as possible while operating.

Physicians typically deal with terrible foot pain and suffer from back issues because of their long and grueling shifts. They are also expected to keep up with the hospital’s fast pace, forcing them to run and be in constant movement throughout the day.

Wearing great footwear can fix this. The best shoes to wear in the operating room should include three essential qualities:

  • Should be easy to clean
  • Must be very comfortable ( arch support)
  • Be easy to wear, including getting in and out of them.

Top Picks

Alegria Women’s Classic Clog

 

Key features of this shoe include a slip-resistant mild rocker outsole, a great footbed, and an in-step collar.

Pros

  • Good arch support
  • Stable levels
  • Nice-looking design with different colors
  • Adjustable side buckle

Cons

  • Not suitable for wide feet
Alegria Classic Womens Clog Upgrade 5 M US
  • Certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association as a recommended footwear
  • Handstitched leather upper, lining and insole
  • Removable footbed with podiatrist certified arch support
  • Slip-resistant
  • Mild rocker outsole for improved pressure distribution

Asics Gt-2000 7

 

This is the best option for people who stand and walk around all day. Key features of this shoe include:

  • FlyteFoam Lyte technology
  • Forefoot GEL technology
  • SpevaFoam (45 degrees) lasting
  • Organic nanofibers in the cushion
  • DUOMAX support system technology

Pros

  • High-quality structural support
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable material
  • Beautiful model with many colors
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Tight in the toe (not a great option for people with wide feet)
ASICS Women's GT-2000 7 Running Shoes, 5, Black/Skylight
  • FlyteFoam Lyte Technology - ASICS lightest weight midsole formulation that provides continuous cushion thanks to organic nano...
  • SpevaFoam 45 Lasting - Employs 45 degree full length SpevaFoam 45 lasting material for a soft platform feel and improved comfort.
  • Ortholite Sockliner - Moisture management (Ortholite is a registered trademark of ATP Manufacturing LLC).
  • SpevaFoam Midsole Material - Improves bounce back characteristics and decreases midsole breakdown.
  • Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Technology Cushioning System - Attenuates shock during impact and toe-off phases, and allows movement in...

Crocs Women’s Mercy Work Clog

The best footwear option for female doctors, this shoe features superior-gripping soles, Croslite materials, closed-cell resin, and a contoured footbed.

Pros

  • Maximum support
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Good-looking

Cons

  • Some customers have reported having trouble with the straps

Crocs Women's Mercy Clog | Slip Resistant Work Shoes, Black/Black, 4
  • CROCS AT WORK: Clogs designed with food service, hospitality, and healthcare workers in mind, making great Nursing Shoes or Chef...
  • EASY TO CLEAN: Crocs Mercy Work clogs are easy to clean by just using soap and water and allowing for a quick dry.
  • WHAT SIZE SHOULD I BUY?: These work shoes offer a roomy fit and we recommend ordering a size down to the next largest whole size.
  • SLIP RESISTANT SHOES FOR WOMEN: Crocs Lock slip-resistant treads come together to help you serve up the best non-slip shoes for...
  • CERTIFIED COMFORTABLE SHOES: Crocs that are fully ASTM F2913-11 tested, CE Certified. Meets or exceeds EN ISO 20347:2012, OB, SRC.

New Balance 608v5 Cross Trainer Shoes

 

This shoe has ABZORB technology, a slip-resistant outsole, outsole flex grooves, and an internal shank. It is a great option for male physicians who are on their feet all day.

Pros

  • Extremely comfortable cushioning
  • Breathable fabric lining
  • Easily coordinated with outfits

Cons

  • They are not durable shoes.
  • Lack of room in the toe area

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New Balance Men's 608 V5 Casual Comfort Cross Trainer, Black/Black, 6.5 M US
  • Cushioning on Cushioning: The New Balance 608v5 is an incredibly comfortable training shoe that features cushioning from all...
  • ABZORB Technology: These New Balance training shoes boast an ABZORB heel crash pad that absorbs impacts through a combination of...
  • Dual-Density Collar Foam: Designed to help keep your feet feeling their greatest, these casual cross training shoes include...
  • Flexible Outsole: These cushioned shoes feature impressive flexibility in the outsole thanks to deep flex grooves that cover the...
  • Leather Upper: The 608v5 brings together the soft comfort you want with the premium leather upper you love. The lace-up closure,...

Best For Surgeons: Calzuro Autoclavable Clog

This shoe is the best option for surgeons. It is easily cleaned with simple sanitation (wipe away dirt), has well-ventilated material, and is anti-static.

Pros

  • Italian style with many color options
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Ideal shoes for those who have plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis
  • Easy cleaning
  • Shock absorption included
  • Can style with socks
  • Eco-friendly materials

Cons

  • A little tight in the toe area
CALZURO Green Without Upper Ventilation Holes - 44/45 US Men's 11.0-12.5
  • Italian made: * The bottom of the sole lists UK sizing. US sizing is not marked anywhere on the Calzuro shoes. Please refer to the...
  • Anti-static, eco-friendly, latex free, cruelty free & metal free
  • 1.5" heel to reduce fatigue
  • Slip resistant sole, medium width
  • Sterilize in the autoclave, machine wash, disinfect with bleach, or wash in commercial dishwasher.

Skechers Women’s Work Relaxed Fit

 

Key features:

  • Relaxed Fit® design
  • FlexSole midsole
  • Stretchy top panel
  • Slip-resistant rubber in outsoles

Pros

  • True to size
  • Solid and flexible soles
  • Nice-looking model
  • Easy cleaning

Cons

  • A little bulky
  • Customers report they are uncomfortable to wear at first. They need to be “broken in.”
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Skechers Women's Work Relaxed Fit: Felton - Albie SR Shoe, Black, 5 XW US
  • Classic monochromatic walking shoe featuring puffed logo at side
  • Relaxed Fit
  • Memory foam insole

Hawkwell Women’s Nursing Shoes

This type of shoe has neutral arch support, is made from slip-resistant materials, and has an insole foam.

Pros

  • Simple to slip on
  • Slip-resistant because of the rubber soles
  • Has a good grip
  • Safe fit
  • Removable foam insoles

Cons

  • Lack of room in the toe area
  • Not suitable for wide feet
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Hawkwell Women's Lace Up Nursing Shoes Comfortable Work Shoes,Black PU,5 M US
  • Heel Height: 1.5", Platform Measures: 0.75" (approx). It has a sleek lightweight EVA bottom that's designed with a slip-resistant...
  • The outside has a sleek look, built using durable, stain-resistant, full-grain synthetic leather uppers that are super easy to...
  • Neutral arch design, removable memory foam foot bed provides the important comfort and support your hardworking feet need.
  • Padded collar surrounds your foot, making this shoe irresistibly comfortable, and they have an adjustable lace-up system to assure...
  • When you rely on your feet to get you through your day, wear a shoe that can do the job day or night. Designed in clean cut lines,...

Brooks Ghost 11 Running Shoes

Key features:

  • Balanced cushioning system (BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT)
  • Foot support
  • Segmented crash pad

Pros

  • Excellent traction
  • Exact bounce
  • Solid heel strikers
  • Comfortable
  • Good arch support

Cons

  • Little bit bulky
  • Short in length
  • They are not durable in the mesh upper part
Brooks Mens Ghost 11 Running Shoe - Grey/Blue/Silver - D - 7.0
  • SHOE SIZE: "D" = Medium width, "EE" = Wide width
  • FOOT SUPPORT: Ideal for runners with a medium to high arch looking for neutral support.
  • BALANCED, SOFT CUSHIONING: BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning work together to provide a just-right softness underfoot without...
  • SMOOTH, STABLE RIDE: The Segmented Crash Pad is designed to adapt to each foot fall, so no matter how your foot lands, you’ll...
  • SOFT, SECURE FIT: The newly engineered mesh upper practically disappears on foot with strategically placed stretch and structure...

Crocs Crocband Clog

 

These clogs have great ventilation ports and synthetic soles.

Pros

  • Many colors to choose from
  • Lightweight and solid
  • Super comfy
  • Lovely clogs for various occasions
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Crocs Unisex Crocband Clog, Navy, 4 US Men
  • SPORTY, STYLISH AND COMFORTABLE: The Crocs Crocband Clogs feature reliable cushioned comfort, a sporty design, and a variety of...
  • LIGHTWEIGHT: These Crocs for men and women are incredibly lightweight, water-friendly and buoyant. The Croslite foam offers an...
  • WHAT SIZE SHOULD I BUY?: These Crocs for women and men offer a relaxed fit and we recommend ordering a size up to the next largest...
  • VENTILATION AND DURABILITY: These innovative Crocs clogs for women and men offer a durable build with advanced ventilation and...
  • MAKE THEM YOUR OWN: These women's and men's Crocs offer a roomy and generous fit that is sure to match your foot. The Crocs clogs...

Rockport Waterproof Wingtip Oxford Shoes

Key features:

  • Sponge EVA footbed
  • Slip-resistant outsoles
  • HydroShield waterproofing

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Glossy slip-on model
  • Elegant in design
  • Limitless comfort

Cons

  • Lack of arch support
Rockport Men's Dustyn Wing Tip Shoe, black, 6.5 W US
  • truTech
  • Hydro-Shield waterproof
  • slip resistant

Merrell Women’s Encore Breeze 2

This style of shoe is best for nurses or physicians with plantar fasciitis. It has air cushions in the soles and an aegis antimicrobial lining.

Pros

  • Fashionable sneaker
  • Good material
  • Comfy and lightweight
  • Arch support

Cons

  • Relatively small in the heel area

La Milano Double Monk

 

Key features:

  • Two monk straps in the cap-toe areas
  • Argentine leather
  • Concealable elastics
  • Stacked heel design

Pros

  • Fashionable loafers with classical style
  • Top-notch material (Argentine leather)
  • Comfortable and easy to slip on

Cons

  • Can create a food odor similar to the smell of a new tire
La Milano Mens Leather and Suede Double Monk Strap Loafer Dress Shoes
  • Cow Leather Upper, Synthetic Lining
  • Comfort Insole
  • Stacked Heel, 1.2 inches, 3CM
  • The Argentinen leather and high quality cow suede used on this contemporary cap toe monk strap have been hand burnished to achieve...

Dansko Women’s Professional Clog

Key features:

  • Wiggle room in the toe box
  • PU outsoles
  • Rocker bottom because of the polyurethane outsole
  • Antimicrobial lining

Pros

  • Comfy slip-on
  • Good material
  • Several patterns to choose from

Cons

  • Little expensive
  • Lack of removable insoles
Dansko Women's Professional Linen Clog 8.5-9 M US
  • Leather and or fabric uppers
  • Padded instep collar for comfort when walking
  • Roomy reinforced toe box for protection with plenty of "wiggle room" for your toes
  • PU outsole with rocker bottom to propel foot forward and provide shock absorption
  • Wide heel strike for greater stability

Sloggers Women’s Waterproof Rain Shoes

This style of shoe features weather protection, including waterproofing components, and also has soft medical-grade materials.

Pros

  • Tremendous traction
  • Affordable price
  • Fun patterns
  • Easy to take on and off
  • Deep tread
  • No complicated washing requirements

Cons

  • A little tight in the upper area
  • Pretty heavy
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Sloggers Women's Waterproof Rain and Garden Shoe with Comfort Insole, Midsummer Black, Size 9 Style 5102BK09
  • Includes Sloggers' exclusive "All-Day-Comfort" insole for maximum comfort.
  • Heavy duty lug tread for excellent traction.
  • Fit info: Whole sizes only. Fits true to size. Half sizes order up. For a perfect fit, search for the Sloggers Half Sizer insole...
  • Hose off or wipe with wet cloth. Removable insole, soak and air dry to clean.For replacement insoles order direct from Sloggers.
  • Made in USA from 100% recyclable material. Non latex. Vegan friendly

Birkenstock Unisex Boston

 

This style of Birkenstock includes a contoured cork footbed with layered foam on top. It is also made from 100% leather.

Pros

  • Excellent materials
  • Simple design
  • Several colors
  • Extremely durable
  • Cushions in the footbed
  • Adjustable buckle straps

Cons

  • Quite heavy
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Birkenstock Boston Soft Footbed (Unisex) Habana Oiled Leather 40 (US Men's 7-7.5, US Women's 9-9.5) Regular
  • Contoured cork footbed supports all arches of the foot
  • Soft footbed adds a layer of foam on top of the cork footbed for added cushioning
  • Adjustable buckles for a custom fit
  • Oiled leather upper gives the leather a bright, shiny look
  • Birkenstock since 1774

When out shopping for the right footwear, remember that some shoes require you to take some time and adjust to them.

However, if you continue to feel like something is wrong, try sizing up or down in order to find the proper fit. Shoes should not continue to feel painful after constant use.

 

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