Today, we’ll be reviewing 24 best shoes for surgeons and the operating room.
I think you’ll agree with me that if you’re doing like 5 to 10-hour surgeries or microsurgery, you do have to be as comfortable in the operating room as possible.
Surgeons and doctors swear by athletic shoes and find them really comfortable and supportive.
Right below, there are two comparison tables, the first comparing some of the best athletic shoes and the second comparing some of the best clogs and slip-ons.
Let’s dive right into it…
Best Shoes for Surgeons
- Adidas UltraBoost
- Hoka Bondi
- New Balance 1080
- Brooks Addiction Walker
- Saucony Progrid Integrity ST 2
- Merrell Encore Gust
- Dansko Professional Clog
- Birkenstock Boston Clog
- Keen Utility PTC Slip-On
- Alegria Classic Clog
Your Best Surgeon Shoes Should
- Be comfortable to wear in the operating room
- Be comfortable to stand on the whole day if necessary
- Offer good support and stability
- Be slip-resistant
- Be able to protect your feet from blood and needle sticks, dropping knives, syringes, scalpels …
- Be sterilizable if possible
- Make it easy for you to slip your foot out during surgery, move your toes around, stretch your arches, and sometimes just to cool your feet off (when it’s 72 in the OR and there are hot lights on you for 6 hours)
Best Shoes (Comparison)
- Hoka Bondi
- Water-resistant leather upper
- Compression molded EVA midsole
- Slip-resistant rocker outsole
- Adidas UltraBoost
- Soft Primeknit upper
- Comfortable Boost midsole
- Continental Stretchweb rubber outsole
- New Balance 1080
- Engineered Hypoknit upper (irritant-free wrap)
- Squishy Fresh Foam X midsole
- Blown rubber outsole
- Dansko Clogs
- leather & nubuck
- Anatomical footbed
- Removable footbed: No
- PU midsole
- Slip-resistant rocker outsole
- Merrell Encore Gust
- Full-grain leather
- Ortholite anatomical footbed
- Removable footbed? Yes
- Air Cushion midsole
- Sticky rubber outsole
- Brooks Addiction
- Full-grain leather/nubuck
- Foam footbed
- Removable footbed? Yes
- BioMoGo DNA midsole
- Durable HPR Green outsole
Best Athletic Shoes for Surgeons
To protect your athletic shoes, you may want to get some really good covers.
This Adidas Boost midsole is the part that surgeons actually love. It is still the same midsole technology that we know and love.
The good news is this new midsole has 20% more Boost than the previous UltraBoosts. More Boost, more comfort.
The Boost midsole is so squishy, it feels fantastic underfoot, and it just makes standing for long shifts so easy and comfortable.
The UltraBoost has a Primeknit upper. Like the Boost midsole material, Primeknit is a staple of the UltraBoost.
Even though they change it every year, it does remain relatively the same.
The Primeknit is still obviously stretchy and soft, but it’s going to give you a sock-like fit and it is going to hold your foot in place a little bit better.
The new midfoot cage just looks better and cleaner than the mesh that they had on the 19’s.
But not only that, but this midfoot cage also has some TFP detailing…
What TFP or Tailored Fabric Placement are thick embroidered-looking details around the edge of the toe.
These are designed to actually contain your midfoot area a little bit better and give you a lot more stability and durability around those areas.
Tongue & Heel
The heel provides a lot more stability. It really keeps you from sliding around on the heel and really keeps the Boost from being too mushy.
On the front half of the shoe, you’ve got this Primeknit tongue which you can actually pull to get your foot very easily into the sneaker.
Then on the back half of the ankle, you actually have a padded neoprene material.
Not only does this extra padding around the heel feel nice against your foot, it also holds your foot in place better because it pushes your foot towards the front of the shoe.
Speaking of which, your foot is just up against raw Primeknit, which, again, gives you a very sock-like and comfortable fit.
Like I mentioned earlier, the Primeknit isn’t as stretchy and it actually feels a tiny bit tighter than the UltraBoost 19.
So, for performance purposes, this is actually a better fitting shoe and I think it’s actually going to be better for running in than the UltraBoost 19.
The UltraBoost 20 does seem to fit true to size especially if you’re running in this shoe. However, if you have wider feet or you prefer a fit that isn’t so snug, maybe go up a size.
The UltraBoost has the Continental Stretch Web outsole which is extremely comfortable underfoot. It feels a lot smoother than regular UltraBoosts outsoles.
Then, there is a new torsion system spring in the midfoot, which helps prevent torsional twisting and helps propel you forward.
Hoka Bondi / Bondi LTR / Bondi SR
- The regular Bondi is a running shoe with a breathable mesh upper.
- The Bondi LTR is the same shoe with a leather upper
- The Bondi SR features a leather upper and slip-resistant outsole.
The Bondi would be great for surgeons, chefs, waiters, teachers… where there’s a lot of blood and urine, a lot of soap, and a lot of wet surfaces.
Hoka finally created two versions of the Bondi that are leather and also slip-resistant. The Bondi SR has been tested against industry standards so you aren’t slipping around while you’re in the OR.
It’s been tested on water, soap, and oil.
The Bondi SR has a couple of notable features. It’s got a,
- Very comfortable leather upper.
- Very comfortable padded tongue.
- Very comfortable padded heel.
Most importantly, the Bondi has a really soft full-length EVA midsole that runners love the most about Hoka shoes.
Obviously, the midsole is super cushiony and you might be thinking that it’s going to be unstable to walk or stand in.
Not really. Hoka designed the midsole in a way that your feet are going to sit in the midsole and not on top of the midsole. to make sure your feet are stable as possible.
If runners feel stable in the Bondi, so will you.
The upper is water resistant which, again, will help with those fluids that you may become in contact with while you are at work.
Another great thing about the Bondi is it has a roomy toe box. So, when your feet start swelling, they’ll have plenty of room to splay. Even though the shoe is wider in the toe box, it still fits snug around your midfoot.
Down on the bottom, there’s a grippy slip-resistant outsole which will give you all the tractions that you need.
The Bondi feels supportive through the arch, which will feel good especially for those really long shifts.
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080
This is New Balance’s shoe that fits into the category of top-class shoes with luxury cushioning and focus on comfort.
It has a great fit and it is very comfortable even for the longest shifts.
The overall fit is great. The knit upper, the liner, the tongue, and the heel collar feel a lot more plush and have a great next-to-skin feel.
If we take a look at the specific changes made, the most important update is related to the upper. It has become more airy, more breathable, and more flexible in the toe box.
Also, the weaving in the sides is now stronger, which adds more side-to-side stability and provides a more solid hold on the foot.
The New Balance 1080 is wide-foot friendly because it comes in wide and extra wide.
Overall, the upper is a nice construction and just molds to your feet comfortably. New Balance has changed the stitching around the upper and they’ve made the shoe a little bit more malleable to stretch.
They’ve also softened up the heel counter which now has a little bit less rigidity through there.
The midsole is still designed with that very nice Fresh Foam X that runs through the whole midsole.
Fresh Foam X is really plush and pillow-like but still a bit firm, which I personally think finds an almost perfect sweet spot between soft and firm.
The laser-perforated hexagons on the midsole do finetune the softness of the sole in different areas.
The outsole has different traction patterns with some raw foam exposed in some places.
Skechers Soft Stride Softie
Women’s version here.
Workplace safety and comfort are super important and that’s why it’s even more important that you have the best shoes to help you get through your workday with no fatigue, slips, falls, or injury from falling sharp items.
The Sketchers Softie is a wonderful athletic shoe that will provide comfort while you’re in the operating room.
It’s constructed out of soft leather and synthetic material for the upper with an easy full lace-up closure for a secure yet adjustable fit.
The inside gives you a removable PU padded footbed for comfort and cushioning. There’s a soft fabric breathable lining that is super-cushioned with lots of padding on the collar and tongue.
On the bottom of the shoe, you’ll find a lightweight midsole along with the ASTM slip-resistant and oil-resistant high-abrasion rubber outsole.
There’s a handy pull tab in the back for easier on and off.
Stay focused while in the operating room because you’re not going to be worrying about your feet all the time. The Skechers Stride-Softie is going to be comfortable happy feet and you will be, too.
Last but not least, the Skechers is one of the best shoes for operating room nurses.
- a bit bulky and heavy.
- FYI, pants get caught up in the back loop.
Saucony Women’s ProGrid Integrity ST2
The Saucony Progrid Integrity is great if you:
- are on your feet up to 12 hours a day. (perfect for the OR).
- stand on concrete all day.
- walk for long periods / extensive walking.
- are healing from a stress fracture.
Recommended by most podiatrists, the ProGrid Integrity is definitely one of the best and inexpensive choices for the operation room. This is a “Cinderella” touch added to your daily activities. Click to Tweet.
Benefits of the ST2
As one of the best OR shoes, the Saucony doesn’t push on top of the foot because the instep is nicely padded and it leaves your feet happy at the end of the day.
It’s one of the most comfortable shoes for doctors and surgeons right out of the box (cradles the foot with no rubbing, no pinching, no sliding, no blisters anywhere).
This shoe accommodates and works perfectly with all types of orthotics and offers all the motion control and support needed for long power walks.
The soles help propel you forward as you walk and offer an excellent grip on any surface making you feel secure.
It has a full-length compression-molded EVA midsole. The midsole and outsole have a Walk-Trac system for smoother transitions.
The Heel ProGrid System in the heel absorbs impact and shock for even more comfort.
It provides fantastic and properly placed arch support, heel support, awesome cushioning, stability, and motion control.
It’s designed on the women’s last and provides lots of toe room without being boxy.
It has a cushioned footbed that adds to the support. (makes it possible to walk on the treadmill without worrying about your joints and knees)
It has enough depth and a removable insole to use your own if you need even more support.
It features a super soft leather upper.
The outsole features non-marking XT carbon positioned in high-wear areas.
The Saucony Pro Grid Integrity is lightweight and sturdy but definitely not clunky-looking.
You may want to order a half size larger.
- Limited color choices.
Brooks Addiction Walker
Brooks Addiction Walker – Velcro
Depending on what color you decide to go with, you’re going to get a few different upper materials. As one of the best surgical shoes, it’s between a full-grain leather or a nubuck material. Full-grain leather is going to supply you with tons of cushioning.
With that nice upper, you do have a fabric lining that’s very soft to the touch so you’re going to get a great in-shoe feel with the shoe’s tons of breathability.
Iconic Brooks BioMogo
The Addiction Walker also has tons of technology that goes into it. The shoe features the HydroFlow technology which enhances that whole length Innovative MoGo midsole.
This helps give great shock absorption giving you that nice smooth ride. BioMogo DNA is iconic to Brooks.
The midsole provides maximum support. It has an extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PDRB) which is a support system for your entire body.
It helps place your body strategically and gives you arch support. This feature is sure to help you with flat feet and overpronation issues.
Brooks has used an engineered MC Pod Configuration and that enables the midsole and outsole to set your foot up in an efficient and balanced position so that you can get the maximum motion control out of these shoes.
It all sits on a durable HPR Green outsole which is very environmentally friendly and it just gives you premium wet and dry traction for skid resistance.
Whether you’re in the operating room or just you’re outside running your daily errands, you’ll know you’re going to be protected by the Addiction Walker from Brooks.
- Feel pretty warm in hot weather.
- Laces are a bit short for big feet.
If you’re into running, make sure you check out this comparison review of the Brooks Ghost 10 and the Glycerin 15.
Asics Gel Excite 4
As a great sneaker shoe for surgeons and doctors, the Excite is made of a breathable mesh upper that has some sturdy synthetic overlays on top of that to give you some structural support.
There’s a plush tongue and collar for a more comfortable fit along with a soft mesh lining for breathable wear.
It also comes with a removable insole that is lightly padded for some underfoot cushioning.
Asics Gel Cushioning
There’s a foam insole down there to give you some comfort underneath your foot with an EVA midsole for lasting plush.
It does come with a rearfoot Gel Cushioning system that attenuates impact and shock and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
The midsole also has a nice thick design that keeps your foot feeling great.
There’s a lace-up closer upfront to give you that secure fit that you’re looking for.
It all rests on a great rubber outsole that’s got grip as well as flexibility.
You’re going to get amazing comfort with one of the best shoes for surgery, the Gel Excite from Asics.
- Soles are a bit slippery on wet surfaces.
- Little narrow for wide feet.
Asics Gel Venture
The Asics Gel Venture 5 is super comfortable and that’s the reason everybody gets them. It’s one of the best tennis shoes for surgeons and doctors in general.
Asics has really mastered the Gel technology and once you try the Venture 5, you’ll never want to go back to other shoes.
For whatever reason, Gel makes your feet last forever whenever you’re standing, walking, or running.
There’re called trail running shoes, but most people get them for work, walking, running, and just for everyday activities.
I really like the fact it’s very durable and its tread lasts a really long time on it.
Another nice feature I like is there’s a removable sock liner. So if you have like a custom orthotic or something your doctor prescribed for you, the Asics Gel Venture 5 can accommodate your orthotic very comfortably.
Another great thing as well is Asics does offer wide sizes. So if you have extra wide feet, you can’t beat these.
Make sure you read our comparison: Asics Gel Venture 5 vs 6
- Laces might keep coming untied. (Try Lock Laces).
New Balance 577
The 577 are one of the best New Balance shoes for surgeons hands down (wide toe box, no rubbing, good fit out of the box).
This shoe has a ton of reinforced stitching on the upper. There are two hook-and-loop straps making on and off a breeze.
The inside’s soft lining feels great to the touch while the Achilles notch gives you added comfort as well.
The footbed is entirely removable and has a ton of shock absorption and support.
The midsole is EVA which helps dissipate the shock and helps you to stand and walk better and longer.
The outsole has some texture with a Walking Strike Path designed specifically for walking.
The New Balance 577 is really stable, really comfortable, and it’s going to be a good-looking shoe.
- People with wide feet might find the Velcro straps a bit short.
Propet Wash & Wear
The Propet Wash and Wear is going to be great for the operating room or just for everyday wear.
The Propet Wash and Wear features a machine-washable leather on the upper. This makes it easy to maintain and to keep clean whenever you need to. Click to tweet.
It has an incredibly comfortable stretchy neoprene collar to just slide right in.
Speaking of comfort, the Propet has a removable insole as well to provide just a ton of cushioning on those long days.
The outsole feels pretty great as well. It’s slip-resistant and it’s been proven to be slip-resistant on wet, dry, and greasy surfaces.
The Propet Wash & Wear are so easy to care for, just throw them in the washer and you’re good to go.
- Colors are not available in all sizes.
Merrell Encore Gust
4 surgeons talk about their experience with the Merrell Gust. Read their reviews on Amazon.
The Merrell Encore Gust is made with incredibly soft leathers. It features a little bit of added cushioning all around the collar area.
It has a slip-on design which is super convenient. There’s an Ortholite footbed that’s removable and offers some added cushioning and support.
There’s an Aegis antimicrobial treatment on the inside to help fight odor.
The Gust features a very shock-absorbing midsole. It has a durable Encore sticky rubber on the outsole with a really nice tread pattern.
The Merrell Gust is a great option for you if you like to slip your feet out of the shoes to keep them cool.
The Merrell Gust slip-on shoe is great for people who spend hours daily in the OR on their feet because:
- It’s safe (protects your feet from sharp items)
- It’s incredibly comfortable and super lightweight
- It’s very supportive (particularly if you’re doing a microsurgery and you’re standing under the scope for a number of hours)
- It keeps your feet cool
- Its surface is easy to clean
- It’s very durable
- They squeak a bit, but after the breaking period, the squeak goes away
- Limited colors
- Not very grippy on wet metal plates or polished granite
Merrell Jungle Moc
Women’s version here.
The Merrell Jungle Moc carries the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association and it’s one of the best shoes for surgeons from Merrell.
The Jungle Moc was really created as an after sports shoe. So you might be on a hike all day and then you come home and the Jungle Moc is what you want to slip on.
But Merrell are known for their great comfort and people just started buying them to bring comfort to their workplace.
So surgeons, nurses, teachers, chefs, and every person whose job requires them to be on their feet all day long just tried the Jungle Moc on and immediately fell in love with the shoe’s right-out-of-the-box comfort.
Over the past 17 years, the Jungle Moc has been Merrell’s number one best-selling style.
This shoe is designed to slip on and be ready for both the operating room and the office as well.
The Jungle Moc has a waterproof full-grain leather upper that is really sturdy and will keep your feet protected from those outside elements.
The upper has stretchy goring on both the medial and the lateral sides with no laces to worry about, which makes this shoe really easy to slide on and off.
The upper is treated and lined with an Aegis Antimicrobial solution to keep smells away.
The toe features some abrasion resistance to help protect your toes from hitting any hard objects. The toe is a composite safety toe that gives you all the protection you need without all the weight.
The footbed offers a good amount of cushioning.
The midsole is made out of EVA to keep it lightweight but still gives you that bounceback and energy return that you need.
What’s With Air Cushion
One of the things that’s so signature of Merrell is the Air Cushion technology.
The Jungle Moc features Merrell’s Air Cushion right under your heel which acts as a little trampoline for that heel giving you a lot of shock absorption.
So the air cushion is actually captured inside the soles so that when you step down, you’re going to get some relief while all the EVA running through the midsole as well is going to help you feel that cushion.
The outsole of the Merrell Jungle Moc features an M-Select rubber compound that is both oil and slip-resistant and it’s also EH rated.
Also, the Merrell Jungle Moc is one of the best shoes for anesthesiologists, as well.
- Soles are slippery on wet surfaces.
Dansko Women’s Professional Clog
Men’s version here.
Read surgeon S. Collins’ review on Amazon.
As one of the best surgical clogs and one of the best shoes for scrub techs, all Dansko professional clogs carry the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
The Dansko Professional Mule is one of the best shoes for female surgeons and doctors.
It has the same great all-day comfort benefits as Dansko’s professional clogs with a few extra features some people either need or prefer.
When you first put your foot in, you’re going to feel it’s so supportive thanks to its built-in arch support. And the next thing you’re going to notice when you put it on is the extra padding on the top of your foot.
As you slip your foot into this shoe you will feel a soft cushy footbed which has memory foam providing comfy support heel to toe. The footbed is even removable to accommodate most orthotics.
The curved upper is designed to follow the natural contour of your foot. The instep collar is generously padded for comfort when walking while the roomy reinforced toe box allows your toes to wiggle and spread out.
This clog has a slip-resistant outsole and has been tested on dry, wet, and oily wet surfaces making it a great choice for a variety of indoor workplace environments.
Special Heel Counter
The rounded heel counteracts like a natural shoehorn that allows your heel to move up and down freely just like a backless clog.
The heel counter features a little space called the heel keeper which is supposed to secure your foot in place but not touch.
For first-timers, this movement may take a little getting used to, but soon it will feel like second nature.
Should you get this surgical clog, you’ll feel like if it is too big. It’s not too big, it’s just the way it’s supposed to be.
If you still have doubts, just wiggle your foot and I can assure you the clog will not fall off and feels very secure.
Dansko says that people need that extra room in the heel area because it allows air to move through your shoe and allows your foot to breathe.
This Dansko clog has a rocker motion propelling your feet forward. The construction and support of this shoe will help keep you going all day even during long hours of standing or walking.
Who Wears The Dansko Professional
Apart from surgeons, doctors, and nurses, everyone can wear the Dansko. They provide comfort, cushion, and support for people who are on their feet for long hours in the day.
It’s also great for anyone who wants to be on their feet all day and is looking for firm comfort on their foot. It’s also great for you if your foot is a little wide and you just need that extra support.
So the Dansko is great for any type of occupation that requires standing all day or even for a stay-at-home mom who’s just really active and is out the door all the time.
If you’re a size 8, you’re going to get a 38. If you’re a 7.5, you’re still going to get the 38 and it will fit. So if you’re a half size, size up to the next whole size.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a surgeon, a criminal investigator, a television host, a nurse, a teacher … if you’re on your feet a lot, Dansko really helps out.
Dansko currently produces three types of leather: the Cabrio, the Box, and the Oiled.
The Cabrio leather is a shiny polished leather upper. It can be worn for work because they make it really well. This leather isn’t meant for heavy-duty use but most people do it anyway because it feels really tough.
- High gloss polish
- Medium break-in time
- Suitable for light work use
The box leather is the toughest of the three and is in the middle of the shininess. It’s the hardest and the toughest and it was originally meant for doctors, surgeons, nurses, chefs, institutional use, etc.
That’s mainly where the Dansko company and all their great reputation came from.
All the people that are on their feet all day wear this clog for 18 hours straight and it keeps their feet feeling great. This clog also helps these people with their back and foot problems.
All these clogs have the same bottom, but if you’re looking for something for work in a tough environment, the Box leather upper is probably the one you need.
- Toughest of three leathers
- Longest break-in period
- Medium gloss finish
It has a decent nap on top and you can actually see there are slight imperfections on the leather. That’s actually not an imperfection, it’s just that the oil has been moved around.
The oiled leather breaks in the quickest, but because it’s much softer and much more oiled at the surface, it accepts stains and outside materials much more easily.
- Oiled finish least glossy but has excellent texture
- Oiled leather can be re-oiled to preserve color, even if scratched
- Commonly mistaken as ‘nubuck’ or ‘suede’
- Least break-in time, but easiest to stain due to no gloss
- Has the ‘classic’ Dansko look
- A bit hard for wide feet (order a wider size)
- Added height of 2″ tends to bother people with really bad knees
- Difficult to run in (you won’t make it if aliens invade)
- Sizes may vary
Dansko Women’s Wide Clog
All Dansko professional clogs carry the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association.
This Dansko Wide Professional is just the same as all Dansko professionals except it has a little more room for those with a little wider foot.
It also has an anatomically correct footbed which is padded providing superior arch support.
And don’t forget about the signature rocker bottom platform that propels the foot forward with every step taking stresses off the knees and back.
The Dansko Wide also has an antimicrobial sock lining and a slip-resistant outsole perfect for the workplace.
It also has a generously padded instep collar which provides comfort for the top of the foot.
The Dansko also features a polyethylene heel which acts as a natural shoehorn as your heel lifts in and out of the shoe with every step.
A good fit tip with the Dansko Professional Wide is that the instep collar should fit snugly around the top of the foot, your heel should lift in and out with every step and you have plenty room in the toe box for your toes to wiggle.
A good rule of thumb is that you should have a pinkie’s worth of room between your heel and the back of the shoe.
- Wide fit is not that wide.
- Try them on in the store before you buy.
- They are handmade and fit might vary from shoe to shoe.
Calzuro Autoclavable Clog
The Calzuro is one of the best shoes for surgical techs and surgical residents.
Calzuro clogs come in 13 fun practical colors and are the only footwear that can be sterilized in the autoclave up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
As you know, anyone working in the OR or any facility doesn’t want to take the contamination home or out of the office. So Calzuro is the answer.
Can you wash these if you don’t have access to autoclaves?
Yes, you can. Calzuro shoes are washable, they’re dryer safe and they can be washed in the commercial dishwasher for anyone in the culinary profession.
There are two accessories, the heel strap, and the Comfort Insole. The insole is machine-washable and can also be put into the autoclave as well.
You can even fit it into other shoes and boots for the extra comfort and arch support.
Calzuro shoes are Italian made and sizing is a bit different than the US sizing.
Last but not least, the Calzuro is one of the best clogs for surgeons and doctors.
- A little too tight over the top part for wide feet.
- Slightly unstable when stepping laterally.
If you’re looking for some of the best shoes for surgeons from Birkenstock, you can’t go wrong with their Boston.
The Birkenstock Boston is one of the staple styles from Birkenstock and it comes in a huge variety of colors and uppers: suede, oiled leather, smooth leather, nubuck leather, birkibuc, and birkoflor. The birkibuc and birkoflor are Birkenstock’s non-leather alternatives.
The one in the picture is suede. It’s a thick but very supple leather that was designed without any additional dyes to keep the leather breathable, durable and comfortable for surgeons.
Famous Birkenstock Footbed
Whichever pair you pick, you’ll get the anatomically-correct cork and latex footbed, a design originated by Birkenstock, that features:
- A raised toe bar to help encourage the natural gripping motion of your foot.
- A deep heel cup that helps support the padding of your foot, distribute your body weight evenly over the whole foot, and to ensure proper foot alignment providing you with optimal support.
- A spacious toe box that allows your toes lots of room to move.
- Over time, the footbed will break in and mold to your foot giving you support made just for you.
The outsole is made of EVA so it’s lightweight, flexible, durable, and shock absorbing.
Need extra cushioning?
If you need a little bit of extra cushioning, the Boston is also available at a soft footbed version which has a layer of memory foam over the cork for a little bit of extra softness.
The Boston tends to run a little bit big so if you’re between sizes, I do recommend the next size down.
To extend the life of your Birkenstocks and any cork shoes, I do recommend moisturizing the cork with products like Kelly’s Cork Renew.
The Birkenstock Boston model featuring smooth leather is easy to clean with CaviWipes if/when they get dirty at the end of a case.
The Boston clog, which has been featured by Birkenstock for the last 30 years, is actually based on the Birkenstock design that has created happy feet for over 200 years.
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- Clog runs a bit wider.
Keen Utility PTC Slip-on
Keep your feet protected and comfortable while you’re in the operating room with these sleek operating room shoes.
The Keen Utility shoe has a waterproof and stain-resistant leather upper along with a protective toe round for security.
It has some decent flexibility at the toe and an easy slip-on design with a convenient panel of goring on the medial side to give you some room for movement while providing you with a secure fit.
The Keen has a smooth leather lining for abrasion-free wear along with the Keen Cush PU and memory footbed that is removable so you have the possibility to use your own orthotics.
But the Keen insole is great because it’s going to give you lots of underfoot support. It’s soft to the touch, has got perforated details for breathability, and even features some decent arch support.
The Keen Utility shoe has a compression-molded EVA midsole that’s going to give lots of underfoot comfort.
It all sits on an oil and slip-resistant non-marking rubber outsole for a more pleasurable walking experience.
Last but not least, the Keen Slip-on shoe meets the American Society for testing and the MARK II non-slip testing standards so you can ensure you’re getting some safe and reliable surgeon shoes.
Keep your feet comfortable and secure with these reliable Utility PTC Slip-Ons from Keen.
- The insole is not very durable.
Alegria Classic Clog
Alegria has become well-known for effectively marrying the stability of a flat stable outsole with a rocker design that propels you through the gait cycle reducing heel and metatarsal pressure.
Alegria shoes turn each step into a natural motion reducing fatigue on your body from the ground up.
The genuine leather upper comes in a variety of prints, textures, and colors to fit your outfit.
The upper features a unique adjustable buckle strap that provides a comfortable stylish custom fit while the leather lining is soft and inviting.
Loaded with cork memory foam and latex, the removable footbed creates a perfect fit by providing a very cushioned and comfortable feel.
The memory foam actually allows the insole to form to the bottom of the natural contours of your foot molding to your sole and providing ultimate comfort for extra long days on your feet.
The footbed is removable, which is a really cool feature because you can always call Alegria to get new insoles if your old ones start to show some wear.
It’s like having a brand-new pair of shoes. Or, you can remove and slide in your preferred custom orthotics for more support if you need more support.
The outsole is engineered to provide a natural and healthy anatomically correct rocking motion by promoting perfect posture to reduce stress on muscles and joints.
The rubber outsole is solid and measures 1.5inches at the heel and slips downward to the toe.
Feel great and look great with Alegria shoes. Whether working or playing, the Alegria Classic Clog will make your feet happy all day long.
Alegria Women’s Keli
The Alegria Keli is Alegria’s number one style in their entire collection.
Alegria has started out as an orthopedic footwear company. So they started out designing and manufacturing shoes for the working professional: people who are on their feet 9, 10, 12 hours a day like surgeons, nurses, salon workers, teachers, restaurant workers…
For decades, Alegria has supported these people’s feet and now Alegria is bringing different styles so that everyone can have just as comfortable feet no matter how long you stand on them.
What makes Alegria one of the best operating room shoes?
These shoes feature a ½ inch bottom which is slip-resistant and stain-resistant as well.
The best part about Alegria shoes is the removable footbed. So there’s a patented interlocking footbed that is a combination of soft polyurethane cork and memory foam.
What does this combination do?
This combination gives you customized comfort from heel to toe. Within a short period of time of wearing the Keli, you’ll actually get the footbed to conform to the bottom of your foot.
What’s even more beautiful about the footbed is it features ample support through the arch area.
Walking all day is less painful than standing all day because all the weight of your body is centered on your feet and without good arch support and even weight distribution, you’ll start having issues.
The comfort doesn’t end there …
The collar and the heel are padded which makes the Keli so easy to wear. The heel doesn’t just cover your heel, but it’s actually fitted to a woman’s heel.
The padded instep across the vamp and the double goring on either side stretches and gives even more room for wider feet or feet that tend to swell at the end of the day.
The goring also makes these surgical shoes easy to just slide your foot right into and go.
The Keli sits on Alegria’s career fashion outsole bottom. The bottom has a very gentle mild rocker outsole motion and it also features two slip-resistant rubber inlays to prevent slippage at work or wherever life takes you.
Last but not least, the Alegria Keli is one of the best surgical shoes for doctors as well.
- Some colors and patterns are not very durable.
Klogs Women’s Naples Mule
Read what Amanda and Lynn A Conant from Amazon say about the Klogs Naples.
The Naples can pull double duty. It’s great for work or the weekend because its streamlined design and the wide array of colors and patterns are versatile and fun.
This shoe is super sweet with an easy to wear modern silhouette.
There is a reason health care workers and waiters trust the Naples for their longer shifts.
The contoured footbed and the outsole work together to provide excellent arch support, shock absorption, and slip-resistance.
Full-grain leather uppers are built to last. Thoughtful additions like a padded collar and a roomy toe box are what epitomize quality construction and thoughtful design.
The Klogs Naples features dual goring inserts on either side for a stretchy secure fit.
The interior is nicely lined for comfort next to the skin with a removable latex-free contoured cushioned footbed that’s been treated completely to be antimicrobial to keep your feet feeling fantastic.
Light Weight & Stability
The midsole design is made up of lightweight polyurethane and helps absorb shock while the outsole is a maximum slip-resistant outsole that gives you stability on even wet and oily situations.
- They squeak on certain floors.
- Some colors tend to wear quickly.
- They run large (half size up).
Timberland Pro Women’s Renova
Keep your feet protected with the Timberland Renova. They have a durable full-grain leather upper that’s been treated with the 3M Scotchgard protector to provide stain resistance.
They have an easy slip-on construction with panels of goring to give you some stretch and movement.
The interior features a smooth lining with a Bi-Fit Tri-density footbed that is going to help cradle your feet giving you lots of arch support and comfort.
The Renova also has this great odor control technology that’s going to help with moisture management to leave you with nice and fresh feet.
This shoe has a heel-to-toe rocker that is going to give you lots of comfort, reduce forefoot pressure, and control proper joint motion.
This all sits on a non-marking crepe slip-resistant outsole that’s going to give you a good grasp on a variety of surfaces.
The Timberland Renova also features the Timberland Pro Anti-Fatigue technology to give you superior shock absorption and comfort so that when you’re standing on your feet all day long, you’re going to feel great.
- Chestnut color quickly gets the “worn-in” look.
- Does not come in an array of colors or styles.
- Insole is not removable.
OOFOS Unisex OOclog
Read what this ICU nurse and her two daughters (a surgeon and a cashier) say about the OOcloog.
The Oofoos clogs are originally designed for athletes who are looking for recovery footwear to just soothe and reinvigorate their feet after a tough workout.
But surgeons, doctors, nurses, chefs, etc have found these clogs ideal to provide the comfort and support they need for their workplace.
The OOfos OOcloog has a man-made upper that’s super soft and flexible to the touch while the inside features a really smooth lining that also features moisture and odor-resistant materials to help you stay fungi fresh and away from all that stink.
Oofos Cushioning Technology
Providing 37% more impact absorption than existing EVA materials, the Oocloog provides unparalleled cushioning to recharge and rejuvenate your feet while cradling your arch and promoting your foot’s natural movement.
The Oocloog provides instant luxurious comfort ideal for standing all day, workout recovery, joint alignment, and anti-fatigue.
It has a shower and beach-ready build and it’s also built with an easy to slip on design because the last thing you want to do is struggle to get into your shoes.
Last but not least, everything sits atop a durable outsole.
From all-day standing at the operating theater to relaxing after a hard run, the Oofos Ooclogs provide the soothing relief your feet will love.
- Rubberized material makes feet hot inside (wear socks if it’s a problem for you).
Sanita Professiona Clog
Men’s version here.
Since 1907, Sanita has provided the world with handcrafted Danish clogs.
For starter, Sanita offers a stable heavy-duty rocker bottom outsole with a built-in frame.
But what is a rocker bottom and why is it good for your feet?
A rocker bottom is one of the most recommended footwear outsoles by podiatrists because of its effective pressure relieving motion it provides.
Rocker bottoms have been proven to limit ankle and midfoot motion reducing force on the heel as your heel strikes the ground allowing your foot to roll faster and with less pressure.
Sanita’s leather anatomically shaped footbed helps to support high-stress areas on the soles of your feet.
The stabilizing PVC frame provides reinforcing support helping to reduce the wear and breakdown of your clogs.
Sanita’s smart step collection provides a rubberized slip-resistant tread certified to the highest standards by both the SATRA and ASTM associations specializing in workwear shoes.
Their original professional collection offers a skid-resistant tread adding a safer grip to your step.
Sanita makes sure to offer the highest quality leathers and superior tanning methods to ensure flexible strength and outstanding colors you’ll love.
Sanita clogs are certified by the American Podiatric Medical Association and are recommended by doctors worldwide.
For the most comfortable fit, you should have a pinky size gap between your heel and the back of the clog.
You should have plenty of room in the toebox area with the instep collar (the padded part of the shoe that goes across the top of your foot) being the snuggest part of the shoe.
When you walk, your heel should come out of the clog as it’s propelled by the sturdy shock-absorbing sole that provides solid support. This will stabilize your foot in the clog maximizing comfort.
Just remember that Sanita clogs are handmade by cobblers in Poland so this means that the fit might vary from shoe to shoe.
You may feel your clogs are a bit snug. To fix this, simply stretch one or both sides to customize your fit.
Also, the plastic heel counter is adjustable so just pinch for a more narrow fit or press to widen the heel.
Whether you’re on your feet all day or you’re just giving your feet a break, the Sanita Professional clog is the perfect choice for customized comfort.
- It takes some time to get used to the shoe’s heel system.
Easy Spirit Women’s Traveltime
We break down the top 3 things that make this Easy Spirit style one of the best shoes for the operating room.
The Easy Spirit Travel Time is a great sneaker clog that is really ideal for standing all day in the OR, walking, and doing some light activity. Click to tweet.
The EVA molded footbed is designed for one thing and one thing only: to provide cushioning and support from toe to arch to heel.
The Travel Time is crafted with lightweight materials that don’t skimp on performance.
The compression-molded multi-surface sole provides stable sneaker-like traction that weighs in at just 6oz.
The upper features an open back design which makes it super easy to slip on and off. This is very convenient when you’re doing an operation and just want to cool your feet down.
Here we have a really nice sneaker mule style that’s a kind of beautiful combination of both leather and synthetic upper with a round toe giving you some sleek look.
It’s got nice padding around that collar and tongue so that you slide in these easily and comfortably.
The inside has a really generously padded insole as well as a soft and breathable fabric lining that feels great to the touch.
It’s going to provide you with tons of cushioning all day long as well as shock absorption.
The bottom has a durable rubber outsole that’s going to give you tons of grip, traction, and flexibility.
Superior comfort and style make the Easy Spirit Travel Time one of the best shoes for surgeons and standing all day.
- It runs narrow.
- Seam durability.
So there you have it. These were some of the best shoes for surgeons in 2020-2021. I hope our list was helpful, and if you have any shoes we haven’t discussed, please share your experience below.