As anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet will tell you, the right pair of shoes can make all the difference. Every individual is unique, from their fingerprints to their biomechanics, so it’s important your shoes suit your needs. Working in healthcare is difficult enough. With the right shoes, foot pain and fatigue don’t have to be among those difficulties.
What kinds of shoes are best for me?
Great question! The first thing to determine is what category will work best for you: Support or Neutral? What works well for someone else may not be the best option for you. And with as many options as there are out there, it can sometimes be tough to find the right match. Fortunately, there are resources available to help narrow the options down to a few good candidates. For folks who have access to a local run specialty store, getting a gait analysis is a great starting point. Our Shoe Finder questionnaire is helpful for folks who don’t have access to a store that offers gait analysis.
So I know what category I need. Now what?
Once you know whether you need a Support or a Neutral shoe, from there preference is going to come into play. The next thing to decide is how you prefer your shoes to fit and feel. For folks who spend a lot of time on hard surfaces, plush cushioning is often a great way to go. Shoes high in cushion can offer long-term comfort and protection against hard flooring and they tend to be good shoes for healthcare workers. If you love a soft shoe, our Cushion category is the way to go. Some folks prefer less squishy, pillowy cushioning in their footwear, and that’s fine too! If that’s you, our Energize shoes will offer a more responsive platform that will allow you to feel the ground underfoot a bit more.
How about some specifics?
While there’s not one single style that is going to be the best option period, there are a few styles that tend to work very well for a lot of people. Here are some great starting points!
If need a Support style and want a lot of cushion, check out the Adrenaline GTS 21 and Glycerin GTS 19. If you need Support but want less cushioning underfoot, check out the Levitate GTS 5 and Launch GTS 8.
If you need a Neutral style and want some great cushioning, the Ghost 14 and Glycerin 19 will be excellent choices. For folks who need Neutral but don’t want as much cushion, the Levitate 5 and Launch 8 might be the way to go.
Other shoes could certainly do a great job, so don’t worry if you don’t see your favorite listed here. If you have more questions about gear, you can Ask a Guru!
Not sure what shoe is right for you? Try our Shoe Finder or try a running store to try on a pair of Brooks in person.