• Boyish brogue
    Boyish brogue
    Androgynous-style shoes can look very chic, especially in smaller sizes. Clarks offer these in half sizes and narrow, standard & wide fittings.
  • Grippy wedge
    Grippy wedge
    These high-quality Daniel pumps offer a good amount of slip-resistance due to the lugs on the sole. The leather upper and lining give breathability.
  • Classic Mary Jane
    Classic Mary Jane
    Although not completely silent, the heels on these strap shoes give a cute 1960s look. Duo offer three width fittings in this all leather classics.
  • Wedge loafer
    Wedge loafer
    Packed with comfort technology, these leather-lined FitFlop loafers are made feminine with a touch of patent, and a lower front.
  • Criss-cross Mary Jane
    Criss-cross Mary Jane
    If you're opting for a flat heel, add elegance with these slender elastic straps. Ecco describe the PU sole as flexible and hard-wearing.
  • Textured pump
    Textured pump
    With a comfortable 2.5cm heel, textured leather (not too textured to clean easily) and sexy V-notch, these Gabor pumps give a look of Parisian chic.
  • Faux lace-up
    Faux lace-up
    Elasticated laces give a lace-up look with the ease of a slip-on. Josef Seibel provides a leather upper and lining and a flexible, lightweight, durable sole.
  • Almond toe slip-on
    Almond toe slip-on
    A hint of textural glam is added to these Geox points, with subtle snake-effect panels. Available in half sizes, incorporating a grippy rubber sole.
  • Cut-away slip-on
    Cut-away slip-on
    Less quirky than some of Camper's styles, but still with an individual look and practical rubber sole. The open sides will keep you cool for summer.
  • Pretty pump
    Pretty pump
    This low wedge pump is given a pretty bow (albeit tricky to clean). Hotter "Pyramid foam cushioning" acts as "a cushion to the balls of your feet".
  • X-strap court
    X-strap court
    If you like a little more height, try this 4.5cm heel Mary Jane from Ecco. The sole is quiet PU, and the lining is leather and cushioned under foot.
  • Brogue slip-on
    Brogue slip-on
    A slightly louder option (in volume), but highly individual, this Rieker slip-on with its 4cm heel fully covers your feet without looking mannish.
  • Bow flatform
    Bow flatform
    This low platform adds height without putting weight on to the balls of your feet. The double bow adds femininity to these Gabor pumps.
  • Asymmetric T-bar
    Asymmetric T-bar
    These high quality all leather Tracey Neuls T-bars with rubber soles are quite an investment, but would certainly ensure your individual style shines out.
  • Moccasin wedge
    Moccasin wedge
    These Hotter slip-ons come in half sizes and standard or extra wide fit. Good foot coverage with a more feminine PU wedge and sleek design lines.


I was chatting to my friend (about shoes – what else?) at the weekend. She described the criteria nurses like herself have for the footwear they wear with their uniforms, and how she often buys her work footwear in the U.S.


✓ Comfort: On your feet for long shifts

✓ Low heel or flat: To move about quickly and comfortably

✓ Something different: When wearing a uniform, shoes let your personality shine

✓ Quiet: No clip-clopping around the ward like Barbara Windsor in Carry On Doctor

✓ Black

✓ Affordable

✓ Leather: To be wipe clean


It’s clearly massively impractical and bad for the British economy, for all nursing staff to cross the Atlantic every time they need new work shoes. With that in mind, I’ve scoured the brands available in the U.K. which meet the requirements of hard-working nurses (and waitresses, bar staff, care assistants…).

Not everyone is allowed or wants to wear Crocs or black trainers, and particularly when you wear a dress type uniform, other styles can look more professional.

Enjoy clicking through the slide show. I hope you find something special which helps you to stand out from the crowd.


  • Leather linings are the most comfortable, as they wick away moisture from your feet.
  • Consider investing in a quality pair, which could last at least twice as long as a cheaper style.


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