When you work in healthcare, it can be expected that you’ll likely spend the entirety of the day on your feet. There are a few professions that consist of the same demand in terms of not being able to sit a whole lot, but doctors, nurses and personal support workers take the cake in terms of running around all day.
It’s rather fitting, then, that Nike has recently launched a sneaker specifically designed for those who work in healthcare.
Called the Nike Air Zoom Pulses, these bad boys “were developed and tested alongside healthcare workers at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon,” says an article from The Good News Network. “Thanks to key insights that were provided by the staffers, the new sneakers address several important workplace challenges of a hospital environment,” the article explains.
So, what sort of workplace challenges pertaining to a hospital environment do these shoes address?
“Nike developers coated the laceless exterior with material that makes them easy to wipe down and clean,” the article states. “Since the designers also found that nurses ‘walk approximately four to five miles and sit for less than an hour during the course of a 12-hour shift’, they improved the mid-sole and heel so that the shoes could be ultra comfortable and supportive while still being secure enough for a busy environment.”
When you’re doing that much walking in a shift, comfortability is likely a necessity, which Nike has evidently integrated into this shoe design.
These sneakers offer an elasticized exterior which not only allows them to be worn comfortably, but also makes them easy to slip on and off. They also have extra traction in the rubber soles.
Six versions of these shoes will be available via Nike’s website as of Dec. 7, and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital will receive a component of the shoe sales.
Pretty awesome, right?
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