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footwear for the wards

As of late I have made some fuss about my footwear to start off internship.  Yes, every young doctor secretly or not-so-secretly wants to be pimpin’ and for some, footwear is a big part of that.  I may have given that impression in the last post I made but for the sake of the youngins, I’ll clarify. 

First of all, you know me.  The mudphudder.   MP.  We already know that I’m the “why?” in “stYle”.  But make no mistake about it, when it comes to footwear and the wards, style is an afterthought.  Walking the wards for a sub-internship or any time consuming medical school rotation is no joke.  It kills your feet.  I suspect residency will be no different.  Going to the wards is like going to war.  And the preparation starts with your feet.  Without healthy feet, you can’t walk the wards or stand in the OR for 12 hours a day.  So when it comes to your feet, you gotta go with comfort and durability before the style factor even comes into play.  And I’m talking socks too: comfort and durability. 

You can always tell the newbie medical students on the wards: wearing pimped out shoes with dress socks.  I was one of them too once.  After a few weeks or months, spending evenings with your feet up on pillows wrapped in ice, it dawns on you that it may not be worth it.  True dat.  For the last few years, I’ve been wearing dansko clogs and sweat socks.  I love it.  It works–my feet don’t kill me when I go home (as much).  Plus, I can kick them off at anytime during conferences, lunch or even when I’m talking to patients to let my puppies breath a little.  Oh yeah.  Some of you know what I’m talking about.  Like when you’ve been on your feet for 15 hours straight and your feet hurt so bad that they’re numb and then you sit down, kick the shoes off and it feels so f’in good.  And to be quite frank, I don’t give a rat’s ass that some people may not like the white sock/black shoe look.  It’s comfortable and it’s professionally acceptable so all the haters out there can just eat it. 

Anyway, once the shoes have been narrowed down for comfort and durability (I once knew a crazy ass resident who actually used one of those podometers to calculate he walked an average of 5 miles per day in the hospital), then go for style.  I’m personally sticking with my trusty dansko clogs.  My bad-ass Johnston and Murphy shoes are strictly for walking Boston on my days off.  Yes, they’re comfortable but they’re not made for long hours.  My new Bruno Magli’s (I still love the fact that I have a pair) are strictly for *occasional* clinic use.  Yup–Even those bad boys I’m gonna be careful about taking out.  At the end of the day, despite my pimped out arsenal of footwear, I’ll mostly be relying on my clogs.

So to conclude, being pimped out is important but not at the cost of the feet.  Furthermore, being pimped-out is a state of mind so the “Superfly” should come across regardless of the footwear.  And if it doesn’t, then the fur on the collar of my white coat should give it away.


3 Responses to “footwear for the wards”

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    So long as you’re not picking up a pair of crocs: a good rule of thumb is not to wear anything your toddler would wear.

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    This veteran ICU nurse recommends Sauconys, Asics or, if you can afford them, MBTs. Not as hip as Danskos, but your feet will thank you.

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    We had to wear white shoes at the wards. My Geox were nonstinky and comfortable and lasted through 94-hour workweeks. Best shoe decision I ever made.

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