Dress for Success: If the Shoe Fits

Pharmacy CareersPharmacy Careers May 2014

For pharmacists, dressing appropriately from head to toe isn't just a saying"it's a necessity.

For pharmacists, dressing appropriately from head to toe isn’t just a saying—it’s a necessity. Pharmacists spend long hours on their feet, which can lead to foot, knee, and back pain, as well more serious long-term effects such as varicose veins and joint compression.

Finding supportive, comfortable shoes that fit well is key for a career in pharmacy. Here are some tips to help you feel like Cinderella, or Prince Charming, PharmD.

Industry Standards

Sneakers/Running Shoes: Athletic sneakers are comfortable, supportive, and durable, but may not be welcome in all work environments. If your dress code does allow sneakers, a solid black or white pair will look more professional.

Clogs: Clogs are a pharmacy favorite. They look more professional than sneakers, but still provide support throughout the day. There are many different clogs, made with different soles in different styles. Take the time to find a pair that is the most comfortable for your feet. Popular brands include Dansko, Birkis, and Birkenstock.

Dress Shoes: Although the thought of standing in dress shoes all day may make your feet ache, they may be required by stricter dress codes. Several brands, such as Aerosoles and Rockport, specialize in making comfortable, quality dress shoes for the standing professional.

Additional Tips

Learn from the Pros: Try using shoes specially made for other professionals who are required to stand all day. Some examples include nurse clogs, law enforcement dress shoes, and chef shoes.

Use Extra Support: If your feet are still sore, no matter what shoes you try, you may need to add additional support. Adding arch support or gel inserts to your shoes may help to keep your feet feeling good throughout the day. Support or compression socks and pantyhose are another option for extra comfort.

Switch It Up: Changing which shoes you wear every other day may help to ease foot pain. Some professionals even change their shoes halfway through the day, switching between shoes with softer and harder soles.

Splurge a Little: Quality shoes can be expensive, but they are a worthwhile investment for your career and your health. Your feet will thank you!

Stay Fresh: Despite the quality, wearing your shoes day after day will eventually wear them out. Pay attention to when they need to be replaced and buy new ones as soon as possible. Beat-up shoes will do little to protect your feet.

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