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Save or Splurge: Black Mary Jane Nursing Shoes

Published 10 November 09 12:25 PM
These Mary Janes are stylish and comfortable, even after a 12-hour shift.

I adore shoes. Yes, I'm humoring a stereotype about women, but I don't care. I'm a tomboy in most other respects, but when it comes to a nice pair of kicks, I turn into a giggly teenager cooing over the color, style and wardrobe possibilities.

I own shoes in every color, even purple, which is my least favorite hue. Yellow sling-backs, red pumps, hot pink wedges, blue flats and teal spike heels sit at the bottom of my closet waiting for the perfect outfit. Nursing shoes are not always the most glamorous footwear, so I was really excited to see this new pair of Dansko Mary Janes in the ADVANCE Healthcare Shop. They're patent leather with a two-inch heel and comfortable without being plain. If you like the Mary Jane nursing shoes style, here are some options that will fit into most budgets.

Splurge: Dansko Black Mary Jane Nursing Shoes - As I mentioned above, these are new to our shoe collection. They also come in brown and feature all of the Dansko qualities that keep customers coming back for this brand, with comfort, breathability and a padded instep.

Because these black Mary Jane nursing shoes are over $100 (not by much, though!), they qualify for free shipping, so you'll save if you choose this pair. I've broken my share of Mary Jane buckles, and these are sturdy enough to withstand long shifts and people as impatient as I am to kick off shoes at the end of the day.

Middle of the Road: AlegriaTM Black Mary Jane Nursing Shoes - A customer reviewing these Mary Jane nursing shoes said they're "like walking on pillows." The footbed is anatomically correct, and the sole is slip-proof so you won't have to worry about trying to scuff them up so you don't slide all over the hospital floor.

I enjoy the style of these black Mary Jane nursing shoes, with the little butterfly on the sole. If you're feeling a bit more wild than basic black, these also come in snow leopard print. The strap on these Mary Janes is thick enough to ensure that it will stay put and intact. At less than $100, these are a deal for the style and support they provide.

Steal: Skechers Black Mary Jane Nursing Shoes - Don't be deceived by the price (now on sale for $54.99) or the thin-looking soles. Our detailed customer reviews once again say it all. "These shoes are great!!!" Rose from Florida wrote. "At the end of my 12-hour shift, my feet do not ache and I can keep them on longer if I had to. I have never gotten so many compliments on them - they are cute, comfortable and extremely durable and safe. I bought a black pair to wear outside of my job too!"

Each of the ten reviewers left rave reviews about these Skechers black Mary Jane nursing shoes. Unlike the other two Mary Janes I featured, these also come in white, so if you shy away from black, these will work.

Even work shoes can be fun thanks to these pretty Mary Janes, and we have a pair for every budget. Enjoy!

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About Lynn Jusinski

After an internship at a home magazine where she wrote about media rooms and $500,000 pool renovations from the comfort of a teeny, cluttered dorm room, Lynn Jusinski graduated from a small college in Pennsylvania and then moved on to write for two weekly newspapers in suburban Philadelphia. A column she penned for the papers won an award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. In 2007, Lynn moved back to the magazine world, and worked full-time as an associate editor for ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals. Her work on the magazine led to “Rookie of the Year” honors and a second place feature award in the annual Editorial Excellence Awards presented by Merion Publications Inc. In her free time, Lynn is typically stuck in traffic, shopping, reading, constructing poorly made crafts and hanging out in and around her hometown.
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