ImRealFunAtParties OP t1_irmhukb wrote

Yeah. I'm looking at these shoes people are suggesting and they look good, but they're also close to $200. That's a lot to spend on a shoe that I can't inspect in person before buying. Not every company has a great return or exchange policy. I also have wide feet, so a shocking number of these great suggestions are just not an option for me. I think I'd rather give the Dr. Scholl's and cheap shoes a try before I dive into anything more expensive. I already bought expensive shoes from New Balance, which has been my family's go-to for decades for their quality, and they're already having problems just a couple months in!


ImRealFunAtParties OP t1_irmhfg5 wrote

Thank you. Leather would be idea if I didn't risk bodily fluids getting on them. I don't know how easy they are to clean. I don't want to end up ruining a pair of BIFL shoes by trying to get urine or feces out/off of them. I also have to give showers and sometimes my shoes fill up with water running off my legs instead of getting sprayed on the shoes where waterproofing would come into play.


ImRealFunAtParties OP t1_irmg799 wrote

I'll look into these, too. Thank you. They're pretty, too. I don't really care if they are, but I can just hear the residents commenting on how ugly some BIFL shoes are. I don't know if it's the same for you nurses, but if you look nice, they'll tell you. If you look like shit, they'll definitely tell you. They really have no filter lol.


ImRealFunAtParties OP t1_irmftbw wrote

Thank you. I hadn't considered how I'd get bodily fluids or feces out of a BIFL shoe or boot. When I get some on my sneakers, I hand wash them as best I can and let them dry in the sun. Thankfully, that has only happened three times. This last time happened day before yesterday and the worst. It involved getting a large (and strong!) dementia resident out of urine soaked clothes while avoiding the puddle of urine on the floor. Needless to say, my shoes ended up wet. This resident is notoriously difficult to get dressed and undressed. He doesn't understand and he fights you every step of the way. He's really a sweetheart and one of the nicest residents at the ALF. He just didn't understand that we needed to go to another room (which he refused outright to do and I didn't have time to gently coax him into going), needed to get away from the puddle (which I had some success but he kept going back to it while I was changing him), or that I'm there to help. To him, I'm just a stranger who's trying to make him go somewhere for no reason and get undressed then redressed again for no reason. I'm still new to working at an ALF, so it'll probably happen again and again.


I don't know if I want shoes that can take bodily fluids and keep on ticking for the long haul. Especially if I get feces on them. I't would probably be better for me to just get new shoes if I can find them cheap enough. I don't know. It's something to think about. If I can't get the urine out this time, then I probably have to get rid of these shoes. They were expensive and I just bought them. But I also really don't want to walk around in urine-covered shoes just to feel like I got my money's worth. I read somewhere that having multiple pairs of shoes can help them last longer. Maybe I should have a rotation? I'm not sure. Thank you again.