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America’s favorite nurse and comedian, Nurse Blake, has partnered with everyone’s new favorite shoe line designed just for healthcare workers, Gales shoes, to release his own line of Gales+ Pro Line shoes. Gales are ranked amongst the best shoes for nurses, according to nurses who wore them to work and left an honest review.
The Nurse Blake x Gales Pro Line shoes launched June 7, 2023, and are a limited collab that will see a portion of proceeds going to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
If you’re not familiar with Gales shoes, they are the first smart PPE shoe designed just for healthcare workers. Gales have gone viral and for good reason —they provide “cloud-like comfort,” have antimicrobial protection built right into the exterior of the shoe, and are very easy to clean. For more info about Gales, you can also read Nurse.org’s exclusive interview with the company’s CNO, Nurse Raquel.
Gales was founded shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic, when the company’s founder, Rob Gregg, had a loved one hospitalized with the virus. Gregg soon realized how unprotected nurses’ feet often were, so he set out on a quest to design a shoe that would better meet nurses’ needs for both comfort and protection.
Gales shoes can literally be wiped clean and sanitized with that infamous tub of sanitizing wipes all nurses are familiar with, or, because they’re waterproof, you can even completely hose them down with bleach if needed or toss them right into the washing machine. (Hey, we’ve all been in that situation.)
In short, they’re a shoe that every healthcare worker can appreciate and if the sanitization features weren’t enough — they’re also incredibly comfortable and supportive to boot.
So, what’s the Nurse Blake collab all about? Well, essentially, America’s favorite nurse and America’s favorite new shoe for healthcare workers were destined to come together at some point.
“We built Gales® with care and kindness to give back to our community, so when we got to know Nurse Blake as the kind, generous person he is, the stars felt aligned,” Gregg explained.
Nurse Blake also announced that he was “thrilled” to announce his first-ever shoe collection that was co-developed by Gales. As a frontline nurse himself, Nurse Blake continued Gales’ tradition of collaborating with real healthcare workers to design shoes that meet their needs.
“I worked side-by-side with their team to create the collection and we’re thrilled to not only treat your feet to cloudlike comfort but also make a difference,” said Nurse Blake.
The difference Nurse Blake is referring to is donating a portion of the proceeds from his Gales shoe collection to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“Our collaboration, designed for all-day comfort with a Nurse Blake twist, marks a new step in comfort innovation for nurses, with the incredible outcome of helping make a difference in children’s lives,” Gregg noted.
The shoes are available in both men’s and women’s sizing and accommodate wide widths in all sizing naturally. They’re also:
Gales shoes also help spread out the impact on your body from long shifts and reduce pressure on the knees, back, and joints. They have nearly 5-star reviews on their website and shoppers with wider feet especially rave about the Pro Line which offers more versatile sizing.
And of course, if you need a shoe that’s nursing-uniform compliant—as Nurse Blake famously displays nursing uniforms in his shows and social media content—you can also choose an all-white version of the Pro Line shoe as well.
“Ugh I WANT those teal ones! 😍… but school only allows white.. which is what I have (and love). Guess I’ll need to graduate and get a job,” commented current Gales shoe owner @ali_rose86 on Instagram.