We care for healthcare workers.

We exist for one simple reason: to make healthcare workers the most respected professionals in the world.

We are rooted in celebrating the duality of the individuals drawn to the nursing and healthcare field. They have an inherent ability to strike an impressive balance: They are soft but strong, caring but sometimes dark, knowledgeable but humble. And this on top of somehow balancing work and life in a career very hard to leave at the door.

BALA stands for this incredible balance. We make the the best shoes for healthcare professionals - with features for all the rigors of the job.

BALA Twelves in Daybreak Blue. Premium sneakers for healthcare workers, like nurses, doctors, technicians, and medical assistants
A healthcare worker on the phone, wearing scrubs, a mask, and a stethoscope.
A healthcare worker, wearing scrubs, a mask, and glasses looks at a clipboard.
A healthcare worker, wearing scrubs, glasses, and a mask.

BALA was founded in a time when healthcare workers were called heroes.

On the frontline and in the press, they’ve been lauded, idolized. They’ve represented the battle against COVID and have been the face of humanity’s response to a global pandemic.

It’s time to care for nurses, doctors, techs, therapists, and all other essential healthcare workers who are there for us in the most difficult moments, no matter the situation. BALA was founded on the principle of co-creating solutions to address nurse’s needs without compromise.

A nurse wearing scrubs and BALA Twelves in Nocturnal, premium shoes for healthcare workers.

To start, we had to learn what a 12 hr shift really looked like.

We mean REALLY looked like. The sitting, standing, sprinting and – the fluids. We met with hundreds of nurses across the United States and we listened. When we thought we had all the answers, we made a shoe and handed it to nurses and asked more questions. We learned quickly to create a company for the rigors of healthcare, we needed to build it with the people on shift every day.

A nurse with her BALA Twelves
A healthcare worker wearing scrubs, a scrub hat, and a mask
A healthcare worker in full PPE

Our company is built with healthcare professionals, so are our shoes.

We were established in Portland, OR, by a team of veteran footwear industry professionals who spent decades making performance footwear for professional athletes. We brought the same obsession with performance and innovation from sport to healthcare with a product specifically designed for the absurdity of a 12hr nursing shift.

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  • “Absolutely thrilled about this purchase. They´re easy to clean and
    my legs aren´t killing me after a 12 hour shift.”

  • “BALA Twelves were comfortable from the very first moment I put them on. I´m in the OR 14 to 26 hours sometimes and my feet feel great at the end of the day.”

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