One of the things I do at work gets more comments (well, more neutral comments) than anything else I do, and it’s that I always wear shoe covers. Always.
I didn’t always wear shoe covers, and when people ask me why, I tell them the story: One evening I was interviewing a nice lady, and she had a half-cup of water beside her. She shifted a little and dumped that water directly into my shoe. I decided then and there that since I couldn’t predict when my shoes would be targeted, I’d just wear them all the time.
Since I’ve started, my shoes haven’t gotten slimed in the usual way (but I’ve had to change shoe covers during a shift), and as a happy side-effect my shoes stay a lot cleaner, and I worry less about the germs from the hospital I track home.
Frankly, I don’t know why everyone doesn’t wear shoe covers in the hospital.