Updated on November 3, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
Having the right shoes during pregnancy really makes all the difference. With the extra weight and swelling, it’s important that you find a pair that is comfortable, supportive, and easy to put on. Sure, the easiest solution is to stock up on flip – flops, but sooner or later, the weather or situation will catch up with you and they just won’t do. Keep reading below for our suggestions to keep your feet wrapped in comfort for the next 9 months and beyond.
The Best Shoes for Pregnancy
(Best budget option — $)
Why it’s great: These walking shoes are lightweight and breathable. They come in a lot of different colors to choose from and have a removable foam insert. They can also be worn with or without socks, which is nice when you’re trying to stay comfortable. The material they’re made of is very flexible and comfortable around the foot as well as machine washable.
The sole on this shoe is slightly raised, but not so much that you’ll feel off balance. It’s also easy to slip in and out of because it has elastic at the shoe mouth.
Keep in mind: These run a little narrow, so order half size up for wider feet or to accommodate any pregnancy related swelling.
Good for: Every day wear – from walking around the neighborhood to running errands.
(Best slip on — $$)
Why it’s great: is cute, slip – on style comes in a variety of different colors and materials to choose from. You can match a pair with almost any outfit! Your heel will stay comfortable in this shoe as it’s fitted with a padded comfort collar.
They’re also equipped with Dr. Scholl’s inserts for trusted for all-day comfort. This particular insert has “Be FREE” Energy Technology which has been designed with 3 distinct zones for maximum comfort.
Keep in mind: These shoes may start out a little tight but they tend to stretch over time.
Good for: Early in pregnancy before swelling becomes a problem.
(Best shoe for around the house — $$)
Why it’s great: TOMS shoes are known for their classic slip – on look that everyone loves. They stretch to your foot and are comfy to wear without socks if you’re just running out to grab a cup of coffee or the mail. Your purchase also supports the less fortunate, so you can feel good about yourself in your shoes that go with everything!
One of the best features in TOMS is that there is no restriction around the ankle, so when they begin to swell they won’t be constricted.
Keep in mind: Not much support at all, but comfortable and flexible around the foot. Not good for walking long distances.
Good for: Wearing around the house or a trip to the park with the kids.
(Most comfortable — $$)
Why it’s great: These sneakers offer a cute, sporty look with a slip – on design. They’re easy to get on with a heel tab to help pull and bungee laces that expand to allow for swelling. They’re lightweight and breathable with a round toe that doesn’t pinch.
Memory foam insoles keep them comfortable all day, and when they start to look a little tired, you can toss them in the washing machine to freshen them up!
Keep in mind: The breathable mesh these are made of is not water-resistant and the tread is for light use and walking. These are definitely better for the sidewalk – no trails or hiking!
Good for: Every day errand running, stroller pushing, and dog
(Best fashion statement — $$$)
Why it’s great: These super cute ankle boots are perfect to pair with your new maternity skinny jeans. They are surprisingly comfortable, great for walking, and keep your feet warm. They are also waterproof with a Gor – Tex interior and roomy on the inside to accommodate your favorite fuzzy socks or different insoles if you prefer.
The soles on these boots are super durable and built to be flexible. They are also super grippy and have great traction. This is another pair that can give you a bit of a lift with it’s raised sole, but it’s not going to throw you off balance.
Keep in mind: These slip-on boots do not have a zipper on the ankle, so you may need a shoehorn to make getting into them easier.
Good for: Keeping your toes dry and cozy on a rainy day.
(Best sandal — $$$)
Why it’s great: Birkenstocks are known for being super durable and comfortable. The cork footbed that these sandals offer forms to your foot to create a “just for you” feeling. This custom fit that the moldable cork provides offers support where you need it, and the toe hug keeps this sandal secure.
The best part about wearing sandals while your pregnant is that they allow plenty of room to swell and are, of course, very breathable. These are perfect for warmer climates and look really nice with a maxi dress.
Keep in mind: Birkenstocks tend to be a little stiff at first but give them some time to break in and you’ll love how they end up feeling made just for you!
Good for: A trip to the beach, hanging out in the back yard, or really anywhere you want your feet to feel loved!
(Most cozy — $$$)
Why it’s great: Uggs are the definition of comfortable shoes. They’re warm, cozy, and easy to get on and off – all of which are also important when you’re pregnant. They are made of durable materials, and are pre-treated to be water resistant. The tread on Ugg boots offers great traction and flexibility, so you’ll be sure footed where ever these boots take you!
One of the most amazing features of Ugg boots is their ability to regulate temperature. Sheepskin and wool have been used for years to create clothing and footwear that provides warmth and comfort while wicking moisture away.
Keep in mind: Uggs do not offer much in the way of arch support, so an insert might be worth looking into. Also, the water repellant treatment does need to be reapplied every so often.
Good for: Moms that live in colder climates who will appreciate the warmth and coziness that Uggs have to offer.
FAQs about shoes for pregnancy
1. Do I really need new shoes for pregnancy?
Yes! As your feet and the rest of your body start to change during pregnancy, you’ll find that you need support in ways that are different than what you needed before. This doesn’t mean you need to replace your entire shoe collection, but a few pairs of comfortable, flexible, and breathable shoes are going to be essential to your comfort, especially when you are approaching your due date.
2. What is the best shoe to get for pregnancy?
You should stick to styles, and likely even brands, that you’re already familiar with and love. Just keep in mind that the arch support you may not need regularly will be more important during pregnancy. Also, you want to make sure the soles have a good grip to avoid slips, and if you want to go with a heel, make sure it is a very low one.
3. Will my feet get bigger during pregnancy?
Not all pregnancies are the same, but usually, women do experience swelling in their feet during the last trimester. This is caused by several different factors like weight gain, fluid retention, and warm weather. When buying shoes during pregnancy, it’s usually a safe bet to go up a half size.
4. What should I consider before buying?
You may be tempted to not splurge on shoes because you think that you won’t need them for very long. If you take the time to do a little research, you can find shoes that not only serve you very well during pregnancy but will last long after. So, consider your personal style and if the shoes you are thinking of will appeal to you after
Our bodies go through an enormous change during pregnancy, and our feet have to hold us up the entire time. Taking the time to find a few pairs of shoes that will accommodate your changing body is very important – and you may need different pairs for different occasions. If you stick with styles similar to what you would normally wear, you can rest easy knowing that your investment will last well into your baby’s first year.