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- Best shoes for swollen feet: TOMS Alpargata
- Best supportive shoes: Vionic Walker
- Best shoes for walking: Skechers GOWalk
- Best shoes for winter: UGG Classic Mini Bootie
- Best shoes for summer: Dr. Scholl’s Originalist Sandal
- Best shoes for work: Vionic Minna Ballet Flat
- Best heels: LifeStride Pascal Pump
- Best slip-ons: Dansko Marty
- Best running shoes: HOKA Bondi 7
- Best hiking shoes: Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator
- Best sandals: Sanuk Yoga Sling Flat Sandal
- Best slippers: Vionic Gemma Mule Slipper
From nausea and weight gain to heartburn and lower back pain, pregnancy can be an uncomfortable time. After all, your body must undergo a slew of changes to accommodate your growing bundle of joy. But did you know the size and shape of your feet can change too?
It’s true. Many expectant mothers experience swelling in their legs, ankles, and limbs. The good news is you don’t have to settle for tired and tender tootsies.Below are 12 comfortable,supportive, and (yes!) stylish pregnancy shoes.
When shopping for pregnancy shoes, there are a few things to keep in mind. Each pair should be comfortable and breathable. The soles should be soft and flexible and have a good deal of arch support, particularly in the later months when your joints and ligaments loosen.
Heels should be low and skid-free, and you’ll want to choose a shoe that’s lightweight. After all, the last thing you’ll want or need is the stress of carrying more weight.
You may also want to size up. In fact, it’s advised you buy footwear that is a size or half size bigger.
As for how we made our selections, well, nothing beats firsthand (foot?!) experience. Many of these picks were favorites of Healthline Parenthood’s writers and editors. We also spoke with several new and expectant parents for their favorite picks, and — of course — we consulted online reviews.
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- $$ = $50–$100
- $$$ = over $100
Best shoes for swollen feet
Many people swear by TOMS, pregnant or not. They’re lightweight, comfortable, and run true to size. But with flexible fabric and removable insoles, these Alpargata flats are the perfect pregnancy shoe. Plus, their canvas construction has a lot of give, meaning these shoes can (and will) grow with you.
Best supportive shoes
If you’re looking for a solid, supportive shoe, look no further than the Vionic Walker. These sneakers are designed to move, breathe, and increase balance and stability.
The midsole absorbs shock, which reduces stress, and this particular style features Vionic’s Advanced Motion System technology, which combines their podiatrist-designed orthotic insole with a flexible outsole. They also come in a regular fit and wide width.
Best shoes for walking
Lightweight, flexible, breathable, and slip on, the Skechers GOWalk line gives you the added support and comfort you need in pregnancy. What’s more, many GOWalk sneakers feature arch support, which is key if your feet have flattened.
Best shoes for winter
Want the comfort of slippers but with a little more style? Look no further than the UGG Classic Mini Bootie. These soft, warm shoes are weatherproof and water resistant. They have a zip-up closure, for easy off and on, and each shoe has a supportive Treadlite by UGG midsole.
Best shoes for summer
Sandals are a go-to for many expectant mothers — and for good reason. They’re open, stylish, flexible,and breathable. These beauties from Dr. Scholl’s are no different. Plus, the strap is adjustable, ensuring the perfect fit.
Best shoes for work
If you’re looking for a cute, comfortable, and versatile work shoe, consider the Vionic Minna Ballet Flat. These gorgeous slip-ons come in a wide variety of colors and styles. They even have a textile lining to keep your feet cool and dry,.
With a wide body, low heel, and padded insole, the LifeStride Pascal Pump is perfect for pregnancy. Bonus: LifeStride shoes have added arch and heel support for extra balance and stability.
Clogs are beloved by doctors, nurses, and other “on your feet” professionals, and for good reason. Their wide body allows your foot to really spread out. They also slip on and off.
Dansko Berry clogs are comfortable, stable, and durable. Plus, they feature a hook-and-loop strap — which can be used as a slingback or in front, for a versatile look.
Best running shoes
HOKA is one of the best brands of running shoes — by far — and their Bondi 7 sneaker offers unparalleled comfort and support. It’s all thanks to the rubber soles, cushioned midsoles, breathable mesh construction, and shock absorption system approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
Best hiking shoes
With a wide body, breathable fabric, and molded arch, the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator is rugged, stable, sturdy, and super supportive. They are also very comfortable and durable, and they come in regular or wide width.
Sanuk’s yoga slings are perfect for pregnancy. Why? Because they’re cute. They’re comfortable. They’re breathable. They have a supportive ankle strap, and they have a footbed made from real yoga mats. It’s like walking on air!
While it’s imperative to have comfortable shoes during pregnancy, comfortable slippers are just as important — especially during those last few weeks and months, as well as right after giving birth when you’re recovering in the hospital, at birth center, or at home.
For a reliable pair, consider the Vionic Gemma Mule Slippers. Why? These beauties are soft, snuggly, and supportive. They also have the APMA seal of acceptance.
Your feet will change during pregnancy. That’s a fact. But you don’t have to be “barefoot and pregnant” for 40 weeks.
With a little investment and (of course) some trial and error, you can find a comfortable pair of shoes to keep you stable and stylish.