Listen, I have no problem with wearing amazing heels during pregnancy. I say if you can swing it, then do it. You can even check out my post on high heels for the people that ‘tut tut’ you about them.
However, when I was pregnant, the swelling in my feet made them look like two loaves of baked bread that had been crammed into gravy boats Cinderella-stepsister-style, so I was always on the lookout for comfortable shoes.
Here are some of the best lightweight, supportive, and most importantly, comfortable shoes for pregnancy … and beyond!
Best shoes to wear during pregnancy:
These guys make wicked clogs, but if clogs are a little too “dutch girl gathering tulips” then they make some nice looking wedge boots too.
I kinda liked the ankle boots because they look versatile and easy to get on and off, and they come in a variety of widths. Around $ 100 – Amazon.
The great thing about Skechers is that many of their shoes have stretchy, no-tie laces, which are easier to get off and on, and they’re not so squeezy on swollen feet. Pair that with comfort, support, and a pretty wallet friendly price tag, and it’s easy to see why these are a favorite among moms. Around $ 50 – Amazon
I never thought these shoes looked particularly comfortable until I tried them and, man, they are ever sweet on the feet. This is one situation where I’d try not to buy knockoffs because for every pair of shoe they sell, they donate a pair to a child in need. (BOBS does the same thing and they are a little cheaper.) These lightweight slip-ons give you comfy feet and good karma to counterbalance the tank of gas you used to get chili fries at midnight – hey, gotta be done. Toms – $ 59
Everyone loves to hate Uggs but don’t be turned off by the young California girls pairing them with a skirt / headband with their ass hanging out, because these boots are warm, comfortable and made with cushy goodness. They also have decent traction, which is important when your center of gravity is totally out of whack. They aren’t cheap but there are plenty of decent knockoffs if you don’t want to spring for the real deal. Around $ 150 – Amazon
Crocs are like chips in church – everyone looks at them in disgust, but down deep they want some too. (Thanks, Will.) Listen, these are really comfortable, easy to get on, and fit even the most Fred Flintstone of swollen hooves. Don’t believe me? Find a nurse coming off a 12-hour shift and look at what’s on his or her feet. It ain’t stripper heels. Around $ 30 – Amazon
Clark’s shoes are really well made – we’re talking real leather and rubber soles, and because of this they are pretty darn comfortable …… and pretty darn expensive. They’re timeless, on-trend, and durable, so if you get a good pair you’ll also get to wear them long after you give birth. They have a wide range of knee-high and ankle booties to choose from, depending on how sausage-like your legs are. Around $ 100 – Amazon
7. Chuck Taylor
C’mon, these sneakers are the epitome of cool, fun and lightweight footwear. They may not be the best for the office, but they sure look great with jeans. They don’t have as much support as some of the other contenders here, but they make up for it in hipness. If you grab the ones with no laces you can skip the tying, too. Around $ 50 – Amazon
Ah, Germany. Known for its soothing language, carefree spirit and delicate footwear. Okay, so Birkenstock’s aren’t exactly sexy, but they have been known for their comfort since 1774 so you know they aren’t fucking around. The blended cork footbeds mold to your feet giving you the arch support and shock absorption your tired tooties want. And they are so iconic that they almost defy ugly – like pugs. Around $ 120 – Amazon
I have these flip flop / thongs / sandals (what do you call them?) And they are incredibly comfortable. They have a bit of arch support and they are good for wider feet. For the record, I have very wide, flat feet – one of my more attractive features no doubt. Around $ 30 – Amazon
For those times that you need comfortable shoes but still want a bit of delicate and pretty, these luxery ballet flats by Tieks are a great bet. I wouldn’t run a marathon in ’em, but they are soft and flexible so your feet can expand. Tieks are extremely well made in a timeless style so you can justify the price tag a bit since you’ll be able to wear them long after you give birth. Around $ 175 – Tieks
My son actually had a pair of these shoes and he adored them. They are incredibly light and pretty easy to slip on, so I can see why pregnant ladies love these. They look laid-back without looking grubby. Around $ 40 – Amazon
Still not fancy enough?
If you can’t swing Crocs in the office but still need something comfortable’ish, I have a few more suggestions.
You can also try adding insoles into your favorite shoes to see if that helps cushion the blow. I love these Massaging Gel ones from Dr. Scholls and these instep gel supports from Soul Insole.
Now, as I’ve mentioned above, you don’t have to get the originals. There are many knock-offs of these brands that are quite comfortable and less expensive, but I do find that materials and craftsmanship often add to the comfort factor, so if you’re okay to splurge, I say do it.
Unlike most maternity clothes, you can wear comfy shoes long after you’ve had a baby, plus, you never know when you’ll have to go on a Lord of the Rings walking tour with a 55-year old, German lesbian – because you just know she won’t tolerate any of that “my feet hurt” shit.
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