Not only are your feet taking loads of extra weight and therefore need help, they are also susceptible to swelling, aches and pains during this period and therefore need shoes designed to accommodate these changes and help you feel better. Here we recommend the best pregnancy shoes for your various needs.
First let us explore the desired characteristics in footwear you buy for pregnancy
- Should be easy to put on – Wearing a shoe was a breeze before I was pregnant but became laborious after that, and towards the last trimester I needed help all the time. So please look for shoes that are easy to put on – such as slip ons without laces.
- Avoid high heels as it can be dangerous for your back, not to mention the possibility of slipping and causing harm to yourselves and the baby. So look for flats or if you must have heels, choose ones with short heals.
- Supportive – You need support for your ankle and arch in order to avoid joint pains that occur during walking.
- Roomy – Choose half a size or 1 size larger than your normal size to accommodate swelling that occurs during the later stages. Some of the increase in size does not reverse and hence you can continues to use the shoes after pregnancy.
- Stylish – Good news is that you don’t have to compromise on your sense of style while choosing your footwear. So no crocs or anything else that you might find embarrassing. Of couyou may opt for those if you don’t quite mind.
BEST FOOTWEAR TO WEAR AT HOME
I wore sandals and flipflops most of the time when I was at home, and there is no reason to ignore the basic guidelines I have outlined above even for your home footwear. For this reason don’t choose any flipflop, choose one that doesn’t feel silly and also provides you support for the arch of your feet.
I recommend the Orthaheel Tide Slide in Orthapedic Heels for wearing at home.
Very comfortable, open toed sandals that provide support for the arches of the foot and also minimize ankle pain. There is extra grip at the bottom to make sure you don’t slip on wooden floors etc.
BEST FOOTWEAR TO WEAR AT WORK
Dansko shoes are generally preferred by women who are on their feet for long times at a stretch – such as nurses, retail employees etc. They are decent looking but above all they provide arch support and are really comfortable. No doubt they are expensive but I recommend this investment to save you pain and discomfort. During winters, I preferred the Haflinger clogs as they were comfy and firm.
BEST FOOTWEAR TO WEAR WHILE WALKING
Many pregnant women may not work out but almost all of them do walk and try to get their exercise through walking. For walking, there is an awesome shoe that satisfies all our desired criteria for support and comfort and is not bad looking either. They are also extremely lightweight, which believe me was a big factor for me towards the last stages of pregnancy.
Skechers GoWalk is available in 14 colors to suit your sense of style and is the best choice for general walking or for your trips outdoors – whether it be for shopping or other chores.
BEST FOOTWEAR TO WEAR WHILE WORKING OUT
Probably the most important thing to take care while exercising is that you avoid any possibility of injury. I was a big fan of the Skechers Sport Women’s Big Idea Sneakers till I discovered the Zoot’s Women’s Ultra Kane 3.0 Running Shoe that I preferred towards the early part of my pregnancy. I went back to the Big Idea Sneakers towards the 3rd trimester.
BEST FOOTWEAR TO WEAR OUTDOORS FOR WINTER
My twins were born on Valentine’s day and hence I spent all of my last trimester braving the harsh Chicago winter. What do you wear when you go out and you need something that gives comfort but also protects you from the cold. For me, my Uggs were the ones that I preferred the most during this time. I made sure I avoided walking on the snow and ice. If you do have to do that I would advise some waterproof and slip resistant shoes like this one – Skechers Performance Women’s Go Walk Move Snow Boots.
BEST FOOTWEAR TO WEAR OUTDOORS FOR SUMMER
During summer I would go with my flipflops but if I was wearing my jeans I would slip onto my Haflinger clogs occasionally as well.
Are there any other pregnancy shoes out there that worked better for your needs. Do let me know.