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 my feet looked 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.
Some are cute (some are not) but we are all about the comfort this time.
Here are your most popular recommendations for footwear that walks the walk when you’re carrying a heavy load.
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. Around $100 – Amazon.
The great thing about Sketchers is that many of their shoes have stretchy laces. These guys look comfy plus they have a little support going on. Around $50 – Amazon
I never thought these shoes looked particularly comfortable until I tried them and, man, are they 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.) You’ll have 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 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 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, and because of this they are pretty, darn comfortable ……and pretty darn expensive. Thankfully they are pretty timeless, so if you get a good pair they’ll serve you for a long time. 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 are cool, fun and light. They may not be the best for office wear 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 upside is that they are so iconic that they almost defy ugly – like pugs. Around $120 – Amazon
I have these flip flop / thongs / sandals and they are incredibly comfortable. They have a bit of 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, then Tieks are a great bet. I wouldn’t run a marathon in them, but they are soft and flexible so your feet can expand. They are extremely well made in a timeless style so you can justify the price tag a bit. 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.
- Try a wider heel with a slight wedge in the front – they give the appearance of height but they are a little more stable.
- Get a lower heel with an open toe in a neutral color – the open toe gives a little more slide room, and the tone lengthens your leg so you don’t notice the shorter heel as much.
- Go for a wedge – they provide a little more stability while keeping the height.
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.