Since we’re basically being given permission to go shoe shopping…it’s time to shop for cute shoes that make sense. Pregnancy shoes need to give support plus be comfortable and stretchy (the swelling will come, if it hasn’t already). Most importantly, pregnancy shoes need to be easy to get on and off, which means slip-on shoes, booties, and sneakers are the answer. There’s nothing with a lace or zipper that you’ll be able to reach by the last weeks of your pregnancy. Maternity shoes need to be simple—in every sense of the word.
Kelsey Jayne, Footwear Design Director at Dansko says it best: “As a mother of 4 (and expecting!), my preferred footwear needs to be easy on/easy off with incredible arch support. I learned my lesson when I developed fallen arches during my first pregnancy many years ago. My go-to shoe has to be cozy—with a friendly toe shape, supportive arch and with the perfect pitch.” Plus, these shoes are great wardrobe basics. Kelsey adds, “I can easily style them while running errands or stopping in for an event at school and still feel put together.”
Without further ado, let’s talk best maternity shoes.
Best maternity shoes
Birdie The Swan Shoe — $120.00
When you want to feel fancy, whether for an event or a lounge around the house, The Swan Shoe is a winner. They give you the easy on/off with a little extra glamour. Choose from a variety of seasonal colors or prints, or go all out and opt for the Jeweled Gold Sparkle.
Blowfish Malibu Women’s Fruit Sneaker, — $30.00
Pregnant or not, we can never get enough of these lightweight, canvas sneakers in so many fun colors and prints. Easy to take on and off, these slip-ons are the answer to all of your outfits. Jeans, leggings, maternity yoga pants, you name it, wear these in tie-dye or camo (they come in way more colors and patterns) and you’re set.
Naturalizer Marianne Slip on Sneaker — $85.00
A classic leather sneaker will take you all the way through your pregnancy and beyond. They’re smart and stylish, with the softness (and stretchiness) of leather and the comfort of a sneaker. They come in wide, too, so give yourself some breathing room if needed.
Best maternity shoes for swollen feet
Dearfoams Sophie Slip-On Sneaker — $45.00
Get the comfort of those Dearfoams slippers you love in shoes that you can wear out and about. These are so soft, so stretchy, that you’ll happily be wearing them all of the 10 months. The breathable knit material and contoured footbed with arch support may be the most real shoe you can actually wear these days.
BZees Golden Bootie — $85.00
A sweater for your feet, these Golden Booties have all the right features a pregnant mama needs. The Comfort Cone Gel offers heel impact shock absorption and cushioning in all the right places. Lightweight and stretchy, these are also anti-microbial with odor control technology since you know…the hormones.
Reef Cushion Sage SE — $75.00
As your belly grows, you’ll learn to appreciate a backstrap that can flip forward. These classic suede mules have a cork footbed that blends cushioning and rebound support. The strap is adjustable for a custom fit, but seriously, when you can no longer reach down, just flip that strap and slide them on.
Skechers Gowalk Arch Fit Sneaker — $85.00
Walking right through your pregnancy, you’re going to need a super supportive sneaker that you can still get your foot into till the end. These Skechers have a breathable athletic mesh upper and are very stretchy to get into. PLUS (and this is big), they come in wide for the *swelling*.
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