You’re having a baby! Congratulations! Whether this is your first sweet bundle of joy or your fifth, you’re no doubt over the moon excited about the next 9 months.
Perhaps you’ve already started preparing for the next few months, or maybe you’re halfway through, our rearing the end of your pregnancy. Either way, whether you’ve experienced it in your first pregnancy or you’ve heard the swollen feet, lower back pain or extreme heel discomfort stories, you know that a good pair of supportive shoes are necessary during this phase of your life.
Thus, I have put together a list of the best supportive shoes for pregnancy.
What are the best supportive shoes for pregnancy?
Here is a quick preview of my top 3 choices. For more information, please keep reading below.
- Skechers Performance Women’s Go Walk 3 Slip-On Walking Shoe
- Toms classic flats
- Crocs Women’s Swiftwater Sandal
Why Supportive Shoes Are Important?
Before we start though, let’s take a deeper look into why supportive shoe are so crucial during your pregnancy and a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for the right pair.
Swollen Feet– Swollen feet is a very common occurrence during pregnancy. This tends to happen more during your third trimester, but can certainly occur before then.
As a general rule, a mom-to-be is more conscious of the need to stay off her feet (as much as possible) during this time, however with busy work days, wife duties and possibly other kiddos running around, let’s face it, it’s just not always possible. Hence, a super comfy, supportive shoe is a must.
Change in posture– Our bodies are always changing, but when we are pregnant, those changes can become a lot more evident. Other than the obvious, we may not always “see” these changes, but we certainly can feel them. One of the most common changes is in our posture.
We may slouch a bit more, causing pain in our legs and knees.
Dizziness– This does not happen too often, but from time to time, we may feel a bit dizzy or light-headed. Remember, we are carrying around a lot more weight than our body is used to and we tire a lot more quickly, thus a good supportive shoe goes a long way to make sure our dizziness doesn’t turn into a stumble and fall.
Back pain– A very common symptom during pregnancy, back pain, especially lower back pain, can be so excruciating at times, you feel like you can’t move. In this case, you hope to be at home, but what about when you have an attack while out and about?
It’s a terrible situation to be in, yet having the right shoe on can certainly make a difference.
How To Choose A Good Pair Of Supportive Shoes
Support– This is obviously one of the most important things to keep in mind when choosing a shoe. Good support makes a huge difference in how long you’ll be able to last in those shoes each day and can even determine how long you will be able to stay on our feet throughout your pregnancy.
Comfort– Together with good support is comfort. Comfortable shoes does not just mean that they have a soft inner, but also means that you have enough room to let your feet breathe throughout the day.
As mentioned before, our feet tend to swell, some days worse than others, so making sure we have plenty of room for those “swollen” days is vital.
Style– Just because we’re pregnant does not mean we can’t be stylish. Personally, I feel better about myself when I look presentable and am confident in my own shoes, so to say. When deciding on a shoe, don’t sacrifice stylish (at least not too much) for comfort.
Yes, comfort and support is our number one priority, but style is not too far behind.
Easy to put on– When looking for the perfect pair, we sometimes forget about getting the shoe on. For example, do the shoes have laces or are the velcro? Can I just slip them on, or will I need to bend over to fasten them up?
Keep in mind, this probably won’t be a problem the majority of the time, but once you start showing like really start showing, bending down will not be as easy as it once was.
So now that we know why supportive shoes are so necessary, let’s take a look into a few of my favorites:
Skechers Performance Women’s Go Walk 3 Slip-On Walking Shoe
The Skechers brand is known for comfort and support and these slip-on walking shoes are no exception. They are made from a mesh fabric, making them very breathable throughout the day and sensors that offer flexibility to your walk. They also feature memory foam padding to offer extra comfort and stability, perfect for an every day, yet practical shoe for the mom-to-be.
Does this pair of shoes have what it takes to be the best supportive shoes for pregnancy? I say yes! They are breathable, offer memory foam comfort and best of all they are slip on.
These Toms Classic Flats are becoming a staple in many mom-to-be’s closets. Why? First off, they are all about comfort. The flat design is great for walking around all day, but with the arch-insert for support, your feet are still happy.
The sole is made from rubber so it is not only flexible but very durable as well. And the v-shaped elastic is a great feature as it not only makes it easy to get on and off but also helps keep your feet comfortably in place. As for style, these are my personal favorites as Espadrilles are really in right now!
(You might also enjoy reading: Flats Comparable To Tieks – 4 Great Alternatives)
Crocs are renowned for being extraordinarily comfortable but haven’t always had the style factor in mind. Well, that has all changed. If you are looking for a super comfortable, supportive, but also stylish pair of crocs, check out these Swiftwear sandals.
They come in a bunch of different colors, feature Croslite foam cushion, rubber sole and are even water-friendly. They are a fantastic option for the summer, or even to wear around the house on those not-so-summer days. As with any pair of Crocs you can expect the comfortable, lightweight feel that will keep you on your feet all day long.
Well, those are my top 3 choices for best supportive shoes for pregnancy. What shoes have you found to meet the criteria during your 9 months? Let me know in the comments below!