You are never more aware of every inch of your body than when you are pregnant, and that means you deserve to seek comfort from head to toe. If the weather is getting warmer, and your feet are not only carrying a bigger, more important load but also starting to swell, you are definitely going to be in the market for some very comfortable sandals and lightweight sneakers.
This is actually something to celebrate about your summer pregnancy. Even when your feet and ankles are swollen beyond recognition, you don’t have to confine yourself to ugly footwear and flip-flops. And you don’t have to remain barefoot and pregnant every day. Consider this the perfect excuse to shop.
In this list, we’ve tried to include a number of options to suit your needs. There are supportive, breathable sneakers for your most active days. We have wedges and delicate sandals for those of you who refuse to go full frump. But also, there are soft and comfy slides and sandals for when you deserve to walk on clouds and also can’t really even see, let alone reach your feet.
A version of this article was originally published in May 2017.
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These sandals are like wearing a summer dress on your feet. They’re so pretty, no one will notice that those platform soles offer a little extra support.
What a world we get to live in now where the cushiest slipper-iest shoes get to be called “fashion”! Feel runway ready as you walk around the block in these slides.
The Hatch & Keds Supergroup
When we learned that maternity clothing brand Hatch had teamed up with Keds to make sneakers designed for pregnant people, we had two thoughts: 1) That’s perfect! and 2) Why hasn’t anyone done this sooner? They’re slip-on but supportive, come in wide sizes, and are made with breathable jersey lining and French terry uppers.
Birks in Bloom
If you want to live in nothing but Birkenstock sandals, you can now do so in full color.
A Classy Step Up
These Clarks offer a classy middle ground for your pregnancy footwear needs: Zero buckling, good cushioning, but a little height and a classic style that will make them perfect for work or an outdoor party.
A New Slide
You could go for the classic Adidas slides that used to double as gym shower shoes — or you could have a bit more fun and choose the brand’s Adilette line, which offers pretty colors, metallics, and prints, with the same breezy fit.
Bzees Smile Wedge Sandals
Not only do these aptly named sandals bring a smile to your face when you first see them, but their comfy foam footbeds and stretch uppers mean you won’t start frowning at them halfway through the day. They’re also machine washable!
Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers
If your doctor’s orders are to keep on walking, you may as well do it while looking good. You might need help tying them in the later months, however.
TOMS Women’s Redondo Loafer Flat
While we love a good sandal, there are also days when you just don’t feel like flashing all your toes. Canvas TOMS are always a fun, breathable alternative.
Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-Flor Thongs
Birkenstocks are known for their comfort. In fact, pregnant ladies will particularly appreciate the soft cork footbed, but they will also appreciate the shoes’ style. This classic sandal gets a trendy twist thanks to a bold buckle and silver foil.
Crocs Isabella T-Strap Sandal
Love ’em or hate ’em, Crocs are durable, reliable and a good choice for the dog days of summer.
Avarca Wedge Pons
Super-cute and super-comfy, these Spanish leather sandals feature a springy rubber wedge. Plus they come in lots of fun, bright colors.
Vans SK8-HI Slim Canvas Sneakers
Tap into your inner youth and try some Vans on for size. Flat canvas sneakers are perfect for running around or skateboarding — though you may not want to do the latter while pregnant — and the white canvas looks fresh for summer. Hot tip: You can gradually loosen those laces and unlace the top rows as your feet and ankles swell.
Skechers Performance Go Walk 2 Slip-On Shoe
With a lightweight body and supportive design, these sneakers are perfect for pregnancy. Oh, and I did mention they lack laces? Yeah. That’s clutch when you’re in your third trimester and can’t reach (or see) or your toes.
Eileen Fisher Sport Platform Sandals
These sporty sandals feature sneaker-like soles. They’ll come in handy when your center of gravity is off.
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