It’s the seventh month of your nine-month-long pregnancy, and your body is starting to betray you. Your legs and feet are swollen, your heart is burning, and you’re always hungry. Though our bodies continuously change while growing another human being, many of our lifestyles usually don’t. You still might be working full-time, running around after other kids at home, or just walking around your house daily. One thing’s for sure — you’ll need something to support you while you’re supporting your growing baby. That all comes down to wearing the proper pair of shoes during pregnancy.
Best Shoes To Wear During Pregnancy
This might be something you’re currently wearing, but here’s a reminder: you should ALWAYS be wearing footwear in the house. Not only does it help prevent accidents like slipping or tripping on hardwood floors, but shoes in the house also provide you with the constant support your body (and your baby) will need!1 This list includes some of the best shoes to wear during pregnancy inside or outside the house (most options can work for either).
Best Sandals for Pregnancy
It’s normal to feel slightly hotter or warmer during pregnancy. Especially during summertime, the hot weather can raise the body temperature of a pregnant mama.2 You’ll want to stay cool during pregnancy and have some smart shoe options to help you feel comfortable, whether you’re in the heat or just having that pregnancy glow! Here are some great sandals that we recommend trying out.
Birkenstock Arizona Slides
An excellent option for both inside the house and outside, these Birkenstocks are supportive and comfortable sandals that will keep your feet happy and healthy. They combine fashion and function and come in various colors and designs to suit anyone’s needs and preferences. They typically have a cork-style footbed with a leather or Birko-Flor (a soft, non-leather material) upper and can keep you comfy for days.
Freedom Moses Slides
These lightweight Freedom Moses two-band slides can be great for the boat and/or the cottage during those summer days. If you’re looking for something lighter but still want good foot support, these are for you. These non-slip, waterproof slides come in multiple cute patterns and colors — and they’re scented!
OOFOS OOriginal Sandal
I’m sure your podiatrist has told you to stay far away from flip-flops, and they’re typically correct. However, the OOriginal Sandal from OOFOS are an exception to the rule. These thongs are made of foam material that helps reduce stress on your feet and supports foot mobility. They’re another great option for pool or beach days.
Best Slippers for Pregnancy
My feet tend to be chilly in the house, especially during pregnancy. So, a sandal isn’t usually a good enough option for me. That’s why I recommend having a good pair of slippers, too! For slippers, you want something that resembles a shoe as much as possible. You can find some with a tougher outer sole without being super flimsy and soft, giving you foot support while keeping your feet warm. Rock those slippers, mama (but maybe not your fluffy, fragile bunny ones!).
Jessica Simpson Faux Fur Slippers
Wish you could wear fluffy slippers like we talked about? Well, these come close! These warm slippers give you a little fluff without sacrificing foot support. They have a thick memory foam cushion, providing support and comfort. Plus, the anti-slip sole offers grip on floors to help prevent you from sliding. They’re also machine-washable and come in various colors and patterns, including leopard print and rainbow sequins.
Ugg Ansley Slippers
I know what you’re thinking — Uggs? Really? Really! These waterproof and super-soft sheepskin slippers are the perfect shoes to wear during pregnancy for anyone prone to having cold feet in the house. They’re stylish and warm and remain light and airy on the feet, which is a total win in our books.
Haflinger AS Classic Slippers
These Haflinger slippers are another pair you can wear inside and outside the house. They feature warm, boiled wool fabric and have a rubber outsole that gives you a reliable grip on different surfaces. With their cork footbed and felt fabric, these are a cozy choice that will keep your feet singing!
BRONAX Pillow Slippers
If your toes need room to breathe, you might like these comfy slide slippers! They’re ideal for walking around the house, plus you can wear them in the shower. The cushioned sole makes them pillowy, soft, and supportive, as these slippers provide stability and shock absorption. They’re also made with EVA material, which can help relieve foot pain you may be experiencing.
Best Running Shoes for Pregnancy
You may have noticed by now that our list hasn’t included any heels. Newsflash: Those will only hurt and not help you during your pregnancy. The fancy fashion shoe is fine for a few hours on the town, but you’ll want some supportive options as your maternity wardrobe staples. Running/walking shoes are vital for being comfortable as a new mama, and many options exist!
Allbirds Tree Runners
These classic sneakers from Allbirds are light on the foot and made with breathable eucalyptus tree fiber. They’re great for everyday wear, as the cushioned SweetFoam midsole (made from Brazilian sugarcane) provides long-term support and comfort. Bonus: these silky smooth sneakers are machine-washable!
Nike Free Metcon 5 Training Shoe
Runners are integral to foot and overall body health, especially while pregnant. Made with comfort in mind, these Nike training shoes provide stability and cushioning for all types of activities, making them a great shoe to wear during pregnancy. Of course, staying active while pregnant is essential, but having something supportive underneath you during any physical activity is even more important!
Adidas NMD R1 Sneaker
One of the top running shoe brands, Adidas, has you covered with its all-activity NMD R1 sneakers. These casual shoes have heel-to-toe cushioning that absorbs the impact of your steps, providing more stability and comfort for your feet. Available in pink, gray, and off-white/beige, this pair of Adidas sneakers will support your feet whether you’re out and about or taking care of things around the house.
Hoka Clifton 9 Running Shoe
Coming in an array of colors (including light blue, pink, and black), the Clifton 9 running shoe provides optimal comfort and feels lightweight on your feet. Its fabrication includes responsive foam, an OrthoLite footbed, textile upper and lining, and a rubber sole. As you take each step, the Meta-Rocker technology allows for smooth motions between the back and front of your foot — add to cart!
Other Recommended Shoes for Pregnancy
We had to share these other shoes that can be terrific to wear during pregnancy. From airy clogs to sensible but stylish flats, check out our additional recommendations for comfy and supportive shoes!
Crocs Classic Clog
Don’t knock them ’til you try them! We know that Crocs may not be the most fashionable option, but trust us, your pregnant feet will thank you! These clogs/casual shoes are perfect for both in-home and outdoor wear and offer support while maintaining comfort and style. The classic croc is breathable and can help if you’re experiencing hot or sweaty feet.
Dansko Slip-On Mule Clog
Dansko is another great footwear brand — all their shoes are excellent options for indoor or outdoor use. However, Dansko’s clogs are in a league of their own. You can wear these daily to get the relief your dear body needs! They come in plain and patterned styles, are lightweight and durable, and provide lots of support.
Vionic Minna Ballet Flat
Are you looking for something classy to wear to your cousin’s wedding but trying to steer away from heels as much as humanly possible? Then you totally need these Vionic Minna ballet slippers! Their orthopedic design promises to cradle your feet in comfort wherever you might find yourself (and babe).
Rothy’s The Point
Here’s another pair of stylish flats! Rothy’s original Point are soft and flexible and have a sleek, pointed toe. Available in over 35 prints, these shoes are great for casual outings. The In Love Insole will keep your feet comfortable, while the sturdy outsoles make these flats durable. And can you believe these are knit from recycled plastic bottles?!
UGG Classic Mini II Genuine Shearling Lined Boot
Did we really put two pairs of Uggs on this list? We certainly did! They might not be everyone’s cup of tea fashion-wise, but these plushy boots will keep pregnant mamas warm and dry outside in the winter. Made with a leather upper, genuine shearling lining, and a Treadlite sole, these mini Uggs are durable and cushiony, perfect for the cold weather.
After all this shoe talk, you may wonder, what on earth are you talking about? I’m pregnant — shoes are not my friend, and I’m way more comfortable being barefoot! Although you might feel more comfortable without shoes during pregnancy, over time, you may regret that decision as you put more and more pressure on your feet. Having support 24/7 is an integral part of keeping mom and baby safe, comfortable, and happy in the long run.