Where Can I Find Comfortable Shoes for My Swollen Feet?

Posted by | August 02, 2018 | Lifestyle, Pregnancy Medicine | No Comments

Your abdomen isn’t the only part of your body that will change and expand during your pregnancy. One of the most common complaints of pregnant women is swollen feet. If your feet feel like they have turned into balloons by lunchtime, it’s time to find some comfortable shoes to wear during pregnancy that support your swollen feet.

Shopping for Shoes during Pregnancy

One of the challenges that pregnant women face when finding comfortable shoes during pregnancy is that their feet can change sizes between the time you put them on in the morning and the time you come home for dinner.

  • Look for shoes that have laces or straps that you can adjust throughout the day.
  • Avoid heels whenever possible. Standing and walking in heels puts added stress on your feet, strain on your ankles, and increases the risks of falls that can be dangerous to you and your baby.
  • Look for low wedges if you really want or need the height. They’ll give you much more support that those stilettos and they’re stylish with skirts or jeans.
  • Go for breathable fabrics that will allow for moisture to leave the shoes instead of leather.
  • Buy your shoes in the afternoon or evening when your feet have become more swollen. You don’t want them to be too loose, but blisters on top of already swollen feet can be miserable.
  • Try on shoes in other sizes to see if you need another size, which could mean length, width, or both. Different shoe brands will have different feels, so if this is your first time buying a wide width shoe, you might be exploring new brands and styles.
  • Invest in loose ankle booties instead of knee high boots with heels for a similar fashion statement without the pain and tight fit.
  • Invest in comfortable plain shoes and dress them up with shoe accessories.

Comfortable Shoes to Wear During Pregnancy

Toms are great for pregnant women

Image Courtesy of Toms.com

Gone are the days when you only had a few selections of shoes and shirts with large bows or arrows pointed at your belly. You can have a stylish and comfortable wardrobe during pregnancy, and you can start by finding some classic and fun footwear that will let your ankles expand almost as quickly as your belly.

  • Ballet shoes aren’t just for ballerinas. They are flats, comfortable, expand slightly, and come in fashionable prints like leopard or bright colors. Corso Como Ballasox flats look like ballet slippers but they have a form-fitting sock attached right into the lining for added comfort. They’re available in lots of fun colors, too.
  • Keds aren’t just for kids. These fairly inexpensive tennis shoes can give you the added benefit of laces you can adjust with a quality shoe. Plus now they come in fashionable colors and even patterns to liven up your wardrobe.
  • Uggs are the way to go for home comfort. These sturdy but cozy slippers come in many different styles, and you wouldn’t be the first woman to wear them out and about on the town.
  • If you’re in your third trimester in a hot climate or season, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Birkenstocks. These slightly rugged but still fashionable sandals don’t have heels but have a firm sole for added support.
  • Danskos come in tons of cute and fun styles, but they also offer insoles that are designed to wick away moisture and beveled heels that are supposed to provide more cushion when walking than traditional heels.
  • The Minnetonka moccasin is the tried and true standby for women with very swollen feet and ankles, and they’re making a fashion statement comeback, too.
  • Try TOMS canvas shoes that come in different styles including slip-ons. Not only will you be investing in your own new pair of shoes, but for every pair purchased, TOMS give a pair to a child in need.
  • Dr. Scholl’s not only offers insoles for added comfort, but they have a great line of athletic shoes for women that support the feet and ankles without looking like it.

Walking is one of the best exercises pregnant women can do, but it is pretty hard if your feet and ankles are constantly swollen and uncomfortable. You don’t have to suffer with inadequate shoes during your pregnancy. Make it a girls’ afternoon and try some of these tips for finding quality shoes during pregnancy.

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Dr. Gareth Forde

About Dr. Gareth Forde

An obstetrician-gynecologist, a clinical professor, a researcher, and a father of five—and he delivered them all! He speaks and publishes extensively on maternal and child health issues, where he emphasizes the role of a healthy maternal lifestyle, good nutrition, and breastfeeding on infant development. He chose the field of obstetrics because it is a celebration of life, a happy and exciting profession. “Children are a blessing and they bring joy and laughter to the world,” he says. “I cherish my work, as a doctor and a dad.” The study of genetic imprinting is a major focus of both Dr. Forde’s research and medical practice. This looks at what happens in the womb, how the genes a baby inherits are expressed (turned on and off), and how this influences the child’s health after birth. “This field holds great promise, shedding light on many unsolved mysteries in health and disease from infancy to adulthood,” he adds. Dr. Forde grew up in London, England and Orlando, Florida. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and is currently pursuing a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to this, he practiced with Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners, a consortium of Saint Mary’s Health Care, Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine—where he was a clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology. He also has a master’s in molecular and cellular biology from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University; a Ph.D. in environmental science (computational chemistry) from Jackson State University; and a post-doctoral fellowship in biophysics from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York.”