Heels Or Trainers? What Shoes To Wear During Pregnancy

What shoes to wear during pregnancy
What shoes to wear during pregnancy

The Duchess of Cambridge breezed through pregnancy wearing seriously high heels and no doubt her sister in law, Meghan Markle, will do exactly the same.

This doesn’t mean, however, that wearing high heels throughout your pregnancy is normal! It is fine to want to wear something flat and comfortable when you are suffering from the new and unexpected pains or pregnancy.

In fact, switching your high heeled work shoes for flatter, supportive boots or a smart pair of trainers is an easy step that can significantly improve your quality of life.

Don’t overlook insoles, too. When I had terrible knee pain during pregnancy, a pair of arch-lifting insoles sorted the problem instantaneously.

Here are some shoe tips for pregnancy…

Shoes for Working (And Partying!) While Pregnant

While pregnancy would be much more comfortable if it came with unlimited time off, working while pregnant is often unavoidable.

 The majority of pregnant women continue to work and unfortunately, this can be extremely strenuous on your feet.

Luckily, there are so many practical flats these days including moccasins, loafers and ballerinas.  We love Pretty Ballerina (pictured below), French Sole and Kate Spate for comfortable flats that are stylish enough to wear to work or out to dinner.

Pretty Ballerina shoes are perfect during pregnancy
Pretty Ballerina shoes are perfect during pregnancy

What Should I Wear for Swollen Feet?

Swelling in the feet and other extremities is a very common issue during pregnancy. You can help yourself stay comfortable by getting shoes a size or two larger than usual.

This will provide extra space, especially during your third trimester. You can wear thick socks or a second pair on days when the swelling is less intense.

Flat shoes don't get much more comfortable than Todd's
Flat shoes don’t get much more comfortable than Todd’s
As your pregnancy progresses, you may have difficulties tying your shoes. At that point, you should opt for slip-ons whenever possible. Velcro is another option, allowing you to quickly adjust the size as needed. Above all, look for shoes that let your feet breathe and stay cool, as this will reduce swelling and discomfort.

Sparkly trainers from Kate Spade
Sparkly trainers from Kate Spade

Keeping Your Feet Comfortable During Pregnancy

Beyond shoe choice, there are some simple ways to maximize your comfort throughout your pregnancy.

The easiest method of staying active while pregnant is by doing plenty of walking about in comfortable shoes. Exercising regularly will improve almost every aspect of your physical and mental health during this time and beyond.

If your pain becomes more severe or suddenly worsens, consult your doctor.

While comfortable shoes are very helpful for a variety of minor issues, you shouldn’t hesitate to seek medical attention if you aren’t able to address them yourself. A doctor will be able to identify the problem and help you find the best treatment.

Rag n Bones hiker-style boots will give you a bit of extra height while still being comfortable
Rag n Bones hiker-style boots will give you a bit of extra height while still being comfortable

It’s important to take care of yourself while you’re pregnant, and investing in the right shoes is a great way to do that.

Simply switching from heels or tight fitting shoes into more functional flats that give your feet ventilation and support can have a significant impact on pain in your feet and back.

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