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Pregnancy Shoes That’ll Help With Swelling, Sweating, and Support

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August 16, 2023

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When you think of maternity clothes, shoes might be the last thing that pops into your mind. But having the right footwear is just as important as elastic waistbands and light tops for keeping you comfortable. We’ve rounded up a few options to keep in your closet for when your feet start to ache, swell, and sweat. From open-toed sandals that’ll provide support and comfort to extra-wide sneakers you can take your daily walks in, these shoes feel like treats for your feet. You deserve it.  

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An HQ’r favorite for when closed-toe sandals aren’t an option…

If you’re experiencing swelling and sneakers just aren’t an option, snag a pair (or two) of these slides that’ll become your new go-tos. They have a thick foam sole, adjustable straps that can accommodate swelling feet, and a roomy toe box so you can wiggle your toes comfortably. Customers say they’re perfect for people with wider feet, and love the variety of colors. ($16.99+, Amazon)

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Square flats pregnancy shoes

Square-toed flats for special occasions…

There comes a point in every pregnancy when you have to hang up your wedges and reach for comfort. These flats have a yoga mat midsole, extra heel cushioning, flexible sole, and four-way stretch that won’t suffocate your feet. Plus, they come in over 20 colors and are machine washable. Chic enough for dinners out, versatile enough for daily wear. Sounds like a no-brainer. ($79, Vivaia)

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Puffy sandal pregnancy shoe

Puffy sandals for your morning walks…

Comfy straps — check. Open toe — check. Heel support — check. There’s not much else you can ask for when it comes to comfy sandals you can wear all day. They have a super lightweight sole with two points of adjustability (at the heel and ankle) and a contoured cushion that molds to your foot over time. ($93.91, Sorel)

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A slip-on shoe meant for foot relief…

After a long day on your feet, slip into something a little more comfortable (see what we did there?) with these easy-to-wear Hokas. They have breathable mesh uppers and an ultra-plush cushion to give your feet the relief they need. ($90, Hoka)

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Finish Line

A sleek sneaker you can wear all day…

It’s no wonder this brand took the sneaker world by storm. Not only are these sneakers cool-looking, they’re so comfortable they might become your new staple running sneaker post-pregnancy, too. They have a lightweight mesh upper and tons of cushioning that provides less impact with every step (or stride). They come in four different colors and customers say they’re perfect for long days on your feet. ($170, Finish Line)

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New Balance

An ultra-cushioned sneaker that comes in wide sizes…

If you’re suffering from pinching at the end of the day, it might be time to upgrade to a shoe with a little more room. This option from New Balance offers three width options — medium, wide, and extra-wide — so you can size up as needed. It’s got tons of cushioning, a chunky heel for added stability, and a removable insole you can swap out for an orthopedic one if you need it. ($149.99, Zappos)

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Waterproof pregnancy sandals

Waterproof sandals with lots of cushioning…

These are the perfect pregnancy sandals for summertime. They’re lightweight, cushioned, and have an adjustable strap for heel support. Plus, they’re water-friendly, so you won’t have to worry about ruining them at the beach or the next pool party. ($60, Reef)

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Tried-and-true sandals designed for arch support…

Steve Jobs wore his into the ground, and now it’s your turn. These cult-favorite sandals are a must-have in every wardrobe — especially when you’re looking for stylish comfort. They’ve got a cork sole that mimics the shape of a healthy footbed, and shock-absorbent support for your instep. Both straps are adjustable. The soft suede upper and moldable footbed will only get comfier over time. ($140, Nordstrom)

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Fleece lined slip-ons

Fleece-lined slip-ons you can wear on errands…

The best thing about these slip-ons is that you don’t really ever have to take them off. They’re great for indoors — thanks to their rubber sole and furry inside that’ll keep your feet cozy — but are durable enough to be worn to your next check-up or grocery run. Psst… if the fur isn’t for you, snag the unlined version instead. ($41.24+, Crocs)

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Pregnancy clogs

Sleek clogs perfect for your hospital bag…

Calling all swollen ladies — these recovery slides should be in the pre-and post-pregnancy hall of fame. They’ve got a roomy fit, a deep footbed, and a foam sole that molds to your feet. The brand recommends sizing down for a true-to-size fit, but if you’re at that stage where literally no other shoe fits, we rec snagging your usual size. Pair them with some fan-favorite compression socks and feel that sweet relief. ($59.99, Crocs)

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