If you’re the type of person to rock sky high heels, it may be wise to switch to more comfortable pregnancy shoes. You might crave slip ons and comfort anyway! Sensible shoes, however, are no longer mutually exclusive of style. There are plenty of stylish and attractive options that still prioritise your comfort – and safety, especially if you find your feet start swelling.
We’ve put together the 2023 guide to stylish and comfortable pregnancy shoes. From comfort during exercise with the 5-star rated Nikes, to an amazing pair of shoes like Uggs or Birkenstocks, you’re covered from first to fourth trimester.
What to look for in comfortable maternity footwear
Whether your feet have swelled or not, the main thing to look for here is comfort. The brands and products we’ve chosen are designed with orthotic benefits, or specifically with features around comfort. Each pair is high quality and can be worn throughout pregnancy and beyond. Remember, style is great but comfort is Queen. Let’s dive in.
Best shoes for swollen pregnancy feet
Swelling during pregnancy doesn’t happen to everyone but it can happen. It’s uncomfortable but the good news is that it’s temporary. Birkenstocks and UGGs are not only on trend but ultra comfortable. The layers of jute, rubber latex, and oak tree cork create its trademark moulded footbed, leaving you with a supportive feeling and ongoing comfort throughout the day. Better still, they’re available in a range of colours and textures.
Arizona Big Buckle Sandcastle
Tasman Slipper (Women) Chestnut
Madrid Essentials Black
All round comfortable and stylish pregnancy shoes
The Kirsten ballet flats seem like they are made for pregnancy. Created with supple leather in Italy, they are also ultra-comfy and super stylish. They’re perfect for wear throughout your pregnancy and beyond. Additionally, these shoes are incredibly lightweight and easy to pack, making them a great option for on-the-go or if you’re travelling for work.
Kirsten leather ballet flats Cream
For a trendy look, opt for the Inga two-tone ballet flats. They’re comfortable, making them perfect for a long day at the office and ensuring you effortlessly achieve that trendy look.
Inga two-tone leather ballet flats Cream
More gorgeous options:
Metallic Leather Mary Jane Flats Silver
Billie Crystal-Embellished Denim Ballet Flats Blue
Best maternity walking and running shoes
Keeping active during pregnancy is important for maintaining good blood circulation and overall health, and walking is a great way to do that. You don’t have to be a runner, but taking a walk or two each day can make a big difference. Just remember to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard.
When it comes to footwear, comfort and support are key. ASICS is a brand we adore for comfortable but on trend footwear. Their GEL-CUMULUS 25 shoes are perfect for easy walking or running days. Features include a full-length FF BLAST™ PLUS midsole foam and a stack height increase of 2mm, making them extra cushioned, not to mention their stunning design. These shoes are great for pregnancy and pram strolls postpartum. They’re available in a range of colours too.
ASICS Women’s GEL-Cumulus 25 – White/White
On shoes are highly rated by running mums. You can enjoy the extra lightweight design and elite-running tech and the benefit of knowing you’re wearing one of the most supportive running shoes in the world. These also provide great support for walking too. We love pairing our On with leggings, hoody and coat in winter for pram walks, or a loose shirt and cross-body bag in summer.
Cloudnova Sneaker In Phantom & White Phantom White
Best pregnancy shoes for work
High heels are usually a go-to for a professional look, but pregnancy can make it a little tough to wear them all day. That’s where the amazing Everland Italian Leather Day heel comes in. Made with soft, cozy Italian leather and a block heel design, these heels will keep you looking and feeling great all day long. Give your feet a little love with these stylish and comfy heels.
The Italian Leather Day Heel Bone Stacked
Other work options that are trendy right now:
Embellished Metallic Leather Slippers Gold
Padlock Metallic Leather Point-Toe Flats Gold
Stuart Denim Point-Toe Pumps Blue
Best summer sandals for pregnancy
Level up your sandals game with a classic silhouette reinterpreted for comfort. The mini annie heel is a classic style. This stunning sandal will effortlessly elevate your style from day to night. One of the more comfortable maternity heels we’ve seen.
Mini annie heel in ivory
Ari Mule In Pale Pink
4G Printed Denim Mules Blue
Jayda Mid Heel Sandals Tan Leather
Best winter boots for pregnancy
These boots are designed with day-to-night comfort in mind. Leather boots are here to stay. Among our top favorites are the incredibly comfortable and stunning Palomino Chelsea boots, available in both heeled and flat versions. They feature a cool chunky rubber sole. Additionally, the leather ankle boots from Arket, with a slight heel, offer a more formal look.
Palamino leather chelsea boots Black
Leather ankle boots Black
Best pregnancy shoes for the beach
These slides are incredibly comfortable maternity footwear. With extra cushioning, these Nike slides provide an enhanced level of comfort, and their minimalistic look has truly captivated us. They are also available in black, adding to their super cute appeal. Without a doubt, they are a must-have.
Calm Women’s Slides Sail/Sail Style
Arizona Essentials Purple Fog
Best pregnancy shoes to wear with dresses
Don’t let the heel fool you. These French-inspired heels add polish and height. Designed as a comfy maternity shoe, they offer a discreet 5mm internal platform and padding for long-term cushioning. The castor outsole is made up of 40% recycled rubber, and their suede comes from a LWG gold-rated tannery. We’re loving these in neutral tones.
The Bicolor Leather Slingback Sandals Black
More FAQs about pregnancy shoes
Does your shoe size change during and after pregnancy?
Pregnancy hormones relax the ligaments around your pelvis, preparing your body for childbirth. They also relax the ligaments in your feet, causing the bones to spread and widen. This could even mean you end up wearings shoes that are a half or full shoe size larger during and after pregnancy. Don’t be alarmed. It’s all part of the process and it’s OK. Just try on your regular size and if you need to size up, go for it.
Do you need to buy bigger shoes during pregnancy?
Yes, many pregnant women discover that they need to purchase a larger shoe size. Pregnancy hormone changes can cause the bones in the feet to spread and widen, causing discomfort when wearing your regular shoe size. During pregnancy, it is not uncommon for women to go up half a size or even a full size. It’s important to remember that everyone is different, and some pregnant women may not notice a change in their shoe size. If you’re experiencing discomfort in your current shoes, try a larger size to see if it provides relief.