What Shoes To Not Wear During Pregnancy
7 Types Of Shoes Not To Wear During Pregnancy
No one likes to be a stick in sore feet, but during pregnancy, the misery is very real. Aching swollen feet and pregnancy seem to be inevitable and if you aren’t careful with your choice of shoes, the discomfort and pain can be absolutely awful.
There is no need to put yourself through all that agony and a good pair of comfortable shoes can make all the difference. Before you spend a day in abject misery, let’s take a look at what shoes to not wear during pregnancy so you can step out confidently and keep smiling with happy feet.
Stay Away From Stilettos
There’s no denying that those gorgeous stilettos you bought recently look good with half your wardrobe, but during pregnancy is not the time to be showing them off. Stilettos need to fit snugly to stay on your feet so they’re already pretty tight and as swelling is almost inevitable during pregnancy, those rocking heels will feel like torture implements in a very short time.
The other reason to avoid stilettos during pregnancy is that your center of balance changes as the baby grows within your belly. You’ll already have trouble keeping your balance and stilettos will make that all the more difficult. The last thing a pregnant woman wants to do is trip over and potentially injure herself or the baby.
Pointy Narrow & Nasty
Shoes with pointy toes or shoes that are slim and narrow definitely look great, but they can also be very constrictive for tired swollen feet. During pregnancy, swollen feet happen more often and a lot faster than usual so those pointy narrow shoes that you normally love will become something you loathe when your feet feel squeezed into them. Keep in mind that although they may feel just a tad snug in the morning, midday they will feel like a vice crushing your feet. Find a pair of shoes with a little bit of wiggle room or shoes made of breathable, stretchy materials that will accommodate swelling feet.
We’re not actually referring to those wooden clogs that are sold as souvenirs in the Netherlands but ordinary clogs that are a popular slip-on shoe. Yes, clogs are stylish and casual, but they don’t offer any support for your feet. If your feet get sweaty, they can slip around inside the shoe, making them very uncomfortable and you can easily turn your ankle which is something you want to avoid.
Flat Shoes Are Out
While you definitely want to avoid heels during pregnancy, overly flat shoes are also a bad choice for footwear. Overly flat shoes with a thin sole offer no support for the feet with the arches being completely neglected by flatties. Look for flat shoes that at least have a bit of cushioning with a soft, supportive insole.
If you find yourself pregnant during the summer months, you’ll really feel the heat. Your feet will especially feel uncomfortable so you may be tempted to grab those old comfy flip-flops. While there is no denying, they feel cool and they’re easy to put on, keep in mind that swelling during pregnancy is a real issue and that little bit of rubber between your toes will feel like razor wire when your feet start to swell. Flip-flops also cause you to walk unnaturally due to their lack of support and as you get bigger, this can be a real problem.
As your belly grows during pregnancy, your gait is going to change from elegant to awkward. On some days you may even find it difficult to put one foot in front of the other as you walk across the parking lot or from one end of the office to the other. Shoes with chunky heavy soles will feel like lead weights so you might want to avoid them during pregnancy.
Avoid Shoes That Are Fiddly To Put On
Buckles, laces, and clasps are those beautiful touches that give a boring pair of shoes a stunning look. Sure, they add visual appeal to your outfit and you may not normally mind all the fiddling needed to put them on your feet, but during pregnancy, bending over to put on fiddly shoes will be extremely uncomfortable. You are far better off putting on shoes that you can simply slip into.
You Don’t Need To Suffer From Bad Shoes
There is absolutely no need to suffer from uncomfortable shoes, especially during pregnancy. Just like clothes for pregnant women, shoe manufacturers have also dedicated their talents to producing shoes for pregnancy that are stylish and comfortable. Look for shoes that offer your comfort and support so you can go about your day or enjoy family events without grimacing in pain every time to take a step.