Editor’s Note: This post has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy on May 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best shoes for pregnant women with swollen feet.
Are you pregnant and are having a hard time finding wide or extra wide shoes to accommodate the shape of your swollen feet? Do you feel like you have tried a lot of different styles and have had no success? I understand that it may be frustrating to have swollen feet especially when you should be enjoying your pregnancy and should not be having to worry about finding a shoe style to fit your feet.
But…don’t worry! Swollen feet in pregnant women is actually pretty common, and certain shoe styles will accommodate the shape of your feet.
Since about the third or fourth month of pregnancy, expecting moms will likely experience swollen feet (foot edema) which will cause their feet to grow in volume, length and width, so it’s highly likely that they cannot wear their previous shoes anymore. On the other hand, those future moms who may not have pain and discomfort, might still need a wider foot size, due to the extra weight from the pregnancy.
As an expecting mom, you most likely need to find relief for swollen and achy feet. Of all the many things that you need during your pregnancy, comfortable shoes should be on top of your priority list. You surely deserve to be as comfortable as possible!
In addition, having swollen feet can make your shoes feel and fit very tight and uncomfortable. However, you don’t have to switch to hideous orthopedic shoes or necessarily sacrifice comfort for style.
There is a very small selection of shoe styles that will fit the shape of your swollen feet, however, the good news is that I will help you find them. These shoes will keep your feet comfortable and happy through your pregnancy and daily routine.
The key to fit the shape of your swollen feet is that in addition to finding a shoe that is labeled as wide (“W”, “EE”) or as extra wide (“XW”, “EEEE”), you also need to find shoes that are deep and come with a round toe-box.
Now, let me tell you that wearing the wrong type of footwear is the main cause of foot and leg pain. It can also create several foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns, just to name a few.
You definitely don’t want to add any pain or discomfort to your swollen feet and overall to your pregnancy. Wearing a wide or extra wide shoe is certainly going to help.
I am an expert when it comes to fitting women’s shoes since I have been working for a specialized shoe store for the last 10 years. Moreover, I have been helping women find the correct type of shoes and orthotics to reduce or fully eliminate the foot and leg pain that they were having. We specialize in women with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well as shoes for pregnant women.
It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in all different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to fit every woman, whatever their foot size, or foot condition might be.
Before I show you a selection of the best shoes for pregnant women with swollen feet, I want to show you the features that these shoes have to offer.
Shoes for Women with Swollen Feet – 4 Key Features!
On top of finding comfortable shoes, there are 4 important features that your shoes must provide to fit your swollen feet due to pregnancy:
✅ The shoes must be DEEP: This feature will allow your feet to fit deeply inside the shoes and prevent the top part of your feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. Deep shoes will also prevent the top part of your toes from rubbing against the front top part of your shoes.
✅ The shoes must come with a ROUND TOE-BOX: This feature will prevent your toes from overlapping each other or rubbing against the side of the shoes.
✅ The shoes must be available in WIDE and EXTRA WIDE widths: This is a requirement, if the shoes are not labeled as wide or extra wide, they will not fit the shape of your swollen feet.
✅ The shoes must be SUPPORTIVE: This feature will minimize the impact that your feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if it is not fitted properly, you will not get any of the benefits that they have to offer. What’s even worse, you can end up creating all sorts of foot issues to your feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
If you are unsure about your foot size, you should take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your exact foot size from home. Go to the link below:
The best shoes for women with swollen feet are also flexible to accommodate fluctuation in swelling and structured to take some of the pressure off.
Finding shoes that are wide and deep enough to accommodate the shape of your swollen feet are not the only thing to consider when shopping for maternity shoes though. Pregnancy hormones might cause fallen arches flat feet). With that in mind, the best shoes for pregnancy also need to offer good arch support.
Now that you know what features your shoes must provide and how to figure out your exact foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at a selection of the best shoes for pregnant women with swollen feet.
I only review shoes that I have fitted before since that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
The Best Shoes for Pregnant Women with Swollen Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
These shoes will offer the right amount of support for your swollen feet need as well as shock absorbing qualities. Below you can find a selection of the best shoes for pregnant women with swollen feet.
Keep in consideration that shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run you will need to adjust the size that you get for yourself.
What Shoe Size Should You Order?
I normally recommend wearing half a size longer (3/16 of an inch) of the size that you measure at the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) to prevent your toes from rubbing against the front or the side of the shoes. While you are pregnant, you might want to wear one size longer (3/8 of an inch) than the size that you measure in the shoe measuring scale to prevent your toes from rubbing against the side or the front of the shoes.
If you happen to live in an area where it gets really warm, there are certain sandals that will accommodate the shape of your swollen feet better than others. These sandals also come with a substantial sole for extra support and they provide the features that I mentioned above. If you are looking for the best extra wide sandals for swollen feet, you can take a look at the article below on this topic:
On a different note, if you have a child with swollen or extra wide feet, you can go to a page I created on fitting children’s shoes, where you can find all information related to shoe fittings and more. Kindly click on the link below.
I have helped several children with swollen or extra wide feet find the perfect pair of shoes to accommodate the shape of their feet.
Bear in mind that if you have other foot conditions like heel spurs, bunions, painful corns, or flat feet, you may find it best to consult your podiatrist regarding what kind of shoes to buy and wear.
Are You Having a Hard Time Finding Shoes for Your Foot Shape?
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style to accommodate the shape of your feet, it’s highly likely that I have fitted it before and I will help you find it:
Have you tried the shoes that I recommend in this article? Have you found another shoe style that has worked well for your swollen feet during your pregnancy? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other future moms can benefit from your experiences.