Okay, so it’s another week into your pregnancy, and you are curled up on your sofa wondering how you will get to run your errands because you don’t have comfortable shoes –again. This could be your first or second pregnancy, but all you have in your wardrobe are shoes and there is nothing comfortable about them, right?
So why can’t you find a comfortable shoe?
Have you ever thought that you could be shopping for the wrong shoe? Ouch. Stay with me for a minute as we find you a comfortable pair. The main factors that affect shoe comfort include size, ease of wearing, support, comfort, and breathability.
Different types of shoes for pregnancy
Athletics shoes – They offer stability, comfort, and non-skidding. They also offer arch and ankle support. However, these shoes may be hot and tight for swollen feet.
Sandals – They are more flexible than the athletic shoes as they allow the feet to breathe and not get restricted. Nevertheless, many sandals have fasteners that make it harder to put on.
Flat shoes – The shoes are easy to put on and off. Flat shoes provide adequate space for swelling feet. However, flats like ballet flats have no arch support hence are quite uncomfortable.
Flip-flops – Flip flops are a darling to women since they are easy to slip on and off. Flip-flops also allow feet to expand. Some flip-flops offer little arch support. Always wear flip-flops that fit properly and those that prevent tripping.
Boots – Boots offer ankle support and warm. However, they are difficult to wear due to swelling ankles and enlarged calves.
Choosing the right size
The greatest mistake women make is choosing a large sized shoe to cater for ‘wastage tolerance’. Unknown to them, large-sized shoes especially sandals cause pain in other parts of the legs. Large shoes cause injury to heels, toes, and knee joints. Therefore, it’s important to buy shoes for the first six months of the pregnancy and three months preceding the pregnancy. It’s during these times that your feet undergo rapid changes-expansion and contraction.
When expecting a baby you need support from everything around you, shoes inclusive. Try to choose shoes that offer foot arch and ankle support. Shoes may help alleviate or aggravate the pain, swollen ankles and feet bring. It’s natural that weight gained during pregnancy causes additional stress on the feet arches. Feet that provide arch support reduces the pressure exerted on our feet.
Orthotics are molded inserts fitted in a shoe. Orthotics provides support for the foot by distributing the pressure applied on our feet by walking, running or standing. Furthermore, orthotics realign foot joints, minimizing ankle and knee injury.
High heels are a no-no. Heels exert pressure on the feet than flat shoes. Additionally, high heels increase the chances of falling causing safety incidents. Women need stability and balance that lower heels and sturdy outer soles offer. Modest heels also offer shock absorption and slip-resistance. Did you know that you can still be stylish while wearing these shoes? The comfort modest heels offer to ensure you can walk the talk with ease. You will be able to walk all through the pregnancy and beyond.
Let your feet breathe
Toes need to get a breath of fresh air. A pair of cute flat-soled sandals will do that. You can pair this with dresses or shorts and still look fabulous in your pregnancy.
Experiment with shoes outside your fashion style that offer comfort over glamour. We tend to hang on to our shoe preferences pretty hard and soon they become our identities. We all have identified the comfort shoes. Nevertheless, when pregnant, comfort is relative in the midst of all changes encompassing. If you don’t let pregnancy shoes take you on a walk, how will you know that low heel shoes aren’t for you?
Don’t judge a book by its cover, remember? You might need to crack some eggs to make this omelet. Unless you let yourself experiment with ‘ugly’ shoes, you’ll never know what is comfortable.
Ease of wearing
Pregnancy shoes should be easy to put on. Don’t go for complicated laces and buckles as they may pose a great challenge when you can’t reach your feet. In this regard, slip-on shoes are ideal. Because they are easy to put on and remove, it’s not easy to bend over to tie shoelaces in the last trimester.
Heels during pregnancy are risky since the shoes are quite unsteady. A future mother who wears heels risks deforming her feet. During gestation, women produce more progesterone. This makes the body tissues more elastic. Consequently, legs are unable to maintain stability hence the need to wear low-heeled shoes. A modest heel should be 4cm long and wide.
Buy ribbed soles to avert the danger of falling down. Avoid very complicated shoes because you have to bend to take them off; consequently, your belly will be pressed. You can wear boots, sneakers and closed shoes if your hubby can always help you put them on.
Shoes made from natural materials are recommended since artificial leather shoes lead to swelling. Fully closed shoes contribute to swelling of feet. The rubber sole keeps you from slipping and provides shock absorption to alleviate stress on your joints.
With all these tips mentioned above, your tootsies will have the much-deserved comfort you can get as you wobble through your pregnancy.