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New Shoes Designed Specifically for Pregnant Women

By Lauren Jimeson |

Now that I am in the late part of my third trimester, getting dressed feels like running a marathon. I’m wearing a lot of leggings and boots lately to battle the cold weather and I have to be sitting in order to get them both on and off.

The worst part is, now that my feet and ankles are so swollen, I have to wait for my husband to get home from work in order to get my boots off. I’ve tried for over 15 minutes before to take them off, and with sweat starting to form on my face, it just doesn’t happen. It’s pretty pathetic, not to mention a sight for sore eyes.

My boots aren’t the most comfortable shoes to wear during this last stage of pregnancy, especially since they are such a hassle to get on and off. In fact, I haven’t found many shoes that are easy to get on and off and that help my swelling feet in this late stage of pregnancy. That is until now.

There is finally a shoe company that caters to swollen pregnant feet. New Life Shoes offers the first-ever maternity shoe that adapts to the changes in your feet as your pregnancy progresses. The shoes, scheduled to debut in February, 2012, feature a fastening system and custom cushioning technology.

“It allows for expansion of the foot, both lengthwise and verticalwise, so 360 degree expansion, as well as five different layers of cushioning and support that are customizable,” New Life Shoes president Mark Connors told KENS 5 News. “You can put in or take out various pieces of the shoe to accommodate changes in the foot.”

The best part about these shoes is that they are designed to be put on with one hand, something that I would give anything for at this point. Unlike most athletic shoes, these don’t have any shoe laces. That means you don’t have to have someone assist you to tie them once you can no longer get to your feet (a current problem for me.)

I’ve looked at some of the styles on the company’s Facebook page, and they look just like any other pair of athletic shoes (without the laces,) which for some of us fashion minded expecting moms, is a huge plus.

Now if I could only get my hands on a pair to test out if I really could get them on with one hand!

What do you think of these pregnancy designed athletic shoes?

Image via New Life Shoes

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7 thoughts on “New Shoes Designed Specifically for Pregnant Women

  1. Olivia says:

    Depends on how expensive they are. It could be cheaper to just buy a larger size shoe. I’ve been mostly wearing my Birkenstock clogs. They accommodate the swelling pretty well and are easy to take off.

  2. Kathleen says:

    OMG I wished for those a few months back and I deliver in February ! I go to the gym and I couldn’t find athletic shoes that I don’t have to bend over to tie up (laces or velcro). Next time I’m pregnant, I’m buying those.

  3. Meri says:

    For now, get yourself a pair of Merrel Mocs. I wore those all through pregnancy and just kept going up a size. When I was 8 months pregnant I had to go into Men’s sizes, but they have excellent tread and stability and you just slip them on or off like slippers.

  4. Joy says:

    I would have killed for something like this AFTER I had my son last year. I was never swollen while pregnant but postpartum I blew up like a balloon! My ankles were nearly as big as my thighs, no joke, and my feet were just crazy. Adding to the agony was the fact that my son was in the NICU and being that it was January, there was quite a bit of snow around. My legs wouldn’t fit into pants and my feet wouldn’t go into shoes so I had to wear either skirts or dresses and flip flops to trek through the snow in the hospital parking lot everyday in the middle of winter.

  5. Monisha @ Retail Therapy Couch says:

    I wish these shoes were around when I was pregnant 4 yrs ago. Not only did I have the same trials and tribulations (couldn’t bend, had to wait for my husband to come home to take off my shoes, etc) but I had also broken my foot in my 2nd trimester. This left me wearing not so comfy (or nice looking) orthopedic shoes through most of my pregnancy.

  6. yvette says:

    if it helped with back issues & posture. I’d deff get them no matter how much they cost. If they only have a few features (which are better then most sneakers, but seriously who wants to buy expensive “pregnant” sneakers) then I’d reconsider depending on the price. I deliver in March.. and wish I could find a pair of shoes that help my sciatica & my posture because my ever growing boobs are weighing my back down.. in pain constantly.

  7. Krista says:

    These shoes sound awesome for running around and now give me no choice but to keep up with my work outs! But if anyone is looking for some stylish flats or heels, I stumbled across this great new maternity boutique called Casa Couture. Their shoes are supposed to change as your feet change which is perfect for me b/c im now in my 2nd trimester and have gained an extra shoe size. I definitely recommend taking a look at them!

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