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How to Shop at IKEA: What NOT to wear

Posted on September 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm
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I’m always amazed at the assortment of insane (cute, but crazy) shoes I see at IKEA. This is not Fashion Week. You are not parading down a runway or posing for Vogue. Even if you’ve stopped in just to pick up one little thing before a big night on the town, wear some sensible shoes to trek the big blue box. Although those feet above look lovely, and hardly swollen a bit, you really should wear more practical footwear to IKEA…

How to Shop at IKEA: What to Wear – Shoes

IKEA is a huge store (most are in the 20,000 – 40,000 square meter range) that is designed to funnel you throughout a long winding walk through the showroom, followed by a meander through the marketplace and the final haul through the warehouse. Then there’s the standing in line. Oy!

A co-worker at IKEA Woodbridge told us that at least twice a week, the ‘Comfort Worker’ in the marketplace area, whose job it is to walk around and help people who are lost, looking for something they cannot find or otherwise assist customers, is called upon to deliver a wheelchair to a broken, fatigued shopper who wasn’t prepared for the amount of walking that is the IKEA experience.

You could walk miles in a day-long trip to IKEA, which is what it is for many people who travel distances to shop there. If you’re going to make a trip to IKEA, be prepared!

Wear Sensible Shoes

I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to wear comfortable shoes that are broken in. Wear socks for cushioning and blister prevention, or at the very least, bring along some blister Band-Aids.

Athletic Shoes

Tennis shoes, running shoes or other Athletic shoes are great – they’re designed for protecting the feet against punishing environments and you won’t get  your heel stuck in an escalator. Just make sure your laces are tied up tight!

Crocs and Clogs

Crocs (if not fashionable) are fantastic footwear for an IKEA day as are clogs with enclosed heels or other shoes with cushioned bottoms. Almost anything by Skechers will work as long as you stay away from open toes.

I have to generally recommend against open toed sandals, flip-flops and the like because IKEA is a working warehouse – and much of the merchandise is bulky and heavy. You really don’t want to bear the brunt of a dropped pot on your pedicure.



6 Responses to “How to Shop at IKEA: What NOT to wear”

  1. strawberry_limonade says:

    LOL! I actually wear heels on most outings unless I’m walking the dogs or hiking. But I used to do some serious bar-room dancing ;) So, I can deal with it. I work from home and don’t wear shoes all day. When I get out, I like to look nice even if it is just to Ikea!

    Most, however, should take your advice. There is a lot of walking and often a lot of lifting and carrying.

  2. caligurl says:

    oh gosh…. isn’t this article just SPOT ON! i never wear heels shopping… heck… i kick them off under my desk at work… i’m not foolish enough to wear them shopping!

    i have worn my sandles to ikea and by the end of the day my feet are DONE! tennies are definitely the way to go!

  3. sam3401 says:

    slecht vertaald in het Nederlands, advies vragen aan lezers en tekst herstellen.

  4. Kandace says:

    This article is quite amusing. I am a fashionable girl thru and thru. I have NO desire to to wear tennis shoes, or crocs(don’t get me started on the plain ugly of the croc) anywhere. I only own one pair of tennis shoes, and the rest are heels. Whether I am going to work, a soccer game, a baseball game, or shopping at IKEA, it is all heels, all the time.

    As insane as it may be, heels are for me. So, I will keep the tennis shoes for the gym, and extra band aids in my purse for those blisters!!

  5. Georgie says:

    Hmmm, it can’t be that bad can it? that long winding path through the IKEA has secret shortcuts :)

    30 years ago I think we were fit enough to make it through.

  6. Susan says:

    Georgie – I think you’re right – 30 years ago, we would have been fine. Would have been like a walk in the park. My guess is that the shoes weren’t as punishing, but what do I know? I was 10 then!

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