Should You Require Guests to Remove Their Shoes?
I grew up in a house where we immediately removed our shoes upon entry. This rule was similar for most of my friends, so I never thought twice about sliding out of my jelly flats or light-up Sketchers. As I got older I came to learn this was something my parents brought over from the Soviet Union with them. My friends with American-raised parents not only kept their shoes on, but they even laid in bed clad in Converse. I squeaked with delight when I learned that the integrity of my outfit wouldn't have to be compromised for the sake of clean floors.
While that may seem molecular, think about this: your guests plan their day around coming to your home. They prepare what to bring, what to eat beforehand, and yes, what they'll wear. I believe that as a host, it is your responsibility to make someone feel at ease. If that means having to wash the floors after friends come over, then so be it! Unless people are coming in from a mucky rainstorm, it won't be dramatically dirtier.
I work in sales so my mentality is always about the customer. You've all heard it, "the customer is always right." In some ways, when someone comes to your home or party, they are your customer. At the very least, they are in your hands. The shoes are the first question when someone comes in, and it's your chance to set the vibe. Will your guests feel uncomfortable and out of place all night, or relaxed? Make sure the first interaction is a smooth one.
While I personally wear shoes in my house now (#rebelling), I always tell guests that they should do whatever makes them most comfortable. If for some reason, you really hate the idea of shoes in the house, I recommend you have slippers ready. There is nothing worse than being barefoot on a cold floor, or embarrassed about the lack of a pedicure. You can purchase affordable slippers on Amazon, like these. Think of it as a $100 investment (the same as cheese or wine) that will add to your party. Plus: they're reusable!
What are your thoughts about making guests remove shoes?