Dear Mouthy Housewives,
I have an question that I don’t think Emily Post would touch, so I’m guessing you are the right women to ask. I would like to know how you feel about the etiquette of being barefoot in someone else’s house. We have a lot of friends whose houses are shoe free — meaning they kick shoes off at the door so as to protect the cleanliness of their floors. In the winter, it’s no biggie as a guest: you just make sure you choose socks without holes before going over.
But in summer, when I almost never wear socks, I find myself often barefoot in other people’s homes. I’m always barefoot in mine, so it doesn’t really bother me, but I wonder if I really ought to be skeeved out. Or if they are. Should I put socks under my Tevas (fashion FAIL!) before I go over, just so that my feet aren’t bare on their floors? And what about the unanticipated visit when I’m wearing pretty sandals or summer slides…sockless? What would you do?
Signed, Well Pedicured in MI
Dear Well Pedicured,
Oh, I feel your pain. And I confess, I don’t understand the whole “take your shoes off, ye who enter here!” movement. Is it because their floors are so clean that they want to prove that they can, in fact, eat off of them? Or do they think that you’ve been tracking through the mud and don’t want pig slop on their carpet?
Personally, I think it’s rude to ask your guests to remove their shoes and pile them by the door like some kind of entryway to Treblinka. But when in Rome, do like the Romans. Which means that you have to start battling lions, or at the very least take off your shoes.
Summertime takes it up a notch and makes you walk around barefoot, like an older and slower Zola Budd. I have the very opposite of a foot fetish, so I don’t understand how anyone can bear to look at our people’s FEET. With TOES. And heels. Gag.
But to each her own. So if you suspect that your host is into shoelessness, slip a pair of socks into your purse before heading over to her house. Or better yet, bring your own slippers and robe. I’m pretty sure that’s what people say when they tell their guests “make yourself at home!”
Happy feet to you,