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Off with Their Shoes

Blueprint, 2006

No one will mind slipping out of street shoes and into some cozy slippers or a comfortable pair of socks.

Give 'em the Slippers
Keep a few pairs of different size slippers (some more unisex than others) on hand to offer your guests.

Cotton waffle slippers, $6, appearus.com
House slippers, $26, jlifeinternational.com
Hemp slippers, $15, hemp-sisters.com
Cashmere slippers, $35, barefoottess.com

Sock It to Them
A supply of footies (with skid-resistant soles) or cotton bobby socks (slip-proofed with puffy fabric paint) is a less expensive (and more machine-washable) option than slippers.

ExerSocks, $10, crescentmoonyoga.com
Fabric puffy paint by Tulip, $1.50, kitsandcrafts.com

Fix-It Fixes
No, you may not in good conscience ask the cable repairman to take off his boots, but you can ask him to slip on a pair of these surgical-supply shoe covers.

Shoe covers, $45 to $50 for 150 pairs, uline.com

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Comments (7)

  • Marko66 23 Jan, 2012

    I can't agree more. We all take our shoes off and wear slippers and we ask our guests to do the same.

  • blytheleigh 9 Jun, 2009

    What happened to the templates that were part of the original Blueprint article? The ones for the cute little signs?

  • ebuerk 10 Feb, 2009

    Does anyone know the name of the wall color in this photo?

  • 20somethingsuperhero 5 Jan, 2009

    This always baffles me, as here in Canda it would be unheard of NOT to take one's shoes off when you enter a home!!!

  • marissabaca 27 Sep, 2008

    this is a neat idea would it be inapropriate to ask them to take the shoes off if its a formal party???

  • imwithdino 13 Aug, 2008

    I love this idea... in theory! I have two dogs at home, and I know that many people think of dogs as being dirty. We always wipe off muddy paws and vacuum and shampoo our carpets regularly. But I'm so worried people will be offended by a request to remove shoes when there are dogs running around. Anyone else have thoughts about this?

  • OkieDokieGirl 3 Jan, 2008

    Great ideas, especially the covers for the repairman's boots. You can also purchase the litle throw away covers at a medical supply store that they give you in the hospital and theya re less expensive.