The well-shod guest
By Robin Abrahams
A reader writes:
In your October 14 column you passed on the excellent idea of providing clean socks for guests if one wanted them to remove their shoes to protect wooden floors. Another way, much more convenient for guests, is to provide something to slip over their shoes.
Very interesting! I must confess to a bit of inner discord regarding the shoes-off-indoors policy, when applied to guests. I do see the logic of it, yet it invariably irritates me. Despite the fact that I don't like wearing shoes and don't wear them in my own home. And despite the fact that getting everyone out of their fancy shoes and into something rather silly-looking can have the effect of jump-starting a party--kind of like those getting-to-know you games are supposed to do, but not as annoying. Maybe I just don't like being told what to do.
Would these Pantoffeln go on over high heels, I wonder? They don't look as though they would. So they're good for some guests but not others.