News Years Eve.
Lights up on a moderately-sized condominium overlooking the Seattle skyline. A small group of sophisticated 30-somethings socialize while drinking wine and awaiting the New Years fireworks display. A knock on the door reveals a new-comer, dressed in a sweet little black party dress and killer heels. She enters the condo ready to meet new people, as she knows only a few, and to welcome the New Year in style.
Um, Pretentious Douche*, why is their a pile of dress shoes by the door?
But...uh...urr...see, I have this pretty little dress on. Yeah, it's cute huh? I got it for my high school reunion to hide my post-pregnancy belly almost 2 years ago but it's totally hot, right? I know! It's BCBG. But wait, where was I? Oh yeah, see I have this pretty little dress on and my shoes...yeah, they *are* cute! See the little ruching in the front? Yeah, and see they match my dress perfectly! ::poses like Americas Next Top Model, Cycle 13:: I know, right?! Totally perfect. But if you force me, against my will, to take said perfect shoes off then, well, I'll be barefoot. In someone else's apartment. Who I don't know. And meeting a bunch of people I don't know. In my bare feet.
And, wait. You have a dog. A dog that shits and licks herself and whatnot. Like most dogs, I presume that your dog also periodically walks through her pee and poo.
But *I* have to take *my* shoes off before I come in your house?!
Seriously, what is up with people requiring you to disrobe before entering their house? I know I'm treading on thin ice here because every. single. one. of my friends has the shoes off policy. (I love you guys!!!)
Pros and Cons of the Shoe Removal Policy
Unless it's a family gathering or a close group of friends, when your guests arrive, they want to drop their coats and get to socializing. They don’t want to fumble with their footwear like they’re in line for a security checkpoint.
*Mr. Bee saw Pretentious Douche at another gathering where he (1) brought his dog to another persons party, and (2) fed said dog sushi from the expensive sushi platters provided by the host's parents. I now deem you Sir Douche VonDoucheyPants.
Song title: Stone In My Shoe by Alisha's Attic